Campus playlist: Folk, rap flowing through student earbuds

It’s fair to say that the majority of students dread going to class. Professors that don’t take attendance are basically angels in disguise. While class itself can be dull, the walk to and from campus is often bearable.

Accompanied with the right step and the right beat, it’s even downright enjoyable. After approaching students walking to or from classes on a beautiful fall day and asking them what was coming through their headphones, Grand Central got a feel for the campus playlist. The type of music students chose to listen to depended on many factors such as the time of day, the weather or the type of mood they were in.

This edition of Campus Playlist features a wide variety over sounds, from the talents of Lindsay Lou and the Flatbottoms, Brandi Carlile and even Ludacris.


“Time Bomb” by Rancid
“It just fits with the nice weather,” Buchanan student, Tim Mosier said. “It’s upbeat music.”

“Talk Talk Talk” by Mansions

“It just came on,” Lincoln Park senior, Kat Arkensas said.

“U Should Have Known Better” by Monica
“I was listening to Monica’s Pandora Station,” Margarie Washington of Detroit said. “I just really like her as an artist.”

“King Wizard” by Kid Cudi
Macomb freshman, Blake Zarzycki had this Cleveland born hip-hop phenom flowing through his headphones.

“Des Rails” by Zazie

“I’ve been listening to a lot of foreign music, I like Zazie a lot,” Missouri native Genevieve Agee said. “She’s a French artist. I really like her voice, and she uses a lot of violin in her music.”

“That Year” by Brandi Carlile

“She has a new album out, so I’ve been going through and listening to her new and old stuff,” Zach Mitchell, a Grand Rapids junior said.

“Paris (Ooh La La)” by Grace Potter & The Nocturnals

“Just because I’m in a good mood,” Illinois sophomore Nina Muzik said.

“Someday Never Comes” by Creedence Clearwater Revival

“I’ve always been into soft classic rock,” Dearborn Heights junior, Andrew Theisen explained.

“Hesitation Blues” by Old Crow Medicine Show

“It’s an upbeat bluegrass kind of day and it makes me smile,” Matt Duthie, a Mount Pleasant senior said.

“Bells” by Anathallo

“My iPod is on shuffle,” Junior Grand Rapids student, Alex Vetter said. “I’m listening to Anathallo. They are a Mount Pleasant band. I think most of their members graduated from CMU.”

“Rollout” by Ludacris

This classic appeared on Ann Arbor sophomore, Eric Newbury’s rap playlist.