Spring Selections For Rock Lovers

A mix of new discoveries and classic favorites to lead you into spring.

Ren Park, Culture Editor

It’s a new season, which means it’s time to freshen up your music choices. If you love rock as much as I do, I have a feeling you’ll love these picks. From 1967 to 2023, here are the best songs to add to your latest playlist this spring.


“Say I won’t” – Bass Drum of Death


The name “Bass Drum of Death” may sound a bit intimidating. When I listened to their music, I was surprised to find that they have a sort of shoegaze-garage rock sound. If you like indie rock, you’ll like “Say I Won’t” and the band’s new album of the same name.


“She’s A Rainbow” – The Rolling Stones


The Stones have been around since the 60s, and their music still feels fresh. “She’s A Rainbow” is a unique song that starts with a slow, relaxed sound and crescendos into a satisfying symphony of instruments and vocals. This song literally feels like the beginning of spring.


“Howlin’” – Pageant


Pageant is a modern band reviving classic glam rock. From their familiar yet unique sound to their ‘80s style fashion to their stage names–Dylan Dynasty on drums, Dezzy Foxx on guitar and Roxxi Dirt on bass and lead vocals–Pageant is the perfect band for young people who like old music, but still want to hear something new. Pageant has glamor and intensity like the New York Dolls with the hard rock sound of bands like Led Zeppelin or Aerosmith. Plus, if you start listening to them now, you can say you knew them before they made it big. 


“Human Remains” – Drowners


I can’t possibly recommend Drowners enough. “Human Remains” is a song from their 2016 album “On Desire”. Drowners is a post-punk band that sounds almost like the lovechild of The Strokes and The Cure. “Human Remains” has an eerie sort of melancholy sound. If you’re feeling love in the air, but the person you admire isn’t feeling it too, this is the perfect song for you.


“Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)” – David Bowie


Bowie’s “Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)” (sometimes better known simply as the “Scary Monsters” album) is easily one of the best albums to listen to from beginning to end. Even if you don’t want to listen to the entire album, this song alone is still an experience in itself. That’s the only way to describe Bowie’s music–a transcending experience like no other. Every song off the “Scary Monsters” album is true to its release date (1980), while still having the best elements of his ’70s work. Most of the album has an upbeat sound that any age can get with. It’s perfect for bringing in the spring season.


“I’m A Pretender” – The Exploding Hearts


The Exploding Hearts released this song on their album “Guitar Romantic” in 2003, but they just released a remix for its 20-year anniversary. “I’m A Pretender (King Louie Mix)” is a fresh take on the newly 20-year-old song.


“In Bloom” – Nirvana


This song doesn’t have much to do with spring itself–aside from the title–but it’s one of my personal favorites from the “Nevermind” album. It has a more laid-back vibe than some of the grunge band’s other songs, but it also has an important message that was personal to the band members. If you don’t know Nirvana, this might be a better introduction than their most well-known song, “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”