Twenty-two students at Mooseville University were charged with creating a 12-song playlist to represent happiness, love, inspiration, and peace of mind. Though nearly impossible to narrow down to just 22 jams, here's the Best of Creative Strategies 2019.
submitted by Amanda (Happiness)
1. Mooo! - Doja Cat
Released August 10, 2018 on YouTube, Doja Cat’s Mooo! is a novelty song that was made with the intention of doubling as a meme. It has attracted praise from artists like Chance the Rapper and Katy Perry, and the official music video currently has over 46 million views.
submitted by Sam (Peace of Mind)
2. Riptide - Vance Joy
Riptide is by Vance Joy and was originally released as the second single from his 2013 debut EP, God Loves You When You’re Dancing then again on Dream Your Life Away (2014). The song hit No. 1 on Billboard Alternative Songs and has since replaced Lady Gaga’s Poker Face as the longest-charting song in history, spending over 120 weeks (and counting) on Billboard Hot 100.
submitted by Reagan (Inspiration)
3. Speed Queen - Thunderpussy
Written by Whitney Petty and Molly Sides, Speed Queen is from Seattle hard rock band, Thunderpussy’s 2018 self-titled debut album. Inspired by the true love story of Petty and Sides, the song is delivered in a kick-ass motorcycle gang musical style. It was released in 2017 and came with an accompanying music video.
submitted by Blake (Happiness)
4. Money Rain Down - Big Black Delta
Big Black Delta is Electric Pop producer and singer Jonathan Bates’s alter-ego. Money Rain Down is from his 2013 album, Big Black Delta. Broke at the time, Bates says the song was written by accident, and that the lyrics were his way of trying to be positive about not having any money.
submitted by Cortlyn (Peace of Mind)
5. I Will Wait - Mumford & Sons
I Will Wait was released as the second single from the 2012 Mumford & Sons album, Babel. It’s the band’s highest-charting single, peaking at No. 12 on Billboard Hot 100 and landing on the charts in over fifteen countries. It was nominated for two Grammy awards and is featured on the video game Guitar Hero Live.
submitted by Shelby (Inspiration)
6. Make Something Beautiful - Ben Rector
Make Something Beautiful is the lead track from Ben Rector’s sixth studio album, Brand New (2015). Written by Rector, the song’s a soft, uplifting ballad about how bad the world is and how much it needs something beautiful to remind us that things will be okay. It wasn’t released until August 14, 2018, but whenever you’re feeling down, the tune is a soothing pick-me-up.
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7. Tongue Tied - Grouplove
Tongue Tied was released as the second single from Grouplove’s 2011 debut album, Never Trust a Happy Song. The song was featured in a Apple's 2012 iPod Touch commercial before reaching No. 1 on Billboard Alternative Songs. It was covered by the Glee Cast in Season 3, Episode 21: Nationals and appears in the movies The Three Stooges (2012) and Wadjda (2012).
submitted by Heather (Love)
8. Crush - Tessa Violet
Previously known as Meekakitty, Tessa Violet is a songwriter and video blogger. Crush was released as the first single from her second album, Bad Ideas (2018). The music video has reached over 36 million views and counting and has led to Violet being featured on YouTube Artists On the Rise. The songs on Bad Ideas will be released over the course of a year, with the last single slated for 2020.
submitted by Erin (Inspiration)
9. Fancy - Reba McEntire
Bobbie Gentry wrote and recorded Fancy in 1969. It was included on the 1970 album, Fancy, which earned a Grammy nomination. According to Gentry, the song was her strongest women’s lib statement. It became a crossover hit, peaking at No. 26 on Hot Country and No. 31 on Billboard Hot 100. Reba McEntire’s cover is on her 1990 Rumor Has It album. The radio edit ended after the third verse, before Fancy makes it off the street. It hit No. 8 on Hot Country. In 2014, Iggy Azalea used Reba’s version in a mashup released on the internet. Also, Steven King’s Duma Key references the song and part of the lyrics are used for the book’s foreshadowing.
submitted by Zoie (Happiness)
10. Summer Lover - f(x)
With lyrics by Young-hu Kim, Summer Lover is the second-to-last track on the South Korean girl group, f(x)’s third album, Red Light (2014). Released by S.M. Entertainment, the lyrics are in Korean (here’s an English translation). The song is about a summer romance but was never released as an official single. It certainly is catchy though, and the album, Red Light, hit No. 1 on the Gaon Weekly Album Chart.
submitted by Hope (Inspiration)
11. i - Kendrick Lamar
Also known as I Love Myself, i is by Kendrick Lamar and was released from his third studio album, To Pimp a Butterfly (2015), which is a play on the title of Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird. I uses the Isley Brothers’ That Lady, but instead of just sampling the song, Lamar re-recorded elements of it. I won two Grammy awards, one for Best Rap Song and one for Best Rap Performance.
submitted by Phillip (Happiness)
12. Hang Loose - Alabama Shakes
Hang Loose is from Alabama Shakes’ debut album, Boys & Girls (2012). Written by guitarist Heath Fogg while on a family trip to Hawaii, the song’s about not worrying about things and relaxing so we can be the better part of ourselves. Though never released as a single, the band performed Hang Loose in April 2012 for their UK television debut on Later…with Jools Holland.
submitted by Vy (Happiness)
13. If a Song Could Get Me You - Marit Larsen
If a Song Could Get Me You is by Norwegian singer Marit Larsen and was originally released from her 2008 album, The Chase and a year later on the compilation album, If a Song Could Get Me You. It was Larsen's first international hit, landing at No. 1 on the charts in Norway, Germany, and Austria. It was not released in the US.
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14. Electric Love - BØRNS
Electric Love was originally recorded as the first track for BØRNS’ second EP, Candy (2014). It was re-released as the third track on his debut album, Dopamine (2015). The song is BØRNS’ most-popular hit to date and has been used in several movies, commercials, and video games since its release.
submitted by Myah (Peace of Mind)
15. Count On Me - Bruno Mars
Originally released from his EP, It’s Better If You Don’t Understand, Count On Me was re-released on Bruno Mars’ 2010 debut studio album, Doo-Wops & Hooligans. The song was the sixth single but never released in the US, though Mars has performed it on a variety of American television programs. For The Ellen DeGeneres Show, he dedicated the song to the victims of the Newtown shooting.
submitted by Shayla (Peace of Mind)
16. Fast Car - Ryan Montbleau (ft. Tall Heights)
Fast Car was written and originally recorded by Tracy Chapman. It was released as the lead single from her 1988 debut album, Tracy Chapman. It peaked at No. 6 on Billboard Hot 100 and earned two Grammy nominations. Several artists have covered the song, including Ryan Montbleau. His version features the duo Tall Heights and was released, along with All or Nothing, in 2014 as a single.
submitted by Katie (Peace of Mind)
17. Dog Days Are Over - Florence + The Machine
Dog Days Are Over is from Florence + The Machine's 2009 debut album, Lungs. Though it wasn't an instant success on the charts, following its use in advertising, film, and live performances, it gained more popularity and went on to become their first US top 30 hit on Billboard Hot 100.
submitted by Kenzie (Happiness)
18. I Gotta Feelin' - The Black Eyed Peas
I Gotta Feeling is the second single released from the Black Eyed Peas' album, The E.N.D (2009). Together with Boom Boom Pow, I Gotta Feeling made the Peas one of only 11 groups to hold the top two positions on the charts simultaneously. It was also the first song in history to sell over 7 million digital downloads and is currently the highest-selling digital single to date in the US.
submitted by Mindy (Inspiration)
19. Biscuits - Kacey Musgraves
Biscuits was the lead single for Kacey Musgraves’s 2015 album, Pageant Material, which earned a Grammy nomination for Best Country Album. Written by Musgraves, Shane McAnally, and Brandy Clark, Biscuits peaked at No. 28 on Hot Country Songs, No. 41 on Country Airplay, and Billboard ranked it at No. 16 for the Top 25 Songs of 2015 and No. 1 for 10 Best Country Songs of 2015.
submitted by Mikey (Happiness)
20. New World - Nas
New World is from the 1999 Nas album, Nastradamus, which was intended to be released as a follow-up of previously recorded material from his third studio album, I Am… (1999). Due to bootlegging issues, Nas had to record several new songs. New World is the thirteenth track on Nastradamus. It samples Toto’s Africa and was sampled in 2003 by MF Doom in their song A New World.
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21. Too Bad That Didn't Kill Me - Ben Quad
Ben Quad’s Too Bad That Didn’t Kill Me was originally released on Dec. 21, 2018 on YouTube as an exclusive for Chillwavve’s 12 Days of Chillmas. We’ve just recently discovered Ben Quad, a punk band out of Oklahoma, but so far, we’re lovin’ what we hear. They claim if a mosh pit doesn't start within 15 minutes into their shows, they're legally bound to leave. Too Bad That Didn’t Kill Me was the first song they ever wrote.
submitted by Ally (Happiness)
22. Honky Cat - Elton John
Honky Cat is from Elton John's album, Honky Chåteau. Released on July 31, 1972, it charted in six countries, peaking in the US at No. 8 on Billboard Hot 100, No. 6 on Adult Contemporary, and No. 18 on Cash Box Top 100. Since its release, Honky Cat has become a staple on classic rock radio stations and is one of Elton John’s most popular hits. Lee Ann Womack covered it for the 2018 tribute album Restoration: Reimagining the Songs of Elton John and Bernie Taupin, and at Vinyl, Honky Cat is our Karaoke Night go-to jam.