So, with the first semester of my college career coming to an end, I’ve been getting homesick lately. I’m really looking forward to winter break. Even if my dorm bed is actually more comfortable than my one at home (Target’s mattress pads work wonders, peeps), I miss my dog and my cat and my books and my grandma and non-dining-hall food and snow and privacy and so many of the little things that I’ll probably get sick of once again after I go back to Michigan in a month. But despite how much I surprisingly miss home, I still have work to do here in college. Moping around and wearing all black because I feel gloomy without the presence of my dog Dolly will do absolutely nothing for my grades and even less for my future. So that means I have to get over this homesickness, grow up, and get back to work, right?
Well, I’m kind of a big baby, so instead of “sucking it up” and “getting down to business” (Mulan comes to mind… perhaps a future Disney playlist will be coming), I choose to wallow in my old memories of home to help me feel better. That’s what helps me, personally, get back to work: surrounding myself by things that remind me of home so I’ll feel comfortable while I’m not truly there. Music is the best way for me to do this. So, what’s my trusty tool to combat the gloom and doom I feel without my dog, family, and old friends? This playlist I conjured up from the One Hit Wonders of the 1990s, 2000s, and 2010s Wikipedia pages–two songs for every year I’ve been alive (sans 2013). Throwin’ it back makes me feel better. Always.
Disclaimer: Sadly, there aren’t any ‘NSYNC, Backstreet Boys, or any other boy bands on this playlist because Wikipedia apparently doesn’t classify them as “one-hit wonders.” But feel free to add them to your own playlist, if that’s your thing.
2006: Chain Hang Low by Jibbs and What I’ve Been Lookin’ For by Ashley Tisdale and Lucas Grabeel (High School Musical, anyone?)
I feel so old… The last 18 years. Wow. The next thing you know, I’ll have children and grey hair. Scary. Anyway, enjoy!