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I’m not going to bore you with a lengthy elucidation of my specific song selection. I think the songs speak for themselves. That said, music inevitably makes me feel. During quarantine, I’ve been on quite the emotional rollercoaster. Being able to just experience the emotion helps me become more comfortable with myself and the power of my feelings. Music heightens my emotions but also keeps me grounded in the moment. When I need a change of scenery, I’ll drive around in my car, scream-singing songs that fit my current mood. I’ve had a lot of time to discover new music that really resonates with me. My favorite artists of 2020 have been Nyah Grace, Laufey Lin, Tom Misch, and Sufjan Stevens. My friend from Amsterdam has also gotten me hooked on Euro Club dance music. I’ve created the five perfect playlists for my quarantine moods. I hope you enjoy them too! 


  1. Black Coffee by Nyah Grace

  2. Street by Street by Laufey Lin

  3. Sunday by Nyah Grace

  4. Sooner or Later by Nyah Grace

  5. Self Control by Frank Ocean

  6. The Weekend by SZA

  7. Pink + White by Frank Ocean

  8. Another Sad Love Song by Khalid

  9. Sospesa by Malika Ayane & Pacifico

  10. Love on The Brain by Rihanna 



  1. Finally (Radio Edit) by Mr. Belt & Wezol

  2. This Girl is Mine feat. Destiny’s Child & Brandy by 99 Souls

  3. Voices by Disclosure

  4. Gecko (Overdrive) [Radio Edit] by Oliver Heldens & Becky Hill

  5. Kill the Lights (with Nile Rodgers) by Alex Newell

  6. No Money by Galantis

  7. Baianá by Bakermat

  8. I Could Be Wrong by Lucas & Stevens

  9. 17 by MK

  10. Mr. Saxobeat (Radio Edit) by Alexandra Stone



  1. Be Be Your Love by Rachael Yamagata

  2. River by Leon Bridges

  3. Carry Me Home by Jorja Smith & Maverick Sabre

  4. Futile Devices (Doveman Remix) by Sufjan Stevens

  5. Visions of Gideon by Sufjan Stevens

  6. Cardigan by Taylor Swift

  7. Best Part (feat. H.E.R.) by Daniel Caesar

  8. Feel (Acoustic) by Lindsey Lomis

  9. Black Roses Red by Alana Grace

  10. He Won’t Go by Adele 



  1. Childs Play by Drake

  2. Like This by Jack Harlow

  3. Valentino by 24kGoldn

  4. Taste by Tyga & Offset

  5. Powerglide by Rae Sremmurd 

  6. Fight Night by Migos

  7. Rake It Up by Yo Gotti

  8. Big Bank by YG

  9. Scream & Shout by will.i.am

  10. Patty Cake by Kodak Black



  1. Ocean Drive by Duke Dumont

  2. Nuestro Planeta by Kali Uchis

  3. Jewelz by Anderson .Paak

  4. Tropical Rain by Social House

  5. Cigarettes on Patios by BabyJake

  6. Finesse (Hey Baby) by Flamingosis

  7. The Morning by The Weekend

  8. Shotgun (Wild Remix) by George Ezra

  9. South of the River by Tom Misch

  10. La La La by Naughty Boy

Lilly Doninger is a member of the class of 2024 at William & Mary from Louisville, Kentucky. She hopes to major in International Relations. In her free time, she enjoys playing tennis, watching movies, and journaling. Lilly also writes weekly for her personal blog, Ridiculous but Respectable.
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