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Spartans on Spotify: Music Festival Vibes

Spartans on Spotify: Music Festival Vibes

It’s almost festival season! Whether it’s one day or a weekend long, not many things quite beat being outside in the summer, listening to your favorite bands and music artists live. This month we put together a playlist that features songs from artists on this summer’s most popular festival lineups!

Have a great summer, and if you are heading out to any of these festivals, stay safe!

Chiodos on stage at Warped Tour in 2013. Photo: Rene Kiss.

Chiodos on stage at Warped Tour in 2013. Photo: Rene Kiss.

1. “Burnin’ It Down” – Jason Aldean

Jason Aldean will be playing at Faster Horses in Brooklyn, Michigan. The festival is July 15-17.

2. “Good Times Roll” – Big Gigantic and GRiZ
‘Big G’ and GRiZ will both be at Summer Camp Music Festival (May 27-29) and Camp Bisco (July 14-16)

3. “Californication” – Red Hot Chili Peppers
Red Hot Chili Peppers are headlining Osheaga in Montreal, Quebec, on July 29-31.

4. “Sirens” – String Cheese Incident
If you’ve ever been to Electric Forest, you know String Cheese Incident. The group will be back playing three nights at the festival on June 23-26 in Rothbury, Michigan.

5. “High by the Beach” – Lana Del Rey

Lana Del Rey is headlining Lollapalooza on July 28 in Chicago and Osheaga in Montreal.

6. “Native Son” – Gramatik
Gramatik will be performing with Big Gigantic and GRiZ to form “Big Grizmatik” at Summer Camp in Chillicothe, Illinois, and Camp Bisco in Mariaville Lake, New York.

7. “In The Kitchen” – Umphrey’s McGee
Umphrey’s McGee is headlining Summer Camp Music Festival in Chillicothe, Illinois, and will play three nights there.

8. “You & Me” – Bassnectar
Bassnectar is headlining Summer Set Music Festival on August 14-16 in Somerset, Wisconsin. He will also be performing at Electric Forest in June.

9. “Mad at Myself” – Issues
Issues will be touring with Van’s Warped Tour from June 24 until August 13. Warped Tour will be coming to Michigan on Friday, July 22.

10. “Downtown” – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are headlining Bonnaroo in Manchester, Tennessee, on June 9-12.

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Spartans on Spotify: Campus Commute Groove

Spartans on Spotify: Campus Commute Groove

Running out of songs to listen to on your daily campus commute? Whether you walk, ride your bike or take the bus, here’s a list of some jams to listen to during your trek across Michigan State University’s beautiful campus. Follow us on Spotify at TheBigGreenMSU to stay up to date with our latest playlists!

Photo courtesy of Ursula O'Connor.

Photo courtesy of Ursula O’Connor.

1. “Here Comes the Sun” – The Beatles

What better song to walk to your 8 a.m. than this one?

2. “I’m Doin’ My Thing” – Gramatik

Keep doin’ your thing.

3. “Where Is The Love?” – The Black Eyed Peas

Thoughts that cross your mind when you see how angry everyone looks on their way to class.

4. “Billionaire” – Travie McCoy & Bruno Mars

The reminder of why you shouldn’t skip “CEM 141” today.

5. “Clint Eastwood” – Gorillaz

You can’t help bobbing your head to this one, even if it looks weird to those people across from you on the CATA bus.

6. “Day ‘N’ Night” – Kid Cudi

The relaxing vibes from this song will keep you (somewhat) calm when you just left Akers at 10:15 a.m., you missed the bus and your 10:20 a.m. is at Berkey.

7. “When I Come Around” – Green Day

Try and tell me that you don’t feel like you’re in a 90s punk music video when this song comes on.

8. “Shut Up and Dance” – WALK THE MOON

And now this song is stuck in your head for the rest of the day.

9. “Like Toy Soldiers” – Eminem

“Left right left we all fall down…” on the couch once we get home from a long day on campus.

10. “Ain’t It Fun” – Paramore

No, Hayley Williams, it’s not fun walking around campus all day. But, it could always be worse; you could live in Ann Arbor.

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Spartan’s on Spotify: Spring Break Road Trippin’ Tunes

Spartan’s on Spotify: Spring Break Road Trippin’ Tunes

Photo via Rene Kiss.

Photo via Rene Kiss.

Driving to your spring break destination and you’ve run out of songs to add to your road trip playlist? The Big Green compiled a list of road trippin’ songs just for you. We even added a few extra so you’ve got tunes for miles!

1. “Wake Me Up” – Avicii

For the people who plan on sleeping the whole way to the destination.

2. “Sugar We’re Goin’ Down” – Fall Out Boy

Okay let’s be real: who doesn’t sing this song as loudly as possible?

3. “Dani California” – Red Hot Chili Peppers

Red Hot Chili Peppers’ low-tempo vibes are perfect for riding in the car, especially on a sunny day!

4. “Jumper” – Third Eye Blind

And I bet you still know all the lyrics to this one!

5. “Roses” – The Chainsmokers

Featuring Elizabeth Roze Mencel, this song is number nine on Billboard’s Hot 100 as of Feb. 28.

6. “My Own Worst Enemy” – Lit

Please tell my why…we’re not there yet?

7. “Fun, Fun Fun” – The Beach Boys

‘Til your daddy takes the T-bird away.

8. “Sexual Healing” – Marvin Gaye (Kygo Remix)

Kygo released this remix in 2014 and since then, it’s gained 24.1 million listens! It’s a great feel-good song for a road trip.

9. “Good Time” – Owl City ft. Carly Rae Jepsen

You don’t even have to try…

10. “Home” – Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros

Whether you’re driving home or not, it’s hard not to move your head to this one.

11. “A Thousand Miles” – Vanessa Carlton

Because at this point, you’ll feel like you’ve been driving that long.

12. “Life is a Highway” – Rascal Flatts

You were probably expecting this song would be on here. You were right.

13. “Young Blood” – The Naked and Famous

This song by the New Zealand indie-electronic band is a perfect song to get you through those last miles.

14. “What I Got” – Sublime

This list wouldn’t be complete without a little bit of Sublime.

15. “Under Pressure” – David Bowie and Queen

This is our last dance. You made it!

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Spartans on Spotify: Workout Beats

Spartans on Spotify: Workout Beats

Trying to stay true to that New Year’s resolution but sick of listening to the same songs during each workout? The Big Green compiled a playlist perfect for hitting the gym! Follow us at TheBigGreenMSU on Spotify to keep up to date with our latest themed playlists.

1. ‘Til I Collapse – Eminem

This song is sure to keep you motivated and working hard…’til you collapse.

2. Funk Party – GRiZ

This upbeat song is perfect for keeping you moving on the treadmill or elliptical.Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

3. X Gon’ Give It To Ya – DMX

Finance senior Kevin McCoy says this is his favorite song to work out to due to it’s motivational lyrics and beat.

4. Get Back – Ludacris

Spending most of your time hitting the heavy bag? This tune will put you in the zone!

5. Can’t Hold Us (ft. Ray Dalton) – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

This song landed number seven on Spotify’s most popular workout songs in 2014!

6. Memories (ft. Kid Cudi) – David Guetta

This song’s high tempo makes it one of the best to run to.

7. Run It! – Chris Brown

Throwing it back to 2005 with this one!

8. All I Do Is Win – DJ Khaled

This is a self-motivating, up-tempo song, which is why we’ve included it at number eight on the list!

9. Dedicated To The Service – Manic Focus

There’s no better way to wrap up your workout than by slowing it down with this Manic Focus song.

10. Invincible – Machine Gun Kelly

This slower tempo song is a perfect way to finish off a great workout!

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Spartans on Spotify: Study Session

Spartans on Spotify: Study Session

Photo via Creative Commons.

Photo via Creative Commons.

Is the fact that finals are right around the corner stressing you out? Do you need something to help you relax and stay focused on studying at the same time? Have no fear, The Big Green is here with our monthly playlist to help you get through these next few weeks of studying! As always, don’t forget to follow us on Spotify at TheBigGreenMSU.

1. The Way – Emancipator

This could’ve been a whole playlist of Emancipator, due to the calming nature of their songs.

2. Bittersweet Symphony – The Verve

The repetition of this song’s melody is sure to keep you focused on studying.

3. Fall in Love Too Fast – GRiZ

With that old-school classical vibe and the saxophone solos, GRiZ offers a ton of chill tunes to help you on that study grind.

4. All We Need (feat. Shy Girls) – ODESZA

It was hard to pick just one ODESZA song, when almost all of them have that dreamy, laid back vibe.

5. Gravity – John Mayer

Not much can beat the amazing combination of Mayer’s smooth voice and soothing guitar.

6. You Wish – Nightmares on Wax

“Sometimes I get a good feeling” that this song is perfect for a study session.

7. Float On – Modest Mouse

This song might be a little more upbeat, but it has a positive uplifting message that is perfect for the hecticness of finals – when times get tough we just float on.

8. Sleeping Sickness – City and Colour

Leave it to Dallas Green to keep you concentrated on finishing that final paper you’ve been procrastinating.

9. Pachuca Sunrise – Minus the Bear

The indie-rock band from Seattle makes so many great songs for studying, it was hard to put just one on this list!

10. Takin’ It To The Max (feat. Branx and Jesus) – Exmag

Take your studying to the max with this song!

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Spartans on Spotify: Halloween Hits

Spartans on Spotify: Halloween Hits

Halloween is here and The Big Green put together a few spooky tunes to get everyone in the holiday spirit! Don’t forget to follow us at TheBigGreenMSU on Spotify to keep up to date with our latest themed playlists. Happy Halloween!

Rene pumpkins1. Let the Bodies Hit the Floor – Activator

Activator threw a modern electronic spin on an old heavy metal song by Drowning Pool

2. Thriller – Michael Jackson

Let’s be honest, who doesn’t love to get down to some M.J. every once in awhile?

3. Disturbia – Rihanna

It might be one of the two songs on this playlist that are from this decade, but that doesn’t take away from the freaky nature of this hit song.

4. Superstition – Stevie Wonder

It’s almost impossible not to get the funk down to this popular Motown original.

5. Magic Dance – David Bowie

Whether you’ve seen The Labyrinth or not, there’s no denying that Bowie’s eccentricity and bizarreness embody the spirit of Halloween.

6. Ghostbusters – Ray Parker, Jr.

“Who you gonna call?”

7. Monster Mash – Bobby Pickett

It might be cliché, but would it really be a Halloween playlist without this song?

8. Witch Doctor – David Seville

The childhood nostalgia is strong with this one.

9. Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) – Eurythmics

There’s something in the melody of this song that has “eerie” written all over it.

10. Banana Boat Song (Day-O) – Harry Belafonte

Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice!

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Spartans on Spotify: Tailgate Tunes

Spartans on Spotify: Tailgate Tunes

Photo Courtesy of: Tanner Trombley

Photo Courtesy of: Tanner Trombley

Hey everyone, Rene here! Spartans on Spotify is a monthly column in which I’ll be providing a themed playlist of songs across all genres and fit for any Spartan. In addition to posting the song list on here, you can listen along on The Big Green’s Spotify account. Follow us at TheBigGreenMSU to stay up to date with all of our monthly playlists!

This month’s theme: Tailgate Tunes the perfect mix to please all crowds at any tailgate or pregame.

1.  Type of Way – Rich Homie Quan

This one kind of speaks for itself. Nothing quite says “Spartan Football” like the anthem of our beloved team the year that we won the Rose Bowl in 2014.

2. 7/11 – Beyonce

Let’s face it – everyone can get down to some Beyonce Knowles. She’s a crowd pleaser and a must have in any pregame playlist.

3. Can’t Feel My Face – The Weeknd

Once you hear it, you can’t get it out of your head.

4. Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars

It might be overplayed, but that’s for a good reason: this song makes people want to move no matter how much they try not to.

5. Get Low – Lil Jon & The Eastside Boyz

Yes, we’ve heard it over and over again at any given gathering, but it’s still as great as it was when you were in the sixth grade and heard it for the first time.

6. Come On Eileen – Dexys Midnight Runners

It might not be as well known to the vast majority, but there’s something about this song that fits perfectly into any tailgate.

7. Roses – OutKast

Let’s be real, everyone loves a throwback.

8. I Don’t F*** With You – Big Sean

Not only is this song catchy, but it definitely gets the crowd hyped up about crushing whichever team the Spartans are about to defeat.

9. Ignition Remix – R Kelly

This is another one of those songs that we all heard in middle school, which is one of the reasons why this is an obvious crowd favorite.

10. Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond

Only the best for last. It’s remarkable that this song was released in 1969 and yet at any given pregame, you’ll find yourself singing the chorus at the top of your lungs – “Good times never seemed so good (so good, so good, so good).”

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