Iâ€™ve always had this vision of spring break being a blissful week filled with volleyball in the sun, margaritas and my fake British boyfriend giving me back rubs under a palm tree.
However, my past spring breaks have taught me this is nothing more than a dream, that instead, itâ€™s a week destined to be spent working, wistfully watching episodes of â€œAnthony Bourdain: No Reservationsâ€ and being yelled at by my family for leaving my nasty tennis shoes in the house.
But this year, itâ€™s gonna be different. Iâ€™m going to Moab with my life partners from the Collegian, and in honor of our time together, Iâ€™ve crafted the ultimate spring break playlist.
Do with it what you will, my faithful readers, but be warned: it might cause you to get yoâ€™ groove on uncontrollably. And I will not be liable for the consequences.
â€œThis Will Be An Everlasting Love,â€ by Natalie Cole
Youâ€™ve heard it in â€œThe Parent Trap.â€ It was in the credits of â€œThe Holiday.â€ It was to this song that Visual Managing Editor Greg Mees and I first fell in love to while I was smacking him in the face and driving 100 miles an hour in the middle-of-nowhere Wyoming.
In a nutshell, itâ€™s the perfect jam for compulsively snapping your fingers and singing in a high-pitched voice. In other words, itâ€™s the perfect song for spring break. Duh.
â€œIâ€™m Gonna Be (500 Miles),â€ by the Proclaimers
For those of you who donâ€™t compulsively watch â€œHow I Met Your Mother,â€ let me hit you with some mad knowledge. This song is the only song that plays in Marshallâ€™s car, and as a result, was the soundtrack to Marshall and Tedâ€™s long road trips. And now, it will be part of the soundtrack to your road trip.
â€œLife is a Highway,â€ Rascal Flatts
I usually hate Rascal Flatts with a flaming passion. The lead singer looks like an elf, and because Iâ€™m shallow (as evidenced by the tremendously attractive mug that accompanies my columns), I just canâ€™t get past that. But this song is ballinâ€™, yo.
â€œCominâ€™ into Los Angeles,â€ Arlo Guthrie.
But only if youâ€™re going to Los Angeles. And only if you have a trunk full of illegal narcotics.
This was totally the soundtrack to my middle school years. And it has the word â€œDriveâ€ in the title. Get it?
â€œGet Low,â€ Lil Jon and the Eastside Boyz (featuring the Ying Yang Twins)
This is the perfect song to blast with your windows down, as you cruise through the suburbs in your Toyota Matrix. Props if you know all the lyrics. Not like I do. Just kidding, I totally do. My parents must be so proud.
â€œ(Iâ€™ve Had) the Time of My Life,â€ Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes
This is for your drive home, when you and all of your friends are annoyed with each other and need to rediscover that Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey-esque magic.
â€œCelebration,â€ Kool and the Gang
This isnâ€™t just for Bar Mitzfahâ€™s and weddings anymore people.
â€œFolsom Prison Blues,â€ Johnny Cash
This is for those of you who might do something on the wrong side of the law over spring break. Itâ€™s alright: prison isnâ€™t as bad as it seems.
â€œJesus Take the Wheel,â€ Carrie Underwood
For those of you who want to explore your spirituality over break after your run-ins with the law.
â€œItâ€™s Hard Out Here for a Pimp,â€ Three 6 Mafia
Content Managing Editor Allison Sylte is a junior journalism major. Sheâ€™s set to have a delightful spring break having a strange, spiritual experience in the desert of Moab with her life partners from the Collegian.