Turn It Up

By Liz Hammond, Digital Media Editor 

It’s about that time to do another editor’s picks again. Last time we did this, even I was surprised by everyone’s picks, but now, I think we have a better grasp of what to expect.

The first person to send in their top five was Kyle Kern, he starts it off with “I’m Shipping Up To Boston” by the Dropkick Murphys. Not really sure why a 21-year-old in college would listen to this, but hey, no judgement.

Next is “Ancient History” by Set It Off: again, a bizarre choice. Hoodie Allen took the third spot with “Ain’t Ready;” I can’t remember Hoodie doing anything significant since “No Interruption” in 2012.

Kyle also decided to put ZZ Top on his list, and again, I’m sitting here wondering if Kyle is actually 21, or if he is actually 50 trapped in a younger body. As if this list couldn’t get any weirder, he decided to add “I’m A Believer,” but the German version covered by Faculty Lounge. I really have no words for this.

Zach Bonner, the assistant news editor, decided to save the reputation of this editorial board by gracing us with five songs that are actually reputable. His list goes as follows: “We Were Wealth” by Wye Oak, “The Body is a Blade” by Japanese Breakfast, “Owl Hoots” by Mimicking Birds, “Saved” by The Dear Hunter and lastly, “Lose It” by Austra.

Our new assistant sports editor, Rachael Cataldo, gave me her list and honestly, it could be worse. She shows a lot of promise with picks like “Gypsy” by Lady Gaga, “Sparks Will Fly” by J. Cole feat. Jhene Aiko and “Beware” by Big Sean feat. Lil Wayne and Jhene Aiko. Her two questionable picks are “Unforgettable” by Thomas Rhett and “Renegade” by Styx. Again, she’s learning and with her first three picks, she shows a lot of promise.

Nick Forbes yet again graces us with his top five and honestly, it’s like I picked them myself. His first pick was “Rockstar” by Post Malone feat. 21 Savage, but with the passing of legend Lil Peep, he decided that in memorial he would put “Awful Things” feat. Lil Tracy instead.

Past that, Nick had “Gu- cci Gang” by Lil Pump, which, shocker, it’s the most viral song of later half of this year. Next is, “Please Shut Up” by A$AP Mob feat. A$AP Rocky, Gucci Mane and key, which is a certified banger. Nick even features Mac Miller with his song “Objects in the Mirror,” which is a song that most people forget about.

Nick’s last song is the one that gets me the most. “Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac is a classic and it makes my heart happy to know that I’m not the only college kid who still enjoys this song.

Alex Kurtz, our sports editor, gave me his top five and his list has improved drastically since the last time we did this. On his list was, “Gucci Gang” by Lil Pump, surprise. He said to me that he would put it all five times if he could. Next was “Rockstar” by Post Malone feat. 21 Savage. Then, just like Nick, he added the Lil Peep song “Benz Truck.”

Alex loves Mac Miller, as everyone should. He wakes up to the song “Party on 5th Ave” every morning, so no surprise, it made his list. His last song was “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen:kind of random, but we will go with it, could be worse.

The last person to grace me with their list is living & arts editor Danielle Bettendorf. When I say that her list is bizarre, I’m not kidding. Her list includes “Sexy Can I” by Ray J feat. Yung Berg, “Mr. Blue Sky” by Electric Light Orchestra, “Havana” by Camila Cabello feat. Young Thug, “Beverly Hills” by Weezer and “Sorry Not Sorry” by Demi Lovato. Take a moment for that to sink in. I mean, really, I don’t know where to start. There’s throwbacks and pop hits, but also just a complete classic by ELO. I am amazed by this, Danielle.

My list is one that I’ve had to think about for a while. First on my list is “Caught Their Eyes” by JAY-Z feat. Frank Ocean. I really think that this song speaks for itself: I mean, this pair alone is enough to guarantee a hit song. Next is “Sky Walker” by Miguel feat. Travis Scott. If you aren’t already on to this song, you’re welcome. The rest of my list goes as follows: “Wanted You” by NAV feat. Lil Uzi Vert, “Thinking ‘Bout You” by Dua Lipa, and “Adore” by Amy Shark.

Hope you enjoyed this last edition of editor’s picks: maybe these songs can help you through the stress of finals, but let’s be honest, nothing can help that.

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