Weekly Spotify playlist: Motivational Monday


Mondays are the bane of existence for some. For others, it is the first thought when it comes to pure joy. Whether or not Mondays are what make you moan and groan, this playlist is made to get you up and motivated to face the week head-on.

Float On by Modest Mouse

Don’t Stop Me Now by The Regrettes

Good Grief by Bastille

Send Them Off by Bastille

Too Late by The Happy Fits

Make It Right by The Greeting Committee

No Instructions by The Happy Fits

Keep Going by The Revivalists

All These Things I’ve Done by The Killers

Ladies of Cambridge by Vampire Weekend

Spotify Weekly Playlist: Finally Friday!


Ever feel like you’re going to lose your mind if the weekend does not swing around to pick you up? If so, this playlist helps you jam out during the well awaited Friday. 35 minutes of upbeat and head banging bops are what you will find in this playlist.

Friday I’m in Love by The Cure

Your Soul by Forrest. (ft. Biskwiq)

Pick U Up by Foster The People

Violet by Sea Girls

Saturday Sun by Vance Joy

New Perspective by  Panic! at the Disco

Ready to Go (Get Me Out of My Mind) by  Panic! at the Disco

It’s Not Living (If It’s Not With You) by The 1975

Sit Next to Me by Foster The People

Saturday by Sam Fender (explicit)

Spotify Weekly Playlist: Boolicious boogie


Salutations, ghouls and goblins! Ranging from the classic “Monster Mash” to the more recent “Calling All the Monsters” by China Anne McClain, this playlist has all of the tunes to bring you out of your grave and onto the dance floor.

Calling All the Monsters by China Anne McClain

Monster Mash by Bobby “Boris” Pickett

Transylvania Twist by Bobby “Boris” Pickett

Black Magic Woman by Fleetwood Mac

Thriller by Michael Jackson

Ghostbusters by Ray Parker Jr.

The Time Warp by Richard O’Brien, Patricia Quinn, Nell Campbell

The Addams Family Theme Song by Vic Mizzy

Friends on the Other Side by Keith David

This is Halloween by The Citizens of Halloween

Spotify Weekly Playlist: Feel-good Friday music BINGO


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This PLAYlist is perfect for playing BINGO on Friday with your virtual pals on zoom. Use a virtual BINGO card generator like My Free Bingo Cards. From there, click on Custom Bingo Card Generator where you can add your own BINGO title and list of songs to be included in the cards.

Here’s the list of songs that go with this playlist. Copy and paste this into the BINGO generator referenced above to make your virtual BINGO cards. The BINGO generator makes it easy to send everyone the same link and it makes a different card for each person (up to 25 for the free version).

Don’t stop believing

We built this city


Mr. Blue Sky

Party rock anthem

Hips don’t lie

Come and get your love

Hey Ya!


The Final Countdown

Viva la Vida

Gonna Fly Now

Wii Turn up

Sweet dreams are Made of This

Hip Hop Hooray

Ice Ice Baby

Fresh Prince of Belair

No Rompas Mi Corazon


Tongue Tied

One Dance

Party in the USA

Old Town Road

Achy Breaky Heart

Bidi Bidi Bom Bom

Drop it Like Its Hot

The Lazy Song

Staying Alive

Take on Me

Don’t You (Forget About Me)


Sunday Best

Blinding Lights

Friday I’m In Love

Screenshot of a sample winning BINGO card taken after a game on Friday, Oct. 23. (Noah Amaro/ Ethic Photo)

Spotify Weekly Playlist: Back to the Books?


As the months of boring quarantine have come to an end, a new year of online education has begun. In these weird times, things are very unpredictable, unplanned and quite stressful. Here is a list of songs that commemorate the strange freedom of being home for five months and introducing the new school year. 

Overwhelmed by Royal and the Serpents

End of summer( Now I Know) by The Front Bottoms

Dog Days Are Over by Florence + The Machine

Loser by Beck (explicit)

(Online Love) by Conan Gray

broken by lovelytheband

100 Bad Days by AJR

I Forgot That You Existed by Taylor Swift

summer depression by girl in red (explicit)

F2020 – radio edit by Avenue Beat

Spotify Weekly Playlist: Sunny days


This week has been characterized by uncharacteristically intense and unusual weather for Redlands. From high winds to legitimate freeze warnings, the desire for warmer days to return is becoming unbearable lately. Those idyllic, and admittedly unrealistic, days of bike riding on the beach or laughing at park picnics may only be a few months away, but the carefree music that accompanies these activities persist all year long.

Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours)- Stevie Wonder

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough- Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

Sh-Boom- The Chords

Twist and Shout- The Beatles

I’ll Be Satisfied- Jackie Wilson

I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)- Four Tops

Walk Like a Man- The Four Seasons

Johnny B Goode- Chuck Berry

Please Mr. Postman- The Marvelettes

You Can’t Hurry Love- The Supremes

Weekly Playlist: Medium rare bops


In this era of contemporary music, most radios are bumping the melodies of the most notable artists out there. Across the airwaves, Lizzo or Post Malone are filling ears with their popular tunes, but the occasional listener will continue to enjoy the songs that are lesser known or simply lost to time. These are the songs that are considered either alternative or indie, but overall haven’t received the recognition they deserve.

Drive It Like You Stole It – Sing Street

Helena Beat – Foster the People

Smile – Mikky Ekko

To the Top – Twin Shadow

What Ever Happened? – The Strokes

3 Nights – Dominic Fike

Lisztomania – Phoenix

Out of My League – Fitz & The Tantrums

Everybody Talks – Neon Trees

My Type – Saint Motel

Spotify Weekly Playlist: 2012 hits—playlist for the end of the world


Remember when the world was supposed to end because the Mayans failed to make a calendar that extended past Dec. 21, 2012? Well, we sure do. With the mania surrounding the supposed catastrophic event, people of all ages were understandably paranoid about the future. Of course, this sense of impending doom did little to stop the flow of high quality musical releases. Here’s the soundtrack for the end of the world.

Gangnam Style- Psy

Somebody That I Used to Know- Gotye ft. Kimbra

Thrift Shop- Macklemore and Ryan Lewis ft. Wanz 

I Love it- Icona Pop ft. Charli XCX (explicit)

Swimming Pools (Drank)- Kendrick Lamar (explicit)

Ho Hey- The Lumineers

Some Nights- fun. 

We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together- Taylor Swift

Locked out of heaven- Bruno Mars

Starships- Nicki Minaj 

Spotify Weekly Playlist: Real oldies


Music nowadays is considered very diverse and everyone has a choice in what they decide to listen to in their free time. The oldies is a genre that has been around for a while, but it has increased in popularity in recent years. Famous singers like Frank Sinatra or Dean Martin have made a comeback with an increasing amount of listeners in 2019. Original songs have inspired current artists in contemporary songs, and they can be heard almost anywhere you go. The genre varies throughout the time period of 1950-1980. This specific genre is sadly uncommon on the radio, as there are few stations dedicated to these songs and artists. Currently, the genre is popular among multiple generations, as it looks back into a time when, according to some people, music held true meaning. My personal top 10 songs vary in artist and time period, and they are in no particular order. However, in my opinion, these are the best of the best from their time.

When a Man Loves a Woman- Percy Sledge

Build Me Up Buttercup- The Foundations

All I have to do is Dream- The Everly Brothers

My Way- Frank Sinatra

(What a) Wonderful World- Sam Cooke

Somethin’ Stupid- Frank Sinatra, Nancy Sinatra

Oh, Pretty Woman- Ray Orbinson

Come Fly With Me- Frank Sinatra

Make Someone Happy- Jimmy Durante

Volare (Nel Blu Di Pinto Di Blu)- Dean Martin

Spotify Weekly Playlist: personal association


A certain sight, smell, feeling or even sound can instantly transport someone to another time or place defined by that sensory detail. Songs have the ability to grab hold of someone, and remind them of memories with friends, enemies or mere acquaintances. Whether they introduced you to the tune, jammed with you in the car or were mindlessly singing it on some random Tuesday, the people with whom these memories were created will certainly resurface while the song plays. For this week, I have asked several friends and family members which songs they associate with me, and this eclectic playlist is the result:

Come on Eileen- Dexy’s Midnight Runners

Popular- Wicked

Mr. Brightside- The Killers

I Speak Six Languages- The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Wait- M83

Tongue Tied- Grouplove

Take Me or Leave Me- RENT

Wannabe- The Spice Girls

Pretty Funny- Dogfight

Hey There Delilah- Plain White T’s

Which songs would you add to a personal association playlist about yourself? Leave thoughts in the comments below.

Spotify Weekly Playlist: the beginning


Before we begin, I want to give a little introduction as to why I started this series. For myself and many others, the music we listen to plays an important role in our lives. We wake up, great dressed, put in headphones and walk out the door to start our day. Chances are you are hearing music playing from somewhere right this minute, either from a radio, a TV or your phone. If you go outside right now and look around, most people will have some form of audio transmission, including Airpods, earbuds or a portable speaker. We may have such a strong attachment to music due to its ability to connect to our emotions purely by sound, or the way the beat flows to please the mind. Whatever the reason, music has great importance to our current teenage population and to my life personally, so I will be including my top ten songs of all time, in no particular order, as a final farewell to Ethic, and I hope you enjoy what this series has to offer.

Note: Songs with explicit lyrics are not included in Spotify playlist.

Blue Monday- New Order

Somebody That I Used to Know- Gotye

Marvin’s Room- Drake 

Under The Bridge- Red Hot Chili Peppers

See You Again- Tyler, The Creator (explicit)

Ivy- Frank Ocean (explicit)

Block Rockin Beats- The Chemical Brothers

XXX-Kendrick Lamar (explicit)

Every Little Thing She Does is Magic- The Police 

 Out of My League- The Fitz and the Tantrums

Which songs would you add to this playlist? Leave suggestions in comments below.