CommRadio Weekly Playlist: Dec. 5

Story posted December 6, 2022 in CommRadio, Arts & Entertainment by CommRadio Arts & Entertainment Department

Here, members of the Arts and Entertainment Department will talk about the songs that dominated their playlists during the week and what makes them so good.

“You’re So Vain” - Carly Simon

If I had a nickel for every time Olivia Rodrigo covered one of my favorite songs from growing up and made me re-obsessed with it, I’d have two nickels, which isn’t a lot, but it’s weird that it happened twice.

“You’re So Vain” is one of the wittiest written songs of all time; with my reminder of the track from Rodrigo, I haven’t been able to get the song off of repeat.

The soft rock song has some of the best lyrics of all time. The imagery Carly Simon can create with lines like “I had some dreams they were clouds in my coffee” is expertly crafted.

The instrumental of soft-rock with folk perfectly encapsulates the petty anger that Simon is expressing. That, mixed with the backing vocals, makes this song the legend it is; it’s no wonder modern lyricists like Taylor Swift and Rodrigo have such a connection to this track.

“You’re So Vain” is unarguably one of the greatest songs of all time, and my newfound addiction to it will last much longer than this week. - Sophia D’Ovidio

“Heartbeat” - Childish Gambino

Are you late for class? Just put on “Heartbeat” by Childish Gambino; you’ll get there in no time.

With the bumping and fast bass, it's hard to not walk with a purpose. The production is heavily reliant on electronic dance type beats, but has a piano in the beginning before the breakdown and during the verses.

The main theme of this song is trying to get over a breakup by sleeping with other girls, while still being in love with his ex. The fast rapping and witty lyrics are more components to make this song great.

Gambino has expressed before that his favorite verse is the last one, and it's true: it's definitely the strongest, emotionally and lyrically. He seems angry at his past love, but still attached and having conflicting thoughts about their relationship.

“Heartbeat” is a staple in Childish Gambino’s discography. If you haven’t listened to this yet, its addictive nature will surely have you putting it on multiple playlists. - Chloe Rey

“L’Amour Toujours” - Gigi D’Agostino

The song I’ve been addicted to lately is L’Amour Toujours. How can you not get hooked on the catchy beat and instrumental that sounds like it should be in Geometry Dash, paired with sped-up and auto-tuned vocals?

The opening synths are whimsical, and when the beat drops the accompaniment becomes impossible not to dance to.

I grew up listening to a ton of 90s dance-pop hits, so I have a special connection to this song and can’t help but get emotional when I hear it.

The lyrics are beautiful and inspiring, and even with the artist’s voice distorted into higher and lower pitches you can still hear the passion.

This song is all about love and wanting to be there for someone, as l’amour toujours is French for “always love.”  This song will continue to be on repeat for me and is one that I’ll always love. - Rachel Fisher

“It’s Called: Freefall” - Rainbow Kitten Surprise

We are at the final stretch of the semester, the weather is cold, the days are short, and everyone is busy and tired. “It’s Called: Freefall” by Rainbow Kitten Surprise encapsulates this week before finals perfectly.

It's a mindless sound to listen to you, but when you actually listen to the lyrics it has meaning too. The beginning of the song is sung so fast when singing along, it's difficult to even take a breath.

Although overall, my favorite part of the song is the ending without any lyrics and the guitar solo.

The vibes of the song, honestly, is sad and depressing, but also comforting because the rhythm is smooth and continuous, with the exception of sporadic climatic singing. - Natalie Simone

Sophia D’Ovidio is a second-year majoring in digital and print journalism. To contact her, email

Chloe Rey is a first-year majoring in telecommunications. To contact her, email

Rachel Fisher is a second-year majoring in broadcast journalism.  To contact her, email

Natalie Simone is a first-year majoring in broadcast journalism. To contact her, email

About the Contributors

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Sophia D'Ovidio

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Sophia D’Ovidio is a first-year from Allentown, New Jersey. She is now a communications (undecided) major at Penn State University. Sophia intends on pursuing a career in journalism. Sophia writes for the CommRadio Arts department.

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Rachel Fisher

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Rachel Fisher is a second-year majoring in broadcast journalism. She is the DJ Coordinator of the Arts and Entertainment Department and an involved member, focusing on music and TV news. She is from Ocean, New Jersey, and is interested in singing, food, music, and audio production.  Follow her on Instagram @rachelfisherrr_

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Natalie Simone


Natalie Simone is a first-year majoring in broadcast journalism. She is from Cohasset, Massachusetts where she graduated from Cohasset High School. Simone is a member of the news, arts and entertainment, and production departments of CommRadio. She is responsible for a weekly newscast, a weekly talk show, called The CommRadio Table, a weekly DJ set, along with news and arts articles.

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Chloe Rey


Chloe Rey is a first-year majoring in telecommunications. This is her first semester in CommRadio in the Arts and Entertainment department. Other than CommRadio, she is a member of Penn State’s Student Programming Association. To contact her, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).