Playlist: Songs That Made Me

by Tess Dugan-Knight ’18

Over reading days I joined the Outdoors Club on a hiking trip in Virginia. The seven-hour drive flew by due to the stunning scenery and some great burned CDs. Those CDs, containing classic, influential songs for our generation (and other generations), inspired this playlist. I tried to get a little bit of everything in here: hip hop, rock, reggae, blues, and soul.

Reptilia – The Stokes

I might be an absolute failure at playing Guitar Hero and Rock Band but I still love attempting to keep up with this indie rock classic. Also Nick Valenski preforms an incredible guitar solo in this song.

(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay – Otis Redding

Otis Redding is one of the most famous soul and blue artists, and “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” can be considered his most iconic song. But if you’re in the mood for something more upbeat check out “Happy Song.”

I Shot the Sheriff – Bob Marley

I think a little reggae is entirely necessary to this playlist. While Eric Clapton may have helped make this song huge, no one can do it quite like Bob Marley.

Juicy – The Notorious B.I.G.

This song opened my eyes to the world of hip-hop and allowed Biggie to become the legend he is today. In the track, Biggie uses his quintessential wit and rhythm to explain the transformation fame brought to his life.

Blackbird – The Beatles

The Beatles need a place on here somewhere. While the options of which song to choose were almost unlimited, I chose Blackbird because of its beautiful simplicity; the only elements are Paul McCartney’s vocals and a guitar.

California Love – Tupac

Dr. Dre and Tupac rap praises of Cali in this upbeat classic. It might not be one of Tupac’s most insightful songs, but who can blame him for using a catchy tune to celebrate his release from jail?

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