As the sun begins to warm the campus grounds and the flowers begin to bloom, students find themselves spending more time outside. I have noticed over the past couple of weeks that when we finally get a nice, warm day, The Quad is filled up with fellow stags. I have a perfect view of The Quad from my dorm and there is something so wholesome about seeing students laughing, playing and just hanging outside together. With the abundance of students enjoying the outdoors, I thought it would be a great idea to create the ultimate Quad playlist. The best way to add to those great spring/summer vibes is to match it with some good, upbeat tunes. Here are ten songs I think would make a great Quad playlist.  

  1. “Brazil” by Declan McKenna

This song encapsulates the essence of a perfect summer day, with its infectious rhythm and catchy melody. Its upbeat and feel-good lyrics instantly transport me to carefree moments under the warm, summer sun. I think this song would be a great addition to a Quad playlist because it puts everyone in a good mood. 

  1. “Love Lost” by Mac Miller

Similar to “Brazil,” this song by Mac Miller is a summer classic. Whenever this song comes on, I want to get up and dance. Its laidback melody and melodic beats give off the perfect summer vibe. Its smooth blend of hip-hop and soulful elements creates a relaxing and joyful atmosphere. For me, this song never gets old and I highly recommend giving it a listen if you haven’t already. 

  1. “Hooked on a Feeling” by Blue Swede and Bjorn Skifs

Let’s be real, who doesn’t love this song? It is a timeless classic that effortlessly captures the essence of carefree joy and infectious energy. Many, like me, know this song from the hit Marvel movie “Guardians of the Galaxy.” The upbeat energy, catchy melody, and the iconic “ooga chaka” will lift your spirits and get you tapping your toes. 

  1. “Could You Be Loved” by Bob Marley

Another timeless anthem is the song “Could You Be Loved” by Bob Marley. Bob Marley will always give off the best summer chill vibes and this song is a classic. With its irresistible blend of reggae beats and soulful vocals, the song has a universal appeal that transcends generations, making it the perfect addition to a Quad playlist. 

  1. “End of Beginning” by Djo

This song recently grew its popularity from TikTok and for good reason. Some might not know this, but this song is actually by Joe Keery aka Steve Harrington in Stranger Things. It’s a magnetic blend of dreamy melodies and infectious rhythms that effortlessly captivates listeners. The best part of the song is the chorus when he sings “And when I’m back in Chicago I feel it.” This song has just such a great vibe and would be perfect for any playlist. 

  1. “The Thrill” by Wiz Khalifa and Empire Of The Sun

This song combines Wiz Khalifa’s infectious rap energy with Empire Of The Sun’s uplifting beat. You can’t help but want to dance when this song comes on. The song’s pulsating rhythm and catchy hooks transport listeners to a state of euphoria that no one wants to leave.

  1. “Revival” by Zach Bryan

Unlike some of the others, “Revival” by Zach Bryan gives a more chill, relaxed vibe. Zach Bryan does a wonderful job of capturing the essence of raw emotion and lived experiences in all these songs. I would recommend any of these songs for this playlist, but “Revival” is a great one. The song effortlessly evokes a nostalgic longing for simpler times while igniting a spark of hope and resilience. It’s a perfect song to blast as the sun begins to fade as the night starts. 

  1. “Lost” by Frank Ocean

Who doesn’t love a good Frank Ocean song? Frank Ocean captivates listeners with his ethereal blend of smooth R&B melodies and introspective lyrics, creating a magnetic journey that resonates deeply with emotions of longing. “Lost” is a great song to put you in those warm weather feels with its uplifting vibe. 

  1. “Sold out of Love” by The Nude Party

“Sold of Love” by The Nude Party is the type of song you listen to on a chill, carefree summer day. There is something about this song that is so nostalgic and heartwarming to listen to. The melody is upbeat, yet chill and it brings out such a positive energy. This song was also featured in season three of Outer Banks!

  1. “Amber” by 311

For my last song, I wanted to recommend one that many might not know. “Amber” by 311 is a quintessential feel-good anthem with its laid-back reggae-infused rhythm and soulful melodies. To me, this song screams good weather and sunny days. The vibe is cheerful, yet relaxed and I think it would be a perfect addition to a Quad playlist. 

With a blend of energetic beats, nostalgic throwbacks, and laid-back tunes, this is my ultimate Quad playlist that perfectly encapsulates the spring/summer vibes. I hope you take this playlist and give some of the songs a listen! So let the music play and let the good times roll as fellow Stags bask in the warmth of the sun in The Quad.

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