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What's on your Buc Playlist?

By Shanieya Harris

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Students walk around campus, phone in hand and headphones covering their ears. It seems to be a college ritual. Nothing else matters when consumed by the rhythm of a great song. Students get to release their stress when they press play. In this state of mind, one doesn't think about an upcoming exam or a final project.

So, have you ever thought about what is pumping through the headphones of your peers on campus? Seriously, what could everyone else around you possibly be listening to? The Buccaneer is here to let you in on that spicy secret! Read into the minds of those around you and jam along to our Buc Playlist.


Fifty students on campus were surveyed about their favorite song at the moment.

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The top three songs noted to be on the playlist of those in the Barry University community were “Tia Tamera” by Doja Cat at 32.7 percent, “Boom” by DPR LIVE at 26.5 percent and “Waves” by Miguel at 14.3 percent.

The honorable mentions were “#1 Fan” by Driver Era, “When it Rains it Pours” by Luke Combs, “Eleanor Rigby” by Cody Fry, “My Universe” by COLDPLAY featuring BTS, “Have Mercy by Chloe” and, lastly, “Love” by Nwantiti. But, truly, the list could go on!

Music is one of the many ways we express ourselves. These diverse selections reflect on the many different faces we see on campus.

Oftentimes, we listen to a song without a care in the world for how it made it into our heads or how it earned the right to be on our playlist. For some, it just happens but The Buccaneer did the hard work for you all and asked 50 students where they discovered their favorite songs these days.

Of the many places that students found their music, we can conclude that social media is at the forefront for music consumption.


Our results show that 34.5 percent of students found their music on TikTok, 25 percent on Instagram and 22.9 percent on Spotify.

While some simply like the artists or hear about a song from a friend, these don't quite influence a student’s playlist decision the way that social media does.

In 2021, social media is fast at spreading content and easily accessible to consume as much music as you’d like especially on platforms such as TikTok. This is an application that allows viewers to hear bits and pieces of the most current music in a hassle-free manner and set to a trendy dance, to boot.

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According to a report by MRC Data – a data analytics provider to the music business – 67 percent of TikTok users say that they are more likely to seek out a song on a music streaming platform after they have heard it on TikTok. In fact, 72 percent of TikTok users agree that they associate certain songs specifically with TikTok.

Whether you like your music blasting through the speakers in your dorm or in your personal set of airpods, music has a lot say about us at Barry University. Therefore, jam on!