Four Years/Forty Songs: A Spotify Playlist For The Class of 2013

From the makers of previous gems such as “#ariparty,” “Boner Jamz,” and “Loner Jamz,” comes the latest NYU Local Spotify playlist: Four Years/Forty Songs. This time, the concept is simple: Class of ’13 Local staff writers chose forty songs that defined their four years at NYU, and then we put them all in chronological order. If you’re a senior, listening to this in order will probably induce the scariest “life flashing before your eyes” moment that you’ve ever experienced at this point in your young life. But also, nostalgia = fun.
For contextualization, we’ve included some senior staff writers’ memories of a few of the songs on the playlist:

Freshman Year:

“Girls” by Animal Collective
“I think the first ‘real’ hipster I met at school was a girl who saw my friend’s copy of Animal Collective’s Merriwather Post Pavillion, grimaced and said, ‘oh my god, you own that? Suuuch a typical NYU frosh move.’” – Patrick Lyons

“TiK ToK” by Ke$ha
“I remember coming into first class of 2nd semester, Writing the Essay, and my professor going on a half hour rant about how Ke$ha would be the downfall of modern civilization.” – Aaron Marks

“Bad Romance” by Lady Gaga
“Remember how many times ‘Bad Romance’ was played? Also when Gaga ruled the world.” – Myles Tanzer
“The birth of Boiler Room’s ‘No Gaga’ rule.” – John Surico

Sophomore Year:

“Barbara Streisand” by Duck Sauce
“WILL FOREVER TAKE ME BACK TO SPRING SEMESTER 2011 IN FLORENCE OMG I AM GOING TO CRY” – Leah Clancy

“Call Your Girlfriend” by Robyn
“After not releasing any new music for five years, the Swedish diva came out with her three-part Body Talk album in 2010, and NYU gays in particular ate it up. There was a period of about six months where you couldn’t go to Boiler Room for an hour and not hear at least three Robyn songs.” – Ben Murray

“Can’t count the number of times my roommate and I have drunkenly tried to reenact the dance from Robyn’s ‘Call Your Girlfriend.’” – John Surico

Junior Year:

“[that phrase said in Django over 1,000,000 times] in Paris” – John Surico

“Countdown” by Beyoncé
“Though it’s been her least successful solo album in terms of sales, I think NYU kids in particular had a serious moment with Beyoncé’s 4 album when it came out in the summer of 2011.” – Ben Murray

“Junior year was just a constant loop of ‘We Found Love’ into ‘Call Me Maybe.’” – Myles Tanzer

Senior Year:

“Lost” by Frank Ocean
“One time last summer, I left work (where my boss was playing Frank Ocean), passed a car bumping Frank Ocean on my way to a bodega, heard Frank Ocean playing inside the bodega, passed another car bumping Frank Ocean on the way to my girlfriend’s apartment, went inside, and my girlfriend was listening to Frank Ocean.” – Patrick Lyons

“I Love It” by Icona Pop feat. Charli XCX
“Girls + graduation + the number of times I’ve said ‘I don’t care, I love it’ while drunk = 2013.” – Eric Silver

“Suit & Tie” by Justin Timberlake feat. Jay-Z
“You still can’t go to Meatpacking clubs and not hear Justin Timberlake’s ‘Suit & Tie,’ though it peaked early this semester” – Abe Gutierrez

This is by no means anybody’s “Best Of” list. These are the songs that we couldn’t escape as NYU students — the songs that hurled themselves at us from ajar dorm doors, darkened club ceilings, tinny Macbook speakers. Like it or not, they defined our college years.

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