Homecoming Playlist

By Mikayla Ostendorf

1. “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond

This group reunion is “so good, so good, so good.”

2. “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours” by Stevie Wonder

What you say every time you send in tuition bills or donations to the University. I’m forever yours, Illinois. 

3. “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift

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To all the people who doubted your capabilities. Haters gonna hate.

4. “Rather Be” by Clean Bandit

When I’m with Alma, there’s no place I’d rather be.

5. “Thriller” by Michael Jackson

Homecoming weekend is right before Halloween, so get in the spirit with this throwback.

6. “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper

Just a minute of this song will have you feeling 22.

7. “Baby Got Back” and “Anaconda” by Sir Mix-A-Lot and Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj recreated Sir Mix-A-Lot’s classic song, so play both to get a mix of old and new.

8. “Let’s Twist Again” by Chubby Checker

This throwback will remind of shake shacks, roller blades and the ability to be carefree.

9. “Classic” by MKTO

This feel-good song combines cherished memories with new experiences. Whether back in the day or now, the University will always be a classic.

10. “Come On Eileen” by Dexys Midnight Runners

Grab your friends and sway side to side.

11. “I Lived” by OneRepublic

Set a “yolo” tone to the weekend by listening to the lyrics, crying and then becoming inspired to live life to the fullest.

12. “Build Me Up Buttercup” by The Foundations

Try listening to this song and not singing along.

13. “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell

Because there ain’t no mountain, valley or river too large to keep the Fighting Illini from reuniting.

Mikayla can be reached at [email protected].