Updated: May 23, 2021
May is finally warming up and I am feeling the road trip bug. There's always a thrill when planning a trip: the places you'll stop on the way, the snacks you feel worthy of eating an entire bag of when you wouldn't do that in every day life... and most importantly the road trip playlist. A nice long collection, full of hours of songs you had forgotten that you loved because you don't ordinarily have that much time to sit and listen to them.
On the playlist this week...
Olivia Rodrigo keeps cranking out catchy tunes full of teenage angst and relatable lyrics. Her new song "good 4 u" is a brash delivery of all the feelings associated with your ex moving on too quickly from you. She furiously recites all of the things that are bothering her about this new development. The overall feel of the song is reminiscent of a Taylor Swift/early Avril Lavigne mash up.
Sometimes you get lucky and your favorite artists collaborate on a song you didn't know you needed. Joy Oladokun and Maren Morris sing together on their beautiful song "Better Man" which is about continuing to rise up and be the better person in spite of all of the discrimination and unfairness from those who are holier than thou.
One Republic released a new single "Run" and it is my favorite song from the playlist this week. It reminds me of their early music from 2014 on the Native album where song after song was addictive with quick wordplay to keep you listening and your ears intrigued. "Run" is a a feel-good song about triumphing over hardships, not letting it get you down and keeping your head up all to a beat that makes you want to get up and dance.
Click here to listen on Spotify.
Fast (Motion) - Saweetie
Break My Heart Myself - Bebe Rexa, Travis Barker
Run - One Republic
good 4 u - Olivia Rodrigo
Electric - Katy Perry
Bussdown (feat. Shaybo) - Jorja Smith, Shaybo
Bigger Man - Joy Oladokun, Maren Morris
Wildfire - Cautious Clay
Build a Bitch - Bella Poarch
Down - St. Vincent
The Difference - Daya