Hayes DuJardin – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Music is obviously an integral part of any society, as it influences much of an area’s culture. I tasked myself with assembling the definitive 10-song playlist of LRHS’s top hits. I assembled the list by using social media to aske several hundred students across campus what their current favorite song is and putting the (admittedly unofficial) top 10 most frequent answers in order.
#10 – #7
- “Splashin” by Rich the Kid – “Splashin,” the latest single released by Atlanta trap innovator and Rich Forever CEO Rich the Kid, is a hit which has gotten much of its notoriety through dance videos uploaded to Instagram. In the buildup for the song’s hype, Rich asked fans to submit videos of them dancing to the bouncy track, eventually letting his favorite come on stage with him at Rolling Loud, a yearly music festival.
The track features hard-hitting 808’s and a hypnotic melody, and is Rich the Kid at his most braggadocious, informing the listener of how much money he’s made, and what he’s spent it on (which is what he does best).
- “Moshpit” by Kodak Black – “Moshpit” is a breakout song off Florida rapper Kodak Black’s recent album, Dying to Live. Many critics have heralded this album as a coming-of-age for Black, an artist who just completed a year in which he spent most of his time incarcerated.
This song is one of the more radio-friendly cuts, featuring breakout artist Juice WRLD. The song’s hook is a lighter melody, with a xylophone sample making this an infectious entry.
- “Sunflower” by Post Malone and Swae Lee – “Sunflower” is by far the most popular cut off the “Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse” soundtrack. Two of the hottest in the game in terms of hook making and singing came together to create this upbeat, melodic song, despite the somber subject matter.
Swae Lee croons to the best of his ability and is followed by Post Malone’s trademark raspy delivery. There was no way this song wouldn’t be a hit, and as the current number 1 song in the world, it delivered on that potential.
- “10 Freaky Girls” by 21 Savage and Metro Boomin – The triumphant trumpet sample sets the tone for this song off Metro Boomin’s debut production album. It’s 21 Savage at his best: straightforward and calm. He picks apart his lifestyle calmly and precisely, holding no punches.
Producer Metro Boomin’s entrancing melody lures the listener in, and then transitions to a trumpet sample, the whole time keeping an upbeat tempo, making sure the listener never stops head-nodding.