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A Soul-Wrenching NYU Playlist for Your Back to School Blues


It’s weird being back in New York City. It’s even weirder to step back into Bobst. The weather is either unbearably hot or weirdly cold as we make the awkward transition from summer to fall. While searching for something to wear that is appropriate for the 60 degree mornings and 80 degree afternoons, give this playlist a listen. It embodies the comfortable numbness that came back the moment you stepped into your first class. Take a listen to this back to school playlist, and embrace the feeling that college is probably not even worth it!

6.) “Shattered” by The Rolling Stones:

Favorite lyric: “My brain’s been battered, splattered all over Manhattan.”

A classic song about how freaking weird NYC is ,with an undertone of an existential crisis. The imagery of being splattered really compliments the feeling of wanting to explode every time one your professors clicks to the next slide in their lecture.

5.) “New York, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down” by LCD Soundsystem:

Favorite lyric: “New York, you’re perfect, oh, please don’t change a thing/
Your mild billionaire mayor’s now convinced he’s a king.”

If we replace the word “mayor” with “Andy Hamilton,” this lyric hits pretty close to home. As do all the other lyrics in this song about how NYC kinda sucks, but if we’re gonna die it might as well be here.

4.) “The Message” by Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five:

Favorite lyric: “My son said, Daddy, I don’t wanna go to school/
’Cause the teacher’s a jerk, he must think I’m a fool/
And all the kids smoke reefer, I think it’d be cheaper/
If I just got a job, learned to be a street sweeper.”

If you’ve never looked up the lyrics to this song, please do. Picking a favorite one was honestly difficult. The song talks about everything from being broke, to pimps to migraines. This lyric called out to students as we’ve all felt personally victimized by a professor, and honestly who doesn’t smoke weed at NYU?

3.) “School Spirit” by Kanye West:

Favorite Lyric: “Told ’em I finished school and I started my own business/

They say “Oh you graduated?” No, I decided I was finished.”

This is a song you should avoid while deciding whether or not to drop out of college, or else you’ll end up actually doing it.

2.) “College Kids” by Reliant Kid:

Favorite Lyric: “I’m poor, I’m starving, I’m flat broke/
I’ve got no cash to spend/
sell all my books for front row tickets/
to Dave Matthews Band.”

A song highlighting how dumb college is. Why are we paying so much money to study these things we don’t care too much about? Should we just all give up and fake a degree?

1.) “Graduate” by Third Eye Blind:

Favorite Lyric: “Can I graduate?”

This is just a very angry sounding song, questioning if we’ll even make it to the point of graduation. Will we ever be real adults? Probably not.

Anywho, cheer up chaps: you’re studying in the greatest city in the world. But when you forget why you’re even here, take a listen to the playlist that totally gets how pointless school is for all of us!

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