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Listicle: Top 5 Vance Joy songs

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Vance Joy’s upbeat music matches spring’s refreshing vibes perfectly.

5) Don’t Fade

From Vance Joy’s 2022 album In Our Own Sweet Time, Don’t Fade provides a more mellow feel than most Vance Joy songs. It’s a moment frozen in time; a celebration of the ability to slow down and let the world go by. Don’t Fade is perfect to listen to inside on a wet spring day as you watch the raindrops roll slowly down your window.

4) Riptide

Everyone knows the hit song Riptide, first released on Vance Joy’s 2013 EP God Loves You When You’re Dancing. It’s a knife of nostalgia that questions its listeners on what was, what is, and what will be. Riptide is perfect to listen to as the calendar creeps away from winter and towards summer, towards the freedom of making memories.

3) Clarity

Featuring a bold and triumphant trumpet line, Clarity was released in 2022 as a single from In Our Own Sweet Time. It is an explosion of joy: the type of joy that only comes from realizing you’re right where you belong. Clarity is perfect to listen to while walking on a bright spring day with the people you love the most.

2) Catalonia

Written while Vance Joy was experiencing a change in living conditions due to the pandemic, Catalonia is also from In Our Own Sweet time. It’s an expression of pure, childlike wonder that can only come from absorbing the nuances of a new setting and loving all of it. Catalonia is perfect to listen to while lazily lying on a bed of grass and taking in everything the world has to offer.

1) Saturday Sun

Released as a single from Vance Joy’s 2018 album Nation of Two, Saturday Sun is wistful, hopeful, reckless, and desperate all at the same time. The song seems to warp time as Joy cries out for what he has lost. Saturday Sun is a song that demands to be danced to as the sun sets one chapter and begins another. 

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Josh Thomas is a senior at Pleasant Valley High School and a Copy Editor for the Spartan Shield. He also aspires to get into medical school to become a psychiatrist. Josh participates in Track and Field and Ethics Bowl, and his favorite class besides Honors Journalism is AP Lit. Josh looks forward to contributing to the Spartan Shield and carrying on its strong tradition of journalism!
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