The Underrated Top 40

Welcome back Aztecs! I’m back to the daily school grind and that means I’m back to cranking out some sweet playlists for all of you. For the sake of your precious time, I’ll keep this one short and sweet.

For those of you that don’t already know, I like to listen to music that not exactly on the straight and narrow. So I’ve compiled a short list of songs that were on the Top 40 (and/or were relatively popular) and should have stayed there.

  1. Wonderwall- Oasis

In my personal opinion, Wonderwall is one of the most beautifully ambiguous songs ever created. It is truly one of those songs that can be whatever you want it to be. It is very user centric.

  1. Smells Like Teen Spirit- Nirvana

Everyone needs a little teen spirit and Nirvana caters to the grungy teens from the 90’s that were desperately lost, high, and confused (teens these days haven’t changed that much…). The ultimate demise of Kurt Cobain catapulted Nevermind into the stratosphere, solidifying its place in rock history.

  1. Lips Of An Angel- Hinder

This is one of the more “recent” songs on my mini playlist. Less rock elements and a slower pace brought this song onto the top 40 in the mid 2000’s, no questions asked.

  1. Ocean Avenue- Yellowcard

My all-time favorite band, not my all-time favorite song. That being said, it seems to be one of the general populations top rock choices.  I still can’t get over the use of violin by Yellowcard. Violin and rock music are a perfect mix. If you don’t believe me, give it a listen.

  1. Gives Me Hell- The All American Rejects

The best humorous break-up song that ever appeared on hits radio. Although The All American Rejects are sub-par at best, its quality fruit on the rather fruitless top 40 tree.

No matter your music taste, everyone needs a few new songs to play on repeat once in a while. Have at it folks.

You can find my Spotify playlist here: https://open.spotify.com/user/kelseydonahue14/playlist/6f9inwnDed1fUqR1CyrVrq

I’m also on air Monday’s from 10-11pm playing rock, indie, punk and whatever else fits my mood.

Kelsey Donahue

I'm a Media Studies Major at SDSU and KCR's Social Media Director. I'm probably at a concert or at the gym.