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Your Spring Break 2012 Playlist

Fruity drinks, all-inclusive perks, and afternoon naps on white sand beaches. It’s finally Spring Break. You might be swathed in Mexican sunshine or if you’re really lucky,at grandma’s timeshare in Florida. No matter your locale, we’ll bet an iPod’s in your carry-on. Get ready to lay down a few bucks for these download-worthy tunes—we’ve got songs to match every mood and moment of Spring Break 2012.

Pre-Departure Tasks

For last-minute cardio and crunches, listen to mashups of top 40’s hits and songs you haven’t heard since seventh grade. If you’re headed to a climate where the sun is stronger than the cocktails, you might chill with self-tanner on for some base color—we recommend songs to help you zone out without zonking out.

Let it Out Girl Talk
Down for the Count Girl Talk
Little Secrets Passion Pit
Fire Ingrid Michaelson
Youth – Beach Fossils
Young Blood The Naked and Famous
Sick MuseMetric
In the Sun She & Him
Getting There
Oh, the anticipation!  Ease jetlag or carsickness with soothing, but upbeat songs. But if you’re looking to get excited pre-arrival, Lady Gaga never fails.

LightsEllie Goulding
Shuffle a Dream Little Dragon
Part of Me Katy Perry
Jealous Girl – Ben Kweller
WiresMatt & Kim
Shake It OutFlorence & The Machine
AmericanoLady Gaga
Marry the Night Lady Gaga
Getting Ready & Going Out
Nights on the town call for the perfect pump-up music as you slip into summery dresses. Just like going out with friends never gets old neither does hip-hop and pop hybrids and rap to prep you for it.

Super Bass Nicki Minaj
Bad Girls M.I.A.
Party on Fifth Avenue Mac Miller
HeartbeatChildish Gambino
Dear Professor The Dean’s List
HelloMartin Solveig & Dragonette
Run the World (Girls) Beyonce

A Spring (Break) Fling
Who says you can’t have a crush for a week? Whether you’ve found some eye candy, or are spending the week with (or without) your significant other, there’s room for love songs on every playlist.

Gimme All Your Luvin’ Madonna
Where Have You Been? Rihanna
Crazy for You – Schwayze
Favorite Song Colbie Caillat feat. Common
HomeEdward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes
Weight/Lightness Ambassadors
She’s Got You HighMumm-Ra
You Will Be Mine Lenka

Lazy Days
The only thing better than warm sands and aquamarine coastlines are songs that make you feel like you’re there—all the time. Catch the wave of indie surf-pop musicwith the California-cool bands or beach-approved hits for laying out. Just remember to wake up before you burn up.

Crazy for You Best Coast
When the Sun Don’t Shine Best Coast
SometimesMiami Horror
SummertimePretty Lights
Down By the Water – The Drums
Bedroom EyesDum Dum Girls
Send Me On My Way Rusted Root
Holiday in the Sun Weezer
Back to Reality

Is it really over? Chill out on the ride home—or sulk over the fact your crush that lived five hotel rooms down now lives five states away. And since you can’t even pretend to be over Adele yet, check out her songs you haven’t heard 600 times before. Or if you’re a sucker for nostalgia, refer back to the songs in each section. There’s always next year, right?

Houdini – Foster the People
Without YouArabia
SayOlivia Broadfield
Video GamesLana Del Ray
Million Dollar Man Lana Del Ray
Take it AllAdele
I’ll Be Waiting

Tricia is a senior (2012) at Central Michigan University, studying English Literature and French. She was the Campus Life editor at her school's feature publication, Grand Central Magazine, interned at BlackBook Magazine, and spent a semester in France, followed by some time in India. She's all about women's interests and issues. Follow Tricia on Twitter @TriciaTaormina.
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