The "Turning Up All Night Long(er)" Playlist
Playlists |  Source: N. Leeper, @nachellenocom

The "Turning Up All Night Long(er)" Playlist

At least, most of them.

Parties are one of the best ways to momentarily forget the pressure and anxiety that permanently burdens us in college. Anxiety from tedious classes, internship applications, trying to fathom what your life will be after school, the list goes on.

Parties are the ideal stress reliever, whether they're at a raging frat or at your sports club teammate's apartment, but with great power comes a great responsibility: being the DJ.

Choosing music can be daunting. I mean, who wants to be that person who accidentally skips over the crazy beat drop, or leaves out the one-hit wonder that everyone is dying to drunkenly scream the lyrics to?

The key to a killer playlist is a mix of both throwbacks and the current Billboard dominators. Bottom line: when in doubt, form a track around these amazing hits, in no particular order. The ones listed below are some of the essentials from this featured Spotify playlist.

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Playlists |  Source: adamkuylenstierna (edited)

The Best Throwback Jams for Your Summer Playlists

Some oldies but goodies with a distinctly summer vibe.

If you're going to be playing DJ for any upcoming event--be it a daytime pool party, a chill hangout on the beach, or a late night rager--I've got you covered. Mix up your top-40 playlists with these often forgotten throwback jams. Follow FlockU on Spotify to download these playlists directly to your Spotify.

Summer rage playlist:

Chill beach playlist:

Pool party playlist:

And for those of you without Spotify...

Pool Party Playlist:
I Gotta Feeling - Black Eyed Peas
Arguably the anthem of 2009.

Summer Paradise - Simple Plan ft. Sean Paul
This song only came out four years ago, but Simple Plan is the ultimate throwback band so it counts.

Ooh Ah (My Life Be Like) - Grits ft. Toby Mac
Super smooth and summery hip hop.

Ignition (Remix) - R. Kelly
You'd be surprised how many of the words you still remember.

Gin and Juice - Snoop Dogg
Because you'll obviously be drinking fruity gin drinks by the pool.

Fly - Sugar Ray
Super chill, super summery.

Summer of 69 - Bryan Adams
There's been a lot of 2000's pop in this playlist, so let's throw it farther back.

Ocean Avenue - Yellowcard
Everyone's favorite summery pop punk anthem!

Surfin USA - The Beach Boys
Because duh, The Beach Boys are crucial summer listening.

Summer Love - Justin Timberlake
Who doesn't love JT?!

Chill Beach Playlist:
Santeria - Sublime
Those ska vibes make for the ultimate summer soundtrack.

Here Comes the Sun - The Beatles
The most adorable song ever written, perfect for a carefree day on the beach.

God Only Knows - The Beach Boys
The sweet, slow Beach Boys song that will undoubtedly make you smile.

Day N Nite - Kid Cudi
Definitely a little different than the acoustic vibe of a lot of this playlist, but still so chill.

I'm Yours - Jason Mraz
How could I not include this cute, acoustic hit of 2008?

Bubbly - Colbie Caillat
To get even chiller, use the acoustic version in your playlist!

Somewhere Over the Rainbow - Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
This song will lull you to sleep on the beach. Seriously.

5 Years Time - Noah and the Whale
The adorable, ukulele-ridden indie track that you'll remember as soon as you hear it!

You and I - Ingrid Michaelson
A super sweet, chill track that showcases Ingrid's amazing voice.

Banana Pancakes - Jack Johnson
I could include so many more Jack Johnson songs, but I'll stick with this favorite.

Summer Rager Playlist
Where the Party At - Jagged Edge ft. Nelly
It's at your place, obviously.

Tipsy - J-Kwon
"Errybody in the club gettin' tipsy!" is one of the most iconic lines from any song.

Just Dance - Lady Gaga
Remember how Lady Gaga's first album was the greatest thing to ever happen back in 2009?

Heaven - DJ Sammy
I'm finding it hard to believe we've all forgotten about this amazing song.

Super Bass - Nicki Minaj
Can you believe this song came out 6 years ago? But we all still love the chorus regardless.

Temperature - Sean Paul
Sean Paul's 2005 album The Trinity has SO many good songs, and they all feel right for summer.

Superstylin - Groove Armada
It has that vibe that makes you wanna dance and sweat your ass off.

One More Time - Daft Punk
On the same album as "Harder Better Faster Stronger" which came out in freaking 2001!

Move Your Feet - Junior Senior
You'll totally recognize this song when you hear it!

Thong Song - Sisqo
How is this not already on your party playlist?! Let me see that thong!

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How to Pick the Best Date for Your Greek Date Party

Friend > S.O.

If you're in Greek life, you are well aware that date parties are highly-anticipated events throughout the semester. But how much fun you have at a date party depends on a lot of various factors: like what you pick to drink, what group of friends you plan on going with, and the venue. But none of these factors are as important to the evening as who you bring as your date. Here are a few things to remember when picking who is lucky enough to accompany you to your next function.

When given the choice, choose the friend route. In all of my date party experiences throughout college, choosing a friend to be my date instead of a guy I was romantically interested in has always produced a better outcome. Reason being, when you take a person who has been your friend for a while to a party, there is little to no pressure. You don't have to stress about making small talk at dinner or worry that they won't have a good time. Plus, taking pictures with your friend as your date guarantees that picture will still matter to you in a year. Whereas if you take a boyfriend or girlfriend, you might not be together later on down the road and the memory of that evening is now tainted with your ex.

Pick someone who goes with the flow. Take someone who understands that the night is yours, and they are lucky to be a part of it. Obviously you want your date to have a good time, but they should also want the same for you. Take a date who understands their title of "guest" and who doesn't try to be the star of the night.

Someone who respects themselves. Ultimately, your date represents you for that one evening. So if he/she acts poorly, you're the one who has to answer for it the next day. My guy friends have told me several times that they always take girls to their functions who they know will respect themselves, their date, and the venue. Nothing ruins a good night like having to get kicked out of a function because your date couldn't handle his/her alcohol. In college you can get super drunk any night of the week, pick a date who will refrain from binge drinking for your special night.

Take a date that will fit in with the group. There is nothing more awkward than those couples at date parties who stand by themselves talking one-on-one the entire night. You want to pick a date that can not only communicate and have a good time with you, but also your friends. Pick someone extroverted who you know will be comfortable holding a conversation without you.

Date parties and functions in general can go really well--or really, really badly. But by keeping these few points in mind the next time your house has a function, you will find yourself having a memorable night with both your friends and your date--without the awkward silences, arguments or puking.

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Playlists |  Source: @bubblegumwhore (edited)

The Feels Playlist

Embrace the emotion.

Honestly, this playlist was completely unintentional.

I was feeling pretty mellow today, which lead to a lot of Majid Jordan and Roy Woods, two of my favorite artists. While lying there I decided I might as well be a little productive and jumped on Spotify to make a playlist and spread the love a little.

I really didn't have a clear vision for what this playlist was going to be. I just wanted to put together a list of songs that you could really get into. At first I thought maybe this was a breakup playlist or a playlist to listen to when things just weren't going right, but that's not what the songs were about.

While these songs are definitely a little more on the emotional side, they're not sad songs. These are songs to vibe out to and songs to light some candles to. These are songs for when you're in the mood to embrace all your feels.

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Playlists |  Source: carolleannsavard (edited)

Mom and Dad's Wine Night Playlist

Elton John ftw.

I have to say, this may be the favorite playlist I've made thus far, mostly because the songs I've picked are the songs I've grown up on. For those of you with music-loving parents like mine, I'm sure you'll find yourself pretty familiar with what I've got going on here.

Featuring artists like Elton John and bands like Judas Priest, the playlist may seem a little all over the place, but trust me, these are the essentials.

Disclaimer: This playlist is pretty rock and roll heavy, but I'd disappoint my father if I made it any other way.

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Playlists |  Source: @s_madeleine_2006 (edited)

The Perfect Girl's Night Time Routine Playlist

It will have you refreshed for the morning every time.

If there's anything I've learned from my 20 years as a girl and watching the girls around me, it's that there is nothing more sacred then our night time routines. Every girl's is a little different.

For some it's a simple skin care and tooth brush and for others its the night time shower and the whole deal. Either way, it's not typically a very quick process and I know I, like many of you, have spent far too long looking for the perfect music to go along.

The perfect night time routine playlist is the right mix of shower jams, feel good beats, and a little serenity. So I decided to end the search for this holy trifecta and create it for myself and you to enjoy.