Feel the Last Bit of Summer

Before we say our temporary goodbyes to Summer, let’s feel the season one last time through some of the hottest songs of 2016 Summer.

In case you haven’t noticed already, the traces of summer are slowly disappearing.  The cool winds are starting to smear into your skin, and with that your body feels the exotic chill… the sweater weather is coming.  Gone are the days of rolling around the grass under the warm sun.  Gone are the days of indulging fully in laziness.  
So before we say our temporary goodbyes to Summer, let’s feel the season one last time before we let go.  Here are the seven hottest songs from the 2016 Summer.

1. The Chainsmokers – Closer (ft. Halsey)

How can you not know this song.  With the “hey,” you find yourself immediately singing along to the lyrics “So baby pull me closer…” This song has it all: the catchy and varied tune, the easy-to-sing along, and the unique voices of the artists.  No wonder it was the biggest hit this summer.

2. DJ Snake – Let Me Love You (ft. Justin Beiber)

This song doesn’t seem to meet up to the expectations that people usually have for DJ Snake and Justin Beiber.  The chorus is pretty catchy, and good to follow along.  Maybe with a little variation in the tune could have made this song a greater hit than it is now.

3. Martin Garrix & Bebe Rexha – In The Name Of Love

This song just seems to describe the peak of the summer.  The slow, steady build-up till the EDM tune makes the anticipated chorus more exciting and engaging.  The chorus part, though repetitive, has such great tune to it that you will immediately find yourself singing along to a lyric-less melody.

4. Jonas Blue – Perfect Strangers (ft. JP Cooper)

The unique beat will slowly start you moving in the beginning.  As these beats build up to the chorus, the song becomes more sprightly and energetic.  Jonas Blue, the renown UK singer, seems to meet up to his high reputation as an artist.

5. Calvin Harris – This Is What You Came For (ft. Rihanna)

This song as much as it belongs to a house EDM genre, stays loyal to keeping the listeners at an euphoric mood.  Certainly, a one time song.  The choppy, but easy-to-sing-along tune immediately engages the audience at once.

6. Hailee Steinfeld & Grey – STARVING (ft. ZEDD)

Hailee Steinfeld’s voice does it all.  The rhythmic beat puts your body into dancing mode before you even realize it.  The two artists convey an intriguing yearning for love by incorporating fresh, playful tunes with the EDM beats on the chorus.

7. Charlie Puth – We Don’t Talk Anymore (ft. Selena Gomez)

It’s strange how a sad story can turn into cheery beats.  Charlie Puth and Selena Gomez’s voice seems to blend in so well and in such a unique way.  The two singers sing with little energy in their voice but the tune itself is so addictive and catchy.  Ironic, but well done.

Before we let our moods get droopy from the nostalgic season, autumn, let’s celebrate the last remaining days of summer to the fullest with these songs.

– Eunice Na (’17)

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Six Songs to Fall For This Autumn

Here’s an autumnal list of soundtracks perfect for the sweater weather season.

Autumn: more known as the season of toasty marshmallows and bonfires, digging out your mufflers from the back of the closet and indulging into the glorious, glorious carbs just waiting to make you fat. As summer dawns into fall, our tastes for music change as well — the transition is the only explanation for the groovy autumn playlists pulsating in our phones. And while the perspective of good music never changes, there are some songs that just feel more appropriate to the atmospheric vibe as we move from the sandy beaches to the maple orchards. To get you in the leaves-falling, fireworks-popping spirit, here are tracks that celebrate autumn of all its delicious glory.

 

  1. Green Day – “Wake Me Up When September Ends”

This band draws some delightfully bleak parallels between autumn and death in the lyrics. More focusedly, Green Day correlates the season with the death of the legendary singer Billie Joe Armstrong’s father. Therefore, fall, to him, is so unbearably disheartening that he wishes to skip it completely, and asks to literally “wake him up when September ends,” just like the desolate song title.

 

  1. The Weeknd – “King of the Fall”

Just how fall is it? Drinking a spiced, iced pumpkin spice latte out of a venti cup explains everything. The wistful singer associates the appearance of the season every year, yet never promises to be sober in the first place to get into the overall feel of a moody autumn day.

 

  1. Eva Cassidy – “Autumn Leaves”

For those days of the month when self-indulging in a lugubrious anguish seems the only option for a comfortable afternoon, Eva here is gladly willing to enrich you with a strong dose of empathetic sorrow. After all, there’s nothing like a twinge of collective blunder to begin the season, no?

 

  1. John Mayer – “St. Patrick’s Day”

We can listen to some good old John Mayer during any season, but this song in particular is perfect for autumn especially. He confesses with heartfelt vigor about finding his true love in this season that will help him endure the cold and lonely months of winter… or rather, using the weather as an plaintive excuse to stay with his loved one. Despite the lyrics, this is a great song that really captures the mood of the upcoming winter.

 

  1. Yellow Card – “October Nights”

This mellow track describes the pleasant balm of crisp fall afternoons cuddled against girlfriend, adopting a romanticized simplicity and painting a cozy picture of sweet love bloomed in the season of autumn – going on a date to a pumpkin patch says it all.

 

  1. Ed Sheeran – “Autumn Leaves”

Another song titled “Autumn Leaves” – and this time sung by our favorite acoustic-meets-pop singer songwriter Ed Sheeran. Typically, the best fall songs are about daydreaming, sleeping, or wandering around aimlessly. This track is no different – in the classic Ed Sheeran style, this passionate song soulfully captures the feeling of melancholic yearning of your love leaving. Very autumn-esque and moving, a melody that goes wonderfully with a steaming mocha latte and a nice knitted sweater.

 

Little things like a good song and good company are what sums up fall best. What’s your style of nostalgic, reminiscent autumn tracks?

 

– Ashley Kim (’18)

Top 10 Underrated Songs You Should Be Listening To

Warning: Low Key Hipster

Tired of listening to all those mainstream songs? Nae Nae? Anaconda? Show Me the Money? Tell me about it. There are so many underrated, not-listened-to-enough songs out there you should be searching up right this moment. I mean, doesn’t the thought of countless great songs you never end up listening to absolutely haunt you? Fear not; Blueprint’s got you covered. Here is a list of the top 10 underrated songs you should be listening to like, now.

 

“We Won’t” by Jaymes Young & Phoebe Ryan

Match made in heaven; the two voices complement each other ever so perfectly, giving off a unique and one-of-a-kind vibe. The poignant yet exquisite lyrics about letting love go will make you listen to this song on repeat.

 

“Aloha Ke Akua” by Nahko Bear (Medicine for the People)

Aloha Ke Akua means God is Love in Hawaiian. As beautiful as the title sounds, same goes for the song itself. The relaxing aura this song builds throughout its ten minute span is definitely worth giving a shot.

 

“Sober” by Childish Gambino

Childish Gambino, also known as Donald Glover, is a well known comedian. But have you ever given his music a try? If not, try listening to this song. It’ll help you calm down and loosen up, and it’s great to listen to while taking breaks in between your studies!

 

“Stuck on the Puzzle” by Alex Turner

One word: Breathtaking.

 

“Forgiveness” by Made In Heights

Forgiveness by Made In Heights is a combination of an extremely soothing voice and an unconventional song style. It’s undeniably different and fresh and it’s guaranteed to make you obsessed for a while (happened to me).

 

“Irish Margaritas (RAC Mix)” by Harriet

When is a RAC mix NOT good? Imagine you’re staying home, cozy, cuddling under dim lights and feeling super relaxed (maybe near a fireplace, too). This song, Irish Margaritas, is the kind of song that would be playing in the background. Basically what I’m getting at is, listen to it now.

 

“Demon Dance” by Surfer Blood

With its catchy chorus and inspirational lyrics, Surfer Blood will get you hooked to its indie rock song, Demon Dance. You’ll find yourself humming the tunes, chanting the lyrics, and constantly replaying this video.

 

“California” by Rogue Wave

California: Charged with multiple emotions, yet soothing at the same time. Their spot-on lyrics with the underlying message of, “no matter the uncertainty out there, hope will always lead you somewhere”, Rogue Wave will not fail to mesmerize you.

 

“James Dean & Audrey Hepburn (Acoustic ver.)” by Sleeping With Sirens

Sleeping With Sirens is a well known rock band, usually with rather hardcore songs. However, their acoustic songs take a complete 180 degree turn, giving off somewhat of a sentimental feeling.

 

“Ocean” by Coasts

A perfect summer song, as well as a love song. Missing the hot and sunny months of July and August? Let Coasts take you away.

 

– Leona Maruyama (’17)