By ROBERT HERNANDEZ
Chances are you’ll take advantage of spring break by going on vacation with your friends. To help you clear the otherwise awkwardly quiet car ride, here are suggestions for your #SpringBreak2k14 playlist.
10. “Playboy Girl” by Holychild
While Holychild is the least known group on this list, indie radar spotlights them for their unique brat pop sound. The Los Angeles-based duo has made heads turn since their early success in 2013 and has been grouped into Billboard’s “14 artists to watch in 2014.” This track will make you feel like you’re drinking a sugary cocktail on Venice Beach in a bikini. Their EP “Mindspeak” is available now on iTunes.
9. “Can’t Remember to Forget You” by Shakira featuring Rihanna
The Latin pop rock queen from Barranquilla, Colombia, is back to remind us that her hips definitely do not lie. The fun-fueled track is filled with Latin spice while Rihanna adds to the mixes by bringing in Caribbean flavor. Shakira’s new album is set to release March 25.
8. “Girls” by The 1975
Coming from the boys who brought you “Chocolate,” the second single off The 1975’s self-titled album is again making us fall in love with their quirky attitudes. Anyone can relate to that awkward encounter with a first crush. This song keeps the memories fun without having to relive the social anxiety.
7. “Treasure” by Bruno Mars
This is the third single off Bruno Mars’ “Unorthodox Jukebox” album. Its funk and post-disco elements are sure to keep you dancing. Listening to this care-free track, you can understand why it has hit the top 10 in 18 countries.
6. “Counting Stars” by OneRepublic
OneRepublic’s third album, “Natives,” proves they are once again going in the right direction. This is the third single released off the album. It has already topped several charts, including hitting No. 1 on American Top 40.
5. “XO” by Beyonce
Mrs. Carter is back and prepared to put everyone in the music industry in their place. On this single from her latest self-titled album, Beyonce’s soulful voice will have you ready for anything to happen.
4. “Luna” by Bombay Bicycle Club
The four members of this British band have come back after three years and don’t disappoint with their much-anticipated fourth album, “So Long, See You Tomorrow.” This is the second single released so far. Its melodic marimba sounds are guaranteed to put you in a spring break kind of mood.
3. “We Come Running” by Youngblood Hawke
Youngblood Hawke made a name for themselves in the Los Angeles music scene, selling out a string of shows at venues such as The Roxy and Satellite before they were signed to Universal Republic. Even if your travel plans don’t involve going to the beach, you will feel like it when listening to this single off of their “Wake Up” album.
2. “Crystallized” by Young the Giant
Young the Giant keeps it fun with this second single off their long-awaited sophomore album, “Mind Over Matter.” From beginning to end, you’ll be mesmerized by the dancing organ and synth tunes.
1. “Goodness Gracious” by Ellie Goulding
Known for her upbeat electronic sound, Ellie Goulding is a great way to start spring break. The house singer co-wrote this song with the lead singer of the band Fun, Nate Ruess. This track is exclusive to Goulding’s “Halcyon Days” album.
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