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Songs of the summer

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Students' jams make sparks fly across the Northwestern campus. Illustration by Christina Lin

Taylor Swift belonged with the 2023 cherubs. Here’s a link to a playlist that compiles their favorites by Swift and other artists. Their picks are listed in alphabetical order by each cherub’s first name. Taylor Swift hits dominated cherubs’ “ear space,” with Nicki Minaj’s “Starships” as a distant runner-up.

Addison Hinesman: “Feels Like Summer” (Childish Gambino)
Alex Zhong: “By Your Side” (Jonas Blue)
Alice Scott: “Don’t Stop Believin’” (Journey)
Alice Tao: “You Belong With Me (Taylor’s Version)” (Taylor Swift)
Anamika Anand: “Cruel Summer” (Taylor Swift)
Angelica Pardo: “True Blue” (boygenius)
Anna Feng: “Adore You” (Harry Styles)
Anna Zheng: “Kilby Girl” (The Backseat Lovers)
Annabel Chia: “Let The Light In” (Lana Del Rey)
Annika Singh: “Brazil” (Declan McKenna)
Anthony Scarmozzino: “It’s Not Living (If It’s Not With You)” (The 1975)
Ashley Dong: “Starships” (Nicki Minaj)
Aubrey Warmke: “…Ready For It?” (Taylor Swift)
Audrey Park: “Starships” (Nicki Minaj)
Ben Shapiro: “Since U Been Gone” (Ester Dean & Skylar Astin)
Brandon Kopp: “I Can See You” (Taylor Swift)
Carissa Tsui: “Players” (Coi Leray)
Carlo Vellandi: “Fun Is For Sale” (Strangelight)
Cate Bouvet: “So Fresh, So Clean” (Outkast)
Cate Hewitt: “Just Can’t Get Enough” (Black Eyed Peas)
Cecilia Luce: “Homesick” (Noah Kahan)
Celeste Eckstein: “Enter Galactic” (Kid Cudi)
Charlene Jiao: “Spicy” (Aespa)
Charlotte Zhou: “I Can See You” (Taylor Swift)
Christina Lin: “Lost the Breakup” (Maisie Peters)
Clara Martinez: “The Sweetest Thing” (Refugee Camp All-Stars, Ms. Lauryn Hill)
Clementine Zei: “I Know You” (Faye Webster)
Dalton Hanna: “Pink + White” (Frank Ocean)
Desiree Luo: “Cruel Summer” (Taylor Swift)
Dov Elul: “Knock Knock” (Mac Miller)
Dylan Lanier: “Million to One” (Camila Cabello)
Eliana Rosen: “Long Live (Taylor’s Version)” (Taylor Swift)
Ellie McManamy: “Could You Be Loved” (Bob Marley & The Wailers)
Eva Sui: “Kaleidoscope” (La Jiao)
Fiona Zhou: “Enter Galactic” (Kid Cudi)
Georgia Rau: “Sundress” (Zoo Culture)
Gia Liu: “Popular” (The Weeknd, Playboi Carti, Madonna)
Gianna Jakubowski: “You Belong With Me (Taylor’s Version)” (Taylor Swift)
Hannah Lee: “Freakin’ Out On The Interstate” (Briston Maroney)
Harry Lowitz: “Always” (Daniel Caesar)
Ingrid Smith: “Fearless (Taylor’s Version)” (Taylor Swift)
Isadora Blatt: “Party Monster” (The Weeknd)
Ishaan Tipierneni: “Flooded The Face” (Lil Uzi Vert)
Jacqueline Caglar: “Reflection” (Lea Salonga)
Jaimie Chun: “Our Summer” (Tomorrow x Together)
Jeffrey Serber: “Slide” (Calvin Harris, Frank Ocean, Migos)
Jenny Wang: “Welcome to Wonderland” (Anson Seabra)
Jonathan Kim: “Gonna Fly Now” (Bill Conti)
Julia Kim: “Silk & Cologne” (EI8HT, Offset)
Junseo Lee: “Pretender” (Official Hige Dandism)
Karina Aronson: “Love & War in Your Twenties” (Jordy Searcy)
Kayleen Kim: “Super Shy” (NewJeans)
Keely Schafer: “Long Live (Taylor’s Version)” (Taylor Swift)
Lauren Halak: “Dreams” (Fleetwood Mac)
Lauren Kee: “Until I Found You” (Stephen Sanchez)
Lexi Newsom: “Heat Waves” (Glass Animals)
Lily Mitchell: “Wilder Days” (Morgan Wade)
Lindsey Steel: “I Wonder” (Kanye West)
Lucy McWeeny: “American Pie” (Don McLean)
Maia Alvarez: “Don’t Stop Believin’” (Journey)
Mariam Ahmed: “Schoolin’ Life” (Beyoncé)
Matthew Kim: “Western Union” (Bladee, Ecco2K, Thaiboy Digital)
Natalie Gordon: “Fade Into You” (Mazzy Star)
Neeva Patel: “3005” (Childish Gambino)
Olivia Cyrus: “Homemade Dynamite” (Lorde)
Piper Saken: “My Girl” (The Temptations)
Rachel Cheng: “Electric Touch” (Taylor Swift, Fall Out Boy)
Raju Rawal: “Paradise” (Sade)
Ruby Dowling: “Campanita” (Summer Salt)
Sabrina Thaler: “Never Grow Up (Taylor’s Version)” (Taylor Swift)
Saira Ahmed: “Kids” (MGMT)
Sami Gitlin: “Starships” (Nicki Minaj)
Sara Rooney: “A Thousand Miles” (Vanessa Carlton)
Sara Strassberg: “Always” (Daniel Caesar)
Sarah Moghadam: “august” (Taylor Swift)
Shea Edwards: “Doses & Mimosas” (Cherub)
Sid Sivaraman: “Dreaming” (Smallpools)
Sophia Zhang: “I Can See You” (Taylor Swift)
Summer Shi: “Dizzy” (The Goo Goo Dolls)
Sylvia Zeltzer: “I Can See You” (Taylor Swift)
Talia Varsano: “Super Trouper” (ABBA)
Tomas Moran: “Blank Space” (Taylor Swift)
Uma Rajan: “Shotgun” (George Ezra)

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