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Music is, of course, perfect for all kinds of occasions! So what are some songs we’re particularly attached to?

Lauren Davies

Honestly, narrowing down just a couple of songs that I have on repeat was not an easy task. I am constantly listening to music, and tend to go through phases of songs that I will listen to for a few weeks straight, then switch over to a new set. Most of the time, whatever songs I have on repeat are Taylor Swift songs, as every single one of my top 50 most played songs on Spotify are Taylor, but I have recently allowed a few other artists to make the cut. Ever since the release of Olivia Rodrigo’s Guts, I have been turning it on just about every time I get in my car. “Get Him Back,” “Making the Bed” and “Ballad of a Homeschooled Girl” are the top three in heavy rotation, but honestly, it’s a no skip album in my opinion. 

As for other songs, I am rapidly entering my evermore/folklore/Red era as fall approaches, but as of Oct. 27 that will certainly switch to my 1989 era, due to the release of 1989 (Taylor’s Version). “‘Tis the Damn Season,” “The 1,” “Cowboy Like Me” and “Holy Ground” have been especially living rent free in my head recently.

My constant on repeat songs for multiple years in a row now are “Clean” and “Illicit Affairs.” I truly do not think anybody would be able to top these two songs, as they are both so insane. Like words can’t even describe insane. (Also, if you had “Clean” as your surprise song, I lowkey hate you and wish I was you.)

Anyway, my music taste is basic and I am so okay with that. There is nothing wrong with basic music if you enjoy basic music :) 

Nina Fichera

There are literally so many songs I could choose here, but because in the last year I’ve been listening to a lot of Vocaloid music thanks to a mobile game I’ve been playing, so many of those songs (at least seven to my count) have made my “play on repeat for hours at a time” list. I’ll go with my most recent addition!

It’s called “Mousou Kanshou Daishou Renmei” in Japanese, with the English title being “Delusion Sensation Compensation Federation,” often abbreviated to “MKDR” or “DCSF.” And isn’t that just an excellent title to begin with? Like, try saying it. It’s so fun.

There’s just something about the sound of the song itself that drew me in the first time I heard it. I listen to the Project Sekai version more often than the original (and especially the character Ena’s cover of it), since the darker imagery of the lyrics fits the two characters who sing it alongside Miku in the game. It’s kind of angry, but also calming in a way—maybe that’s just the arrangement of Kanade and Ena, then, since I associate Ena with anger and Kanade with calm solemnity, if that makes sense.

I think my favorite translated lyric is “A melody of fools with nowhere to go.” I can’t really explain why I like that line so much—actually it’s probably because I related to it in a way and that’s a self-psychoanalysis for another time—but the whole song, especially the chorus, is incredibly fun to scream-sing along to. The beginning of the song especially puts me at a weird kind of ease, though I tend to listen to this on repeat when I want to scream my heart out. Either way, it works!

Madison Dedrick:

When thinking about what songs to listen to on repeat, many songs come to mind. As a country music fan, the majority of the songs are coming from country artists, but there are a few that are not related to country music. Over the summer and throughout the school year I feel as if it has helped me to decide which songs I listen to on repeat. 

The first song that I could listen to on repeat is of course Noah Kahan, and it is called “No Complaints.” It just gives a feeling of nostalgia. It’s not a song where the words are just there. The lyrics to this song have meaning, just like the majority of Noah’s songs. He uses his lyrics to create a story and a meaningful one that many teens and young adults can relate to.

Another song that I could listen to on repeat is “Truck Bed” by Hardy. As a new and upcoming country artist to the country music world, Hardy has definitely made a name for himself. Many country artists have said that Hardy is bringing back country music, and the right kind of country music. Hardy is mixing not only new country but old music as well.

The last song that I want to touch on is “I Remember Everything” by Zach Bryan and Kacy Musgraves. As another upcoming country artist, Zach Bryan has given country a new meaning as well, writing songs and bringing country music back.

I could keep going on and on about songs I could listen to on repeat, however, I wanted to keep this list short and recommend these three songs for people to listen to if they haven’t heard them before. 

Jess Marinaro

This is an amazing topic for me not only because I love music, but also because I tend to listen to the same music over and over and over (and over) again! It’s a limiting habit, I’m working on it. But in the meantime, here are a few certified bangers you won’t be able to stop listening to, recommended to you by your favorite granola lesbian swiftie!

Firstly I’m gonna go with “peace” by Taylor Swift. Honestly, every song off of the Folklore album could be put on this list because nine times out of ten if I want to listen to something I’ll just shuffle this album. However, for reasons unknown to me, “peace” in particular has been hitting recently and I can never get it out of my head. The sway of “I’m a fire and I’ll keep your brittle heart warm if your cascade ocean wave blues come” has been bouncing around in my brain like nothing else lately. The song is understated, melodic and bittersweet–it’s an underrated masterpiece of Taylor’s magnum opus Folklore.

I am truly just like every other lesbian, and I am proud of it! Hozier has been an artist that has captivated me since his earliest radio hit “Take Me to Church.” So of course I’ve listened to his newest album Unreal Unearth, and I’ve been consuming it like a man stuck in the desert would suck down Gatorade. Every song is incredible, but the one that has been stuck in my head due to its more cheerful and repetitive nature has been, “First Time.” The smoothness of Hozier’s lilting, magical voice is unlike anything else. If you catch me humming on the street I’m probably mumbling, “Whatever keeps you around, keeps me around.”

One of my favorite songs of all time is “Graceland Too” by Phoebe Bridgers. The album Punisher is my second favorite album of all time (second only to the incredible Folklore) and I think Phoebe is definitely one of the most talented artists of our generation. “Graceland Too” is nearly always in my mind–Phoebe’s devotional sound, “Whatever she wants, whatever she wants” has an almost religious quality to it that haunts my every waking moment. Give it a listen if you haven’t already.

Lastly, I must include another one of Taylor Swift’s incredible feats of songwriting, the song currently sitting at my number one favorite of all time, “The Archer” off of her album Lover. The song perfectly encapsulates the feeling of anxiety with the way it builds and builds throughout the song, reaching no moment of release in the end but instead tapering off into silence. This song means so much to me, and I relate to it so heavily, from her lyrics about her defensiveness, “combat, I’m ready for combat” to her fear of how she’s being perceived, “they see right through me they see right through me…can you see right through me?” It’s such an amazing work of art and I could listen to it forever.

Nina Fichera is the Campus Correspondent for Her Campus at Geneseo. She oversees meetings and writes about a variety of topics, such as music (especially K-Pop and Taylor Swift), her experiences as a hopeless romantic, what it's like for her as a writer, and other entertainment-based articles. Outside of Her Campus, Nina is currently a senior with a double major in English (with a Creative Writing concentration) and Adolescent Education (with an English concentration) as well as a minor in Human Development. She was the head fiction editor for the SUNY magazine Gandy Dancer in Spring 2023. In her free time, Nina adores writing to her heart's content, usually in the realm of fiction and fanfiction. She also loves cross-stitch, spending time with her friends, learning K-Pop dances, and reading.
Lauren Davies

Geneseo '24

Lauren is the social media director and event coordinater for HerCampus at Geneseo. She keeps all the HerCampus at Geneseo socials up to date, and plans fun events on the Geneseo campus! Outside of HerCampus, Lauren is an English Adolescent Education major at Geneseo! In Lauren's free time she loves to walk her dog, Stewart, podcasting, drinking coffee, and hanging out with her friends!
Madison Dedrick is the Treasurer for this group. She writes about opinions and what is going on locally. As well as opening the community and wanting to create a larger community. Such as writing about how to make fall and winter in upstate new york worth it. Beyond HER Campus Madison is part of the School of Education as a Senior Adolescent English program. She is also part of the Lamron in the news section. As well as being published three times in Teen Ink Magazine for a variety of different topics. In her free time, Madison loves spending time with her family and being outdoors with them. Also if she isn't with her family she is on the field playing field hockey as well.
Jess Marinaro

Geneseo '24

Jess Marinaro is the senior editor and secretary at the Her Campus at SUNY Geneseo. They edit articles and correspond with general members of the club. Outside of Her Campus, Jess is studying English Creative Writing and Sustainability Studies. They have had creative writing published in literary magazines such as Gandy Dancer and Iris Magazine. They are a member of Sigma Tau Delta. She is also an RA at Geneseo’s campus and loves helping her residents. When not hunched over her computer, Jess can often be found hiking, running, or frolicking around the nearest New York State Park with Geneseo’s Outdoor’s Club. They love to write about queer topics, taylor swift, and movies–especially horror.