Staff Playlist: Buckeye Love 2024

Feb 12, 2024

A man and a woman share a friendly embrace.

Over 140 songs celebrating love in all forms, from us to you.

It's Buckeye Love Week! The Wex is participating in this annual, campus-wide initiative to spread love and kindess in a variety of ways, from a Valentine's crafting session to a free screening of the award-winning documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor? Here are details on all our Buckeye Love-related events

For the occasion, Wex staff were asked to share some of their favorite songs that express love and kindness—for partners, family, friends, the world or oneself—and they delivered over 100 tracks that are collected in the epic Buckeye Love playlist above. Artists include Beyonce, Kate Bush, FKA Twigs, Fleetwood Mac, Astrud Gilberto, Wanda Jackson, Father John Misty, Taylor Swift, Bill Withers, Stevie Wonder, and many more. A few comments about why specific selections were added are below.

And one staffer, Exhibitions Curatorial Assistant Jon Gonzalez, got so into the assignment that he created a healthy playlist of his own to accompany the group playlist. You'll find Jon's favorite love songs here.

Thanks to all the members of the Wex staff who contributed:

  • Linda Baird
  • Kyle Beck
  • Layla Benali
  • Patrick Bradford
"Hanif Abdurraqib calls it our generation's greatest love song."
Layla Benali on Fetty Wap, "Trap Queen"
  • Bill Cecil
  • Drew Chodash
  • Austin Dunn
  • Cora Hernandez
  • Laurel Hilliard
  • Kathleen Felder
  • Dave Filipi
  • Dorian Ham
"A great song about self-love and remembering how iconic you are in your own right."
Patrick Bradford on Cafune, "Don't You Forget"
  • Marlin Hauff
  • Dani Kissinger
  • Jessica Knapp
  • Honour Lackey
  • Rachel Lantz
  • Tracie McCambridge
  • Francesca Mouery
"My grandfather was a musician/music producer in the 1960's and produced this song—it is a quintessential, feel good '60s hit and I think it perfectly encapsulates the joy of coming together in thoughtfulness and love."
Francesca Mouery on Family, Friends, and Neighbors, "Have a Good Day"
  • Erik Pepple
  • Elena Perantoni
  • Jean Pitman
  • Matt Reber
  • Adin Sadic
  • Kristina Skarupa
  • Melissa Starker
  • Chris Stults
""It was written by Jacques Brel but Nina's version = chills. Nothing says love like 'Don't leave me.'"
Matt Reber on Nina Simone, "Ne Me Quitte Pas"

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