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Five Albums That Got Me Through College

A person’s taste in music says a lot about them and throughout college I asked people about their favorite bands, last concerts they went to, or a dream festival lineup. Below is a list of the five albums that got me through college. - Danielle Rainier '17

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1. BEYONCÉ – Beyoncé


You can’t write about the five albums that got you through college and not involve at least one Beyoncé album. Beyoncé’s self-titled album was dropped during my freshman year at GMercyU and it could not have come during a better time.

I had just recently learned the term “feminist” and was embracing the title when Beyoncé’s album came out. It screams girl power and makes you want to stand up for yourself. The entire album makes you feel confident and on top of the world. Stand Out Track: “***Flawless”

2. Native – OneRepublic


If you were to ask me the best concert I have ever been to it would be OneRepublic, The Script, and American Authors on June 28, 2014 at BB&T Stadium. OneRepublic performed their album Native and it quickly became one of my favorites.

The album is full of bouncy beats and lyrics that also tell a story. Native can easily be described as anthem. It makes you feel good. I find myself playing the album every now and then while jumping around my room. Stand Out Track: “I Lived”

3. Hamilton: An American Musical – Original Broadway Cast Recording

I know several people in my life are groaning because of the hours they heard me gush about this entire production. While Hamilton was only introduced to me during my Junior year, I quickly became obsessed. A Broadway show based on the entire life of Alexander Hamilton in rap and sick beats performed by a diverse cast of talented artists? Obviously, it’s unique and that’s why it’s one of the hottest shows on Broadway this year.

Not only has the soundtrack taught me more information than I ever needed to know about Alexander Hamilton, but it also gave me an appreciation for history and learning about the past. It’s fun, entertaining, and will be a constant on my playlist for months to come. Stand Out Track: “Yorktown (The World Turned Upside Down)”

4. Made in the A.M. – One Direction


For Made in the A.M. to be One Direction’s last album, they really went out with a bang. As a fan, I can easily say it is their best album. They found their sound and it’s the perfect mix of pop, rock, and folk. This album is especially important to me because it came out during a rough year in my life. I used this album as an escape. The slow ballads were there when I needed a good cry and the loud pop-rock songs were there for me to blast in my head phones and block out the world. Stand Out Track: “Olivia”

5. Lindsey Stirling – Lindsey Stirling


They say that listening to instrumentals while studying helps so I went for the most modern music I could find – EDM and violins. Lindsey Stirling’s self-titled album is full of fun beats all played on violin. It’s not too distracting when reading and keeps you bopping to the beat as it goes along. Lindsey Stirling adds dubstep to her songs along with a dance mix performance to create a beautiful art. It’s unique, fun, and a great study soundtrack. Stand Out Track: “Crystallize”

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