Friday Fixat10ns: Summer Throwbacks

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With the weather hitting sub-zero temperatures, there is no better time to think of the beach and all the heat we could be enjoying. Spring break is only a few weeks away!

1. “Under the Boardwalk” – The Drifters

This classic hit embodies the naivety that we all feel in the summertime. Don’t you just wanna chill under the boardwalk?

2. “Toes” – Zac Brown Band

This song combines two of my favorite things: summer and the Spanish language. I do not understand why “adios y vaya con Dios” makes me dream of the beach, but I don’t hate it! Vamos a la playa.

3. “Summer of ’69” – Bryan Adams

I cannot listen to this song without having it stuck in my head for at least a day. If I were alive, I bet ’69 would have been the best summer of my life, too.

4. “Brown Eyed Girl” – Van Morrison

God sometimes I wish I had brown eyes just so I could pretend this song is about me. You might be thinking, why is this summer themed? But, doesn’t the bouncy tempo and “sha la la”s just make you feel so happy and carefree?

5. “Island in the Sun” – Weezer

When you’re on a holiday, this is the best song. For sure. This song just explains how good a vacation really feels.

6. “Here Comes the Sun” – The Beatles

This song is so innocent and heartfelt. It is the perfect song to remind you that even though winter is horrible right now, in the end it will get better and be summer. We are almost there.

7. “If You Like Pina Coladas” – Jimmy Buffett

Okay I am a little biased because my family loves Jimmy Buffett, but this song always helps me get through the winter months. But since I do like pina coladas, I always start craving them when I hear the song.

8. “Margaritaville” – Jimmy Buffett

Wasting away in heaven with this song. The mix of chill and catchy is unbeatable, this might be my ultimate feel good summer jam.

9. “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” – The Beach Boys

This song always makes me think of 50 First Dates, AKA one of the best love stories of all time. Wouldn’t it be nice if it were warm, sunny and we were all on the beach having a really really good time?

10. “Soak Up the Sun” – Sheryl Crow

“It’s not having what you want, it’s wanting what you got” are some of the realest words that have ever been spoken. There is no better song to inspire you look on the bright side and soak up what you got.

We are kinda almost there Hoyas. Enjoy this time and get ready for some sunny beach weather in a few months!

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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.

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Friday Fixat10ns: Throwback Valentine’s Day

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They just don’t make love songs like they used to.  After vigorously planning a Valentine’s Day date, you don’t want to risk killing the mood by pulling up some Justin Bieber on your iPod.  Don’t worry, 4E has you covered, with our Valentine’s Day Fixat10ns (I know, we’re a week early).

Take Me Home Tonight- Eddie Money Kick off a night of romance with this 80’s classic.  Eddie Money just helps you tell it how it is.

I Want To Know What Love Is- Foreigner Start to slow things down with Foreigner’s big hit.  After all, isn’t the reason we’re celebrating Valentine’s Day because of this age-old quest for love?

When a Man Loves a Woman- Michael Bolton Ah, Michael Bolton.  Continue to set the mood with the sweet, soulful sounds of love emanating from this track.

Secret Garden- Bruce Springsteen Bruce shows his soft side with this 90’s classic.  The saxophone part might actually bring you to tears.

Your Song- Elton John Let’s be honest, what is more romantic than someone writing a song for you?  Bonus points if you can actually perform this one for your date.

Burning Love- Elvis Presley By this point in the playlist, we’ve come at you with a lot of heart-melting ballads, so change things up with this little number from The King.

I Think We’re Alone Now- Tommy James & the Shondells Take a trip WAY back in the time machine with this hit about forbidden love as we get to the real meat of the playlist.

Baby, I Love Your Way- Peter Frampton Can’t find the words to tell your special someone how you really feel? Let Peter Frampton do the talking.

Bump N’ Grind- R. Kelly While he may not exactly qualify as a “hopeless romantic,” R. Kelly certainly knows how to set the mood.

Let’s Get It On- Marvin Gaye The seminal “slow jam,” there’s no song better suited to capping off a romantic playlist than Marvin Gaye’s big hit.