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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.

1995: Good by Better Than Ezra and Total Eclipse of the Heart by Bonnie Tyler

1996: What I Got by Sublime and Wonderwall by Oasis

1997: All For You by Sister Hazel and Barely Breathing by Duncan Sheik

1998: Closing Time by Semisonic and Bitter Sweet Symphony by The Verve

1999:  She’s So High by Tal Bachman and What It’s Like by Everlast

2000: All the Small Things by Blink 182 and Who Let the Dogs Out? by The Baha Men

2001: My Baby by Lil’ Romeo and Because I Got High by Afroman

2002: The Middle by Jimmy Eat World and I Don’t Have to Be Me (‘Til Monday) by Steve Azar

2003: All the Things She Said by t.A.T.u. and Stacy’s Mom by Fountains of Wayne

2004: 1985 by Bowling For Soup and Broken by Seether (Feat. Amy Lee)

2005: Beverly Hills by Weezer and Seasons of Love by the Cast of R.E.N.T.

2006: Chain Hang Low by Jibbs and What I’ve Been Lookin’ For by Ashley Tisdale and Lucas Grabeel (High School Musical, anyone?)

2007: Boston by Augustana and Rehab by Amy Winehouse

2008: New Soul by Yael Naim and American Boy by Estelle (Feat. Kanye West)

2009: Uprising by Muse and That’s Not My Name by The Ting Tings

2010: Whip My Hair by Willow Smith and Bulletproof by La Roux

2011: I Just Had Sex by The Lonely Island (Feat. Akon) and Pumped Up Kicks by Foster the People

2012: Too Close by Alex Clare and Somebody That I Used to Know by Gotye (Feat. Kimbra)

I feel so old… The last 18 years. Wow. The next thing you know, I’ll have children and grey hair. Scary. Anyway, enjoy!

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Jasmine is a Computer Science major at Scripps College in sunny Claremont, California. Besides writing and editing for The Prospect, Jasmine works as a copy editor for [in]Visible Magazine, a writer for Persephone Magazine, and a communications intern for Whirlpool Corp. When she's not binge watching Grey's Anatomy, she enjoys not wearing shoes (no matter the weather), petting strangers' dogs, and jamming on her ukulele. She can be reached by email at

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