This week’s playlist is all about new beginnings. Whether you’re in your first year of college, your last year or somewhere in-between, this school year will bring changes and new starts. Every song on this list is in some way related to starting over or reaching a turning point in life.
- Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) — Green Day
- Marchin On — OneRepublic
- Ain’t It Fun — Paramore
- I’m Movin’ On — Rascal Flatts
This song is very much for someone who is leaving home for the first time, as it is a little more somber than some of the others on this list. But with lines like “I sold what I could and packed what I couldn’t / Stopped to fill up on my way out of town,” it is pretty clear why this song is on the list.
- I Can See Clearly Now — Johnny Nash
- 8 Mile — Eminem
- Breaking the Habit — Linkin Park
Much less of a traditional “new beginnings” song, this song is more about having to make a hard decision to leave something behind. “I don’t know how I got this way / I know it’s not alright / So I’m breaking the habit” exemplifies this feeling.
- Brand New Day — Sting
- Revolution — The Beatles
- Hope/New Beginnings — Judas Priest
- (Just Like) Starting Over — John Lennon
- So Far So Good — Jonathan Coulton
- Weightless — All Time Low
- Be Calm — fun.
- Welcome to Paradise — Plain White T’s
Definitely the most upbeat song on this list, this song encourages listeners to make the best of every new experience. A great song to listen to whenever you need a new outlook on life and a reminder that you can always make the most of your circumstances. “If you falled down and skinned your knee / Will you get back up again? / Roll with the changes / Take a few chances now and then / Make every moment count / And you just might have the time of your life.”