The Daily Collegian Employee Spring 2022 Reading List | Anjelica Rubin’s Best Songs | Way of life

Editor’s Note: The Daily Collegian Staff Member Playlists is a series launched in Spring 2020. Each week a new staff member is featured to create a playlist of their current favorite songs.

This week’s Collegian Reading List was headlined by news and investigative reporter Anjelica Rubin, who joined The Daily Collegian in the spring of 2021.

Rubin (Sophomore Journalism) said this playlist is diverse in terms of musical genres and sounds.

“I think it’s a no-skip playlist,” she said.

1. “Stop and Go” by Les Regrettes

Rubin has stated that The Regrettes were one of his favorite bands.

She said the rhythm of the song makes people want to dance – but it’s also complex in its lyrics, which is what she looks for in songs.

“I’m obsessed with all of their songs, especially their album ‘How Do You Love?’ It’s one of my favorite albums of all time,” Rubin said.

2. “Threat of Joy” by The Strokes

Rubin said it was the first Strokes song she had ever heard.

“He has such a great melody,” Rubin said.

Although they didn’t play this song when she saw The Strokes live, it’s one of her favorite songs from the band.

3. “Vickie” from Peach Pit

“My roommate actually introduced me to this song a few weeks ago,” Rubin said.

Rubin takes the time to research song lyrics to better understand their meaning.

“I love reading lyrics and when songs have good lyrics and tell a story. It makes me even more invested in the song, and that’s what ‘Vickie’ was to me,” Rubin said.

4. “Nevermind” by Phoneboy (featuring Justin Magnaye)

5. “These Days” by Wallows

Wallows is one of Rubin’s favorite bands.

“Their ‘Spring’ EP’ is so fiery,” she said.

6. “Ocean Breeze – Acoustics” by Surfaces

“It’s something about the lead singer’s voice, it’s so calming to me,” Rubin said. “I listen to the song when I’m lying in bed and I need a moment to myself. It gives me a relaxing energy to end the day.

7. “Uh-huh” by Del Water Gap

8. “I Am Your Wreck” by Mt. Joy

Rubin discovered Mt. Joy last year and got to see the band live in Philadelphia last semester.

“It was such a surreal experience. Mt. Joy exceeded my expectations, they were crazy live,” Rubin said.

9. “Summertime” by Public Library Commute

10. “You Don’t Know What Love Is (You Just Do As You’re Told)” by The White Stripes

Rubin said she had always been a huge White Stripes fan.

“It’s kind of an iconic song,” Rubin said. “I used to figure skate when I was younger, and I asked my coach to make me a program around a White Stripes song.”

11. “Tom Brady” by Amy Allen

“PSA everyone: it’s not about athlete Tom Brady,” Rubin said.

She said she loves when songs leave you wanting more of the artist.

“You just have to take what you have and mold your own experiences into the song, and that’s the ‘Tom Brady’ song to me,” Rubin said.

12. “Delicate” by Taylor Swift

13. “for the people in the back” by ROLE MODEL

“ROLE MODEL, I think, is such an underrated performer,” Rubin said.

Rubin said this song is “direct” and has elements of a “F you” song, which is what she loves about it.

14. “Take off” by Bonsai Trees

Rubin said he saw Bonsai Trees live during his sophomore year of high school at Movin’ On — a student-run festival in Penn State — with his best friends.

“We became obsessed with them,” Rubin said. “Whenever I have the chance to be with my best friend, we shout this song loudly. It reminds me of our days in high school.

15. “Is That It” by The Strokes

16. “New Romantics” by Taylor Swift

“I’m one of the greatest Swifties,” Rubin said. “Taylor is literally my childhood. I grew up with her and each of her albums represents not only a chapter of her life, but a chapter of my life. This song is the most authentic homage to 1980s synth-pop on the entire album.

“It reminds me of being with my friends who are some of my favorite people in the world.”

Rubin’s Playlist can be found here.


This week’s Collegian Reading List is junior photographer Regan Gross, who joined The Daily Collegian in May 2021.

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