Fight Night by Migos
I am the type of person who is almost always listening to music no matter what I’m doing. Before track meets, I often listen to music to get pumped up and feel empowered to run my best. I usually listen to rap or rock music, like Fight Night, because it’s upbeat and has an edge to it that makes me feel fierce and ready to kick some butt. It also helps energize me for meets and get me focused.
Listening to Fight Night really gets me in a competitive mood, and I think this might be partially due to the fact that I have always wanted to try boxing as a means of working out. Boxers are extremely fit athletes and are incredibly tough, so getting pumped up to a song related to boxing is pretty much the ideal way to put my game face on and duke it out with my competition.
Where Did You Sleep Last Night by Nirvana
Nothing makes me more upset about missing the last decade of good music than watching Nirvana’s MTV Unplugged. When I’m tired of the syrupy, auto-tuned garbage creating the noise pollution on the radio, this live show is the first playlist I turn to. Not a single performance gives me goosebumps quite like Nirvana’s rendition of Lead Belly’s Where Did You Sleep Last Night?
Kurt Cobain’s wailing and voice crack in the last verse is eerie in hindsight, but reminds you of what kind of vocal talent it took to make it to the big leagues before the invention of GarageBand. Cobain, ever the hater of the limelight and success that came with his talent, gave all he had in one of his last performances before his death.
Could Have Been Me by The Struts
I don’t want to live as an untold story. This is the blue skies, fist-pumping, romping around anthem of anyone who’s ever felt young and reckless. The lead singer stole Green Day’s eyeliner and The Beatles’ mop of hair, but lucky for him, he has an original voice.
His rowdy style never ceases to remind me of Andrea—an industrial design major with a shaved head and a Bigfoot obsession. She has the best intentions and the worst ideas. We’ve jumped off bridges, electrocuted ourselves, and nearly gotten ourselves run over by a bus. She might be the catalyst of my death, but she’s given me the most adventurous life. As the song goes, I’d rather go out in a blaze of glory (with her by my side). Warning: start video at 1:25 to skip over NSFW content.
Naked Kids by GROUPLOVE
The summer after our sophomore year of high school, my best friend Lee Nelson got his license and a car. It was the first time we could go on adventures without having our parents drive us around. We were finally independent, so we took every opportunity to explore.
The music video Cloud Mind Productions featuring exotic scenes from Thailand captures the free-spirited vibe we lived. Grouplove became our band for the summer, and Naked Kids was our anthem. Wild and free. When I listen to “Naked Kids” now, it makes me remember that happiness I felt “cruising down the highway with my friends, top down.”