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It’s 8 a.m. and you’re getting ready to head out the door. What do you listen to? Is it too early to jam out to Lizzo? Or is it more of a John Mayer relaxed type of vibe? These are the questions constantly on my mind when I’m getting ready to walk to class. It all depends on my mood. It’s a tough decision, and I often feel flustered when a playlist doesn’t satisfy my mood. Luckily, I divided different genres of music to fit all of the moods. From happy to sad and dreamy to raw music, we have all the best types of music for your mood right here. 

Relax and Unwind: Feeling stressed out? Need a moment to recharge and reflect? This playlist is for you. Kick back and relax to some of the best acoustic sounds and inspirational lyrics to ease your worries.

  • “Beach Baby” by Bon Iver

  • “One Last Wedding” by Thad Kopec

  • “Rosyln” by Bon Iver and St. Vincent

  • “Evergreen” by Honeywater

  • “White Blank Page” by Mumford & Sons

  • “Love and Affection (acoustic)” by Matt White

  • “You Can’t Rush Your Healing” by Trevor Hall

  • “Each Coming Night” by Iron & Wine

  • “Heartbeats” by José González

  • “I Shall Cross This River” by The Black Atlantic

Photo by Sarah Epstein

Adventure Walk: This one is my most played playlist. I need something energizing when heading to a boring class. It incorporates a mix between beat drops and guitar riffs that will excite you for class. We need all the motivation we can get. 

  • “Live Like We’re Dying” by Kris Allen

  • “Anna Sun” by Walk The Moon

  • “Thunderclouds” by LSD feat. Sia, Diplo, and Labrinth

  • “What You Know” by Two Door Cinema Club

  • “Walking on a Dream” by Empire of the Sun

  • “Lovesick” feat. A$AP Rocky by Mura Masa 

  • “Better Not” feat. Wafia by Louis The Child 

  • “I Won’t Bring It Up Again” by ASL

  • “Chinese New Year” by SALES

  • “Remember When” by Wallows

Photo by Sarah Epstein

Feeling Sad: Wanna curl up in a ball and cry? Do you have days when nothing goes right? Do you ever need to let it all out? This playlist is the one. Grab a blanket, snuggle up, bring on the tissues and cry it out. We all have before. Might as well do it to music, right? 

  • “Start” by John Legend

  • “Re: Stacks” by Bon Iver

  • “Where’s My Love” by SYML

  • “Ghost In The Wind” by Birdy

  • “Chasing Cars” by Sleeping at Last

  • “Berlin” by RY X

  • “Turning Page” by Sleeping at Last

  • “I Love You” by Billie Eilish 

  • “To Build A Home” by The Cinematic Orchestra

  • “Already Gone” by Sleeping at Last

Photo by Sarah Epstein

You’re Too Hot for Him: Boys suck sometimes. They break your heart and complicate your emotions all the time. Luckily, we all know what it’s like, and there are many songs that understand exactly how you feel. You are never alone. When you need a song to explain your emotions, turn to this playlist. It has it all. 

  • “U + UR Hand” by P!nk

  • “La La Land” by Demi Lovato

  • “Newsflash!” by NIKI

  • “Fortress” by Lennon Stella

  • “Sorry” by Beyoncé

  • “Elastic Heart” by Sia

  • “Feeling Myself” feat. Beyoncé by Nicki Minaj 

  • “FU” by Miley Cyrus

  • “Before He Cheats” by Carrie Underwood

  • “Sorry Not Sorry” by Demi Lovato

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Wake Up Happy: Blue skies, Fridays, good food, and hanging with friends is all you need for a great day. And what else? Some good music! Wake up to this playlist for a great start to your day. 

  • “Killed Before” by Young Thug

  • “i” by Kendrick Lamar

  • “Keep Your Head Up” by Andy Grammer

  • “Say Hey (I Love You)” by Michael Franti and Spearhead

  • “Saturday Sun” by Vance Joy

  • “3AM” by Matchbox Twenty

  • “Mr. Blue Sky” by Electric Light Orchestra

  • “Listen To What The Man Said” by Wings

  • “Juice” by Lizzo

  • “Blame It on the Boogie” by Jackson 5

Photo by Sarah Epstein

Dreamy Vibes: The sun is setting, and you’re walking home from a long day. You’re snuggled in your bed, and it’s pouring rain. If you want a dreamy intricate playlist, this is a good one. 

  • “Summertime In Paris” feat. WILLOW by Jaden

  • “Lies” by Flybear

  • “Moon Child” by The F16s

  • “Peaches” by In The Valley Below

  • “Doses & Mimosas” by Cherub

  • “Late Night” by ODESZA

  • “No One” (Kayge Calypso & DUNN Remix) by Mothica

  • “Gong” by FAVELA

  • “Yours” by SG Lewis

  • “Midnight City” by M83

Photo by Sarah Epstein

Songs to Sing in the Shower: It’s shower hour!! Get clean and jam out to your favorite songs while screaming at the top of your lungs. Shower time is the best time, especially when you have some popping tunes to listen to. 

  • “Winners Circle” by Anderson .Paak

  • “Fangs” by Matt Champion

  • “Sun” by Two Door Cinema Club

  • “Pocketful of Sunshine” by Natasha Bedingfield

  • “Loving Is Easy” by Rex Orange County 

  • “Float On” by Modest Mouse

  • “Sundress” by A$AP Rocky 

  • “Before I Let Go” (Homecoming Live Bonus Track) by Beyoncé

  • “Sure Thing” by Miguel

  • “Superposition” by Young the Giant

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Let It Out: When everything is built up inside and all you want to do is scream, this is a go to playlist. 

  • “HUMBLE” by Kendrick Lamar

  • “G.O.M.D” by J. Cole

  • “Don’t Hurt Yourself” feat. Jack White by Beyoncé

  • “Money Trees” by Kendrick Lamar

  • “Praise The Lord (Da Shine)” feat. Skepta by A$AP Rocky

  • “So What” by P!nk 

  • “Shake It Out” by Florence + The Machine

  • “i wanna be your girlfriend” by girl in red

Photo courtesy of Max Pixel

Hit the Books: As finals are quickly approaching, there is a need for a good study playlist. Luckily, you have one right here. Crack the books, drink coffee, put those headphones in and listen to some music while you work. Get the A and all the great music in one! 

  • “Let’s Be Still” by The Head and the Heart

  • “Superposition” feat. John Mayer by Daniel Caesar

  • “Come Out and Play” by Billie Eilish

  • “Jolene” by Ray LaMontagne

  • “Surround You” by Echosmith 

  • “American Hero” by Rainbow Kitten Surprise

  • “Neighbors” by J. Cole

  • “Rosie” by John Mayer

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Take It and Run: As our favorite time of the day approaches, gym time, we need all the songs we can get to pump us up. If you are a gym rat and love to listen to new beats when you do your routine, then this playlist is for you. If not then no worries, this is an awesome playlist for anytime that you need to get hype for something. 

  • “Lonely Boy” by The Black Keys

  • “Headlines” by Drake

  • “Do You Think About Me” by Captain Cuts and Zookëper

  • “To Ü” feat. AlunaGeorge by Jack Ü, Diplo and Skrillex

  • “Help Our Souls” (Urban Contact Remix) by NIHILS

  • “Let’s Get It Started” (Spike Mix) by The Black Eyed Peas

  • “Take Me” (Not Your Dope Remix) by JiKay, MNKN, Gaby Henshaw

  • “Cracks” (Flux Pavilion Remix) feat. Belle Humble by Freestylers

  • “I’m Out” feat. Nicki Minaj by Ciara

  • “Rembrandt… Run It Back” feat. Vince Staples by Dreamville, J. Cole, J.I.D

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Sarah Epstein

Maryland '23

Sarah Epstein is a freshman and soon to be Psychology major and Business minor at the University of Maryland College Park and is very excited to be writing for Her Campus.
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