Spotify Recs for the New Year!

Anthony Agnelli

January 22, 2021

With in-person classes back in full swing, you might be looking for something new to listen to while on-the-go or working on homework during study hall. Don’t worry; Wapiti Weekly has you covered with some recommendations for what to listen to on Spotify.

Whether you are sitting in your room working on homework during study hall, in the gym feeling the burn, or you’re hustling between classes, music makes everything better. So, Wapiti Weekly has some recommendations for you, from smash hits to mood playlists, to podcasts to get your brain pumping.

New Music:

drivers license by Olivia Rodrigo (Explicit)

High School Musical: The Musical: The Series actress, Olivia Rodrigo, dropped her first single, drivers license, on January 8 and it quickly took the music world by storm. Rodrigo’s song, which she wrote during quarantine, now tops the United States and Global Spotify charts and broke Spotify’s record for most streams of a song in a day and most streams of a song in a week. This song is the perfect teenage “in your feels” song and is worthy of non-stop repeat. Rodrigo plans to release a full EP later this year, so the world has not heard the last of Olivia.

evermore (deluxe version) by Taylor Swift (Explicit)

After releasing her surprise album, folklore, this past July, Taylor Swift has released yet another album, folklore’s sister record, evermore, on December 11, 2020. Named for its finale track featuring Bon Iver, this album is filled with indie-pop ballads, low-fi influences, and her first twinges of country music since the very early 2010s. With a tune to fit every mood, evermore features stories of heartbreak, forbidden love, and even murder. This album is highly recommended (we encourage you to check out the rest of her discography, as well).

Mood Playlists:

“Beast Mode” by Spotify (contains explicit songs)

This playlist, filled with today’s top hits across pop, hip-hop, and rap, is composed to hype you up during your daily gym grind, motivate you to finish that homework assignment you’ve been putting off (this means you!), or just hype you up for the day. Start your day off in “Beast Mode” and get it done!

“Fresh Finds” by Spotify (contains explicit songs)

Tired of listening to the same old songs? Believe me, we get you. If you are looking for something new and off the grid, “Fresh Finds” is for you. This playlist is filled with vibe-check-passing and jam-worthy songs that we guarantee you have never heard of. Spanning all genres, this playlist has something for everyone!


“Tip of the Antler” by Wapiti Weekly

Of course, we had to plug our podcast. Wapiti Weekly’s podcast, “Tip of the Antler”, is student-run by our amazing team. Each episode talks about something different, ranging from current events to mental health tips to school sports features. Our hosts Bradley Bigelow ‘21, Jeremy O’Neil ‘21, Sarah Irenshtain ‘22, and Mr. Church always have something fun planned so be sure to tune in!

“The Get Up” by Spotify

This morning variety talk-show podcast is specifically formulated by Spotify to mix current events and pop culture news with music recommended just for you! Hosts Kat Lazo, Speedy Morman, and Xavier Jernigan cover music, sports, and political news along with lots of fun entertainment segments. This show always makes for a great start to the day!