Welcoming new chapters with old tunes

Sofi Mincy and Maria Alexander

As the sun sets on the 2019-2020 school year, students are completing their list of “lasts” from afar which is proving to be an even more emotional experience because of the shelter-in-place. While celebrating this new chapter at home with family, here is a playlist of old songs inspired by some of your parents’ classic favorites when they were transitioning to college. These “old soul” tunes will get you through these last few days of high school. 

Illustration by Maria Alexander.

Reminiscing about Bolinas Ridge Sunsets

  • “Waterloo Sunset” by The Kinks
  • “Ripple” by The Grateful Dead
  • “Summer Breeze” by Seals and Crofts
  • “Take It Easy” by the Eagles
  • “Life in the Fast Lane” by the Eagles
  • “Lovely Day” by Bill Withers
  • “Out on the Weekend” by Neil Young
  • “Sister Golden Hair” by America
  • “California Dreamin’” by The Mamas and the Papas
  • “Maggie May” by Rod Stewart
  • “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” by The Beatles
  • “Dreams” by Fleetwood Mac


Remembering the Past Four Years

  • “Changes” by David Bowie
  • “My Old School” by Steely Dan
  • “Ooh La La” by Faces
  • “Always Something There to Remind Me” by Naked Eyes
  • “Going to California” by Led Zeppelin
  • “Take Me Home, Country Roads” by John Denver
  • “Never Going Back Again” by Fleetwood Mac
  • “A Hard Day’s Night” by The Beatles
  • “Touch of Grey” by The Grateful Dead
  • “We Are the Champions” by Queen
  • “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” by The Beach Boys
  • “California Revisited” by America


Stuck Inside

  • “You Ain’t Going Nowhere” by The Byrds
  • “Helplessly Hoping” by Crosby, Stills, and Nash
  • “Ain’t No Sunshine” by Bill Withers
  • “Telephone Line” by Electric Light Orchestra
  • “Handle With Care” by the Traveling Wilburys
  • “How Do the Fools Survive?” by The Doobie Brothers
  • “I Want to Break Free” by Queen
  • “Stuck In The Middle With You” by Stealers Wheel
  • “Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You” by Bob Dylan
  • “Blues Man” by Stephen Stills
  • “Don’t Stand So Close to Me” by The Police
  • “Help!” by The Beatles
Illustration by Sofi Mincy.

Craving the Outdoors

  • “Moon Song” by America
  • “The Rain Song” by Led Zeppelin 
  • “Space Oddity” by David Bowie
  • “Blue Sky” by The Allman Brothers Band
  • “Fire on the Mountain” by The Grateful Dead
  • “Have You Ever Seen the Rain” by Creedence Clearwater
  • “It Must’ve Been the Roses” by The Grateful Dead
  • “Strawberry Fields Forever” by The Beatles
  • “Treetop Flyer” by Stephen Stills
  • “Welcome to the Jungle” by Guns N’ Roses
  • “Wildflowers” by Tom Petty
  • “Wild Horses” by The Rolling Stones


Quarantine Dance Party

  • “Sing a Simple Song” by Sly & The Family Stone
  • “Stumblin’ In” by Suzi Quatro and Chris Norman
  • “I’m Still Standing” by Elton John
  • “Raspberry Beret” by Prince
  • “Listen to the Music” by The Doobie Brothers
  • “Good Times Roll” by The Cars
  • “Right Back Where We Started From” by Maxine Nightingale
  • “Shakedown Street” by The Grateful Dead
  • “Carry on Wayward Son” by Kansas
  • “Rosanna” by TOTO
  • “Twist and Shout” by The Beatles
  • “Dancing Queen” by ABBA