27 Songs to Hear from March 2016

With new music being released on a daily basis, there are sure to be a few that stand out as favorites. We asked our staff to choose some of their favorite tracks released this month to create our March playlist!

Check out the full list and Spotify stream below! What songs stood out to you this month? Let us know by shooting us a tweet at @_lucyoutloud!

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23 Songs To Hear From February 2016

With new music being released on a daily basis, there are sure to be a few that stand out as favorites. We asked our staff to choose some of their favorite tracks released this month to create our February playlist!

Check out the full list and Spotify stream below! What songs stood out to you this month? Let us know by shooting us a tweet at @_lucyoutloud!

“Missin’ You” – The Summer Set
“Somebody Else” – The 1975
“iT’s YoU” – ZAYN
“Ophelia” – The Lumineers
“Help Me Run Away” – St. Lucia
“You and I” – PVRIS
“Incarnate Devil” – DIIV
“Good to Love” – FKA twigs
“Underwater” – Porches
“Dead Eyes” – Adia Victoria
“Cannonball” – Yuck
“Proof” – I’m a Lion, I’m a Wolf
“Swampadelic Pop” – Dr. Dog
“White Iverson” – Grace Mitchell
“Remember Me” – Gavin James
“The Cherry Pit” – Pinkshinyultrablast
“The Crowded Place” – Gary & The Clone
“Supernatural” – KING
“Centerfold” – MOTHXR
“Black White Fuzz” – Coastgaard
“Keep Your Promises II” – Sean Watkins
“Good Enough” – The Ready Set
"Don’t You Give Up On Me” – Lissie

24 Songs to Hear from January 2016

With new music being released on a daily basis, there are sure to be a few that stand out as favorites. We asked our staff to choose some of their favorite tracks released this month to create our January playlist! 

Check out the full list and Spotify stream below! What songs stood out to you this month? Let us know by shooting us a tweet at @_lucyoutloud!

“The Sound” – the 1975
“Golden Days” – Panic! At The Disco
“Room In Here” – Anderson Paak
“Every Step Every Way” – Majid Jordan
“All The Ways” – Wet
“Hallucinations” – dvsn
“Lazarus” – David Bowie
“Figure Me Out” – The Summer Set
“Nobody Wins” – Brian Fallon
“Wanderer” – From Indian Lakes
“Real Friends” – Kanye West
“Crazy = Genius” – Panic! At The Disco
“King of the World” – Weezer
“Comb” – Skizzy Mars
“Peanuts” – The Suffers
“Drive” – Tonight Alive
“Let’s Fade Away” – The Downtown Fiction
“Numbers” – Daughter
“Chips in the Moonlight” – Nice Guys
“No More Parties In L.A.” – Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar
“Crying In Public” – Chairlift
“Malt Liquor” – Lewis Del Mar
“Say It” – Tory Lanez
“Cold Cold Cold” – Cage The Elephant

LOL Playlist:: David Bowie

It didn’t seem fitting for us to only share one post about the legendary David Bowie. Having given us five decades of his music, we thought it was only right to put together a playlist of our staff’s top picks! 

Here’s a look at our top 13 David Bowie songs!

1. “Under Pressure”
Chosen and written by Eric Riley

It’s is a bad, bad day. The world lost one of its most daring, eccentric, talented, all-around brilliant artists today. And, on top of that, I also lost any last remnants of belief in the possibility of magic or immortality. Because, I mean, if there were one person who possessed agelessness and never ending youth, it would have been David fucking Bowie.

I mean, throughout the seventies, he lived off of milk, red peppers, and cocaine. And still made music and toured and acted and all of that. What a champion.

Anyway, this is difficult – for the obvious reasons and for others. Obviously, I wasn’t expecting this. So I didn’t have a reaction prepared; I’m mostly just sitting here listening to Ziggy Stardust in my underwear.

And then, it’s difficult because where do you begin. The point of this is to choose one song, but that would be cramming a five-decade career into one short paragraph. And a legacy like Bowie’s physically can’t be compressed so easily. But I’m going to do what I can. And here goes.

Under fucking Pressure. I could say just that, and that would be enough. I’ve typed three words and my eyes started to water. It’s the greatest song ever written and I’ll punch you in the stomach if you disagree, mainly because if you don’t feel that pit in your gut every time you hear it, then that’s the least I can do for you and you have much bigger issues to worry about.

I’m not sure where I was the first time I heard it. But I can say that it was the same place I heard if for a second time. And a third. Because even though I can’t remember where or when it was, I remember making my dad play it again. And again. It was unlike anything I had ever heard. It was this clean, simple bassline / clap combo backed with mostly vocal nonsense, and it grows and grows into this huge mess of musical chaos. And it is flawless.

Either Bowie’s or Mercury’s vocals on their own are strong enough in any other setting, but here, neither of two of the greatest vocalists in history could have carried this song alone. Just before it comes to a close, there’s the controlled frenzy of both voices swirling together, drums and snares firing off, some piano thrown in for good measure, and then it calms to the same bassline and snaps to carry you out.

I’m having a tough time writing about this because it’s something that has never needed to be written about. Saying its a “classic” does it injustice, and also grants extra credit to some other lesser-worthy songs that have been given that label. It’s obviously a classic, but it’s so much more than that. It’s the song of a generation for every generation. There are deaf blind people without electricity who still probably know every word to “Under Pressure.”

Play it at my wedding.
Play it at my funeral.
Play it at 2am six times in a row so the cops have to get called for a noise disturbance when my girlfriend and I cleaning my apartment after drinking a bottle of wine and burning a frozen pizza. Hypothetically.

So, again, today is a bad, bad day.
We lost an icon.
But, I was wrong about magic and immortality.
Because if there are people who are going to live forever, one of them would be
David fucking Bowie.

2. “Heroes”
Chosen and written by Kelly Peacock

Driving through darkness before crossing bridges with bright lights, I can’t help but think of “Heroes” by David Bowie. In love with the adventure I am on, Bowie’s voice makes me feel alive. I have so many doubts about love and who deserves my love the most. When I listen to Bowie’s voice in this song, it makes me feel adventurous. It makes me feel like love is worth the journey, and that the moments I am in now are the most important. “Heroes” makes me feel like despite any doubts or mistakes I could make with love, it doesn’t make me any less of a hero. To be brave enough, to be bold enough, to be loved and loving enough to go on a wild ride—that makes me a hero.

3. “Changes” chosen by Zach Foerst

4. “Golden Years” chosen by Gina Garcia

5. “Rebel Rebel” chosen by Gina Garcia

6. “Under Pressure (The Used/My Chemical Romance cover)” chosen by Anthony

7. “Space Oddity” chosen by Caitlyn Willard

8. “Suffragette City” chosen by Kerianne Wilson

9. “Dancing In The Street” chosen by Merva Sayegh

10. “Within You” chosen by Carina Browder

11. “Fame” chosen by Lucy Binetti

12. “Be My Wife” chosen by Jon Hecht

13. “Station to Station” chosen by Jon Hecht

Lucy’s Top Songs of 2015

Sometimes it feels like you waste an entire year and once
New Years Eve comes around, you start to question what it is that you actually
accomplished that year. I can proudly say that 2015 was not one of those years
for me. After a difficult 2014, I spent these past twelve months working on my
own happiness and doing what I love without thinking twice about it. 2015 was
the year I graduated college, built up an incredible team for Lucy Out Loud, and
redeemed myself on more than one occasion by overcoming internal fears.

My 2015 playlist is filled with songs of love, loss,
adventure, empowerment and new beginnings. Some songs are just fun-dance tunes
while others tug on my heartstrings and bring back memories, both good and bad.
Ultimately, 2015 was the year that some of my favorite artists made their
redemptions (JoJo, Good Charlotte, Hilary Duff, Busted) just like I made some
of my own.

Here’s to a new year filled with new opportunities and overcoming any/all of the obstacles that may be in your way.

Thank you for supporting us ♥ You can find my playlist below!

1. “Sledgehammer” – Fifth Harmony
2. “English Girls” – The Maine
3. “Tear In My Heart” – twenty one pilots
4. “Run” – COIN
5. “Say Love” – JoJo
6. “What Happened To Your Band” – McBusted
7. “Adventurer” – Redlands
8. “Uma Thurman” – Fall Out Boy
9. “Let’s Not Be Alone Tonight” – R5
10. “Makeshift Love” – Good Charlotte
11. “Sparks” – Hilary Duff
12. “Bitter” – Emily West
13. “I Dare You” – Bea Miller
14. “Stone Cold” – Demi Lovato
15. “Same Air” – The Rocket
16. “Wildest Dreams” – Ryan Adams
17. “I’m Good” – The Mowgli’s
18. “Take My Love” – The Lone Bellow
19. “Fucked Up” – Young Rising Sons
20. “Meet You There” – Busted

Bonus: “Love Me Like You Do” (Cover) – McBusted

Eric’s Top Songs of 2015

I tried to keep songs from my AOTY list to a minimum, but
that was tricky because A. I don’t listen to a lot of radio and B. these albums
were the Top 20 for a reason! Anyway, not totally sure if “Uptown Funk” was
this year or last year, but who cares, that song will be on my yearly
soundtrack every year until I die. “Downtown” is about buying a Moped and
cruising for girls and is perfectly ridiculous. “Same Old Love” is so catchy
that it hurts, and “Can’t Feel My Face” makes me realize how much I can’t dance
and how much I also don’t care. Basically, this list is just me saying that
life is too short to pretend to not love pop music.  Check it out below!

1. “Uptown Funk” – Mark Ronson / Bruno Mars
2. “Downtown” – Macklemore
3. “Not Today” – twenty one pilots
4. “Same Old Love” – Selena Gomez
5. “Black Magic” – Little Mix
6. “America’s Sweetheart” – Elle King
7. “Here” – Alessia Cara
8. “Cool for the Summer” – Demi Lovato
9. “See You Again” – Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth
10. “Clearest Blue” – CHVRCHES
11. “Mad Hatter” – Melanie Martinez
12. “Gasoline” – HALSEY
13. “Wait for It” – Hamilton OBC
14. “Hello” – Adele
15. “Can’t Feel My Face” – The Weeknd
16. “Ship to Wreck” – Florence + the Machine
17. “Unsteady” – X Ambassadors – “Unsteady”
18. “Chateau Lobby #4″ – Father John Misty 
19. “Savages” – Marina and the Diamonds
20. “Hell and Back” – The Airborne Toxic Event

Carina’s Top Songs of 2015

2015 went by so quickly for me that I genuinely forgot what releases came out this year. Looking back, 2015 wasn’t my favorite year in music, but it was a year full of solid releases from Big Sean’s heartfelt memorial to his grandmother in “One Man Can Change the World” to Carly Rae Jepsen’s spotless pop jams. While nearly every best of list has Kendrick Lamar on it, it’s hard to ignore the impact of To Pimp a Butterfly, the juggernaut of the year. While Butterfly certainly packed a punch, artists like Adia Victoria and Angel Haze charmed listeners with honest lyricism in what may be some of the most underrated releases of the year.

Indie pop artists Halsey, Melanie Martinez, and Troye Sivan covered the latter months of the year with concept albums that weren’t necessarily game changers, but ones that told stories of love and loss one wouldn’t expect from someone so young. Though I’m more likely to remember this year for the memes than Hilary Duff’s comeback moment, these are the artists I’m hoping to see more from in the new year. Check out my playlist below!

1. “Alright” – Kendrick Lamar

2. “Losing Myself” – State Champs

3. “Palm Reader” – The Wonder Years

4. “Moonrise Kingdom” – Angel Haze

5. “Gasoline” – Halsey

6. “Fools” – Troye Sivan

7. “Soap” – Melanie Martinez
8. “One Man Can Change the World” – Big Sean

9. “Michael” – theSAGAS

10. “Howling Shame” – Adia Victoria

11. “Fourth of July” – Fall Out Boy

12. “Bella Disorder” – Better Off

13. “24 Floors” – The Maine
14. “Crowns and Castles” – ASPIRE

15. “Trap Tears” – Raury

16. “Daffodils” – Babeo Baggins

17. “Dead Guy” – Dog Party

18. “Bad Seed” – Beach Weather

19. “Warm Blood” – Carley Rae Jepsen
20. “Confetti” – Hilary Duff

Zarrin’s Top Songs of 2015

My top 20 consists of songs with more of an optimistic note
with a dash of Halsey. Indie pop and a bit of pop punk was my choice of music
this year, so I’ve listened to artists like Fall Out Boy and Twenty One Pilots
heavily over the past 12 months. However,
The Colourist has blown me away with their indie pop style and light-hearted
vibes. 2015 was a mixture of new things
and nostalgia for me, but a little more hope for 2016. Check out my playlist below!

1. The Kids Aren’t Alright – Fall Out Boy
2. Stressed Out – Twenty One Pilots
3. Shut Up and Dance – Walk the Moon
4. Hold Me Down – Halsey
5. I’m Good – The Mowglis
6. T-Shirt Weather – Circa Waves
7. All Over – Cruisr
8. LA Devotee – Panic! At the Disco
9. Cecelia and the Satellite – Andrew McMahon in
the Wilderness
10. R.I.P.
2 My Youth – The Neighbourhood
11. It’s
Alright – Kid Astray
12. Until
You’re Big Enough – Mayday Parade
13. Sound
of a Broken Heart – Jukebox the Ghost
14. Smile
– The Royal Concept
15. When
I’m Away – The Colourist
16. Frail
Love – Cloves
17. Monogamy
– Self
18. Diet
Soda Society – The Maine
19. Ride
– Twenty One Pilots
20. Reflections
– MisterWives

Kelsey’s Top Songs of 2015

My musical journey in 2015 revolved around some serious bad ass
girl power while also uncovering my newfound love for bluesy-rock and soul
music from the likes of Alabama Shakes and Nathaniel Rateliff who have become
my new favorites. And, with a new year, comes with the top go-to party jam; I
mean, who could deny the pure, sick joy that came over you when “Trap Queen”
came on, no matter where you were.

This was definitely the year of Miguel for me – his album Wildheart was one of the most played
full-length albums by me this year, clearly, since I had to put more than one
of his songs from the album on my list!

Happy New Year and cheers to more good music in 2016! Check out my playlist below!

1.  “Trap
Queen” by: Fetty Wap
2.  “Don’t
Wanna Fight” by: Alabama Shakes
3.  “Pretty
Thoughts” by: Alina Baraz
4.  “waves”
by: Miguel
5.  “Old
Thing Back” (feat. Ja Rule & Ralph Tresvant) by: Matoma, The Notorious
6.  “Here”
by: Alessia Cara
7.  “The
Hills” by: The Weeknd
8.  “Got
It” by: Marian Hill
9.  “Gooey”
by: Glass Animals
10. “Lampshades on Fire” by: Modest Mouse
11. “Coffee”
by: Miguel featuring Wale
12. “Watch My
Back” by: Basecamp
13. “Lean On”
by: Major Lazer
14. “Hotline
Bling” by: Drake
15. “S.O.B”
by: Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
16. “The
Blacker The Berry” by: Kendrick Lamar
17. “Falling
Short” by: Lapsley
18. “You Know
You Like It” by: DJ Snake, AlunaGeorge
19. “Reelin” by: Iration
20. “Roses”
by: The Chainsmokers, ROZES

Kelly’s Top Songs of 2015

the past twelve months, I have been on the craziest ride of my life. All the
way, music has been my friend, in the passenger seat. In the midst of the
chaos, certain bands and artists have provided me with comfort, sadness,
happiness, and heavy love. My 2015 playlist is a discombobulated bunch of
songs, all from different genres. Jumping from up-beat songs to slower songs,
my heart has been bursting with love. Particular tracks in this 2015 playlist
remind me of new adventures, new friendships, first loves, and first
heartbreaks. These songs are a part of me; they are wrapped around my veins and
in every corner of my heart. It’s nice to know I’m not the only one who feels
too much. It’s nice to know that in 2015, I found a friend in music. 

Check out my playlist below!

1. “Can’t
Kick Up The Roots” – Neck Deep
2. “Overtime”
– Reckless Serenade
3. “Something’s
Gotta Give” – All Time Low
4. “Poison
Pen Letter” – Knuckle Puck
5. “All
You Are Is History” – State Champs
6. “The
Note” – Man Overboard
7. “Loaded
Conversation” – Take a Breath
8. “Love
Me Like You Do” – Ellie Goulding
9. “Stressed
Out” – Twenty One Pilots
10. “Love Me” – The 1975
11. “December” – Neck Deep
12. “Love Will Set You Free” – Kodaline
13. “Amazing Day” – Coldplay
14. “Coming Down” – Halsey
15. “English Girls” – The Maine
16. “Dominance” – Hope Vista
17. “Music To Watch Boys To” – Lana Del Rey
18. “Just A Fool” – Look out Love
19. “Letting Go” – Mayday Parade
20. “You In January” – The Wonder Years