Sometimes Spotify shuffle comes up with hard-hitting A$AP Rocky when all you’re trying to do is frost cupcakes in the dorm kitchenette in peace. To keep you from running into that awkward situation, here are a couple of songs, hand-picked for any cooking scenario. The best songs for every cooking adventure in the kitchen begins…

For The Pinterest Project:


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Some mellow-but-upbeat tunes for when you’ve decided to tackle that ambitious and oh-so-delicious Pinterest project (like this one), and you know it’s going to be a long haul.

West Coast” by Coconut Records
Colours – Captains Cuts Remix” by Grouplove
Lost in My Mind” by The Head And The Heart

For Birthday Baking/Making Snacks for Sharing:


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Some fun tunes for when you’re baking for friends and for fun.

Pay No Mind” by Madeon ft. Passion Pit
Let the Groove Get In” by Justin Timberlake
Float” by Pacific Air
New Romantics” by Taylor Swift

For The 5-Minute Feast/Mug Cooking:


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Songs that are exactly 5:00 long so you can get that mug cookie (or other quick mug recipes) in your mouth in T-5.

All of the Lights” by Kanye West
Bloodstream” by Ed Sheeran
Off to the Races” by Lana Del Rey

For Making a Grilled Cheese for Dinner Because It’s Late and the Dining Hall is Closed:


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For those long, long days (suggested easy recipe here).

Youth” by Daughter
L.E.S. Artistes” by Santigold
Sedated” by Hozier

For Making Jello Shots:


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Just plain fun songs.

Warning” by Air Dubai ft. Patricia Lynn
And We Danced” by Macklemore ft. Ziggy Stardust
And, of course, “Shots” by LMFAO ft. Lil Jon

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