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Tuesday October 26th

Office DJ: 21 songs for my 21st birthday

Photo Editor Helen McGinnis celebrates her 21st birthday for this week's office DJ.
Buy Photos Photo Editor Helen McGinnis celebrates her 21st birthday for this week's office DJ.

Sept. 22 could not come any quicker. I have never been one to stay up until midnight on their birthday. After my 16th birthday, when I could finally drive, my birthdays haven’t really been that eventful. But being young for my grade and the last in my friend group to turn 21, I have never anticipated a birthday more than this one. The big 21. 

To celebrate I have created a playlist with 21 songs that will act as the soundtrack of my day. 

First, I have "September" by Earth, Wind and Fire. On the 21st night of September, I will be dancing the night away as I ring in my birthday at midnight. The second is the ultimate hype song if you are a UNC student, "Jump Around" by House of Pain. This song plays at all the basketball and football games and it will be playing as the clock turns to midnight and I finally turn 21. Next, I have "Takin’ Shots" by Post Malone as my friends and I will be celebrating all night but, as Post Malone says, “We ain’t done yet”. I apologize to my Monday Wednesday Friday professors in advance. Fourth on the list is "FaceTime" by 21 Savage, as I answer birthday calls from my faraway loved ones. 

After a plethora of party songs including "In da Club" by 50 Cent with its infamous hook “go shawty, it’s your birthday,” is "Rule the World" by 2 Chainz, featuring Ariana Grande — because this is probably the time of the night when I will feel like I “rule the world.” 

Right after the high of the night is "Pity Party" by Melanie Martinez because come on, is it really your birthday if you don’t cry? A few songs later is "4 AM" by 2 Chainz and Travis Scott. The lyrics “It’s 4 a.m., I’m just gettin’ started” have never hit harder. 

To close my playlist and the night is the ultimate closing song, "Mr. Brightside" by The Killers. Whenever it plays at a party, it’s time to gather up your friends and head home. And just like that, the highly anticipated night is over and I have been initiated into adulthood. 


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