Try out these songs

To celebrate National Strange Music day, our staff offers these suggestions

For many, music provides an escape from problems we face. We all have a musician or a band we listen to when we need a break from the stress in our everyday life. This consistency is nice, but there is a strange excitement that can come from listening to new music.

Finding new music is the whole point of National Strange Music Day, started by Julliard graduate Patrick Grant. Every year on August 24, Grant encourages everyone to listen to music that they have never heard before.

Here are some staff suggestions of music you should give a try this Sunday.


  • “Detroit Rock City” by Kiss
  • “Spread Your Wings” by Queen
  • “Eleanor Rigby” by The Beatles
  • “Born to Run” by Bruce Springsteen
  • “Piece of my Heart” by Janis Joplin
  • “Tangerine” by Led Zeppelin
  • “China Belle” by Brian May


  • “Make Up Your Mind” by Theory of a Dead Man
  • “Bones” by Young Guns
  • “Closure” by Chevelle
  • “Hero” by The Foo Fighters
  • “A Sky Full of Stars” by Coldplay
  • “Fever” by The Black Keys
  • “Believer” by American Authors
  • “Words as Weapons” by Seether
  • “Pompeii” by Bastille


  • “Careless Whisper” by Wham!
  • “Rebel, Rebel” by David Bowie
  • “You and I” by Lady Gaga
  • “I’m Not a Robot” by Marina and the Diamonds
  • “If I Had You” by Adam Lambert
  • “Church of the Poisoned Mind” by Culture Club
  • “Courthouse” by Ariana Grande
  • “There Must be More to Life Than This” by Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson


  • “Broad Ripple is Burning” by Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s
  • “Gone Too Soon Too Far” by Blackmail
  • “Youth” by Daughter
  • “If You’re Feeling Sinister” by Belle and Sebastian
  • “Birth in Reverse” by St. Vincent
  • “In Conflict” by Owen Pallett



  • “Your Guardian Angel” by Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
  • “Fully Alive” by Flyleaf
  • “Misery Business” by Paramore
  • “Playing God” by Paramore
  • “Serve the Servants” by Nirvana
  • “Holland 1945” by Neutral Milk Hotel



  • “I Can Do Bad All by Myself” by Mary J. Blige
  • “Love Never Felt So Good” by Michael Jackson and Justin Timberlake
  • “3005” by Childish Gambino
  • “Open” by Rhye
  • “What You Wanted” by How To Dress Well



  • “Sweatpants” by Childish Gambino
  • “Free Press and Curl” by Shabazz Palaces
  • “Collard Greens” by ScHoolboy Q
  • “Long Live” byA$AP Rocky


  • “Chain of Fools” by Aretha Franklin
  • “The Thrill is Gone” by B.B King and Eric Clapton
  • “I’d Rather Go Blind” by Etta James
  • “Let Me Know Song” by Ruthie Carter
  • “Still Got The Blues” by Gary Moore
  • “Tell It Like It Is” by Aaron Neville


  • “It Don’t Mean a Thing” by Ella Fitzgerald
  • “After You’ve Gone” by Frank Sinatra
  • “All Through the Night” by Cole Porter
  • “Blue Moon” by The Marcels
  • “Can’t We Be Friends” by Bing Crosby
  • “Come Sunday” by Duke Ellington
  • “I Left My Heart In San Francisco” by Tony Bennett



  • “Mr. Tambourine Man” by Bob Dylan
  • “Let it Be” by Joan Baez
  • “Early Morning Rain” by Gordon Lightfoot
  • “Homeward Bound” by Simon and Garfunkel
  • “Turn, Turn, Turn” by The Byrds
  • “Eve of Destruction” by Barry McGuire
  • “Leaving on a Jet Plane” by John Denver



  • “Bad Company” by Five Finger Death Punch
  • “You be Tails, I’ll be Sonic” by A Day to Remember
  • “Meet me at the Gates” by BlessTheFall
  • “Redneck” by Lamb of God
  • “Omerta” by Lamb of God
  • “Symphony of Destruction” by Megadeth
  • “Song for the Broken” by Close Your Eyes
  • “This War is Ours (Pt. 2)” by Escape the Fate
  • “Sunbather” by Deafheaven
  • “Bankrupt” by Wreck&Reference



  • “Lucifer” by SHINee
  • “Damaged Lady” by Kara
  • “Young Generation” by Glen Check
  • “Shadow” by Beast
  • “Rose” Lee Hi
  • “Ocean of Light” by Nell

Listening to new music is a great way to culture yourself and understand others around you. This Sunday, be sure to check out some new music. You never know what you may find.