Clean Slate: Your Playlist for a Fresh Start This September

Clean Slate: Your Playlist for a Fresh Start This September

If there’s one silver lining to the end of summer, it’s the possibility to begin again with the start of a new semester. This month’s theme is clean slate, which doesn’t just mean promising yourself to go to office hours or tidying your room a bit. Your clean slate could mean ending toxic relationships, letting go of self-doubt, trying self-reflection, or deciding to finally live and speak your truth. Whatever you feel you need to cleanse yourself of before starting fresh this semester, two hours of these jams will get you in the mood to make a change for the better. Beginning with a clean slate can involve a wide range of emotions, so whether you feel like meditating or screaming your feelings out, this playlist is for you.

The songs on this playlist are arranged specifically by topics relating to this month’s theme: reflection, realization, decision-making, and moving on. In a way, the flow of this playlist is a bit like a story, and we hope it will inspire you to start a new chapter in your own story. Beneath the Spotify playlist you can find a list of the songs broken up into their themes. From “Changes” by David Bowie to “Feeling Good” by Nina Simone, this playlist has an anthem for your month of new beginnings.


“(Sittin’ On) The Dock of a Bay” – Otis Redding

“FML” – Kanye West

“A Better Place” – clipping.

“Mykonos” – Fleet Foxes

“I Sat By The Ocean” – Queens of the Stone Age

“Tornadoland” – Regina Spektor

“The Competition” – Kimya Dawson

“Chasing Shadows” – Santigold

“Give Up” – FKA Twigs

“Gold Coast” – Grouplove

“Catch and Release” – Silversun Pickups



“Chinese New Year” – SALES

“Feels Blind” – Bikini Kill

“First Day Of My Life” – Bright Eyes

“I Don’t Wanna Be Your Girl No More” – Wet

“It’s Getting Boring By The Sea” – Blood Red Shoes

“Could It Be Another Change” – The Samples

“Changes” – David Bowie

“Bury Our Friends” – Sleater Kinny

“Go” – Delia Dane

“I Got” – Young the Giant




“Get Better” – Frank Turner

“Cut Your Bangs” – Girlpool

“Begin Again” – Purity Ring

“America” – Simon and Garfunkel

“Run Away With Me” – Carly Rae Jepsen

“Nice To Know You” – Incubus

“Django Jane” – Janelle Monàe

“Hold On” – Alabama Shakes


Moving On

“Where This Flower Blooms” – Tyler, The Creator

“The World Is Yours” – Nas

“IDGAF” – Dua Lipa

“Don’t Look Back In Anger” – Portugal. The Man

“Don’t Wish Me Well” – Solange

“Float On” – Modest Mouse

“You Can’t Always Get What You Want” – The Rolling Stones

“What’s the World Got In Store” – Wilco

“Feeling Good” – Nina Simone

“Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien” – Edith Piaf


What are you jamming to at the moment? Tag us @cfashionista (we seriously need some new music).

Opening image by Marisa Ganley