Friday Playlist: For Beginners

Songs about beginnings, first times, and back-to-school, suggested by our staff.

If our staff were one person, she would have at least 26 different personalities, apparently. All equally delightful!

First times went by so fast.

Photo by Petra

Illustration by Minna


  • MrPhoenix September 30th, 2011 11:24 PM

    M.Ward!! All month, every time I saw this months theme written anywhere my mind started singing…when you’re aaabsolute begginners… dum dee dum.

  • stephanie4786 September 30th, 2011 11:53 PM

    These Days by Nico is forever one of my favourites~

  • Freja October 1st, 2011 12:49 AM

    Haha, Jacqueline Taieb! I didn’t know that there was an English version of Sept Heures du Matin. That song makes me see her as the yé-yé Rebecca Black of the 60s.

  • Nadine October 1st, 2011 12:50 AM

    This list (with minor alterations) was stolen from my mind.

  • Naomi Morris October 1st, 2011 7:33 AM

    love it!!!

  • lydss October 1st, 2011 10:51 AM

    lil too rock n roll?

  • I.ila October 1st, 2011 11:24 AM

    This is such a great playlist! I look forward to fridays every week because of these :-)

  • marypee22 October 1st, 2011 12:19 PM

    it’s almost the same playlist I made in August before school. The only reason I went back to the 9-5 drag… One other great song that would fit it perfectly would be School’s Out by Alice Cooper. It reminds me of hot summer days and trowing paper in the air.

  • DC October 1st, 2011 12:24 PM

    I’m a dude and this playlist is impressive for any group..much less a magazine geared at…well yeah. Awesome.

    • go.outside October 1st, 2011 8:58 PM


    • Luxe October 3rd, 2011 10:33 AM

      Little tip? In the future you miiiiight not want to go onto websites geared towards feminist teenagers and make thinly veiled misogynistic remarks in the comments. Just saying.

  • MeeMoo October 1st, 2011 12:32 PM

    Best playlist yet! I was so happy to see ‘Expectations’ in there… I’m not sure why, but it ALWAYS reminded me of back to school/autumn vibes. I may have to arrange this playlist for some drivin’… thanks!

  • Gretchyn October 1st, 2011 2:44 PM

    These are all amazing songs, my heart really exploded when I saw Animal Collective was on here. AC 4EVER~~

  • katrina October 1st, 2011 2:49 PM

    love that you included This is the Day!! I’ve been obsessed with that song since watching Empire Records!

  • Valeska October 1st, 2011 3:16 PM

    How fast a month goes by! Rookiemag is helping me at school, when I’m bored I always think of getting home and reading it and then I’m not that bored. I LOVE IT. Thank you so much for this wonderful month.

  • genina October 1st, 2011 5:39 PM

    The M Ward title got me excited, but the track list only further validates the title of GREATEST. MIX. EVER.

  • prettyontheinside October 1st, 2011 11:02 PM

    I agree with the stickers. SUPER. WOW! (rainbow)

  • Dylan October 1st, 2011 11:53 PM

    We rule, hot daym

  • Sophia October 2nd, 2011 12:24 AM

    <33333 Evening sun

  • go.outside October 2nd, 2011 3:32 AM

    So many of my favorite songs here. Bastards of Young, These Days, Thirteen, Expectations, Rill Rill, DEAR DIARY (<333). And I am now officially obsessed with "This Is The Day", thank you Rookie!

  • PygmyGeek October 2nd, 2011 5:43 AM

    Sleigh Bells + No Doubt + Weezer + Camera Obscura in one playlist is perfection!

  • dinosaurdreampie October 2nd, 2011 2:50 PM

    aww I love this play list, it makes me feel not so bad about this being my last year ♥

  • Kyle October 2nd, 2011 3:46 PM

    Love the Friday playlists! One suggestions: make a copy of the playlist on Spotify and link to it so that we can skip tracks and save it etc… I think it would be a brilliant choice.

  • morecakeplease October 3rd, 2011 9:19 AM

    I wish there was a previous button.
    I wanted to re-play the Camera Obscura song again because it wouldn’t un-pause.

  • burn-your-flesh October 3rd, 2011 10:44 AM

    The Adam Sandler one oh my GOD

  • Bella October 3rd, 2011 9:30 PM

    Probably my favorite playlist so far. Quite good lovelies!

  • teenagewastebag October 4th, 2011 9:55 AM

    I absolutely love this playlist. <3

  • Sofierat October 4th, 2011 3:34 PM

    you should release these as spotify playlists!
    Ooh, in fact, scratch that, I’ll make one up!

  • Sofierat October 4th, 2011 3:42 PM

    Here we go:

    for all the spotify users


  • Caitlin H. October 6th, 2011 8:02 AM

    Belle and Sebastian are just fab, in every situation.