With the long-awaited spring break here and the stress of midterms behind us, we could all use some fresh tunes. Whether you’re road tripping to the beach or enjoying some couch time, this playlist will pump up your break.
Check out these fun facts about some of the featured artists and then start jamming to this mix of classic, cool and upbeat tunes.
This rad up-and-comer is best-known for her hit track “Alaska,” which she apparently wrote in 15 minutes about a hiking trip she went on for a class with Pharrell Williams. She is a self-proclaimed lover of old jeans and pink eye shadow. She also has a cat named Cat Stevens.
This funky group from Nashville was started in 2012 by a group of students from Belmont University. Since selling out their first show in 2013, they have continued to rise in popularity. Their song “Talk Too Much” has done especially well and is called by some “their kissing anthem” (this track is, fittingly, featured on this playlist).
This indie pop group out of Minnesota has grown in popularity for their very recently released and well-received album and accompanying music videos. They are signed to not one but two record labels — one here in the U.S. and one in the U.K. The names of their band members, according to their Facebook page, are Beans, Espo, Stitches and Turntan.
The well-known and beloved Paul Simon has won 12 Grammys, as well as tons of other awards. He’s one of only five artists to win the Grammy for album of the year more than once. Simon was not only in music partnership with Art Garfunkel, but the two were also childhood best friends.
The Apache Relay
This Nashville group also got its start at Belmont University. Who knew? Since their formation, they have opened for Mumford & Sons and performed at huge festivals like Bonnaroo and Voodoo.
The Beach Boys
Ah, the timeless Beach Boys. This group has been together for well over 50 years and was originally formed by three brothers — Brian, Dennis and Carl Wilson — and their cousin Mike Love, as well as their friend Al Jardine. The Beach Boys began as a garage band managed by the Wilsons’ father, Murry. But they didn’t stay in the garage. Since their humble beginnings, they’ve sold over 100 million records worldwide, making them one of the best-selling bands of all time.
And on that cheery note, I bid you adieu. Happy listening and have a very happy spring break, folks.