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It’s time to peel the “Animal House” posters off your wall and put on those caps and gowns because graduation is finally here! Yes, dorm life is over, and real, mildly terrifying adult world awaits.
But you don’t have to leave all of your college memories at commencement. In fact, we put together playlists of all the biggest, defining songs you listened to between 2011 and 2015. Consider it our gift to the class of 2015: tunes that take you back to the craziest parties, late-night study sessions, and unforgettable times with your friends.
Freshman year, 2012, saw viral hits like “Gangnam Style,” “Call Me Maybe” and “Harlem Shake.” On the indie/alt side, Grimes released her masterpiece,Visions, which included “Oblivion.” Also, you know that you heard “We Found Love” at every party/club/dining hall you walked into that year.
I don’t know about you, but I remember hearing “I Love It” for the first time on “Girls,” and it’s been playing on repeat in my mind ever since. I don’t care. In fact, I love it.
2013 was also the year that Lorde broke onto the scene with her album Pure Heroine, Zedd gave us the electronic earworm “Clarity,” and the world refused to “Turn Down” for … what? Anything, apparently.
Even though it was technically released in 2013, Beyoncé started 2014 off strong with her eponymous album, which included gems like “Drunk in Love” and, on the album’s Platinum Edition re-release, “7/11.” There were major pop hits like “Stay With Me,” “Bang Bang,” “Boom Clap” and “Fancy.” Taylor Swift dropped 1989, which was huge huge huge, but you couldn’t listen to it on Spotify. Bummer.
Meanwhile, St. Vincent rocked us with her eponymous album (for which she won a well-deserved Grammy), and Run the Jewels dropped RTJ2, which inspired their forthcoming feline album, Meow the Jewels.
So far, 2015 belongs to Fetty Wap and his hit “Trap Queen.” He shares the crown with icons like Rihanna, who dropped “BBHMM” and Drake, who released his mixtape, If You’re Reading This … It’s Too Late. Also, it’s pretty hard not to dance to Jack Ü’s “Where Are Ü Now” featuring Justin Bieber — just saying.
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