As the weather (hopefully) starts to warm up it’s time to go outside and remember what grass looks like before the weather turns too hot to bear. These songs will get you in the mood for a relaxing on the quad or hiking at Thousand Hills.
1) “Dog Days Are Over” – Florence and the Machine
This is the perfect song to start off the spring with. It’s upbeat and airy and will inspire you to frolic in fields of flowers. Just replace the words “dog days” with “cold days” and it becomes the best song to send off winter for good. Plus it has dual purpose; the song is a great way to send off the unbearable heat of summer too. In fact, just go ahead and permanently put this song on your playlist until September.
2) “Blue Ridge Mountains” – Fleet Foxes
Fleet Foxes entire collection makes for a great outdoors soundtrack but “Blue Ridge Mountains” is truly exceptional. This song will encourage you to runaway to the mountains and as midterms approach that might not be such a bad idea.
3) “Mr. Blue Sky” – Electric Light Orchestra
The title says it all. It’s the official song of a sunny day.
4) “The Woods” – Daughter
Daughter is band whose dreamy music is well suited to exploring the outdoors. “The Woods” captures the mystical quality the woods possess. Vocalist Elena Tonra’s voice lingers after each line and the gently strumming guitars create an intimate sound the makes you think the band is playing just for you.
5) “Dream” – Priscilla Ahn
Remember when we were kids and we would play outside and imagine our backyards were pirate ships or something else equally awesome? Well “Dream” transports you back to that time. Walk barefoot and feel the grass under your feet again as Priscilla guides your nostalgic daydreaming.
6) “Somewhere Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful World” – Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
This is probably one of the greatest medleys ever done and also an instant mood lifter. Listening to this song while walking to class is guaranteed to make you appreciate the beauty of the trees on the quad.
7) “Campfire” – Satellite Stories
As the name suggests, this song is best for long summer nights gathered around a campfire preferably on a beach.
8) “Holocene” – Bon Iver
An absolutely beautiful song, “Holocene” makes me want to get lost in the woods for a few hours. The line, “And at once I knew I was not magnificent,” explains that feeling you get when you are in awe of nature. Whether it is standing in front of an ocean or being surrounded by nothing but trees, nature can make you realize that there are bigger things out there than yourself and “Holocene” expresses that feeling.
9) “Mountain Sound” – Of Monsters and Men
The Icelandic indie folk band Of Monsters and Men’s music was clearly inspired by nature and “Mountain Sound” fully embraces escaping from everyday life into nature.
10) “Beautiful Day” – U2
Another no-brainer, when the temperature finally rises above freezing you’ll be inspired to sing “Beautiful Day” as you walk to class.