Your Go-to Spotify Playlist for Welcome Week
Author: Kailey Guillemin
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Welcome Week is one of the coolest and most fun weeks of university. There are many opportunities to mingle around and meet new friends, which is especially helpful if it’s your first year. Student groups plan games and events to draw in the crowds. There is so much to do before your first class of the day. Why not have a playlist that reflects the experience of Welcome Week?

Thanks to Spotify, you can create any kind of playlist for any mood you’re in. Need some inspiration to get your list going? Here are some of our top picks to make it your go-to playlist for Welcome Week.

Juicy – The Notorious B.I.G.

Start your list off with some old school rap. For starters, who doesn’t love a good throwback to some of the best years of rap? Plus, this song is sure to get the whole group ready for the day.

Sober – Childish Gambino

Add in a hit from the rising star Childish Gambino. The first few lines of the song will likely sum up Welcome Week pretty accurately for many.

The Final Countdown – Europe

How can this song not be on any playlist? It’s probably one of the most pump up songs you can come across, just what is needed to get you ready for the week shenanigans.


Havana – Camila Cabello & Young Thug

Get into the dancing mood with this hit. It’s hard not to go dancing through the halls and high fiving everyone around you when you’re listening to Havana.

I Want It That Way – Backstreet Boys

YES! A much-needed throwback (catching on to a theme?) for Welcome Week. With this song, pop your phone into the loudest speaker and get the whole party singing at the top of their lungs.


I’m the One – DJ Khaled (feat. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper, Lil Wayne

Here’s another one the will get you in a chill mood but still ready to go. As you make your way through Welcome Week, having a nice balance of pump up and chill music is needed.

Despacito – Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee

Go for the original with this awesome track. You’ll be getting everybody up and dancing, and you’ll have a smile on your face the whole time.

My House – Flo Rida

“Welcome to my house, play that music too loud.” It might be your new university motto.

Get Low – Zedd (feat. Liam Payne)

Now here is a jam to get you up on your feet and have some fun.

Wannabe – Spice Girls

Can you go to a party or university gathering and not have Spice Girls playing? Didn’t think so.

Hotline Bling – Drake

Of course, you have to add in a popular Canadian artist like Drake. Why not get the crowd going with his one song that will have everyone trying to mimic his dance moves?


What is Love – Haddaway

Throwback to the classic dance song, What is Love? Get your head banging to the side on the beat and watch everyone else join in. Just make sure there is no glass beside you.

Work From Home – Fifth Harmony (feat. Ty Dolla $ign)

The beat of this song makes it catchy enough that it’s hard not to enjoy it. Besides, who doesn’t want to work from home?

Never Gonna Give You Up – Rick Astley

Here’s a motivational song for Welcome Week. Never give up! Or, just enjoy the classic song with your friends.

Fireball – Pitbull (feat. John Ryan)

Will this be your drink of choice for Welcome Week? Who knows? At least this song will keep you going no matter what is in your cup.


Gold Digger – Kanye West (feat. Jamie Foxx)

Sneak in some of Kanye West’s older music. They’re sure to be a hit, and most likely everyone will know all the words.

Live It Up – Nicky Jam, Will Smith, Era Istrefi

It has Will Smith, the legend, and Nicky Jam, a huge name in the Latino world. If you haven’t heard this song, you’ll soon realize why it will be a favourite.

Body – Loud Luxury (feat. Brando)

Another Canadian duo to add to the list – Loud Luxury. The DJ pair’s song Body quickly became popular and is a must-have on any party, pump up playlist.

Livin’ On a Prayer – Bon Jovi

I don’t think this song needs an explanation as to why it is awesome. It just is.

Wake Me Up – Avicii

Lastly, add in a classic favourite of the late Avicii. Although it may make a few fans sad due to his passing this year, every playlist needs an Avicii hit.


About author:
Kailey Guillemin

Kailey graduated with a degree in Journalism and Religious Studies from the University of Regina, Saskatchewan. Now she lives a double life in Manitoba – writer by day and dance teacher by night. When she’s not at her computer, you’ll find her curled up with a glass of red wine and knitting, or obsessively taking photos of her puppy.🐶🐾

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