TDP Playlist: Editors’ Picks

November 3, 2017 by 

Screen Shot 2017-11-02 at 10.13.24 PMOur new editors – Julia Feist, Ashley Koman, and Ivy Saltsman – put together a playlist of some of the songs they’ve been listening to lately, and we love it. Ranging from indie to alternative to folk to R&B, it’s a great way to chill out after hitting submit on your Common App. It’s also a great way to get psyched after hitting submit on your Common App. Whatever your mood, and wherever you are in the Common App process this is a solid playlist. Check it out, Devils!

Super America by Bad Bad Hats

Homecoming Heroes by The Head and The Heart

Big Idea by Ages and Ages

Crossfire / So Into You by Nei Palm

Sympathy by The Goo Goo Dolls

Four Five Seconds by Katja Petri

Campus by Vampire Weekend

Rivers and Roads by The Head and the Heart

If I Only Had a Heart by Jesse Ruben

Catch by Dresses

We Are Going to Be Friends by The White Stripes

Better by Regina Spektor

Holland Road by Mumford and Sons

Shame by Bad Bad Hats

30-Day Challenge Playlist

March 6, 2017

We at TDP are participating in the BHS 30-Day Responsible Citizenship Challenge. The Day 4 challenge action was to recommend a song that promotes community, diversity, resilience, and empowerment. Thanks to the BHS community for all the recommendations. Here’s a playlist of the most recommended and most unique songs you sent us. Enjoy!

“On Top of the World” by Imagine Dragons

“We are Family: by Sister Sledge

“We’re All in This Together” by the High School Musical Cast

“Black and White” by Michael Jackson

“If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out” by Cat Stevens

“All Star” by Smash Mouth

“Stronger” by Kelly Clarkson

“The Times They Are a Changing” by Bob Dylan

“The Ballad of Mr. Steak” by Kishi Bashi

“Born This Way” by Lady Gaga

“Happy” by Pharrell Williams

“Qott Ghusian Da” by Imran Khan

“Come Together” by The Beatles

“You’ve Got a Friend in Me” by Randy Newman

“Imagine” by John Lennon

“Rise” by Katy Perry


Matt Martin’s Goodbye Playlist

TDP and meBefore it all began, The Devils’ Playlist was just an idea, a concept thought up by my AP Literature and Composition teacher, Mrs. Janovitz, but over the course of this year, I was able to see it grow into something absolutely amazing. Originally, Mrs. Janovitz had casually mentioned TDP in class one day, saying that she was going to be setting up a table at the club fair for all those interested in discussing and writing about music. Naturally, I was interested, and ever since our first club meeting in October, I became hooked on writing about music news and doing my own reviews. I started following music news websites and innumerable artists, and I found a passion that I had never even considered up until this year. I met a group of individuals that was equally impassioned by music as much as I was, and my music library soon began growing at an unprecedented rate.

Whether it be for our articles, our recommendations, or our podcast, the amount of support we have received from both the BHS faculty and the student body throughout this year has been not only pleasing but also extremely flattering. I am more than satisfied with how TDP has grown in such as short time. Joining The Devils’ Playlist was one of the best decisions I made throughout my entire high school career, and I want to give my dearest and most sincere thanks to Mrs. Janovitz, every reader we have had, and every member of TDP for making it such an enjoyable and memorable experience. I can only hope that TDP will live on in the years to come because I will certainly be back to write some articles in the future. As for my ‘goodbye playlist,’ these songs are a sort compilation of the emotional stages I’ve felt in my final days in high school. So without any further adieu, here’s my ‘goodbye’ songs, BHS.

Stage One – Disbelief: “I Feel So” by Boxcar Racer

Stage Two – Nostalgia: “Lightspeed” by Grieves

Stage Three – Acceptance: “Move Along” by All-American Rejects

Stage Four – Growth: “The Adventure” by Angels & Airwaves

Stage Five – Energetic Bliss: “Ain’t No Rest For the Wicked” by Cage the Elephant

Stage Six – More Bliss: “A Night At the Spleen” by Closure in Moscow

Stage Seven – Fear for Future:  “Help I’m Alive” by Metric

Stage Eight – Ready for Future: “Drive” by Incubus


TDP Sweet Sixteen Playlist: Mrs. Janovitz

Mrs. Janovitz teaches 10th, 11th, and 12th grade English at BHS, and is the advisor for The Devils’ Playlist. This is what she has to say about what she was listening to at sixteen:

71uaBiA5tWL._SL1300_I have always had a strong affection for music. So many songs are inextricably tied to my memories of childhood. Harry Chapin songs make me think about sitting in my dad’s Buick during my brother’s little league games. Kim Carnes reminds me of rolling down the windows in my mom’s station wagon. Hearing Ozzy Osbourne immediately brings me back to the beach house we used to visit each summer, sitting at the top of the basement stairs in an effort to hear whatever the older kids were talking about. Pink Floyd, Genesis, Mötley Crüe, and ZZ Top transport me to Friday nights at Roller Kingdom, trying desperately to master the ‘shoot the duck’ technique without looking ridiculous (turns out, it’s impossible). Listening to Blondie evokes memories of snow days spent sitting in front of MTV waiting for VJ Martha Quinn to introduce my favorites. I am lucky to have recognized early on the warmth and energy and inspiration and joy that music has to offer, but I didn’t full-force fall in love with music until the eighth grade.
cure1989-2That year, the girl who sat behind me in homeroom gave me my very first mix tape, and listening to it somehow changed everything. It was my introduction to punk, alternative, post modern, glam rock – really anything not mainstream. Hearing bands like The Cure and The Dead Milkmen for the first time somehow made my life seem more important, more intense, more mine. Before that point, I had been listening to (and enjoying) pop radio, but that music didn’t belong to me. I still stand by some of my early favorite artists: George Michael, Madonna, Belinda Carlisle, to name a few. I did not, however, feel the same connection to that music that I did with what I found on the mix. In those songs I discovered the strength that comes with rebellion, the ache that comes with a broken heart, the excitement that comes with new love, and the joy that comes with revelation. I discovered familiarity and the projected possible all at once.

When I turned sixteen, in 1990, my parents gave me a CD player and let me hang up posters in my bedroom. I spent hours in there listening to Moods for Moderns on WFNX, watching 120 Minuteson MTV, reading Sassy magazine for their ‘Cute Band Alert’ section, and making mix tapes of my own. Here is what I was listening to:

1. “Love Buzz” by Nirvana: At that age, I was on the ‘scooping crew’ at Skip’s Ice Cream. Lucky for me, some of the ice cream stand’s past employees would pick up shifts during spring break, and they brought with them the sounds of college radio. My boss used to let us listen to whatever we wanted to on the nights he wasn’t there, and she who had seniority controlled the cassette player. I first heard this one courtesy of the ‘scooper’ who trained me. I will be forever grateful.

621601850_ba7547df392. “Kool Thing” by Sonic Youth: I liked Sonic Youth’s loud, angry distortion. I loved that a woman was singing and playing loud, angry distortion. She was everything I was not. Seeing her on stage was empowering for me. At sixteen, I pretty much thought Kim Gordon was the coolest thing around. I kind of still do.

3.  “Age of Consent” by New Order: I discovered this song through classroom desk graffiti. Someone from a different period, who sat in the same seat as me in Chemistry, wrote a section of the lyrics on our shared desk. Apparently, I wasn’t the only person who enjoyed it because the next day a different student reciprocated by sharing lyrics from another song. This exchange continued throughout the year. Those lyrics were just about the only reading I completed in Chemistry class that I entirely understood.

4. “Pictures of Matchstick Men” by Camper Van Beethoven: This is a Status Quo cover, but I didn’t know that at the time. I liked the song’s mix of psychedelic, Americana, and alternative sounds, which seemed really fresh to me. I definitely used my hairbrush as a microphone while singing along to this one.

tumblr_mb9txqdCKC1qzxlbn5. “Ask” by The Smiths: I quoted this song in my yearbook caption. Next to my picture — along with a list of random initials, cryptic references, and expressions of gratitude — reads the opening to a Smiths line that sums up a lot of my high school life: “Shyness is nice…”

6. “From Under the Covers” by The Beautiful South: I was a huge fan of The Housemartins, a band that was featured on that first mix tape. Their lead vocalist, Paul Heaton, sings for The Beautiful South. The Housemartins were my introduction to Marxist politics and British dialect. Listening to them prompted me to join the British Exchange program. This song was one of my exchange student’s favorites.

images7. “Peek-a-Boo” by Siouxsie and the Banshees: I saw Siouxsie Sioux on MTV’s 120 Minutes and immediately purchased black eyeliner (that I was too timid to wear out of the house – or even in the house, really). This is the song I listened to after I got my license, the very first time I drove with nobody else in the car. I was petrified and felt super tough at the same time.

8. “The Hardest Walk” by The Jesus and Mary Chain: I spent a lot of time watching John Hughes movies as a teenager. This song is from Some Kind of Wonderful, which, like many John Hughes films, focuses on class and cliques. I loved the character Watts in this movie. She wore red fringe gloves and played the drums. This song, about the end of a relationship, is all distortion and fuzz. I couldn’t get enough of it.

images9. “The Happening” by The Pixies: The Pixies battled The Smiths for my favorite band in high School. Although The Smiths sang the song that my high school boyfriend and I had claimed as our song, “There is a Light That Never Goes Out” (which was the height of romance at the time, but now seems exceptionally morbid), The Pixies had a sort of American rebel sound that I adored. Plus, this ‘loud-quiet-loud’ band hails from Boston and, at the time, had Kim Deal singing back-up vocals and playing bass. The Pixies eventually ousted The Smiths as the band of preeminence in my heart, and became my favorite.

10. “Beyond Belief” by Elvis Costello: Elvis Costello’s lyrics seemed like literature to me. There was always something smart about them, something to learn in them, and something to uncover. I used to play this one on the way to school when I could finally drive myself. Something about it helped me prepare for whatever the amazing Mrs. Queenan in Latin class and the protagonist of our Latin text, Caecilius, had planned for the day. Caecilius est musicam ausculat. (Is that right?)

thereplacementstommyair11. “Left of the Dial” by The Replacements: I discovered The Replacements, considered some of the forefathers of early American alternative and indie rock, through their 1990 albumAll Shook Down. WFNX featured some of the tracks on this album; “Merry Go Round” was in heavy rotation for a while, but I preferred “Sadly Beautiful.” It led me to seek out their earlier releases, which are definitely superior. The Replacements (The Mats) were the first band I actually researched. Because I learned that they were influenced by The Clash, The Ramones, and Big Star  I got into those bands as well. “Left of the Dial,” from the album Tim, was one of my early Replacements favorites.

Throwing-Muses-Hunkpapa-49051712. “Not Too Soon” by The Throwing Muses: I discovered the Throwing Muses early in my senior year (just before I turned 17). When I began the college search and exploring schools in Rhode Island, I started looking into local RI bands, shows in Providence, and college radio. On our way home from my tour of Providence College, I listened to their radio station (WDOM), and the DJ played this song. I listened to it a lot after that.  The women in this band are AMAZING! I recently got to meet Tanya Donelly, a guitarist and vocalist in The Throwing Muses who went on to be part of The Breeders and Belly (two of my favorite bands in college). I was tongue-tied and giddy when I met her.

janes-addiction13. “Ocean Size” by Jane’s Addiction:When my sister was a senior and I had just turned sixteen, she drove my brother and me around quite a bit. She was kind enough to give us radio control on occasion. My brother, who started his love of music with rap and early hip-hop, made the switch from Public Enemy and Slick Rick to Sam Black Church and Corrosion of Conformity at about this time. We had Jane’s Addiction in common so it was on my sister’s radio a lot. The booming, screaming sounds in “Ocean Size” somehow made us both happy. It was a pretty good psych-up song before school. Now, when I’m preparing for a particularly challenging lesson and need a psych-up song, I listen to my brother’s old school rap (radio edits only).

14. “Day Ditty” by Shudder to Think: This one I owe entirely to my brother. He shared the band and the song with me, and it quickly made the rounds on my mix tapes. I was always looking for short songs to fill the tiny space at the end of cassettes. Leaving two minutes of dead air at the end of side one was just cruel.

15. “I Won” by The Sundays: I played this song on repeat the summer before my senior year. The Sundays were great for rainy day. I sometimes still break out Reading, Writing & Arithmetic when the sky turns gray.

Unknown16. “All I Ever Wanted” by Lenny Kravitz: I discovered Lenny Kravitz through my ridiculously immature celebrity crush on his once wife Lisa Bonet. Bonet, who played Denise Huxtable on The Cosby Show and A Different World, was my earliest fashion icon. Once I learned that she was married to a musician, I bought his albums. Although I liked Lenny Kravitz’s debut release, Let Love Rule, his second album, Mama Said,was all about his love for Bonet and their daughter, and his regret for whatever happened in their relationship. I liked the idea of creating an album as a love letter and as an apology of sorts. His fashion was pretty amazing as well – perfect casting as Cinna. This one was another early senior year favorite.

Many years beyond sixteen, music continues to be a very important part of my life. I am just as passionate about it now as I was then; although, now I don’t shut the door of my room and blare The Smiths when I’m upset about something or spend any time singing into my hairbrushes. Now I share music with my daughter, and have the great fortune to see her face the first time she hears what will become her favorite songs. Now I roll down my windows and turn up (to a responsible volume) Neko Case, Courtney Barnett, Joni Mitchell, and Lady Lamb the Beekeeper. Now, when I hear music I can still find the familiar and the projected possible all at once, and it is lovely.

TDP Sweet Sixteen: Ms. McAuliffe

Ms. McAuliffe, described by some of her freshman students as “smart,” “fun-loving,” and “laid-back,” is a math teacher at Burlington High School. Here is what she has to say about what she was listening to at sixteen. 

imagesAs I started this I realized that my sixteen-year-old self was not all that different than my…. not-16-year-old current self  – all over the map.  In high school, I bounced around a lot.  I had a lot of friends in all the different social groups, and I got along well with everyone, but never had a best friend or a perfect clique that I fell into. I think I liked it that way.  My closest girlfriends were those I played soccer with.  “Let Me Clear My Throat Now” was on our warm-up TAPE  year after year.  It reminds me of fall afternoons and summer double-sessions.  When I switched into hockey season, where I played on the boys team, I had no choice but to listen to Nirvana, RATM, and endless Metallica.  Intense.  Those bands make me think of before-school practices, pasta parties, and completely inappropriate hockey movies.

I had one goth friend (I’ll shamefully admit that our friendship outlasted our common interests because her family had the INTERNET and we could spend time on chatrooms… so cool).  No Doubt was what she would play that I could tolerate (with NIN and Marilyn Manson being the other options).

My first two concerts were Phish and then Shania Twain.  Go figure.  Shania was my gateway into loving country music.

3EB makes me think of my friends who got into things that I didn’t want to get into.

Friends and Dawson’s Creek theme songs… couldn’t leave those out.


Each of these songs brings an exact person or group into my memory.  I like not fitting into one category of music.  Being open-minded in music, and life, has exposed me to songs/bands/people that I probably wouldn’t have expected myself to like.  It’s helped me as a teacher because sometimes I think I can see parts of these songs… whether it’s the emotion or the lyrics or the scene… in particular students.  I think this helps me relate to them in ways I wouldn’t have anticipated.



TDP Sweet Sixteen: Mrs. Rose

Mrs. Rose is a valued member of the BHS English department revered by her students for her “ability to teach difficult material by making it relevant and cool to talk about.” She is described as “challenging,” “interesting,” and “sweet.” She is also respected for her “sick sense of style” and “great laugh.” This is what she has to say about what she was listening to when she was sixteen.

Bradley-Nowell-300x226Oh the memories this project elicited! I spent a lot of time listening to music, like most people do when they are 16. I started to explore my musical tastes a bit more at this age, which is pretty well represented by this list. Most pop music was uninspiring and Nirvana had introduced a whole new world of music to the pop world in the early 90s. I loved all of the long hair, flannel wearing bands, but Nirvana and Pearl Jam have special places in my heart. To this day Pearl Jam’s Ten is one of my all-time favorite albums. From there I became obsessed with alternative music – indie rock and punk particularly. Not only was I listening to more and more music, I started to go to more and more shows my junior and senior years of high school. As I look at this list I realize all of these songs are still in my music rotation, because my tastes have not really changed that much, matured maybe, but not changed. This is what I was listening to when I was 16.

1 Hole – “Violet”
2 Mazzy Star – “Fade into You”
3 Pearl Jam – “Alive”
4 Face to Face – “Disconnected”
5 Green Day – “J.A.R.”
6 Big Head Todd and the Monsters – “Broken Hearted Savior”
7.The Pharcyde – “Passin’ Me By”
8. Lagwagon – “Violins”
9. Tori Amos – “Little Earthquakes”
10. Nirvana – “Drain You”
11. Radiohead – “Just”
12. Oasis – “Don’t Look Back in Anger”
13. Fugees – “Killing Me Softly”
14. Sublime – “Badfish”
15. Nine Inch Nails – “The Perfect Drug”
16. A Tribe Called Quest – “Electric Relaxation”


TDP Playlist: St. Patrick’s Day Soundtrack

20070731084953_dubliners_dsc_3438_bSt. Patrick’s Day is a cultural and religious holiday that honors the heritage of the Irish. What better time to celebrate Irish music? Here is the perfect soundtrack to your corned beef and cabbage dinner. It ranges from songs by popular artists like the Dropkick Murphys  to traditional Irish ballads. It should have something for everyone around your dinner table.

After you’ve finished dinner, after you’ve tipped your glasses and uttered “sláinte” to your loved ones and those who have fought for the love of Ireland, after you’ve practiced your Irish step dancing, after you’ve searched your yard for four-leaf clovers and rainbows ending in a pot of gold, after you’ve completed your leprechaun traps, please consider taking a look at the New York Daily News‘ exploration of the musical contributions of the Irish. You can read the article here. We also suggest that you check out’s Shamrock-n-Roll playlist. Today is not only a day to wear green, it’s a day to celebrate culture – a culture rich in musical tradition.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, Devils! May the road rise up to meet you.

TDP Sweet Sixteen Playlist: Mr. Carr

Mr. Carr, a BHS history teacher, is described by his students and colleagues as “passionate,” “highly motivating,” “memorable,” and “wicked smart.” He is also known throughout BHS as a “die hard” track coach “who is there to champion you when you win and to pick you up when you don’t.” Here is what he has to say about what he was listening to when he was sixteen. 

I actually got my first CD player and CD (Led Zeppelin IV) for my 16th birthday. I listen almost exclusively to 60s and 70s classic rock, since music effectively died for me when John Bonham died in 1980 and Led Zeppelin disbanded. My mom claims I was conceived at Woodstock (the time matches up perfectly). But my dad takes pains to remind her that he wasn’t there. In any case, though not part of the Woodstock generation, it is my music. Although I did go through my obligatory heavy metal stage in the 80s (Iron Maiden) and then right before heading over to Germany for the one-month-long German exchange program we had at BHS at the time, a bunch of us got hooked on Falco and even got to see him in concert at the Munich Olympic Stadium. Falco I only have on cassette and don’t listen to anymore. All of the others are part of my 600+ CD collection that I still listen to. I heard there is music online now apparently?

Mr. Carr’s Sweet Sixteen:
Jimi Hendrix – Are You Experienced (1967)
Moby Grape – 8:05 (1967)
The Doors – Tell All the People (1969)
Fleetwood Mac – Oh Well (1969)
Jethro Tull – Reasons for Waiting (1969)
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – Ohio (1970)
Grateful Dead – Ripple (1970)
Janis Joplin – Me and Bobby McGee (1971)
Led Zeppelin – Going to California (1971)
Roy Harper – One Man Rock and Roll Band (1971)
The Who – Behind Blue Eyes (1971)
Bob Marley and the Wailers – I Shot the Sheriff (1973)
Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here (1975)
Rush – Tom Sawyer (1981)
Iron Maiden – Run to the Hills (1982)
Falco – Rock Me Amadeus (1985)
NOTE: The following song from Mr. Carr’s list is not included in the Spotify library, so we’ve provided a YouTube clip below.
Roy Harper: “One Man Rock and Roll Band”




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