Joanna Burns first installment of our weekly music roundup. 


Freshers week is upon us again. This playlist is to get you through the madness and hopefully set you up for the week with some party tunes and summer hits.

Shut up and Dance – WALK THE MOON

My favourite tune of the summer as well as, I’m pretty sure, the catchiest song of all time. I have a feeling it might be a one-hit wonder but, if it is, it’s a pretty great one. It has had so much radio air time this summer as well as some stage time with the one and only, Taylor Swift, who brought them up in Foxboro, Massachusetts to sing ‘Shut up and Dance’ with her. The band members from Ohio just seem like so much fun and don’t take themselves too seriously. They often appear wearing extremely bright coloured outfits on stage and their fun exterior matches their feel good sound. They begin their world tour this month and hopefully we’ll hear a lot more from WALK THE MOON in the future.

Bros – Wolf Alice

Wolf Alice have toured the festival circuit this year, from SXSW to Glastonbury, and have had phenomenal success, especially at Reading and Leeds. Their front woman Ellie Rowsell is my absolute idol right now, her stage presence is amazing and she just oozes coolness in everything she does. Female fronted rock bands have been missed since the 80s and 90s and I really hope Wolf Alice encourage more similar bands to make music and get the popularity they deserve. ‘Bros’ comes from the bands first full length album, My Love is Cool. They started their career with quite neo-folk songs but eventually ditched the acoustics and have moved on to an electric, rock sound.

Can’t Feel My Face – The Weeknd

Despite not knowing what this song is about at all, I love it so much. It’s a bit of a departure from The Weeknd’s usual R’n’B style and seems more pop than his other recent releases. The song comes from his album ‘Beauty Behind the Madness’, in which he has collaborated with artists such as Lana Del Rey, Ed Sheeran and producer Max Martin (who produced a lot of Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’). The man behind The Weeknd, Abel Tesfaye, has a unique sound which is consistent throughout the album and some of his lyrics are actually pretty great when he’s not talking about getting high. His voice is also amazing so I’m a bit obsessed.

What Do You Mean? – Justin Bieber

I couldn’t possibly write this article without mentioning this comeback single. Bieber’s had a bit of a nightmare over the past year or so with just generally being an idiot but apparently, with this release, he’s back as a new, less ridiculous, artist. Despite the hype around the video, I actually do really like the song. Justin built its release up over a month with his celebrity friends posting pictures of themselves counting down the days. The climax was an extremely emotional return performance at the MTV Video Music Awards where Bieber broke down sobbing at the end of singing ‘What Do You Mean?’… Not the most bizarre moment of that awards ceremony but definitely up there. The music video is as ridiculous as the singer, showing him just making out with model Xenia Deli for most of it. The 25 year old model has since received death threats from hard core Beliebers. He’s come a long way from ‘Baby’ but the effect of Bieber is apparently still going strong.

Pon de Replay – Rihanna

To finish, a Rihanna classic. This week is the ten year anniversary of this stellar tune entering the charts and I still LOVE it. At its release, it went to number two in the charts, alongside ‘Bad Day’ by Daniel Powter and that James Blunt classic, ‘You’re Beautiful’. ‘Pon de Replay’ started Rihanna’s mainstream music career and is definitely one of her more underrated songs. This song will hopefully get you in the mood for some Freshers partying whether you are new to the university or an old one experiencing your fourth and final Freshers week.

So, enjoy and I hope you make lots of new friends while dancing to these tunes! Happy Freshers Week!


Joanna Burns