CommRadio Weekly Playlist: April 3

Story posted April 12, 2023 in

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.

“Sonne” - Rammestein

“Sonne” is one of the most iconic rock songs of all time, and even if you don’t understand the lyrics, there’s a general doomsday gist around the song.

The song was originally written for Ukrainian boxer Vitali Klitschko, who is also the current mayor of Kyiv. The working title of the song was also fittingly named “Klitschko.”

The lyrics talk about people waiting around for a bright light to hit, and the chorus counts down with the lyrics “hier kommit die sonne” (here comes the sun).

It’s not necessarily the lyrics that make the song great, since they are pretty repetitive, but the grittiness of the song overall and the guitar riffs.

Right before the verses break for the chorus, the guitar and drums stop with a clang of a bell, and the only noise comes from the end of the last lyrics.

Ultimately, it’s a beautiful song meant to be understood past the language barriers. - Adrianna Gallucci

“Fast Car” - Luke Combs

This week the only song floating around in my head is Luke Combs’ cover of “Fast Car.” While this song is the only cover on his new album, “Gettin’ Old” it is definitely one of his best.

Combs does an excellent job staying true to the original song by Tracy Chapman, but of course he does throw in a little country pizazz.

The first line of the song, “You’ve got a fast car” absolutely serves, and is delivered by Combs.

While this song was great before, Combs’ rendition brought a new generation of fans to the classic song.

It is the perfect mellow country song for the upcoming summer, and you know it’s a good song when you are walking in downtown State College and Cafe is blasting it. - Savannah Swartz

“Mr. Blue Sky” - Electric Light Orchestra

Lately I’ve been shuffling my Liked Songs on Spotify, and “Mr. Blue Sky” is one song that just keeps coming in the queue.

“Mr. Blue Sky” perfectly captures what it feels like when Spring starts to come around. The sunny, blue sky has been hiding for a while, but Spring starts to bring beautiful days.

The instrumentals used in “Mr. Blue Sky” are uplifting and always put me in a good mood. It’s a perfect song to listen to when I’m walking around campus.

“Mr. Blue Sky” is a song that also fills me with a lot of nostalgia. I remember listening to it all of the time in middle school after “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” came out, when my algebra teacher played the soundtrack everyday during class.

If I’m ever looking for a song that makes me feel good, “Mr. Blue Sky” is a great contender. I’ll be listening to “Mr. Blue Sky” until the sun decides to hide away again. - Sarah Gavlak

“Paint” - The Paper Kites

This song heals me in ways no other song could. The Paper Kites have such a unique talent that any song of theirs can instantly calm me down no matter the situation I am in and “Paint” is no exception.

The Paper Kites are an Australian indie rock/folk band that was formed in 2009 and has five members.

“Paint” was released in March 2013 as the lead single in The Paper Kites’ second EP “Young North.” Being released a decade ago, this song shows the true meaning of enduring time.

The beautiful melody of this song is accompanied by heartbreaking lyrics that express the feeling of losing someone.

The song lets the listener know that you should give yourself time to not feel okay and to allow yourself to feel all the emotions that come with feeling not okay.

The overall serenity of this song encapsulates emotions words can not explain and gives you the motivation to just keep going. - Madison Rush

Adrianna Gallucci is a first-year student majoring in broadcast journalism. To contact her, please email

Savannah Swartz is a second-year communications major. To contact her, email

Sarah Gavlak is a first year majoring in telecommunications. To contact her, please email

Madison Rush is a first-year majoring in public relations. To contact her, email

About the Contributors

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Savannah Swartz

Second-year / Advertising and Public Relations

Savannah Swartz is a second-year communications major, focusing on advertising and public relations. She is a member of the arts department.

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Adrianna Gallucci

Sophomore /

Adrianna Gallucci is a sophomore majoring in broadcast journalism and is one of CommRadio’s New Member Coordinators. She is also a broadcaster, journalist, podcaster and talk show guest. In addition, Adrianna is also a part of PSSN, TDAY Sports and AWSM. She hosts her own independent podcast, She’s All Bat: A New York Mets podcast. She is a huge Mets and Rangers fan and will always talk about pro wrestling. Adrianna wants to work in MLB, NHL or WWE as a journalist or an anchor. You can find her on Twitter at @agallucci17 or email her at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Madison Rush

First year / Public Relations

Madison Rush is a first-year student from Pensacola, Florida majoring in Public Relations at Penn State. She enjoys dancing, listening to music, and staying up to date with all things pop culture. To contact her, email her at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Sarah Gavlak


Sarah Gavlak is a first-year student from Johnstown, Pennsylvania majoring in telecommunications at Penn State. She is involved with the arts and entertainment department. To contact her, please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).