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Aux Cord: 8 Songs For The Most Bomb Morning Commute

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Welcome to AUX CORD, TRL’s weekly playlist feature celebrating the latest and greatest in music. Each week, someone in the TRL orbit will provide you with a completely custom playlist starring their current sonic faves. This week, TRL social coordinator Leah Williams highlights eight songs that get her going for her morning commute.

  • "Moon River"- Frank Ocean

    As a lover of both Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Frank Ocean, I immediately sent this to everyone I know the first morning I heard it. Frank slows down the already melancholy song, injecting it with a soulful sound that the Audrey Hepburn original lacked. I’m a sucker for a classic, but I’m even more of a sucker for an excellent cover.

  • "Fast Car"- Tracy Chapman

    I used to play this song so much that I measured distance by the number of times I could listen to it. Despite being lyrically pretty sad, it’s honestly one of my feel-good jams. I think it’s the breezy chorus, and the way Tracy Chapman taps into the specific feeling of riding in a car at night with the windows rolled down.

  • "Fulton County Jane Doe"- Brandi Carlile

    “Fulton County Jane” is my favorite song on Brandi Carlile’s folksy new album. It’s sad but hopeful and a great slow tune to start my morning before I’m quite awake enough for an upbeat bop.

  • "All The Stars"- Kendrick Lamar & SZA

    Let’s be real, I’m listening to all of the Black Panther soundtrack on my commute, but this one's my favorite. I would listen to anything these put out, and this is no exception: the dreamy vocals from SZA and the perfect verses from Kendrick make this a complete journey.

  • "Bloody Mother F*cking Asshole"- Martha Wainwright

    It’s very explicit, and very good for shout-singing alone in a car. If someone broke you, and you’re in need of some catharsis, I highly recommend rage-listening to this song.

  • "Mystery of Love"- Sufjan Stevens

    I have to listen to this sparingly as I don’t like to cry in public, but I love this song so much that sometimes I risk it. The Call Me By Your Name tune has been getting a lot of attention for its Oscar nomination for Best Original Song, but still worth repeated spins even if you haven’t seen the movie yet. Actually, scratch that; go see Call Me By Your Name immediately and then cry about this song for an entire week like I did.

  • "Goodbye Earl"- Dixie Chicks

    I love a throwback, I love female friendship and I love the Dixie Chicks.

  • "Loving is Easy"- Rex Orange County feat. Benny Sings

    Smooth is the best way I can describe this song. I love everything about it, from the retro feel to the relaxed chorus, and its music video is a claymation delight.