Can You Feel the Love Tonight: Valentine’s Day Playlist

Friday Fixat10ns

Whether you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day,

Gal-entine’s Day,

Pal-entine’s Day,

or Al-entine’s Day,

This might just be me.

4E’s got the playlist for you! Check out our favorite songs to make you swoon during this weekend of love.

  1. “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)” – Whitney Houston. Are you fun, flirty, and fantastic? Good! Own it! Thirty years ago, Whitney released the perfect song to get a night on the town going. You are twenty-something and ~carefree~. Relish in it. Why not, right?
  2. “Crazy in Love”- Beyoncé. Cupid’s arrow makes us all a little nutty. Channel all that craze into a dance-a-palooza to start the night. Guys and gals alike can shake it out this Yoncé classic, right Bruno?
  3. “We Found Love” – Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris. No one knows more about finding love in a hopeless place than college students. Is that guy on the wok line giving you the “come hither” eyes? Did that girl at the bar casually drop her a napkin with her phone number on it in your lap? Is your Sunday night Lau 2 study sesh turning into a night of footsie under the table? Congratulations! This is millennial flirting! It sucks! Keep the faith.
  4. “Hate That I Love You” – Rihanna feat. Ne-Yo. This may be the ode to the cutie two rows up in your International Relations lecture, or the nagging tune in the back of your head while ordering your third Hot Chick of the weekend. That’s ok. Just go with it. Love hurts. Take one more bite. You won’t regret it.
  5. “All Too Well” – Taylor Swift. This relatively unknown T Swift anthem is just what you need if you’re going through a break up. Straddled perfectly between “You Belong With Me” and “We Are Never Getting Back Together,” “All Too Well” will have you reaching into the depths of your pint of Chunky Monkey for one last, tear-soaked scoop. We have all been there. Taylor Swift has been there. Everything is gonna be ok.
  6. “Burn” – Usher. Love sometimes means letting go. If you need to light a cinnamon candle, make a cup of cocoa, and just curl up with season 4 of “Friends” a good book this weekend, heck, go for it. Relieve yourself of all the stresses the past week has burdened you with. Let them burn.
  7. “Can’t Hurry Love” – Phil Collins. On the flip side, if love isn’t coming your way, don’t fret. Just stop your crying, it’ll be alright (I’m a big Phil Collins fan). Love is going to find you, so get out there. If that’s not your speed, keep that watery smile on your face and pop in Tarzan for a real cry. Love is love, man.
  8. “Beautiful Soul” – Jesse McCartney. You’re a dirty liar if you pretend you don’t know every word to this 2004 jam. Warning: Side effects include an overwhelming urge to text your middle school flame. Resist this urge at all costs. 
    *4E is not responsible for your love-stricken, McCartney-induced mistakes.
  9. “You Make My Dreams Come True” – Hall & Oates. New love is the most wonderful kind. If you find such love this weekend, have yourself a Joseph Gordon-Levitt of a day. You too can run into a marching band on your early morning walk-of-shame! Nothing is impossible on Presidents Day Weekend Valentine’s Day!
  10. “In My Life” – The Beatles. At the end of the day, if you have your friends, your family, and all the memories in between, what else do you really need? Finish out your weekend with this classic and give a call to someone who loves you unconditionally. This includes Facetiming with Mom in order to talk to your dog. We all do it. Love you, Ma!


Friday Fixat10ns: Middle School Dance Edition


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Whip out the ugg boots, blue eye shadow and flip phones because this playlist will serve as the ultimate “throwback” to those fantastically awkward middle school days.

  1. “Stronger” – Kanye West. We all wanted those shutter shades featured in the music video, and even the kids who didn’t normally dance were likely to participate in this one.  
  2. “TiK ToK” – Ke$ha. Alas, the rise of Ke$ha, with her money symbol name and her amazingly bizarre lyrics. It’s still a mystery how middle schools allowed a song with words like “before I leave, brush my teeth with a bottle of jack.”
  3. “I Know You Want Me” – Pitbull (Feat. Calle Ocho). While we mock Mr. 305, we can agree that this song was our jam in those middle school days. Deep down we all had a special someone that we wanted to serenade with this tune if that sort of thing were “socially acceptable.”
  4. “Lollipop” – Lil Wayne. This song came on when the “grinding” (or whatever the kids call it these days) was in full force. The chaperones heard the start of this and were probably in alert mode to break up that kind of dancing.
  5. “Poker Face” – Lady Gaga. Everyone knows the tune, the words and the meaning. It was played not just at middle school dances, but at every other event where music was played aloud.
  6. “Live Your Life” – T.I. (Feat. Rihanna). As a middle schooler we all loved this song and all sang along to the chorus and focused on dancing during the TI verses since it was hard to memorize those portions. Good times.
  7. “With You” – Chris Brown. Awww. When Chris Brown wasn’t scary, this song was a perfect for slow dancing or just swaying along to.
  8. “Low” – Flo-Rida. Yes, we all googled “apple bottom jeans” and we all had that “a-ha!” moment after realizing that Flo-Rida is Florida “like the state.”
  9. “Umbrella” – Rihanna (feat. Jay-Z). It went beyond a song but was like a universally known and enjoyed middle school bonding piece that is still enjoyable to listen to.
  10. “When I Grow Up” – The Pussycat Dolls. This was a “belt it out and have no shame” sort of song, and it was a universal misconception (that we all bonded over) that she says “boobies” not “groupies.


Friday Fixat10ns: Songs to Fuel Your Run


As we near the end of March the weather is improving, the birds are chirping and the incessant crowd of DC runners are continuing to take on the sidewalks. If you are not already, 4E encourages you to get out and join the fun!

We understand, however, if the prospect of putting on athletic clothes and actually partaking in physical activity has you feeling like this:


It can be daunting, but no matter what long winded string of excuses you can make for yourself, WE BELIEVE IN YOU! And we have put together a playlist as a form of encouragement. In no time at all you’ll be like this:


  1. Uptown Funk- Bruno Mars, Mark Ronson. The ultimate pump up song to start of the run. If your pacing isn’t good, the beat in this song will surely help you get through the pain.
  2. I’m Still Standing- Elton John. Second song is where you really wanna give up, hey you’ve already ran a little why do more. This song will remind you that you are up and doing this. So, why stop?
  3. Lose Yourself- Eminem. Literally lose yourself as you listen to this song. Pretend you are on a beach, sleeping, just not running/dying like you probably are in reality.
  4. Dog Days are Over- Florence + the Machine. Almost half way there, you are past the hard part. Enjoy the serenity of this song and the serenity of this less painful part of this thing we call exercise.
  5. Talk Dirty- Jason Derulo. What makes a run better than picturing Jimmy Fallon doing his cover of this song? The original is amazing too, enjoy the hilarious lyrics and the obsessive beat.
  6. All I Do is Win- DJ Khaled. You are killin’ it. Really, all you do is win. You are making this run yours, there is no stopping. In the words of the poetic DJ Khaled all you do is win “no matter what”. Keep it up.
  7. Team- Lorde. We are all your team (aka your cheer squad) here. You have so much support behind you, keep on keeping up.
  8. Anaconda- Nicki Minaj. Nothing like a little Nicki to get you excited and in the mood to finish this run. You better do the rap or you are not a real person.
  9. I Love it- Icona Pop. You love this run, you love this exercise, you love that this thing is almost over! Celebrate with this iconic song and make sure to scream out the chorus while doing so.
  10. How Far We’ve Come- Matchbox Twenty. YOU DID IT. You have made it to the end of your run, congrats! Look at what you have done and all the songs that have helped you get there. Killin’ it.

There you have it, 10 songs that range the spectrums of genres and decades ready to accompany you on your workout. Get out there and show us what you got!!



This post was co-written with Courtney Klein.


Wednesday Fixat10ns: Our Blunger Games Party Edition

Wednesday FixationsHi, y’all. Happy Wednesday. I hope your Hump Day is passing along smoothly, and I hope your first full week of classes is going splendidly. I’d also like to strongly urge you to apply to The Hoya and, more specifically, to 4E. When you do, you’ll get to write fun posts like this one and go to parties with us. *shameless self-promotion*

Speaking of, 4E is actually having a little party this weekend. It’s going to be Hunger Games-themed and we’re calling it the Blunger Games (Get it? Blog + Hunger Games?). It’s probably going to look like this:


P.S. You aren’t invited.

But even though you can’t join us for the endless amounts of fun and shenanigans that we will engage in this fin de semana, we didn’t want you to leave here empty-handed. That’s why we made this playlist for you. Usually we do this on Fridays, but that’s when we’re having our party. Sorry, not sorry.

We’re going to use this at our Blunger Games rager. You can use it whenever you’d like:

1. The Hanging Tree (DIA Plattenpussys Edit) — Jennifer Lawrence We’re going to start the night with this one because it’s from the Mockingjay soundtrack and the remix will get us hyped for battle. Also, who knew Jennifer Lawrence was such a phenomenal singer?

2. Hungry Like The Wolf — Duran Duran Obviously at the Hunger Games, people are hungry. At the Blunger Games, we are Hungry Like The Wolf.

3. Tainted Love — Soft Cell This song really seems to hit at the heart of the whole Peeta-Katniss relationship drama. So I added it.

4. I Knew You Were Trouble — Taylor Swift Yup. President Snow, this one’s for you.

5. Boss A** B**** — Nicki Minaj featuring PTAF This is how Katniss must feel every time she hits somebody with a flaming arrow.

6. Here In Your Arms — Hellogoodbye Here’s another one for Katniss and Peeta. Or do I mean Katniss and Gale? (The world will never know.) Also, I never got over my angsty phase in middle school.

7. I Will Survive — Gloria Gaynor Number one objective at the Blunger Games: Survival.

8. ***Flawless (featuring Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche) — Beyoncé Remember that part where Katniss is on the TV show and she spins around and her dress lights on fire like she’s some volcano? Good, because I’m sure she had this song in her head while it was happening.

9. Coco — Gnash (O.T. Genasis Cover) This one goes out to our Deputy Editor, Courtney “Coco” Klein. It will also provide us with a nice respite from all the violence of the Games.

10. All I Do Is Win — DJ Khaled featuring Ludacris, Rick Ross, T-Pain and Snoop Dogg In the Blunger Games, as in life, there are losers. But not my Blunger Games team. We are going to win.

Yep, that’s about it. Happy Wednesday.

Just to reiterate: You’re not invited to our party this weekend, but maybe you will be next time if you join us! So do it. May the odds be ever in your favor.


Friday Fixat10ns: 90’s Power Playlist

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Aside from dial-up internet, there is a lot we miss about the 90’s. Those were the days when we used to love pushing a slinky repeatedly down the stairs, when we couldn’t wait to pop our favorite tape into the family VCR and when we actually liked Mary Kate and Ashley. But the truth is, the best part of the 90’s was the music. Sure, there are the obvious 90’s classics like Aaron Carter, the Backstreet Boys, and NSYNC, but the true powerhouse hits of the 90’s are often ignored. So, 4E has put together the Friday Fixat10ns for those true 90’s music fans out there. Here are the tracks:

  1. Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana – The obvious choice for this playlist, “Smells Like Teen Spirit” packs a punch for all of those angsty teens out there looking to get out some aggression. Also, how can you not like a song that has an almost completely unintelligible chorus?
  2. Hold On by En Vogue – Before there was Destiny’s Child, there was En Vogue. “Hold On” samples Jackson 5’s hit “Who’s Lovin’ You” as an introduction, and you can’t help but belt out a few lyrics. After the powerhouse intro, the song breaks into the quintessential 90’s girl group hit.
  3. Hold On by Wilson Phillips – You may be thinking, “Another ‘Hold On’, are you kidding?” No, I am not kidding. If it’s good enough for Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph to jam out to in “Bridesmaids“, then it’s good enough to make this playlist.
  4. I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) by The Proclaimers – Although this song was actually released in 1988, it only went big after its re-release in 1993. This is the jam. Sure, does anyone know what accents The Proclaimers have? No. Does anyone know what “havering” means? No. But trust me, if this power-packed song comes on at a party, you can bet everyone will be going wild to the chorus and intermittent “da-lat-das”.
  5. I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston – It almost pains me to think that I even have to explain why this song makes the cut. Disregard the historical fame and chart-topping numbers, and it would still make this playlist because of how this inspired every shower singer to try and belt notes like Whitney and unfortunately fail. (Yes, that kid that sings in the communal shower of his freshman dorm, we’ve all heard you.)
  6. Baby Got Back by Sir-Mix-A-Lot – Before there was “Anaconda,” there was “Baby Got Back.” This song is one of the greatest songs of all time. Starting out with a hilarious intro and lyrics that made any kid who knew them the most popular kid in school, this song is truly one for the ages.
  7. Wannabe by Spice Girls – I’ll tell ya what I want, what I really really want: this 90’s jam on the playlist! “Wannabe” is a classic that makes any Georgetown girl drop her Pumpkin Spice Latte and dance like no one is watching.
  8. I’ll Be There For You by The Rembrandts – You may have never heard of The Rembrandts, but you’ve definitely heard of “I’ll Be There For You.” This song was the theme song for the greatest television show of all time, “Friends”, and packs a powerful message about friendship. I dare you not to do the quadruple clap after “So no one told you life was gonna be this way…”
  9. No Scrubs by TLC – This song is the perfect anthem to keep the “scrubs” away. Covered by contemporary artists like Bastille and Foxes, the lasting power of this song is unbelievably strong. But still, no one could rock it like TLC.
  10. Wonderwall by Oasis – Trust me, you’ve heard this song. We all have that one friend who can “play” guitar, but really can only play “Wonderwall.” Despite the weird fascination amateur guitar players everywhere have with his song, this is a 90’s classic that always has everyone singing along.

So to all the 4E readers out there, when you eventually begin studying for your finals, blast this playlist to pump yourself up. 90’s music will always be there for you.


The 4E Guide to Picnicking

picnicwithclassWell, it’s that time of year again. Zyrtec commercials are back on the air, winter coats are going on sale and chilling inside is suddenly not socially acceptable because you could be “lawn-ing.” You now face a new dilemma: How do you experience your two favorite activities, eating and enjoying the weather, at the same time? Fortunately, this very problem was solved just two-ish centuries ago with the invention of the picnic. So for your last golden days at Georgetown this year, before the wacky summer of love you’ve got planned, grab some friends, head to the lawn and use our tips to have a ballin’ picnic!

Nail the tunes
Maybe you love the sound of birds chirping or other natural noises. Maybe you hate it. Either way, it doesn’t hurt to put together a killer playlist that includes both the “commercial with hair flowing in the wind” feeling and the “me and my friends are just chillin’ on the stoop” vibe. You don’t really know how the afternoon will go, and you want to be prepared for any setting. We recommend one of our 4E summer playlists.

Plan your outfit
Clothing choices for picnicking are difficult and require a bit of forethought. Something pastel says “I’m preppy, happy and enjoying my youth” from the front but “I was too shortsighted to consider grass stains” from the back. Anything too dark may save you from green-butt syndrome (which is real) but will make you seem too serious for the occasion. Also remember that the outdoors comes with nature. Watch out for creepy crawlers and the occasional wind gust.

Bring good eats
This should be an obvious tip for picnicking anyway, but I figured it was necessary to emphasize. Whether it’s a sweet treat from Pinkberry or Ben & Jerry’s, something you picked up from Sweetgreen or a homemade feast that you prepared, food is a necessity for picnics. Just be sure to bring utensils and definitely don’t forget to clean up after yourself.

Bring a football, volleyball or Frisbee
If you are anything like me, you haven’t sat cross-legged on the ground for more than a few minutes since sitting around the magic rug in third grade. Pro tip: If prolonged sitting isn’t your thing, bring something that gets you up and moving. An impromptu Frisbee toss among friends is a perfect picnicking activity — you can enjoy the weather while getting an excuse to skip Yates!


So those are a couple of tips for the perfect spring picnic. This weekend is supposed to be killer in terms of the weather, so be sure to get some Vitamin D with your friends! Happy picnicking, Hoyas!


It’s Black Friday Fixat10ns! Let’s Get Ready to Rumble!

Black Friday Fixations

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So you’ve just finished your fourth helping of pumpkin pie and you’re wondering where your life took a wrong turn. How do you solve the enigma that is your life? Shopping. Black. Friday. Shopping.

Black Friday has begun and you must be among your fellow Walmart warriors getting all the steals you can. But with all that tryptophan in your veins, you may be ready to cuddle up next to your pile of pie tins and rest your eyes. Not to fear, 4E is here with a pump-up playlist to get you rearing to go bust down some doors.

1. Let’s Get it Started – Black Eyed Peas Let Fergie pull you out of your turkey-induced slumber with this song.

2.  Eye of the Tiger – Survivor Now that you’re awake, it’s time find the competitor inside of you that has lain dormant since your glory days as the captain of your high school football team.

3. Gucci Gucci – Kreayshawn Georgetown students sometimes have a reputation for restricting themselves to designer clothing (see Chime’s Georgetown Girl), but Kreayshawn reminds us we can be fly without going for the big buys.

4. ESPN Presents Jock Jams Megamix The most important line to remember while vying for a Tickle-Me-Elmo is to “be aggressive, be-ee aggressive.”

5. Fashion Killa – A$AP Rocky So maybe we don’t need to wear all designer labels to be fly … but it wouldn’t hurt, right?

6. TIll I Collapse – Eminem When Eminem was writing this song, he was thinking of calling it Shop Till You Drop but someone told him that wasn’t wise. I would’ve listened to it Eminem, I would’ve listened.

7. Sail – AWOLNATION A lot of head banging is required to listen to this song properly. Give yourself some time to re-establish equillibrium before you start rushing through any revolving doors. Also it’s a pun. Get it, sail/sale? Ha.

8. All I Do is Win – DJ Khaled Stop at nothing to win today. That means get every deal you see and don’t let anyone stand in your way. That won’t be difficult for any Hoyas – we will do anything to win.

9. $100 Bill – Jay-Z So it’s time to acknowledge that you’ll be dropping some big bills tonight. Own it, love it, live it. Be who you want to be, Barbie Girl. And if that person is a mass consumer of Barbies, then girl, that is just fine.

10. Greyhound – Swedish House Mafia Now run, Forest, run! Get those bargains!

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I’m about to Peace: Waiting at the Airport

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Hope you guys are excited for Thanksgiving break! Unfortunately, before you get to eat turkey, you may have a long road ahead of you. (Literally.) Many of you are going to have to wait for what seems like an eternity to board a plane. Luckily, 4E has made you a stellar playlist to keep you calm while waiting and get you pumped to take off.

1. World’s Greatest – R Kelly You made it! It’s time to put all your carry-on bags down and slump into one of those exceedingly comfy airport chairs. It took a lot to get here; you lasted almost an entire semester, you got yourself to the airport and you even made it through security! Appreciate how awesome you are.

2. I Will Wait – Mumford and Sons Even though you’re the world’s greatest, you still have to wait like everyone else. So wait awhile with Mumford and Sons.

3. Waiting on the World to Change – John Mayer One day you will be able to teleport home but for now you’ll just have to chill in the waiting area.

4. Hold On, We’re Going Home – Drake You’ve been away from home for about three months now. All you have to do is hold on for a little bit longer!

5. Like a G6 – Far East Movement You’re probably not actually taking a G6 home but here’s to hoping that you at least get upgraded to first class!

6. Spaceship – Kanye West At some point, after you’ve exhausted scrolling through every form of social media you’ll be praying for any form of transportation, even a spaceship, to take you away from the smelly guy across from you.

7. Big Jet Plane – Angus and Julia Stone If you take this song literally, it makes a lot of sense.

8. Leaving on a Jet Plane – John Denver This song is an absolute tear-jerker and it may make you realize how much you are going to miss eating Ramen with your roommate. Listen to it anyway.

9. Fly – Rihanna ft. Nicki Minaj It’s time to lighten the mood. Try your hardest not to rap along with Nicki because the poor grandma sitting next to you may be frightened.

10. Touch the Sky – Kanye West It’s time to line up! Your wait was worth it. This is the best pump up song ever created and you really will be on top of the world in a few minutes. Plus it’s on President Obama’s iPod and who doesn’t want to be more like Obama?



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Friday Fixat10ns: Funky Jams

With Get Lucky looking more and more like it will hold onto its title of Song of the Summer, it’s time to look at one reason why it’s been so infectious and successful (hint: it’s not Pharrell): the guitar work of disco/funk pioneer Nile Rodgers. Jittery yet confident, Rodgers’ playing fits into the sound of Random Access Memories — self-consciously retro and analog but wearing those designations like a badge of honor — perfectly.

Rodgers is most famous for being the mastermind (along with the late, great Bernard Edwards) of Chic, the band that most directly bridged the gap between disco and ’80s pop. While Chic was never really a funk band, disco’s roots as  a combination of R&B, dance music and funk mean that there is a considerable funk influence in Rodgers’ playing — one listen to Le Freak (and Get Lucky, of course) makes this readily apparent. Who knows? While it’s unlikely that Rodgers’ role in Memories will approach the influence he had on pop music in the late ’70s, he may have brought that scratchy, rhythmic guitar back for one last hurrah. Here’s a playlist from funk’s glory days.

Bustin’ Loose – Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers  The patron saint of the Washington, D.C. music scene deserves the inaugural spot on any list made in the District. Although better known as the Godfather of Go-go, the late Chuck Brown was briefly launched into the national spotlight with 1979’s Bustin’ Loose, a more conventional funk song. Conventional, though, in no way means pedestrian; Bustin’ Loose is as tightly wound and foreboding as any funk song. Much of this has to do with Brown’s arresting, just-on-the-edge-of-strained, vocal performance, but equal merit can be given to the horns that punctuate the track with ferocity and the eerie electric piano that swims just under the surface of every note. Although it shares little with the brand of funk that would eventually become his staple — listen to the bongo-led bridge for a counter argument — Bustin’ Loose is Brown’s masterpiece.

Super Bad  — James Brown and the J.B.’s If Chuck Brown is the Godfather of Go-go, James Brown can lay claim to the title of the Godfather of Soul. That, however, doesn’t even cover his massive influence on funk, a genre he essentially invented. With a career and resume too long to even think about expanding on, Brown deserves all of the accolades thrust upon him — the Hardest-Working Man in Showbusiness, perhaps the greatest performer of the 20th century — and more. Although his ’60s work remains his most enduring, his greatest influence on funk began in the early ’70s, when he performed with the J.B.’s. With a roster that would eventual make up the Parliament/Funkadelic collective, the J.B.’s helped Brown move away from his traditional R&B work into less-treaded territory. The live versions of Brown’s songs nearly always outrank their studio counterparts due to Brown’s skill as a (admittedly unbearably demanding) bandleader, and Super Bad is no exception. Taking the languid funk of the original and kicking it into another gear, especially benefiting the rhythm guitar of Catfish Collins, this 1971 version of the song features a manic saxophone solo from Robert McCollough and a general intensity the original wishes it could have captured.

Give Up the Funk — Parliament  The most successful funk band of the ’70s, Parliament/Funkadelic is led by bandleader/visionary George Clinton. Behind the elaborate stage costumes and complex intergalactic back story is a group of musicians whose attitude and musicianship has loomed over the genre since its inception; Clinton produced the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ first album, among many others, and has contributed to everything from All Eyez on Me to Aquemeni. Give Up the Funk appears on the band’s masterpiece, Mothership Connection, and never does Parliament’s driving bass and unhinged group vocals come together more smoothly than it does here.

2000 Blacks Got to Be Free — Fela Kuti and Roy Ayers A collaboration between Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti and jazz/R&B vibraphonist Roy Ayers (and their respective armies of musicians), 2000 Blacks Got to Be Free combined the raw, overtly political funk of Kuti with Ayers’ smoother sensibilities into something transcendent. Ostensibly an Ayers song, it is Kuti’s contributions — his massive backing chorus containing seven of his wives, his screaming horn section — that allow the song to leave its mark. The song choice also reels in the polyrhythms that would sometimes overpower Kuti’s other work and ensures it stays as a pulsing jam pushing steadily on and on and on for 18 minutes.

Crosseyed and Painless — Talking Heads  Kuti’s polyrhythms were first given a large American audience, however, by Talking Heads on the first side of Remain in Light. David Byrne and Brian Eno took the wiry, taut paranoia of Kuti’s music (which so angered the government of Nigeria that its army raided his compound and murdered his mother) and combined it with Byrne’s own art-school neuroses to create something utterly unique. Chief among the three songs that make up Side One is Crosseyed and Painless, the frantic, arresting middle song. Take a listen to the track for yourself, but it’s better and more cohesive when accompanied by its bookends. (After that on the album comes Once in a Lifetime, so it’s worth giving the whole album a listen.)

Controversy – Prince Nearly forgotten in our age is the ’80s’ greatest pop music rivalry: that between Michael Jackson and Prince Rogers Nelson. While history has come down on the side of the former — it’s tough to beat being called “The King of Pop” — I happen to hold a different view. Why? Besides Prince’s superior musicianship and an equally captivating stage presence, Prince could pull off funk, and do so better than nearly anyone. While the Purple One’s notorious monitoring of the Internet to scrub performances of his off the web eliminates much of my evidence, there’s still a good amount of funk on his studio albums. One of the best examples is Controversy, a pounding, robotic single off the album of the same name. It’s strange and a little off-putting, but if that doesn’t appeal to you, you’re better off not listening to Prince in the first place. (Damning evidence against MJ: The most important time Purple Rain and Thriller went head-to-head in an awards show — the 1985 American Music Awards — Prince’s album swept, winning both Best Pop/Rock Album and the inexplicably named Best Black Album over Jackson. He accepted the award like this. And could MJ write or perform anything as sleazily wonderful as this? OK; I’m done.)

The Groove Line — Heatwave Heatwave has nowhere near the cultural cache of any of these previous groups; you can tell from the yelped vocals and robotic rhythm guitar here that they’re a fairly pedestrian band. This doesn’t stop The Groove Line from being the catchiest song on here and perhaps the pinnacle of funk/pop. What other song has a honky-tonk piano solo that works as inexplicably well as this one? This song is a delight, literally telling the listener to “leave [their] worries behind” when the other songs here subtly warn of the dangers of doing that.

I Just Want to Be — Cameo At this point still riding on the coattails of Parliament (the deliciously strange Word Up! wouldn’t come for another seven years), Cameo still dropped a couple of gems in their early days. It still doesn’t own the inherent weirdness of P-Funk like Parliament/Funkadelic does, but Cameo nevertheless succeeds in creating a diverting, catchy song. I Just Wants to Be is the product of a template, sure — there’s the prominent bass, the falsetto backing vocals, the strange synthesizer accents, the clear-as-glass rhythm guitar — but it’s a template that works.

More Bounce to the Ounce — Zapp This band’s funk highlighted the sounds of the future, with vocoder-enhanced vocals and a synthesizer-dominated arrangement. But because of how narrow the scope of Zapp’s idea of the future was, it’s also the most easily dated song on the list, the polar opposite of Get Lucky in this regard. This, however, isn’t really a bad thing, as the moment it captures is pretty spectacular.

Get Lucky — Daft Punk Just listen to this instead.

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The Final Push Study Playlist

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This big playlist is a compilation of songs that’ll hype you up for studying. It’s time to get turnt up at Georgetown. It doesn’t matter if you’re in Lau, MSB, or your room! Wherever you’re studying, just make sure to stay focused and motivated. It may seem like life is tough now, but don’t lose sight of the future payoff:

I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’ – Muhammad Ali