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Back-To-School Playlist 2015

3-11-all-time-low-2Back-to-school is a crazy busy time, and we know a ton of you are headed back this Monday.

So welcome back early mornings, long classes, and, of course, homework.

Don’t worry, we’ve got the perfect playlist to get you pumped up for your first day back…and maybe even as a soundtrack for your first walk back down the hall. Check it out below!

  1. “Homecoming” by Hey Monday, Hold On Tight (2008)
  2. “Teenagers” by My Chemical Romance, Welcome To The Black Parade (2007)
  3. “All The Small Things” by Blink-182, (2000)
  4. “Paper Chase” by The Academy Is…, Fast Times At Barrington High (2008)
  5. “Oxford Comma” by Vampire Weekend, Vampire Weekend (2008)
  6. “Art School Girl” by Stone Temple Pilots, Tiny Music…Songs From The Vatican Gift Shop(1996)
  7. “Phoenix” by Fall Out Boy, Save Rock and Roll (2013)
  8. “Scandalous Scholastics” by Gym Class Heroes, As Cruel as School Children (2006)
  9. “crushcrushcrush” by Paramore, Riot! (2007)
  10. “What I Go To School For” by Busted, Busted (2002)
  11. “The Middle” by Jimmy Eat World, Bleed American (2001)
  12. “Coffee Shop Soundtrack” by All Time Low, Put Up Or Shut Up (2006)
  13. “STAT-60” by MC Lars, The Laptop EP (2004)
  14. “Billy S.” by Skye Sweetnam, Noise From The Basement (2004)
  15. “Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana, Nevermind (1991)
  16. “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift, 1989 (2014)
  17. “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars, Uptown Special (2015)
  18. “Congratulations (ft. Matty Mullins)” by Sleeping With Sirens, Feel (2013)
  19. “Hands Down” by Dashboard Confessional, So Impossible (2001)
  20. “High School Never Ends” by Bowling For Soup, The Great Burrito Extortion (2006)
  21. “If You C Jordan” by Something Corporate, Leaving Through The Window (2002)
  22. “Four Years” by Jon McLaughlin, OK Now (2008)

BONUS

“Fat Lip” by Sum41, All Fill No Kill (2001)

“Ocean Avenue” by Yellowcard, Ocean Avenue (2003)

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15 SONGS FROM FEBRUARY ’15 YOU HAVE TO HEAR

It’s that time again: 15 tracks you HAVE to hear for February 2015…and the accompanying music videos you have to see. This month, we’ve got love, lust, hatred, and more; nothing the “month of Love” cannot handle, right?

Anyway, check out some of these amazing tracks below:

 

1. The Maine – “English Girls”

2. AURORA – “Runaway”

3. Microwave – “Stovall”

4. Fall Out Boy – “Irresistible”

5. Ashlinn Gray – “Battleships”

6. Austin Kolbe – “Lips”

7. Passion Pit – “Lifted Up (1985)”

8. Rory Indiana – “Empiricism”

9. Retox – “Let’s Not Keep In Touch”

10. Taylor Swift – “Style”

11. Echosmith – “Bright”

12. Falling In Reverse – “Just Like You”

13. The Veronicas – “Cruel”

14. Taking Back Sunday – “How I Met Your Mother”

15. Nate Ruess – “Nothing Without Love”

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Young Statues Stream “When The Lights Go Up”

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There are a million reasons people say “bah humbug!” to the holiday season, but artists releasing new Christmas music is not one of them. Young Statues have released their new Christmas song, “When The Lights Go Up,” which you can stream below.

 

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Have Yourself a Merry Little Playlist

It’s here, kiddies! Every child’s favorite day of the year: Christmas. You’ve woken up at the crack of dawn, slipped into your slippers, run down the stairs, tore a couple of trees apart to get to the awesome present inside, and now you’re getting ready for a hectic (albeit fun) day with family, and you need a soundtrack.

Don’t worry, Planet Stereo has you covered. Here are 25 songs (see what I did there?) to get you in the Christmas spirit! We’ll get you…

…Arm-flailing, stuck to an icy pole…

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…jumping on a gigantic Christmas tree excited.

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1. “What’s This?” – Fall Out Boy covering The Nightmare Before Christmas

2. “When The Lights Go Up” – Young Statues

3. “Last Christmas” – WHAM!…or We The Kings, depending on your preference.

4. “Cold December Night” – Michael Buble

5. “Santa Stole My Girlfriend” – The Maine

6. “Winter Wonderland” – Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett

7. “Still” – Jocelyn Arndt

8. “I’ll Be Home” – Meghan Trainor

9. “Little Angel” – The Lost Brothers

10. “Yule Shoot Your Eye Out” – Fall Out Boy

11. “It’s Christmas and I Like You” – The National Parks

12. “Christmas Time Again” – BoyMeetsWorld

13. “Text Me Merry Christmas” – Straight No Chaser and Kristin Bell

14. “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” – Idina Menzel & Michael Buble

15. “My Christmas List” – Simple Plan

16. “Lonely This Christmas” – Frank Hamilton

17. “Just Another Night” – Sweet Suspense

18. “Kiss Me Babe, It’s Christmas Time” – Owl City

19. “All I Want For Christmas Is You” – Mariah Carey or My Chemical Romance

20. “Merry Christmas You…” – The Breakdowns/Frank Turner

21. “Wrapped In Red” – Kelly Clarkson

22. “Winter Song” – Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson

23. “Without You” – Hey Monday

24. “Rockin Around The Christmas Tree” – Brenda Lee

25. “Mistletoe” – Lucy Hale

24. “Merry Christmas, Kiss My Ass” – All Time Low

25. “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” – Christina Perri or Sam Smith

 

Check out the playlist below:

 

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13 Spooktacular Playlist

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Ah, Halloween. A holiday all about dressing up as you aren’t…or maybe as you are, depending on your plans for the evening. There are trick-or-treaters, horror movie marathons, fun costumes, Jack ‘O Lanterns, and, if you’re doing it right, a lot of great music.

Looking for the perfect playlist to make your Halloween a musical one? Whether you’re going to/hosting a party, staying home, or even going trick or treating, Planet Stereo has the perfect playlist for you!

  1. “Thriller” – Michael Jackson: an obvious Halloween favorite that you cannot skip. It’s the ideal way to kick off your Halloween festivities.
  2. “Superstition” – Stevie Wonder: a…hauntingly cool addition.
  3. “How Soon Is Now” – The Smiths: A fantastic song, overall, but it helps that this was the theme song for Charmed.
  4. “I Put a Spell On You” – Screamin’ Jay Hawkins: Am I the only person who immediately thinks of Hocus Pocus when I hear this song?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   tumblr_maurr2ZyTV1qzktzro4_250
  5. “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” – Blue Oyster Cult: a rock and roll classic, and just dark enough for Halloween.
  6. “Somebody’s Watching Me” – Rockwell: This is an awesome song, but so often confused with Michael Jackson, which I guess, makes it only fitting that it should be on same playlist as one of the King Of Pop’s iconic tune.
  7. “Strange Magic” – Electric Light Orchestra (ELO): For all the witches that knock at your door, attend your party, or just happen to be your coworkers…
  8. “Soul Cake” – Sting: a song about baking cakes to bring back the dead (a common practice in the 1800s); Sting’s version has a haunting quality to it that makes it perfect for this epic holiday.                                                                                                                                          tumblr_ne4n909jrG1r9q6lto1_500
  9. “This Is Halloween” – Panic! At The Disco covering The Nightmare Before Christmas: Not only is this film a Halloween staple, but it gives the holiday this catchy theme song too.
  10. “She Wolf” – Shakira: Feminist anthem or werewolf-esque sing-a-long?
  11. “Monster Mash” – Bobby “Boris” Pickett: a classic from 1962 that I can almost guarantee most people will know if you play it loud enough for them to hear; this is like the “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” of Halloween.
  12. “I Want Candy” – Bow Wow Wow: Perfect for all the trick-or-treaters coming to your door. They don’t want costume compliments, life advice, or words of affirmation, they want candy.
  13. “Bring Me To Life” – Evanescence: I daresay there are multiple songs from this band that could find their way onto a Halloween playlist, but let’s admit it, this is an easy song to associate with Halloween. There are even people in masks in the video!

Check out the video playlist below:

So there it is! A Halloween playlist worthy of getting your scare on!

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Want more? Be sure to check out Planet Stereo’s super Halloween video listing the best 13 things about the holiday. Click HERE.

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Motivation Monday Playlist 3

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Mondays can be scary! But they don’t have to be! With the right music, let Planet Stereo help get you in the tight mindset to dominate this week…and every one after it.

“Eye of The Tiger” – Survivor

  “Let’s Go” – Calvin Harris (ft. Ne-yo)

  “Looking Up” – Paramore

  “Don’t Stop Believin'” – Journey

  “Keep On Keeping On” – Travie McCoy ft. Brendon Urie

  “To Be Loved” – Papa Roach

  “The Shake (Awful Feeling)” – My American Heart

  “SING” – My Chemical Romance

  “Paper and Ink” – National Product

  “What Are You Waiting For?” – My Favorite Highway

    For more, click onto the Motivational Monday page!

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Motivation Monday Playlist 2

Looking for a way to amp up your Mondays and get motivated? Check out this Motivation Monday Playlist! We’ve got all the tunes to get you going for the rest of the week and help you hit all the things on your “To Do” list and all of your goals.

 

“It’s Time” – Imagine Dragons

 

“Knock You Out” – Bingo Players

 

“Girl On Fire” – Alicia Keys

 

“How Far We’ve Come” – Matchbox Twenty

 

“Fighter” – Christina Aguilera

 

“The Fighter” – Gym Class Heroes ft. Ryan Tedder

 

“I Got You (I Feel Good)” – James Brown

 

“Good Feeling” – Flo Rida

 

“Numb/Encore” – Jay Z & Linkin Park

 

“Run” – The Maine

 

For more, click onto the Motivational Monday page!

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Motivation Monday Playlist

Monday Blues dragging you down? Well, flip that around: Mondays are all about motivation, and what better to get you pumped up than a great playlist? Hopefully, these tunes will brighten your busy day and add a little fuel to your fire.

 

“Centuries” – Fall Out Boy  

 

“Don’t Stop Me Now” – Queen (or McFly, depending on if you want the original or a great cover)

 

“Legendary” – The Summer Set

 

“Last Hope” – Paramore

 

“Angel With a Shotgun” – The Cab

 

“Proved You Wrong” – Cassadee Pope

 

“Don’t Give Up On Us” – The Maine

 

“My Body” – Young The Giant

 

“The Adventure” – Angels and Airwaves

 

“Dog Days Are Over” – Florence and The Machine

 

Like this playlist? Let me know in the comments below (or in a message if you’re shy!) and tell me what you want to see for next Motivational Monday!

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1001 Songs Challenge: Day One-Hundred! (The Grand Finale)

It’s here! The final day of the challenge, and the only day with more than ten songs on it! I am so excited for today’s playlist because it is the end. Only eleven more songs to go…

1. Viva La Vida – Coldplay

I can prove my neediness in saying that when this song came out, I proclaimed it the centerpiece of my history homework playlist….and anytime I read a book about history (because I love history), this song gets put on. Not only are the vocals amazing, but the lush music and the way it seems to capture this aspect of history and legend just makes this stand out. It’s easily one of Coldplay’s finest songs.

2. Dog Days Are Over – Florence & The Machine

This is a song I play typically when I go for a run (“Run fast for your mother, run fast for your father, run for the children, for your sisters and brothers…”). I love the power behind this song. Florence Welch has vocals that are beyond enviable, and the range she expresses on “Dog Days…” is incredible. Add in the gorgeous music and unique personality brought out even further by every line and every note, and this is a classic.

3. The Fear – Lily Allen

Lily Allen has many great songs, but I must admit, The Fear is hands down, one of my favorite songs she has ever come out with. She is great at providing social commentary, but this song really pushes the limits that little bit further, with sarcasm oozing out of every line. It’s brilliant. In fact, It’s Not Me, It’s You may have been the best album she ever released.

4. Summertime Clothes – Animal Collection

Well, you can’t finish off the 1001 Songs Challenge without at least one more “Do I like this or do I not?” track. I’m pretty sure I like it. The introduction is a bit bizarre, but once the vocals kick in, there’s something intriguing about that does draw you in. It doesn’t seem to fit in with the songs on today’s playlist (so far), but I suppose it stands out in a good way.

5. Rain Dance – The Very Best ft. M.I.A.

I’ve never been a big M.I.A. fan; nothing personal against her, it’s just not my cup of tea. However, I do quite like this track for how unfamiliar its sound is to me. I like songs that strike me as different, and this definitely fits the bill. Of course, the vocal harmonies of The Very Best are really what kept me entertained throughout the track.

6. Empire State of Mind – Jay-Z and Alicia Keys

One of the only Jay-Z songs (that isn’t with Linkin Park) that I will ever say I love. The pounding piano melodies and electric vocals, the rapping that seems to fit perfectly, and the anthemic tone of the song are amazing. This is why this song has become the song in New York (next to “New York, New York” of course). Add on to the fact that without this song, we may never have had Katy Perry’s “California Gurls.”

“It’s so great that ‘Empire State of Mind’ is huge and that everybody has the New York song, but what the fuck? What about LA? What about California? And it’s been a minute since we’ve had a California song and especially from a girl’s perspective. We took the references of Prince, which is always a great reference, and we took a lot of the ’90s, … almost that house music, some of those references.” – Katy Perry to Rolling Stone, April 2010.

7. Tenalle Chegret – Tinariwen

Apparrently, this means “The Long Thread.” What I like about this is the obvious blues influence. It almost strikes me as odd that the American market wouldn’t pick up on this, if not at least for film soundtracks, especially as they could have remixed it to be an even cooler track. It has obvious appeal to it. Musically, the blues aspect is incredible, and the vocal harmonies are even more impressive. There’s definitely something to be said for Tinariwen’s sound; they’re strong and consistent in their style, not wavering in overall tone either.

8. Harry Patch (In Memory Of) – Radiohead

Radiohead have this profound ability to haunt and inspire. On “Harry Patch (In Memory Of),” there is a lush melody that sounds fit for something like Les Miserables. It is truly gorgeous. Thom Yorke’s soft, brinking on high-pitched vocals add extra dimension to the track overall, further presenting a melancholy, but heroic tale, penned to be from the perspective of a WWI soldier in the trenches (Patch). It’s probably one of the best tributes I’ve ever heard, being both deeply heartfelt and inspiring. This is more of what should have been put into the 1001 Songs… book; more songs that made people feel something.

9. Go Do – Jonsi

I remember hearing this a lot when it was on trailers for films and such, and I loved it. I am happy to say that I still do. It is a great track. Jonsi has an amazing vocal range, and when paired with such stunning instrumentation (worthy of a whimsical score), I feel like he cannot go wrong. There is something about this song that seems to mix a million emotions into one, covering a full spectrum and illuminating my headphones with pure power. In many ways, the thing that makes this track stand out best is the way it accomplishes so much without sounding like it’s been overthought. The arrangement of the whole thing sounds so natural and beautiful, it is hard to resist.

10. Me & The Devil – Gil Scott-Heron

Bluesy with an ominous tone that will both haunt and delight you. Gil Scott-Heron has a really gruff quality to his voice that makes it sound both fresh and classic, if that makes any sense. There is also a very well-written/delivered spoken-word poem at the end of the song, which just adds to the pure quality of the overall track.

 

And last but not least (well, maybe least, we’ll have to see what the song is…):

The 1001st song:

Stylo – The Gorillaz

This is supposedly about over-population, which I can kind of get from the lyrics. Bobby Womack and Mos Def appear on the track, which probably helped it in terms of popularity amongst people who weren’t already into The Gorillaz. It has a funk undertone to it that really gives it an edge that may not have previously existed. However, the same could probably be said for the vocals, which all meld wonderfully. I also like the classic hip-hop style that is easy to kind of pull from the track. Pretty good way to finish off the challenge, especially as this has been an OVERLOAD of songs.

 

 

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And that’s all for the show folks! G-g-g-goodbye now!

Just kidding (kind of). This week, I am hoping to make a video about the 1001 Songs Challenge and what I liked, hated, and wish I’d seen more of. I will also be going back through every entry and piecing together a list of my favorites from the overall challenge.

If you’ve followed along with me, please #1001SongsPS and let me know what you thought about the whole damned thing. 😉

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1001 Songs Challenge: Day Ninety-Nine

It’s so weird to think that tomorrow is the last day of the challenge. I am curious as to what the next twenty songs will be, but I think there is already an entire genre I can subtract from the list of possibilities (but more on that when I post the video with my loves/hates/etc.). However, I’m still on a bit of a happy, Just-Went-To-Warped mood, so no Monday blues for me! Let’s get this done!

1. Paper Planes – M.I.A.

Whenever I think of this song, I just remember the film Slumdog Millionaire (brilliant film, by the way), and I think that may be the only reason I really enjoy it. The beats are catchy and the lyrics aren’t awful, so it’s definitely not something that will make you want to rip your ears out. I don’t mind it, anyway. It’s similar to some of Lily Allen’s old stuff, so how can you hate it? The only thing I don’t like is the cheesy sound effects (gun shots and cash register dings).

2. Mercy – Duffy

Oh wow. Do you remember when everybody and their mother was completely obsessed with Duffy? Seriously, I used to go to the Virgin Megastore (man, that feels like a million years ago…), and this chick’s poster and albums were everywhere.  In fairness, I completely get it. She has this mod sound to her that gives you chills for how brilliantly she sounds classic, but also how Duffy’s style has the attitude that the 21st century needed. I love this song in particular. It is so good, and her vocals are perfection, especially when you add in the epic instrumental quality. This is just an overall stellar track.

3. Sabali – Amadou and Mariam

Explaining this song is impossible, but to say I didn’t enjoy it would be a lie. I love the vocals and the overall style of it. I am so surprised I’ve never heard this before (that I know of). With a melodic flow of words, subtle beats, and techno influence, there’s little to dislike. This is a happy tune.

4. Divine – Sebastien Tellier

The 80s influence is either endearing or horrifying. I haven’t decided yet. I like how boppy it is, and how strange it is, to be honest. As soon as it begins, it seems to be over, but it’s really just the song changing. For a beat, it becomes more driven by the piano and has a softness to it reminiscent of a small, intimate live show. The more the song plays, the more I like it.

5. Mykonos – Fleet Foxes

Fleet Foxes aren’t everyone’s taste, but I’ve always liked them personally. It’s that folksy sound that I really enjoy. This one reminds me of a CD my Uncle Peter gave me of old gypsy stories. As a kid, I listened to all of them all the time, because they fascinated me. They had gorgeous, steady beats behind them, and a musicality very similar to Fleet Foxes’ “Mykonos.” However, Fleet Foxes do add a bit more of a rock and roll vibe, especially with the inflection of the vocals.

6. Time To Pretend – MGMT

I remember the first song I heard from MGMT; it was “Electric Feel” and I hated it. My cousin Ashley, on the other hand, thought it was “mint.” However, I didn’t mind this one. I don’t know why. Mainly, it’s catchy and it’s pretty much a facetious jab at the industry as a whole I think (make music, get rich, marry a model, etc.). Maybe it’s a jab at the way we all operate, I don’t know. But I do know that most people know the transient sound in the introduction of the song.

7. Sweet Disposition – The Temper Trap

Such a great song! There is something so beautiful about this track, and I don’t know whether it’s because it’s a mixture of soothing and exciting or what, but I will own up to playing this on my iPod on a regular basis. The vocals are gorgeous and soulful, and the instruments don’t overshadow that. In fact, neither the vocals or the instruments overshadow one another; they seem to work together very well, collaborating, as opposed to the typical competition you can almost sense on other tracks. This is the anthem for being so content in a moment, you don’t want to leave.

8. L.E.S. Artistes – Santogold

I really enjoy how “snappy” (pardon the pun) this song is. With excellent timing and vocals that just make you want to sing along, it is impossible to go wrong with this track. I could listen to this again and again, just because I do find it so enjoyable. The chorus has a great, infectious energy to it.

9. Sex On Fire – Kings Of Leon

Ah, the rock and roll edge of this track, the guttural vocals, and the whole damned thing just make this song stand out of the pack. I personally think “Use Somebody” is slightly better, but that’s just because I love how melodic it is. “Sex On Fire” still hits people with it’s classic rock inflection and blunt tone. It’s a song that you’re meant to rock out to; each chord on the guitar encourages it. Seriously, try and tell me you haven’t sang along to this at the top of your lungs.

10. One Day Like This – Elbow

I love the fact that the vocals on this track aren’t distorted by what people expect. The vocalist’s Mancunian accent is still ringing out loud and clear on this song, and I love it. Lush instrumentation, fantastic lyrics, and just a whole sound that makes it easy to adore. I personally will be adding this to my playlist in the future. I cannot believe I have never heard this song before; this may be a new favorite of mine.

 

All in good spirits this Monday as I get back to the wind and grind, but my Warped Tour grin is still on my face. My voice is also slightly gone, but that’s all that talking and singing! Lots of water to be drank today and lots of music to help me unwind and rest up. Who’s excited to hit the end of this challenge? I am!

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