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Currently Playing: Night Drive’s Summer Playlist

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Need some tunes to get you through the remainder of the summer? Plug in your headphones and imagine yourself on a road trip through the desert at night with the eclectic band Night Drive, who put together an artist playlist of some of their favorite summer jams just for you. Night Drive’s personal sound that’s inspired by sci-fi cinematic landscapes has been influenced by some of the artists on this playlist, so put the top down and enjoy the ride under the stars.

 

Mac Demarco – “On The Level”
It’s morning, you’ve just started the drive, and this song sets the tone for your trip. Slow yourself down and enjoy; you’ll be in the car for a while.

Boulevards – “Got To Go”
At this point, it’s just starting to hit you how long this drive is going to be. Do you have it in you? Time to inject some upbeat disco to keep your spirits up.

Matthew Dear – “Earthforms” 
You’re beyond the point of no return now, in the zone and driving 90 in a hypnotic trance through the desert.

Miike Snow – “Cult Logic” 
You’ve just passed a huge array of wind-power turbines, a nice change of scenery in the trip.

Felt – “Penelope Tree”
It’s late afternoon and there’s been nothing for miles; time for an ’80s throwback.

Pixies – “Silver”
It is now dusk and Texas has amazing sunsets if nothing else. This song feels like the sun setting in the desert.

Anoraak – “Heart Out”
Time to start the night-time vibes.

Black Marble – “Woods”
This drive has been going on for so long, you get delirious and start to wonder if maybe you took a wrong turn. Are you lost?

Boxed in – “Forget” 
It’s now late night and there are no street lights. You’ve become reckless and you’re driving much faster than you should be at this point.

Broken Bells – “Perfect World”
You just saw a sign and you’re only 30 miles from your destination. Here’s your song to celebrate the home stretch.

Check out the Spotify Playlist here and check out the synth-tastic Night Drive’s music video for “Rise and Fall” below.

 

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Currently Playing: Night Drive’s Summer Playlist: Photo by Daniel Cavazos

Your Perfect Memorial Day Playlist

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Memorial Day is here and hopefully you have some fun plans to celebrate the unofficial start of summer! Whether you’re chilling at the beach or relaxing at a backyard barbecue, you’ll need the right sounds to make the day complete. But don’t worry, you won’t need to scramble this year to put together the perfect playlist. We’ve done it for you. Here’s your perfect Memorial Day playlist.
 
Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl) – Looking Glass
We’re starting off with a classic ’70s track to ease us into things. This should put everyone in a good mood and ready to enjoy themselves and the day.
Sunny Afternoon – The Kinks
Speaking of the day, the title of this track should hopefully be referring to the weather wherever you are. It’s also another nice easygoing song to get us started.
Get Lucky – Daft Punk
Don’t worry, we weren’t going to stay in the ’70s the whole time. This funky hit will keep the good times rolling.

Fantasy – Mariah Carey
Now we jump back to the ’90s for some pop grooves from Mariah.
Lovely Day – Bill Withers
Bill Withers comes on to tell us again that this hopefully is a great day with amazing weather.
Lovefool – The Cardigans
Back to the ’90s. Back to some great pop grooves.
Don’t Worry Baby – The Beach Boys
How could you start the summer off and not have the Beach Boys make an appearance on your playlist? Here we slow things down just a bit, but the harmonies in this song won’t have you minding much.
I Feel It Coming – The Weeknd
Keeping things soft and slow, but bringing back the grooves.

This Girl – Kungs vs. Cookin’ on 3 Burners
Picking the tempo back up with this track.
I Was Made To Love Her – Stevie Wonder
We couldn’t leave Stevie off the playlist. Who wouldn’t want to hear his sweet voice on a nice, sunny day? We went with one of his most soulful songs.
Escape (The Pina Colada Song) – Rupert Holmes
This starts a three song suite that I refer to as the “what you’re probably drinking” set. Sing along with the chorus since I know you know it.
Passionfruit – Drake
The master of moody music is up next with a track that brings us back to a similar groove that’s been flowing through most of this list.
Pine & Ginger – Amindi K. Fro$t & Valleyz
This song keeps a similar feeling going from the previous track.
Champion – Kanye West
Picking things back up with some classic Kanye.
Blame It On The Boogie – The Jacksons
Some people might be questioning not going with a Michael Jackson song here instead of one when he was still with his brothers, but trust me, give this a chance. A supremely fun song.

Slide – Calvin Harris
It might sound at first like a huge tonal shift, but once the beat kicks in, this works to keep our groove going.
You Make My Dreams – Hall & Oates
The hardest decision might have been which Hall & Oates song to put on this list. Of course they were always going to be on it. We went with this because it brings back some of the fun that the last song might’ve dampened.
Treasure – Bruno Mars
Yes, he’s had some great songs out more recently, but again this song is just fun. And personally, it has the best groove of them all, which this playlist is striving for.
California Gurls – Katy Perry
Well, if we’re going classic Kanye and classic Bruno Mars, might as well go classic Katy Perry. Keeping the fun going.
Shape of You – Ed Sheeran
We keep the groove going for our last song while we start to wind things down.
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The Perfect Modern Valentine’s Day Playlist

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It’s about that time of year; the pink and red decorations are all on display, flowers and chocolate are everywhere, and just about everyone is looking for something to do on Valentine’s Day. Whether it would be a date night or a stay in and chill night, your night must have music! Here’s a list of the 18 best songs for the perfect modern Valentine’s Day playlist!

 
This playlist has a variety of different songs for every part of your evening. It consists of some upbeat and lively songs like “Electric Love” by BORNS and “Rather Be” by Clean Bandit to pump you up for the evening. Some slow and sensual songs like “Earned It” by the Weeknd and “Crazy in Love” (Remix) by Beyonce to end your evening with some romance, and basically everything in-between.
 
Whatever situation you find yourself in this Valentine’s Day, this playlist has got you covered! You can find this playlist on Spotify!
“Thinking Out Loud”– Ed Sheeran
“Love Me Like You Do”– Ellie Goulding
“Like I’m Gonna Lose You” – Meghan Trainor ft John Legend
“Earned It” — The Weeknd
“Make You Feel My Love” — Adele
“Rather Be” — Clean Bandit
“Marry Me” — Train
“Electric Love” — BORNS
“Crazy In Love” (Remix) — Beyonce
“Say You Won’t Let Go” — James Arthur
“Sweetest Devotion” — Adele
“Love Story” — Taylor Swift
“Play That Song” — Train
“Stand By You” — Rachel Platten
“Bed” — J Holiday
“With You” — Chris Brown
“I Can’t Help Falling In Love” — Haley Reinhart
“Photograph” — Ed Sheeran
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Summer Travel Playlist

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For many of us, summer is the chance to take a break and get some traveling in. Whether you’re traveling around your own state, or traveling the world, it’s always nice to have a playlist prepared! This summer, I’m doing quite a bit of traveling, so I created my perfect summer travel playlist to get me through those long hours on the plane and on the road. I like to mix current popular songs with some of my classic favorites. Check it out, and maybe it’ll inspire you to make one, too. Have an incredible summer!

  1. One Dance – Drake, Wiz Kid, Kyla
  2. Misery – Gwen Stefani
  3. Work – Rihanna feat. Drake
  4. Cheap Thrills – Sia
  5. Send My Love (To Your New Lover) – Adele
  6. What Kind of Man – Florence & The Machine
  7. Emmylou – First Aid Kit
  8. Hell No – Ingrid Michaelson
  9. Badlands – Bruce Springsteen
  10. Good Times Bad Times – Led Zeppelin
  11. Go Your Own Way – Fleetwood Mac
  12. Take It Easy – Eagles
  13. California – Joni Mitchell
  14. Let’s Dance – David Bowie  
  15. Can’t Stop The Feeling! – Justin Timberlake
  16. The Hills – The Weeknd
  17. Into You – Ariana Grande
  18. Love Yourself – Justin Bieber
  19. Kill Em With Kindness – Selena Gomez
  20. Here Comes the Sun – The Beatles
  21. Don’t Stop Me Now – Queen
  22. Walk This Way – Aerosmith
  23. Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd
  24. Beast of Burden – The Rolling Stones
  25. Up Around The Bend – Creedence Clearwater Revival


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10 Best Christmas Covers Playlist

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Tis the season of cozy knit sweaters, conversations by the fireplace, and marshmallows sprinkled over warm hot chocolate. There’s something magical about walking in the late hours of the night and looking around at the blanket of lights scattered across the streets. So while you’re eagerly shopping and wrapping gifts, pop your earphones in and take in the festivity with some Christmas tunes! Here at Cliché, we’ve got you covered with the best Christmas music that will definitely get you in the holiday spirit (if you’re not already).
1. Last Christmas – Ariana Grande

2. Santa Baby – Taylor Swift

3. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) – Michael Bublé

4. A Holly Jolly Christmas – Lady Antebellum

5. Baby it’s Cold Outside – Zooey Deschanel & Leon Redbone

6. Winter Wonderland – Jason Mraz

7. All I Want for Christmas is You – Mariah Carey

8. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Coldplay

9. Here Comes Santa Claus / Winter Wonderland Mix – Anna Kendrick & Snoop Dog

10. Mistletoe – Justin Bieber

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Valentine’s Day Playlist

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It’s the time of year when love is in the air and couples are preparing for Valentine’s Day. Music can help you get into that V-Day mindset, so I’ve made a playlist that reminds me of love. Now, the playlist doesn’t need to accompany a dinner or any sort of date, because if you’re like me, you’re single and not planning to spend V-Day with anyone special. If that’s the case, then you can listen to these cute songs, and curl up on the couch with Netflix and enjoy a relaxing Saturday night. Enjoy the day however you’re spending it and make sure to hit up those post-Valentine’s Day candy sales. Check out my list below!
Dance Me to the End of Love — The Civil Wars
I’m Confessin’ (That I Love You) — James Newton Howard
Forever — Ben Harper
Don’t Tell Him What Happened to Me — James Newton Howard
Be My Forever — Christina Perri and Ed Sheeran
Hear Your Heart  — James Bay
Something’s Got a Hold On Me — Etta James
Loving You Tonight — Andrew Allen
I Can’t Believe That You’re In Love With Me — Billie Holiday
Sweet Pea — Amos Lee
I Find the Light in You — Joe Brooks
Yours — Ella Henderson
Hold You In My Arms — Ray LaMontagne
Thinking Out Loud — Ed Sheeran
Love Like This — Kodaline

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#NowPlaying: Christmas Edition

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The return of the holiday season is always marked by TV networks insisting upon reruns of A Christmas Story, Home Alone, and other cheesy, but inexplicably compelling titles. Likewise, book and game stores push pre-orders of their hottest December releases (will someone please buy me the Wii U so I can play Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker on December 5?). Still, nothing beats the often too-early streaming of Christmas music in the malls, on your radio stations, and even on Pandora to get you in the holiday spirits. For this edition of #NowPlaying, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best Christmas songs of all time. We hope you enjoy!

10. “Feliz Navidad” – Jose Feliciano
Who doesn’t love a corny classic now and then—especially one that has non-Spanish speakers sounding fluent? Muy bien, readers. Muy bien.

Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer9. “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer” – Elmo & Patsy
Grandma should really be more careful; am I right? Some songs are just so bad that they’re good. Case in point.

8. “Jingle Bell Rock” – Bobby Helms
Despite the many re-recordings of this chart-topper, nothing beats the original. There’s just something very charming about Helms’ voice in this classic little jingle.

7. “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree” – Brenda LeeRockin Around The Christmas Tree
Can you believe Lee was only 13 when she recorded this song? Her lovely, mature voice and the song’s jolly and light pop-rock feel keep “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree” playing year after year.

6. “Santa Baby” – Eartha Kitt
Oh, Ms. Kitt, you’re so darn coy! We love how you use your flirtatious feminine ways to get your ’54 convertible… light blue!

Do They Know Its Christmas5. “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” – Band Aid
Feed the world! While depressing, this song definitely makes us look at the holidays from a completely different perspective.

4. “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” – John Lennon & Yoko Ono
Sorry to our dear readers for being so depressing. Still, no music list is complete without one or all of The Beatles. John Lennon’s voice is pure velvet as he sings this beautiful and meaningful melody.

3. “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” – Dean MartinBaby Its Cold Outside
While Dean Martin may not have written this song, we can’t help but include his delightful version complete with an all-female chorus. Not only is this an incredible winter tune, it is easily one of the greatest duets of all time. ‘Tis the season for snuggling!

2. “Last Christmas” – Wham
While “Last Christmas” is a fantastic record and a close 2nd on our list, we insist that you hear the Glee version sung by Lea Michele and Cory Monteith (at least our Glee-obsessed Entertainment Director thinks so).

All I Want For Christmas is You1. “All I Want For Christmas Is You” – Mariah Carey
Do we really need to explain our choice? This diva is no stranger to the top of the billboards and it’s easy to see why. The record is catchy, romantic, and just plain fun to sing after a few glasses of eggnog! Plus it sold over 14 million copies to date. You go, Mariah.

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Winter Playlist

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During winter breaks, nothing makes me happier than sitting near a fire, wrapped in a blanket, drinking hot chocolate, and listening to some calming songs as I watch the snow pile up outside my window. Sometimes, though, I’m not in the mood for the same Christmas songs that I listen to every year, so I’ve created a winter playlist that captures my mood. Some of the songs deal with winter themes and others just have a particularly soothing tone to them. If you’re looking for some new tunes to help you get over the winter blues, you can check these out.

Cedar Lane — First Aid Kit
I See Fire — Ed Sheeran
Alarms in the Heart — Dry the River
Pull Me Down — Mikky Ekko
Winter Song — The Head and the Heart
From Eden — Hozier
Sweater Weather — The Neighbourhood
Too Cold — Current Swell
The Boxer — Jerry Douglas and Mumford & Sons
Back to the River — Lily & Madeleine
Old Pine — Ben Howard
Flapper Girl — The Lumineers
Scare Away the Dark — Passenger
Higher Love — James Vincent McMorrow
Pine Trees — Jake Bugg

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Fall Playlist

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Fall is finally here and that means the leaves are changing colors, sweater weather is approaching, pumpkins are ready to be carved, pumpkin spice is everywhere, and apple cider is finally acceptable to drink.

One of my favorite fall pastimes is to have a fall activity day with friends where you break out the pumpkins, apples, blankets and Halloween movies (Hocus Pocus!) because it’s time to celebrate, but it’s always a struggle to create a appropriate fall playlist. I actually have a playlist for every season to match my mood, so I just throw on my fall playlist when it’s time to relax. To me, a fall playlist requires calming music that makes me happy that my favorite season is here. I tend to go for the for acoustic tunes with harmonicas and the feel-good music you just want to bob your head to. Here are some of my recommendations to include in a fall playlist of your own:

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#NowPlaying

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With summer finally here, you’d think I’d be out enjoying the gorgeous weather and the break from being indoors. However, being a true entertainment junkie, I find myself still glued to my electronics. Also, it doesn’t help that I can watch TV, listen to music, and read a book from my phone; let’s just say that my face has yet to bask in the light of day. Who needs healthy social interaction anyway? Especially when you can stay glued to a screen all day (totally joking—go make friends). Here’s what I currently have on rotation.

Listening To: Bangerz by Miley Cyrus

So we all know Hannah Montana-no-more has gone clinically insane circa Britney Spears 2007. Still, despite how repulsed I am by her new persona, I’m completely obsessed with her Bangerz album—though if you tell anyone, I’ll deny it. It’s very rare that I find an album where I like almost every single song, but believe it or not, this is one of them. However, this shouldn’t come as a surprise when she’s been collaborating with artists such as Will.i.Am and Pharrell. Album highlights include fan-favorites like “We Can’t Stop” and “Wrecking Ball,” pretty vocals like “Adore You” and “Drive,” and of course finger-snapping beats like “Hands in the Air” and “Someone Else”; and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The ill-fitting hairstyles, crazy antics, and unbearable new personality might turn you away from Miley, but there’s no denying that this album rocks!

Reading: Brunbrunetteambitionette Ambition by Lea Michele

This shouldn’t come as a surprise to our readers. I love all things Lea Michele. In her debut novel—which is both memoir as well as a how-to for the young and ambitious—we get to hear revealing untold stories and never-before-seen images of the multi-tasking starlet. From beauty tips to fitness advice, Michele describes this as “the book [she] wishes she’d had in her teens and early twenties.” I may have been newly inducted into my late twenties, but that didn’t stop me from pre-ordering my copy.

yoshiPlaying: Yoshi’s New Island for Nintendo 3DS

If I told you that I prepaid for this game before its release date just so I could play it right away, would you judge me? Call me a #nerd if you will, but I have no regrets. This is basically a “midquel” between the original Super Mario 2: Yoshi’s Island (SNES) and Yoshi’s Island (DS). It plays much like its predecessor, with the Yoshis helping to reunite Baby Mario and his kidnapped brother. What could be more adorable than diapers and dinosaurs? I’ll admit I still favor the original, but I’m happy to get my fix of flutter jumps, egg-tosses, and ground pounds.

gameofthronesWatching: Game of Thrones (Seasons 1-4)

Despite all of my self-proclaimed entertainment savviness, I will admit that I am usually the last person to know about a hit show (thank goodness for Netflix and on-demand).  So although HBO’s Game of Thrones just wrapped up its fourth season—and I’m sure it was phenomenal—this late bloomer is still waiting on Khaleesi’s dragon eggs to hatch. Though I’m far behind and social media has long-ago informed me of some of the show’s major events, there’s something fulfilling in watching the storyline from the beginning and at my own pace. Sure, I don’t have the excruciating, albeit exciting experience of waiting for the next episode week after week, but I have literally hundreds of hours of viewing pleasure at my disposal! And so far, I’ve been as enthralled as King Joffrey in a room full of dead puppies.

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Halloween jams

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sleepy_hollowHalloween is quickly approaching, and that means that candy, costumes, and spooky things will abound. Scary makeup and creepy costumes can make many people jump, but I find eerie tunes add the perfect amount of suspense to any situation. You have your obvious choice of themes from movies such as The Nightmare on Elm Street or Halloween, but for those who don’t like frightening music (like me), there are plenty of Halloween songs to play at parties that won’t spookify things too much. These songs will fit the Halloween mood though, and that’s all you need. Here are five of my favorites for a Halloween playlist. Happy Halloween!

 
 
1. “Thriller” – Michael Jackson

I know this is the most typical Halloween jam, but it’s not like you can have a complete Halloween list without it! From the zombies in the music video to the lyrics (“You try to scream but terror takes the sound before you make it / You start to freeze as horror looks you right between the eyes”), Michael has the spooky factor down.

2. “I Put a Spell on You” – Screamin’ Jay Hawkins

This song has been redone countless times, from Bette Midler in Hocus Pocus to Creedence Clearwater Revival, but if you haven’t listened to the original, you need to. Once you do, you’ll get why Screamin’ Jay has the screamin’ in his name. There are also a few moments where he does a creepy laugh, and it’ll send some shivers down your spine.

3. “This is Halloween” – Panic! At the Disco

I am absolutely addicted to this song, and I love Brenden Urie’s voice, the whispers,and the harmonies. It’s such a great rendition of one of my favorite songs. Also, I’m going to cheat and just recommend the whole Nightmare Before Christmas soundtrack because it’s all so great.

 

4. “Superstition” – Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder is the funkmaster, and I love how he takes superstitions and makes you want to groove. This song just makes you want to get up and dance, and that’s important at any party.

5. “Introduction” – the Sleepy Hollow soundtrack, Danny Elfman

You could probably take any theme written by Danny Elfman and play it at your Halloween party, but I chose this one specifically because he mixes the right amount of instrumentals with creepy vocals. This whole soundtrack is a go-to for me, and yes, I adore the movie.

And for fun, I’m adding this jam that my roommate and I play every single day. Enjoy!


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