‘The Ballad of Mona Lisa’ 
Panic! at the Disco

Drawing inspiration from Pablo Picasso’s alluring portrait, this song off Panic! at the Disco’s 2011 album, “Vices and Virtues,” showcases frontman Brendon Urie’s thrilling vocals and lyrical abilities. The song grapples with the idea of masking one’s inner struggles — a concept mirrored by the heavy drumbeats that mask an lying piano melody. While I can listen to Urie on repeat 24/7, playing this track while exercising proves especially fruitful, due to its fast tempo and dramatic sound.


‘All My Love’ 

George Ezra
From the song’s first downbeat, George Ezra pulls me in with his deep, sultry voice. As a bass strums steadily in the background, Ezra charms by crooning “All my love is yours / All my time is ours.” The song then picks up at the chorus, making it my go-to track for autumn picnics or late-night drives around the city. The embodiment of easy listening, “All My Love” makes me want to sit back and admire “all those setting suns and all those rising moons” of which Ezra sings so affectionately.
‘Baby Driver’

Simon & Garfunkel
Simon & Garfunkel’s ’70s acoustic hit off their acclaimed album “Bridge Over Troubled Water” is a musically complex song, combining instruments with everyday audio elements such as revving engines. But don’t let the snappy beats mislead you: The lyrics are riddled with references to the Vietnam War, economic hardships and the free love movement. And no, Edgar Wright’s 2017 film “Baby Driver” is not solely based on Simon & Garfunkel’s song; its inclusion is just an added perk.

Compared to Camila Cabello’s performance of “Havana,” indie-pop group Superorganism’s cover of the award-winning song strips it of its Afro-Cuban influences, instead incorporating synth and unconventional sound bites. I discovered this cover while listening to the “Spotify Singles” playlist, a habit that has helped me discover countless new artists, and was instantly enraptured by the group’s nonchalant sound. Despite the stylistic changes, Superorganism’s cover is still suitable for dancing — I find myself bopping my head and tapping my foot whenever the song comes on my Spotify shuffle.

Kathryn Baker (COL ’20) is currently Executive Editor for The Hoya.  

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