Hooked on a Feeling – Blue Swede

For anyone looking for an upbeat, catchy song, “Hooked on a Feeling” is the perfect song. The intro is infectious, and somewhat funny all on its own. The entirety of the song is exactly what any cliche high school movie would have its protagonist dancing to in their room after what feels like the best day of their life. It helps that this song was featured in Guardians of the Galaxy, a superhero movie known for having one of the best throwback soundtracks. Mixed in with other oldies, like The Troggs’s “Wild Thing,” and The Rolling Stones’s “Sympathy for the Devil,” this song is exactly what anyone needs to turn a gloomy day to a day of fun and joy.


I Won’t Say I’m in Love – Hercules Original Soundtrack

The perfect song for those of us that over the fluffy feelings of Valentine’s Day. Though the song is about the denial of feelings and that may apply to some, for me it’s about being happily single on this day of obsession and gift-giving. Besides, who needs love when you can watch Disney movies all night and be happy on your own?

This is Me – The Greatest Showman (Original Soundtrack)

I already wrote the review, and I listen to the whole soundtrack almost everyday. Out of all the songs, this is most likely my favorite song. It is powerful. It is a message of unity. It is empowering to anyone who is pushed around and knocked down. Keala Settle has such a wonderful voice, and her range fits the song perfectly. The cinematography is so fitting, from the defiance in the face of the naysayers to Zendaya’s angry stare in the circus ring. The colors are vibrant and uplifting. There is one pause in the song that is perfectly matched by a slow-motion scene that pans into Settle’s space before exploding again into a harmony of strong voices.

Hand of God (Outro) – Jon Bellion

In times of distress and frustration, I can turn to this song which begins like any other. However, the emotion behind the song is so much more than simple, meaningful lyrics. The beauty in the second lies in the second half, where the choir enters and the harmonies take over and the listener is suddenly overwhelmed by a dizzying mashup of every other song on the album; it is, indeed, the outro, the culmination of an album carefully crafted to appeal to all those who listen.

Carrying the Banner – Newsies (Original Broadway Cast)

I’ll save the formalities for another play that doesn’t hit all the rare soft spots in my heart as much as Disney’s Newsies does so effortlessly. The songs are catchy, the choreography is expertly crafted, and the plot took the 1992 original movie and made it into a powerhouse of humor and female empowerment. Within the first 10 minutes, I undoubtedly fell head over heels, giggles and all, for Jack Kelly—charming, humorous, assertive, but infuriating, arrogant, immature. In another 10 minutes, I knew I was a goner; I would go on to see the musical a second time that night, and another the next day, and another the day after, and I listened to the soundtrack the entirety of the week.

Theme (from “Spider Man”) [Original Television Series]

Michael Giacchino, being the genius he is, remastered the theme of the Spider Man television series into a orchestrated wonder. The composition can make any fan’s heart swell with childlike joy and excitement. For all intents and purposes, this track is one of my favorites from the soundtrack and it is the perfect pick-me-up for fans that are finally down.

What Time Is It? Summertime!

It wouldn’t be the last day of school without sentimental Snapchats to my graduating friends, promises to stay in touch with acquaintances, and, of course, one of the most iconic summer songs from my childhood. I won’t deny that I’ve always dreamed of pulling off the perfectly timed chant with my friends right before the final bell rings or that I’ve always wanted to just run out of school without a care in the world. Any student that has watched High School Musical 2 and says they never wanted to try this choreography is absolutely lying because deep down in their hearts they consider this song the greatest guilty pleasure.