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Last weekly Spotify includes rap, alternative pop

By Northern Star Staff | May 7, 2023

For the last weekly Spotify of the 2022-23 academic year, the Northern Star staff wrote about three songs they love. Sarah’s picks Baby Keem - “naked freestyle” Pitbull, Ne-Yo - “Time of Our Lives” The Weeknd - “Party Monster” “Naked...

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Songs we love to hate

By Northern Star Staff | April 30, 2023

This week, writers picked three songs they consider as guilty pleasures because, let's be honest, we all have them. Sarah’s picks Bruno Mars - “Treasure” Coldplay - “Adventure of a Lifetime” Savage Garden - “I Want You” Bruno...

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Bittersweet tracks to get you in your feels

By Northern Star Staff | April 23, 2023

To reflect the recent changes in weather, here are some songs that make listeners feel a happy-sad medium.  Nick’s picks David Kauffman and Eric Caboor - “One More Day (You’ll Fly Again)” John Prine - “Angel from Montgomery” ...

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Honoring Asian musicians this week

By Northern Star Staff | April 16, 2023

In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, each writer wrote about three songs that were either written or sung by Asian songwriters. Nick’s picks Mitski - “Two Slow Dancers” Japanese Breakfast - “Dreams - Recorded...

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Songs for reminiscing on the 2010s

By Northern Star Staff | March 26, 2023

The 2010s were a defining decade for those in our generation — especially when it comes to our tastes in music. Here are some of the songs most important to us.   Nick’s picks  fun. - “Some Nights” Carly Rae Jepsen - “Call...

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Songs that honor women musicians, past and present

By Northern Star Staff | March 19, 2023

This week's playlist is dedicated to all of the women in music out there. Happy Women's History Month. Nick’s picks Big Thief - “Change” Carole King - “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” Aretha Franklin - “All the King’s...

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Lifestyle’s weekly Spotify playlist #76

By Northern Star Staff | February 26, 2023

Nick’s picks Cortex - “Huit octobre 1971” Jake Blount - “Where Did You Sleep Last Night?” Grace Potter - “Daylight” Hip-hop heads will know Cortex’s “Huit octobre 1971.” The French jazz-funk band may not be known...

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Lifestyle’s weekly Spotify playlist #74

By Northern Star Staff | February 12, 2023

After love songs in honor of Valentine’s Day last week, this week we're doing heart-break songs.      Nick’s picks Jeff Buckley - “Lover, You Should’ve Come Over” Joy Division - “Love Will Tear Us Apart” ...

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Lifestyle’s weekly Spotify playlist #72

By Northern Star Staff | January 29, 2023

Spotify playlist: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6STJ47NG1Bdk8ORpdIIQ8p?si=42fd678cc94b4932  Nick’s picks Men At Work - “Overkill” MF DOOM - “Rhymes Like Dimes” LOONY - “either side” Men At Work’s “Overkill”...

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Lifestyle’s weekly Spotify playlist #71

By Northern Star Staff | January 22, 2023

Weekly Spotify playlist: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/29bzcLrr1Tuv0AZchbuTzp?si=2221e953a43b435e  Nick’s picks Jalen Ngonda - “Just Like You Used To” Townes Van Zandt - “For the Sake of the Song” Brainstorm - “You...

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Lifestyle’s weekly Spotify playlist #70

By Northern Star Staff | January 16, 2023

Weekly Spotify playlist: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3Mh1ONaN0f5T4FVDc6IAUw?si=4550f3c8544d46b4  Nick’s picks fun. - “The Gambler” Chris Stapleton - “Either Way” Sleeping Orchard - “At Home With The Thursday Night...

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Lifestyle’s weekly Spotify playlist #68

By Northern Star Staff | November 27, 2022

Weekly Spotify playlist: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0ts0mPuBboRq1At5MJQg1l?si=609b2c6a4f534317  Daija’s picks Sabrina Carpenter - “Nonsense” Lewis Watson - “fake plastic trees” Noah Kahan - “Growing Sideways”  “Nonsense”...