No matter new or old, rap or classical, music is the key to making my week better. For a lot of us, putting on some music can cure a bad day, and science proves this! Music heightens the activity of a special part in our brain that releases dopamine: the happy chemical. Now, I’m no scientist, but I do know that music is a sure-fire way to end all bad days. So, here’s five tunes to get grooving to in order to get rid of any bad vibes!
To the Beat is a new series curated by our team, from your stories. Creators on Beat share all kinds of music everyday, so we wanted to make it easier for you to access it all in one place. At the end of every month, we'll be sharing a playlist with songs that have inspired our creators to share stories about them on Vocal. From music that makes you dance, to songs that bring a smile to your face, or those that helped you get over a breakup—you'll find a little bit of everything on To the Beat.
Imagine. It’s 5 AM, your alarm goes off and you’re instantly groggy and grumpy by being awake this early. Then you remember why you’re awake—you and your friends have been planning this weekend for months. You packed up the car last night, so all you have to do is pick all passengers up, grab coffees, and hit the road straight for the mountains for a weekend jammed packed with hiking, mountain biking, and climbing. Or maybe you're skiing and snowboarding, I don’t know what time of year it is for you!
Since streaming became the new norm, overtaking CD sales and now paid downloads of artists' music, it’s now become more evident how streaming and music playlists are actually hurting artists and devaluing who's behind the music.
American Horror Story is back, and Season 9 of Ryan Murphy's FX anthology series is taking viewers back in time to 1984. Fans couldn't be more excited about the show going retro with its references to 80s slasher flicks like Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street, and, judging from the series' new opening credits, AHS: 1984 is going to feature an awesome soundtrack.
As any holiday season approaches, the piles of music to listen to grow exponentially and so do the chances of some great music just slipping by for no other reason than there is too much of it. The first reaction of any music fan is to go for the music they are somehow familiar with, something they know they will love, like a lavish reissue of one of their favourites.
We’ve all been there. A visit to your hometown—or perhaps, you’ve just grown up and changed while still in your hometown—is met with mixed emotions. It’s like for every fond memory and bout of nostalgia you experience, you also experience equal parts dread and anxiety.
These days, with streaming, downloads, and all the available formats, new and old, it is quite easy for good music to fall under the radar. In that respect, it is an almost an even field, whether music is something you seriously follow or you are just a casual fan. It often happens that your pile of vinyl or CDs just grows, or those downloads and possible streaming links are overcrowding your computer.
Why do I like covers so much? Honestly after hearing the original songs so many times, it’s nice to hear different renditions. I now have over 9,000 songs on my Super Hits and their Best Covers playlist on Spotify. You can make your own list too!
Next to Hip Hop, R&B (Rhythmic and blues) is my favorite genre to listen to—from the slow beats to the outstanding vocals that make me wish I could sing ,or rather just hold a simple note. Because I do have a passion for listening to R&B, there are so many songs I could list or recommend, but today I’m sticking to my top five R&B songs that were released in the last two years. So if you’re wondering why “Doo Wop,” by Lauryn Hill isn’t on here, that’s why. These are the songs that you might not have seen on the charts, but surely they deserve to be there, and on your love/feelings playlist.