Songs you oughta know

We’ve all been there. One day you’re listening to your favorite playlist, letting the tunes drift you away from reality, and then, one day, it just stops doing it for you.

The time has come when you need something new, something out of your listening comfort zone.

The next time you’re out searching for some new music, try a song or two from this playlist and discover the artist.

  1.  “Lights Down Low” – Jessie James Decker

The latest single from country music singer Jessie James Decker, “Lights Down Low” boasts a chilly weekend, country vibe, perfect for spending a night in with the person you love and avoiding all of the stress of a night out on the town.

  1. “Room 205” – Chase Rice

They say that country music tells a story, and that’s exactly what “Room 205” does. Singing from the point of view of a hotel room’s walls, Rice tells the story of a couple who start and end their romance within the confines of Conway Motor Inn’s room 205. The song gives a whole new meaning to the saying, “If walls could talk.”

  1. “Free To Be Me” – Francesca Battistelli

Born in New York but raised in Florida, Battistelli is known for making mainly Christian music. While her music keeps with her faith, she puts out songs, such as “Free to Be Me,” that resonate with the average college-aged student. While she doubts her abilities to make her dreams and aspirations come true, she knows that deep down she can make anything happen.

  1. “Collide-Radio Edit” – Leona Lewis

Winner of the 2006 “X Factor” UK competition, Lewis rose to the top of the international charts with her 2007 single, “Bleeding Love.” Since then, Lewis has worked on multiple albums and songs. This particular song boasts a party feel; it’s the song that you would play before going out for a night out with your friends or significant other.

  1. “Earthquake” – Labrinth

Labrinth, another popular UK artist, makes music that you would find playing at the nightclub. “Earthquake” has techno vibes and a party-starting beat that could get anyone in the mood to party all night.

  1. “Vegas Girl” – Conor Maynard

Helping Las Vegas keep its party reputation, Maynard sings about the typical Vegas experience – partying and, of course, Vegas girls. This song is perfect for a night out and will bring Las Vegas to your playlist.

  1. “One Woman Army” – Porcelain Black

This song is a strong female, power anthem. “Porcelain Black” talks to the independent women around the world, calling them to become one-woman armies. This song is perfect for any girl going through a rough time to help her believe in herself and her own power.

  1. “Here’s To Us” – Halestorm

Keeping camaraderie through difficult times is what this rock ballad represents. Halestorm keeps the faith by holding on to each other and raising cheers – insinuating that they will make it through whatever obstacle they are currently facing. This song is the perfect dedication to the friends that you’ve been through everything with.

  1. “Battleships” – Daughtry

The rock band rose to fame on “American Idol,” and had a few major hits, including “It’s Not Over,” “What About Now” and “Waiting for Superman.” Reminiscent of their earlier work, this song will motivate you and get you ready to face the world.

  1. “Shatter Me Featuring Lzzy Hale” – Lindsey Stirling

Violinist Lindsey Stirling put out her second album, “Shatter Me,”  in 2014, hosting this power ballad. The singer on the track, Halestorm’s main singer Lzzy Hale, delivers a strong rock performance that will keep your adrenaline going for anything you’re up to.