Melissa Barrera Made a Playlist You’ll Want to Listen to on Repeat

The Scream star’s picks include epic throwbacks and new faves.

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Melissa Barrera is the kind of person you need to give the aux cable to 100 percent of the time. Everything about her performance as Vanessa in In the Heights made us want to get up, sing, and dance just like her character did in that club scene. (You know which one we’re talking about.) Of course, her latest film, Scream, features more scares than breakout numbers. Still, we couldn’t help but ask her to share her incredible music knowledge and create the ultimate playlist for Cosmopolitan. Ready to listen to the 10 songs you’ll have on repeat for a long while?

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“Bring It All Back,” by S Club 7

“I still remember the moment I first saw this music video on Nickelodeon and heard this song for the first time. It was the coolest thing I’d ever seen, quite a magical out-of-body experience for 9-year-old me. It still pumps me up.”

“Lucky,” by Britney Spears

“Because what’s any playlist without a Britney song? I always kinda gravitate toward heart-on-your-sleeve, sad songs and this song especially seemed, at the time, different for her. Also, the actress in me loves the storytelling.”

“Thank You,” by Dido

“A ‘sit in your car watching the rain fall outside your window’ song. It’s so melancholy and her voice is so soothing. Probably the first song I ever cried to.”

“Ces Soirées-Là,” by Yannick

“I discovered this before the original. I knew the entirety of the lyrics without speaking a lick of French (had no idea what I was singing). A friend and I choreographed a dance for the school talent show to this and we felt like the coolest girls in school.”

“Love the Way You Lie,” by Eminem feat. Rihanna

“I mean…the sexiest/scariest song ever. The perfect duo. The lyrics and the melody blew my mind. The ‘window pane/pain’ line!! I died.”

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“Remember Where You Are,” by Jessie Ware

“This song was the beginning of my 2020. It just gets me in a good mood automatically, it’s delicious. Could listen to it on repeat. Also, it reminds me to look around and cherish where I am in the moment.”

“Mis Ojos Lloran Por Ti,” by Big Boy, Angel Lopez

“A classic. This is also the song I blame for making me think that I can rap. I had to embarrassingly find out that I can’t during an audition that I would rather not talk about…ever.”

“Idontknow,” by Jamie xx

“Just gets better and better every second. This song is a whole trip and it can get anyone feeling themselves and searching for the nearest underground rave. I actually discovered it at an underground rave in Australia so maybe I’m biased.”

“A Little Bit Yours,” by JP Saxe

“How does this dude write like this?! This song hits right in the gut. C’est tout.”

“Disfraz de Amigo,” by Xavier Zazueta

“Mexican Mariachi music is so gorgeous and this is one of the latest new-gen instant classics. Oh, and the singer’s got a voice for the ages. (And he’s my husband. Proud wife, gotta plug it.)”

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