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Celebrate Good Times, Come On! Five Songs to Celebrate To

If you’re in my shoes as a high school senior who applied early to colleges, chances are you’re finding out if you got in or not sometime before Tuesday (December 15th) if you don’t know already. Well, because this is sure to be an anxiety-filled weekend for many of you, I decided it’s time to spread some good vibes. So, here are five songs (in no particular order) to celebrate along to when you get that much-anticipated acceptance letter (or if you’re just in the mood to have some fun).

The Nights- Avicii

“The Nights” is my personal favorite song on this list. I know, I know, it’s shocking, considering I’ve only written two Avicii articles (see those here and here) and said he’s one of my favorite, if not my favorite, artist(s) of all time. I know I keep saying that every song makes you want to sing along, but it is impossible not to sing along to at least the chorus of this song. The way it’s sung is purposefully done like a sing-along. So resisting and not doing it is just plain rude if you ask me. Also, as with a lot of Avicii songs, the beat is absolutely infectious and encourages jumping around carefree. And again, it’s almost rude if you don’t oblige. So, let go of those inhibitions and just have a good time. I know there’s no song I’d rather celebrate along to.

Celebration- Kool & the Gang

This song was released a solid 22 years (anyone feel old yet?) before I was born. But, there are few better celebration songs than this one. I mean, come on, how can you hear this song and not want to dance around your kitchen like an idiot (and sing along)? It’s just a feel-good song that’s perfect to celebrate with, regardless of the occasion!

Party in the U.S.A.- Miley Cyrus

I hate myself as much as you probably do for including this song. Trust me, I’m fully aware that this is a basic white girl song. I apologize. But I also regret nothing. Go ahead, try and tell me you don’t want to put your hands up and play your song as the chorus says when you hear this song. If you deny it you’re lying. So just accept the truth, dance, and scream along. I resisted for a while too because basic white girls drive me nuts, but trust me, it feels good.

On Top of the World- Imagine Dragons

I think it’s safe to say that if you just got accepted into your top choice school, this song sums up your mood pretty perfectly. I know it’ll sum mine up if I get in. Even if you didn’t, this song is a great one. It makes you do nothing but feel good. Also, yes, I know Imagine Dragons is the band everyone loves to pretend they hate. But, admit it, you don’t really, you just say that to be “cool”. They make damn good music, and you know it. This song should be on everyone’s celebratory playlist. It’s a fun song to get you moving, singing, and just celebrating being “on top of the world,” even if it’s just for a moment.

Best Day of My Life- American Authors

This is a bit of an unorthodox pick for the list given it’s more about making every day, and particularly days you aren’t feeling your best, the best ones of your life. However, I stand by it because of the infectious joy this song radiates. Plus, chances are it’s a damn good day if you just got accepted into your top choice college. Even if college doesn’t apply to you, you should still find this song to be one to celebrate too. Regardless of your current circumstance, it’s just an infectious, feel-good song that’s sure to get stuck in your head and drive you crazy after.

What Are Your Favorite Celebratory Songs?

Like all of my music lists, I could go on for a long time. However, all good things must come to an end. So, capping it at five songs is a good way to make sure I don’t bore everyone to death. We could all use a little joy during this difficult time, and these songs will give you at least a momentary escape. Or, if you’re already feeling good (say because you got into a college), they’re great to just celebrate along to and blow off some steam. So, make sure you go give them a listen! What are your favorite celebratory songs? Let us know in the comments or over on Twitter!

-Lydia Murray (@lydia_murray12)

Featured image courtesy of pblworks.com.

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