Five Songs for February

If you live in the North, or anywhere else that’s experiencing a truly brutal winter, there’s probably nothing else you can think about other than the fact that you haven’t seen the sun in days. Trust me, I’m with you.

Rather than bury myself in the sounds of a soulful voice and acoustic guitar, I’ve been listening to a lot of pop songs with a catchy beat. They’re great to workout to and the perfect soundtrack to dream about beach days and sunshine.

1. Outside – Calvin Harris ft. Ellie Goulding

I used to think that every song with Calvin Harris and Ellie Goulding sounds the same. To be honest, I still kind of do. But this one is a gem to run to and blast in the car.

2. Four Five Seconds – Rihanna ft. Kanye West & Paul McCartney

This isn’t the mostly likely of trios, but the result is phenomenal. I’d honestly forgotten that Rihanna could actually sing. There’s no doubts anymore with this little acoustic number.

3. Prayer in C – Lilly Wood & The Prick (Robin Schultz Remix)

love the beat of this song and would much rather an instrumental version. The vocals by Lilly Wood are kinda of disconcerting as they’re unexpected with the poppy beat. Sometimes it annoys me, and sometimes it works. Right now, I’m definitely loving it.

4. Style – Taylor Swift

I wish I didn’t love this song. But it’s just so good. I haven’t always been the biggest Taylor Swift fan but she’s totally nailed this album. I can usually be found singing (screaming) this quite loudly in the car. Watch her steal the show in the Victoria Secret Fashion Show from December.

5. I’m a Mess – Ed Sheeran

So I know I promised no soulful voices or acoustic guitars, but an exception can always be made for Ed Sheeran. Sometimes when the weather is 30 degrees below freezing and the snow seems to never end, all you need is a nice emotional song to kick back with.

– S.

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