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“Move-In Motivation” Playlist: Best Tunes for New Badgers

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Moving out of your home isn’t easy. Nor is moving into your new residence hall, at a new campus, surrounded by new people. However, unpacking doesn’t have to be a dreary task; check out this Move-In Motivation playlist by the Wisconsin Union meant just for you! The track list is a compilation of multiple genres and eras of music, with several tracks submitted by fellow Badgers and a suggestion on what makes that song perfect for move-in day.

1.”Jump Around”-House of Pain

We’re convinced the majority of people don’t actually know the lyrics to this song, but just try your best not to fall over when ~80,000 fans at Camp Randall jump on the narrow metal bleachers after the 3rd quarter of football games.

2. “Build Me Up Buttercup”-The Foundations

Another important game day tradition: harmonize with the entire student section on this song, even when the speakers stop playing the catchy tune.

3. “Sweet Caroline”-Neil Diamond

Get ready to yell “bah bah bah” at the top of your lungs in Camp Randall for your first Badger home game.

4. “I Will Survive”-Gloria Gaynor

“There are a lot of unknowns moving to a new place, doing new things, meeting new people. No matter what’s coming, this classic will make you feel ready to take on everything. Also, a little disco never killed anyone,”-Tommy Yonash, UW Alum

5. “Unwritten”-Natasha Bedingfield

“Unwritten is the anthem for what’s to come–your story, your life, your day, your Wisconsin Experience–it’s all ahead of you, ~unwritten~ and full of positive potential. What more can you ask for in a pump-up song, Badgers?!” -Kerry Huth, Senior

6.”Home”-Phillip Phillips

“That played on the radio as we pulled into my Lakeshore [residence hall] parking lot and my eyes just starting raining,”-Samantha Wilcox, Junior

7. “Send Me On My Way”-Rusted Root

“‘Send Me On My Way’ is one of those songs that always makes me smile when I listen to it. The beat is fun and catchy, and the lyrics definitely fit the mood of move-in day,”-Samantha Marz, Junior

8. “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)”-Green Day

There’s nothing like a moody, deep Green Day song to get you looking back at your life before starting at a new campus.

9. “I Gotta Feeling”-Black Eyed Peas

An upbeat, motivational tune to start your semester off on a good note.

10. “S.O.S.”-Rihanna

This will be you during your first round of midterms. It’s alright, like track #4 says, you will survive.

11. “Don’t Stop the Music”-Rihanna

Because every playlist should have a minimum of 2 Rihanna songs.

12. “Cut to the Feeling”-Carly Rae Jepsen

“No playlist is complete without our country’s national anthem,”-Haley Henschel, UW Alum

13. “Hot in Herre”-Nelly

“Because that’s how you’ll feel in the non-air conditioned dorms during the first few weeks,”-Sarah Scheiber, Senior

14. “Take on Me”-a-ha

You need this 80s classic in your life.

15. “Phone”-Lizzo

The entire premise is about misplacing your phone while hanging out with friends. Plus, the Minneapolis-based artist is performing at the Wisconsin Union Theater Sept. 23.

Author: Ellie Herman

Ellie Herman is a senior at UW-Madison studying Journalism and Mass Communication and French. If she's not petting every dog at the Terrace, you can probably find her drinking massive amounts of coffee at Peet's in Memorial Union.

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