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This spring break I am going to San Diego with ten people I barely know. My college (University of Arizona), has a service-based ‘alternative spring break’. To get to and from San Diego will be a six hour car ride, which means road trip music. Of course, when they pass the aux to me, I want to impress all my new friends with my incredible taste in music. Therefore, I need to create the perfect spring break playlist.

This is not as easy as it sounds. There are many factors to consider. First, whether I should play well-known bangers or my banger discoveries. I don’t want my group to think I only listen to pop music (ugh) or that I think I am too cool to listen to the radio (though the radio can suck). Second, I need to decided if what genres to cater to. My group ended up not liking country, like me, but some also did not like hi-hop or rap, which I love. I had to figure out if I should cut these genres out completely or let these people see the real me. The real challenge the balancing between what others will enjoy, but use my music.

No worries though, I ended up making a good enough playlist so that when the aux was passed to me, everyone enjoyed it enough to at least not turn it down. Especially since I was not close with these people, I had to mix up my ‘pop’ music with my favorite underground hits. Overall, very song I chose was my song, and I did put some hip-hop on the playlist. To keep the playlist flowing, I chose an overall mood. What mood better for a spring break playlist than “badass sunshine”? Below are some songs  I included:

“Raisin in the Sun” by Violent Femmes

“Orange Soda” by Vic Mensa

“Peanut Butter Jelly” by Galantis

“Buzzin” by Alina Baraz

“Ex-Girlfriend” by No Doubt

I hope this helps all you find inspiration as you struggle to make the most fire spring break playlists as well!

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