Don't you feel that some working hours during the day just feels way longer than the others? Especially after lunch?
We have a daily ongoing struggle with food coma. Without music to keep us awake, the office space is filled with nothing but the sounds of dull air conditioning and the clicking of keyboards. It gets worse when we are cutting stickers because as you already know, we are quiet and professional sticker-cutters.
To help us get through the day (especially lazy afternoons) without falling asleep on the desks, we usually turn to Spotify or our iTunes playlists to get rid of the deafening silence and also for some much-needed energy boost. And just like that, our studio becomes alive with the sound of muuuusic...
We thought it would be nice to share with you a short list of songs that are high in our daily music rotation because they are currently stuck in our heads. Some are real favourites, while a few are just annoying ear-worms that are so darn catchy. These songs liven up our day because we simply cannot resist belting or butchering them at the top of our lungs.
Give these songs a listen and we hope the songs wake you up from your afternoon post-lunch slumber as well!
DNCE - Cake By The Ocean
Min: What does 'eat cake by the ocean' mean anyway? It definitely is a silly sexual innuendo and yet I still find the tune of this song so annoyingly catchy. Sometimes, I even hear myself saying "ahyayayaya" out of the blue. See. It's so bad, I can't stop.
Jia: I had a shock when I found out that DNCE is fronted by a Jonas brother. Say whut?! Let's be honest here, the song is irritatingly catchy despite the nonsensical lyrics. I can't help but sing along to the chorus!
Little Mix - Secret Love Song ft. Jason Derulo
Min: Woah, vocal powers yo. Whenever I hear this song on the radio, I'll turn up the volume, put on my diva face, squint my eyes and look out the moving car window. The fact that I think I can pull off this song without going off key is completely delusional. And when I sing this in the car, I get immediate car-eject threats from my fiancé. #truelove
Jia: I was not a big fan of Secret Love Song at first but after Min played it in the studio a zillion times, I was a convert. The Little Mix's live performance of this song was really impressive too. But seriously, who else but them can sing the chorus of the song without going off key or shouting?!
The Chainsmokers - Roses ft. ROZEZ
Min: When I first heard this song at the gym, I was pissed. I hated that the tempo of the song wrecked my running mojo. I'm highly dependent on intense beats to keep me running like a hamster on a wheel. But when I heard it again in the studio a few days later, I fell in love. Why so catchy? BTW, I still can't run to this song.
Jia: Love love love this song. However, it was stuck in my head for a few days in a row and that was not a pleasant experience at all. Ahhh uh ahhh uh ahhhh...
Adele - When We Were Young
Jia: My favourite emo song of the moment. This makes me stop to think about the past, and how, like the lyrics, I feel restless that I am getting so much older so quickly. Time, please stop!
Min: Yes, and without a doubt, this is everyone's favourite emo song. Perfect for long bus rides and the best song for crazy impulses to check my ex-boyfriend's Instagram account during work. The urge is real, and so is the regret when the song ends. True story.
Sia - Cheap Thrills ft. Sean Paul
Jia: Cheap Thrills was stuck in my head immediately after I heard it for the first time. The worst part is that I cannot even sing this song as I have absolutely no clue what the lyrics are (and I am too lazy to google it). I only know... "I LOVE/LIKE CHEAP THRILLS!". See, I don't even know if it is supposed to be 'love' or 'like'. Get it out of my head!
Min: It wasn't first love at first hear but the song is so catchy that I could sing/hum along to it when I heard it the second time. Now, I get excited when I hear this song because it makes me feel like I am 18 again. And Jia, it's definitely "I LOVE cheap thrills"...
Kygo - Stay ft. Maty Noyes
Min: Hands up if you can listen to Kygo's (2 hours omg) playlist on YouTube without stopping! Love love love his remixes!
Jia: I loved Kygo ever since his remix of 'I See Fire'. I often play his songs on a loop while working, as they blend together really smoothly and form a relaxing background piece that allows me to do all my stuff without getting distracted. His new song with Maty Noyes is so good that I listen to it at least 5 times a day!
And... here are two bonus hum-alongs from Jia!
Imagine Dragons - Shots
Jia: This isn't a new song at all however, the guitar rift has been drifting into my mind for the past few weeks. Not the biggest appreciator of the Smoke+Mirrors album but I will always sing along to this song. I hope Imagine Dragons come up with a better album soon!
Fall Out Boy - Jet Pack Blues
Jia: Oh, I love this song. The pre-chorus always gets me singing, and by the time the song reaches the chorus, I am totally yelling along. I think this song, along with the whole American Beauty/American Psycho album helps me to cut stickers faster. No lie.
What are you listening to at work? Tell us all about it!
With love, Min+Jia.
The humans behind honey&gazelle Design Studio. When we are not frantically working, we share our mishmash of thoughts on design, life, and love here. Grab a cuppa and stay for a bit!