Ah, April. The magical time of year where we discover just how much dust can pile up in 5 short months, and just how much we don’t want to clean any of it. You know what I’m talking about.
Required housework is enough to ruin any season, but no worries! A good playlist is guaranteed to banish even the most infectious domestic blues. So to assist you in conquering yours, we’ve helpfully provided a comprehensive must-have of songs for your Spring Cleaning playlists.
SUMMERTIME SADNESS (Cedric Gervais Remix), Lana Del Ray ft Cedric Gervais:
Can’t we just skip Spring, with it’s allergies and bipolar temperatures? This ominously emotional remix is the perfect song to use as the first step towards overcoming the dread of spring cleaning. *the combination of languid yearning in Del Ray’s voice with the electric desperation in Gervais’ beats will make you eager to hurry up and finish cleaning; the sooner we finish with spring, the sooner we get to summer.
STARS (HOLD ON), Youngblood Hawke:
Currently on rotation via Netflix commercial, the song seems lit by the breezy sunshine of April, inspiring the feeling of cool grass on bare feet and warm light on bare shoulders. There is a certain element in the hip-hop percussion that makes the song reminisce of The Verve’s “Bittersweet Symphony”, an allusion furthered by the hint of strings artfully woven into the background of synthesized melody. The song will make you feel like you’re standing on top of a hill, triumphant, untouchable, and ready to spring-clean every house on the block.
With its hypnotizing robotic percussion and Lorde’s focus-demanding voice softened to a breathy lilt, this haunting alternative rock song might not be the first song you think of to get you pumped. It ribbon dances around the periphery of hopeless dystopia, but it’s the most inspiring background noise you could ask for. You may not have a team to help you dust off your window sills and wall décor, but you sure know how to run things.
BRAVE, Sarah Bareilles
Bareilles’ take on Katy Perry’s “Roar” is more spring appropriate than it’s heavier counterpart. The piano is soft, but strong, a backbone that holds up the motivating message in the song. Maybe it seems melodramatic to say bravery is a necessity for overcoming a winter slump and a whole lot of detritus, but after ten minutes of where the heck did all this stuff even come from?!, it’s going to take every ounce of courage you have to not cry. Only the brave will survive when it comes to standing up to the hoarders-grade stacks of clutter and climbing over the piles of dusty trash to reach the treasure beyond. ($20 in your coat pocket! Guess who’s ordering out for lunch!)
SIGHT OF THE SUN, Fun.
A laid-back refrain is the most notable part of this song. There is nothing particularly dramatic about it, which is a welcome break from the winter and a great start to spring. The intro tangles piano and guitar in a way that makes all your muscles relax and your eyes slip shut. Behind your eyelids, you can picture thesidewalks split by weeds and graffiti-stained stone walls painted by a deliberate urban beat. So lean back on the couch cushions and enjoy the imagery for a few minutes. You’ve been working hard, and you totally deserve it.
SUPER BASS, Nicki Minaj
Nothing gets you as amped as pretending you’ve got the skillz to be a rapper and the speed-of-mouth to keep up with Nicki. This is the perfect song for changing out your winter wardrobe with your summer ones, as tank tops probably won’t judge when you have to Google the lyrics you’re totally butchering (who the heck is “the guy with the thing on his eye”?). Added bonus: wear strappy heels when you try on your bathing suit, and pretend you’re in the music video.
HAPPILY, One Direction
From the first hoppy pluck of guitar, this song inspires carefree movement and lighthearted adventure! Use the chorus’s August-y twang to banish wintery thoughts of shovels and rock salt into the deepest corners of your garage. Retire your snow boots with the help of sunny cowbell. The song is bubbly, upbeat, and just downright cheerful. It talks about a love that brings no shame, no guilt, just happiness…like that warm weather snaking it’s rays in through your open windows. Caution: May cause uncontrollable urge to learn square dancing.
BELIEVER, American Authors
We might have to change the title of the playlist to “A Little Twang Never Killed Nobody”, but you wouldn’t dream of leaving this song off. You might be familiar with this indie band’s mainstream breakthrough hit “Best Day Of My Life”, one of the lead singles off their album Oh, What A Life, which was released earlier this month. Although that song is memorably shrouded in good vibes, this song seems to be pulsing with them. Zac Barnett’s voice still sounds like it’s on the verge of tearing, the lyrics still sound saccharinely chipper, but this song comes out on top. Whether due to the quicker beat or the less lethargic mixing, Believer is a more effective steroid to getting ish done than its brother (“Ish” meaning “wipe off ceiling cobwebs”).
THE OTHER SIDE, Jason Derulo
Another song with a fantastic beat, because nothing takes the dullness out of sweeping quite like using the broom as your dance partner. The song itself sounds like it’s glowing with the promise of a new beginning (Friendzone-turned-romance, spring cleaning…practically the same thing), and effects that sound straight from a sci-fi adventure flick let you escape your kitchen and pretend you’re worlds away from all the dirt piles…if only until you open your eyes again.
SAIL INTO THE SUN, Gentlemen Hall
If you’ve ever wondered what it felt like to win a Golden Ticket, this song should give you a pretty good idea. Inspired by what must have been the Williest of Wonkas, this literal bells-and-whistles song gives the world a Rose Colored Glasses effect without a visit to the optical shop. The Boston-based Indie Quintet encapsulates the whole of springtime in the chiffon-like vocals and lofty instrumentals. It’ll make you dreamily imagine you’re sailing across the sky in a floating boat, and not slipping across the hallway in a puddle of mop water.
HEY YA, Outkast:
Come on, how can anyone resist this classic? Arguably, the ultimate must-have of ANY get-pumped tune is its karaoke factor- AKA how much does it make you want to sing along out of tune as loudly as possible? Every playlist needs a song that reminds you of your youth, of simpler years when it totally would have taken you less than two hours to spring clean the whole house. Catchy harmonies and easy lyrics make for a song that guarantees a good time no matter what you’re doing.
ONE WOMAN ARMY, Porcelain Black
You haven’t even heard it yet, and already the title has you amped for a feminized take-over! The song is steered by an obstinate march that will thrum through your chest and get your blood pumping in double time. Combined with a guitar that doesn’t mess around and gritty lyrics that take no prisoners, Porcelain’s scuffed-up voice is just tenacious enough to be shiver-inducing, and exudes enough determination to win that you could probably snag some… and she wouldn’t even mind. Use that determination to wake your inner warrior princess. And if you’re a guy, you can borrow some of that girl-power we’re famous for.
YOUNG VOLCANOES, Fall Out Boy
“When Rome’s in ruins…” Did they mean your front closet? Clap along to this minimalist anthem about breaking free and starting afresh! In the geological world, young volcanoes erupt, coating everything with lava and destruction…before cooling into islands with exotic vegetation and unique beauty. Centuries later, Hawaii is a hot vacation spot. So don’t think of the clutter accrued over the extended sun hiatus as an obstacle: think of it as an opportunity! You have to move furniture to get underneath and behind anyway, so why not rearrange it all? Take a hint from those young volcanoes. With a little patience and a lot of time, you can turn your mess into paradise.
So grab the playlist, take on the work, and come out on top! Whether you’re cleaning a friend’s place, or cleaning your own, these songs are perfect to break the monotony and actually make the cleaning – dare we say? – enjoyable. Instant jam sesh: just add Windex.”
Got some songs you can’t believe we forgot? Add them in the comments, and let us know what you’re rocking out to this spring!
Written by: Saxmei Milano is a twenteen-year-old creative writer who likes tenors, popcorn, and bright lights. She currently lives just outside of NYC with her grandparents and a giant dog. When she is not out talking to strangers, she is usually watching Law and Order: SVU marathons. She loves to smile and make rhymes. Her favorite people are those with accents (ANY kind).