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Rebecca Mohr

Editor’s Note: In a continuous effort to bring you, the reader, fun pieces you can use, we’ve decided to include a playlist from a different staff member each week. We all have different music tastes, and we’re hoping some of our selections might just make their way onto your iPod.

“Change” by Taylor Swift

This is a song that makes a person feel like they can do anything. Taylor Swift has been known as the country princess and in this song she continues the tradition of positive message and upbeat songs. A less popular song from her second CD, “Fearless,” “Change” focuses on never giving up and fighting for what you want.

“Halo” by Beyonce

This song shows more of the emotional side of BeyonceCopy editor 3 3/4/09 accent mark over e. In her new CD, “I Am. . . . Sasha Fierce,” Beyonce combines her soft, emotional side and the usual upbeat dance songs. “Halo” focuses on relationships and how you sometimes do not see the flaws in the relationship.

“How Do You Sleep?” by Jesse McCartney

I love this song because it is just one of the songs that I can always put on and it makes me feel in a better mood. It just makes people want to go out and have a good time. McCartney strays a little from his traditional “boy band” sound as he expands his music talent with this song and “Departure” as a whole.

“That’s Just The Way We Roll” by Jonas Brothers

This is just a fun song that I can put on anytime. This song, from the Jonas Brother’s self-titled first album, is upbeat, fun to dance to, and just a great pick-me-up.

“Best Days of Your Life” by Kellie Pickler

This is a perfect post-breakup song. Pickler focuses on how the best her ex’s best days were when he was with her and how she’s sorry his best days are gone. Pickler is one of the few success stories from “American Idol,” and this song reminds people why.

“Top of the World” by Kate Voegele

First featured on “One Tree Hill,” Kate Voegele has a unique voice that combines an upbeat rhythm and meaningful lyrics. Voegele’s first CD, titled “Don’t Look Away” has many hits but none as popular as “Top of the World.”

“At the Beginning” by Donna Lewis and Richard Marx

Featured in the animated movie, Anastasia, “At the Beginning” is a song about everyone’s favorite topic: love. I really like this song because it’s simple but has the makings to be heard on the radio. Even though it is only on the soundtrack, this song should be more popular based on the musicians’ talent and lyrics.

“Live Your Life” by T.I. featuring Rihanna

True to form, T.I. delivers yet another hit. Performed at the 2008 VMAs, “Life your Life” is a true mixture between rap and hip-hop. This song drives home the message that everyone should live their own lives.

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