The Headphone Jack: Sunny songs for warmer days

With the snow finally melting from the parking lots on campus, now is time to embrace the spring weather and be positive once again.

 

‘Birds of a Feather, We Rock Together,’ Vulfpeck ft. Antwaun Stanley

This is one of my favorite songs by one of my favorite bands. Based on the title alone, most people wouldn’t expect such a groovy, calm song, but that’s exactly what this song is. It’s a good way to start the day, and the vocal harmonies in the chorus are minimalistic, but very noticeable. 

 

‘Here Comes The Sun,’ The Beatles 

This one is pretty literal, but it still works well. It’s a great encapsulation of the feeling of the dawning of a new day, and the hope that comes with the end of winter. The transition between the previous song and this one is so smooth and peaceful. 

 

 ‘Wind in Our Sail,’ Weezer

This is the second track off of Weezer’s 2016 “White Album,” and it’s where I think the playlist starts to pick up energy. The song is a bit louder, and it just sounds more full than the first two songs. 

 

‘This Life,’ Vampire Weekend

What’s more iconic than a sad song that sounds happy? Vampire Weekend keeps the energy flowing, despite the song’s story about a failing relationship and internal struggles. The story is sad, but the song certainly does have a good beat.

 

‘Daylight,’ Matt and Kim

This is the first of a few songs on this playlist with a very catchy piano part. The sheer energy and happiness of this song is impossible to avoid.

 

‘Shaky in the Knees,’ Grizfolk

This is a very sweet song, with slower tempo and catchy piano to give a moment of rest about halfway through both the playlist and the day. The falsetto in the chorus and all the vocal harmonies are the icing on the cake.

 

‘Lovely Day,’ Bill Withers

This is, in my opinion, one of the greatest songs ever recorded, and it’s the emotional climax of this playlist. No matter how far you may be falling behind in schoolwork, or how many Zoom meetings you’ve had to sit through, you can still take a moment to look around and say, “It’s a lovely day.”

 

‘Enjoy Right Now, Today,’ Tyler, the Creator

This instrumental track is amazing, because without any lyrics, you still get a very positive, hopeful feeling from it. And when Tyler counts in the breakdown about a minute and 20 seconds in, the song really comes into fruition. 

 

‘This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody),’ Talking Heads

Another one of best songs ever recorded, in my opinion. This is one of the few love songs about a real person from Talking Heads, and it’s a very upbeat one. It keeps the groove going from the last two songs, which is a big part of the remaining songs on the playlist.

 

‘Sunday Best,’ Surfaces

The groove in this one is unavoidable, with the rhythm just grabbing hold of the listener and not letting go until the end. The first time I heard this song, I couldn’t sit still, because it’s got such a good beat. 

 

‘Weekend Friend,’ Goth Babe

It’s not quite piano, but the driving keyboard and gated reverb on the drums really give this song a sense of positive movement, and it helps carry the playlist along into its final phase.

 

‘I. The Worst Guys,’ Childish Gambino ft. Chance the Rapper

This song signifies the beginning of the end of the playlist. It’s a happy song, with a handful of good punchline bars from Gambino, as he is apt to give.

 

‘Electric Relaxation,’ A Tribe Called Quest

A song that instantly brings to mind cruising around with friends on a cool spring night. The lyrics are all about being relaxed and just chilling out, and the song exudes that energy.

 

‘C.R.E.A.M.,’ Wu-Tang Clan

Although the message of the song doesn’t relate much to good weather, or a happier time of the year, the song itself is another good night driving song (and I can never get enough of that piano sample). 

 

For the link to the playlist, click here.

 

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