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The Music Behind the Man: Cameron Krutwig’s Playlist

Zack Miller | The PhoenixSenior center Cameron Krutwig's playlist includes Elton John, The Weeknd and so much more.

The 2021 Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) Player of the Year is known by most for his amazing feats on the basketball court, though he has a few other claims to fame.

Loyola senior center Cameron Krutwig is a man of music in every way. From his harmonica playing to his winter holiday hit cover album, it seems there’s little that the big man can’t do on or off the court.

It should surprise no one, then, that Krutwig crafted “The Krutwig Hit List,” a pregame playlist for fans to listen to while they get pumped up for the team’s first game of the NCAA tournament.

It should also surprise no one that the playlist is chock-full of bangers from a bygone era. 

Alright, maybe not that old, but songs from the 21st century are few and far between. 

This playlist crosses generations, genres and moods over the span of three hours and 11 minutes. Boasting appearances from Frank Sinatra, The Beatles and even Justin Timberlake, there’s something for every Rambler — or music — fan. 

The playlist begins with four classic favorites from the legend Elton John, leading with one of his most recognizable hits, “Your Song.” However, the playlist is no stranger to more recent hits, with Adele’s “Hello” also near the top. 

A surprising omission from the coveted playlist is “Rich Girl” by Hall and Oates, though we still have this classic performance of the track to keep us satiated for the time being. Per his own admittance, he’s more of a performer than a singer.

As expected though, Hall and Oates’ “Maneater” makes an early appearance. King Krut himself told CBS that it’s “one of the best songs of all time.”

Krutwig’s playlist takes it back to the 1970s with a Fleetwood Mac double feature, including the sad and slow anthem, “Landslide.” However, the Loyola senior doesn’t leave off the sad hits of the current generation — he’s included “Lucid Dreams” by Juice WRLD. 

If you were looking for a playlist with any sort of cohesive theme, you’ve come to the wrong place. However, that doesn’t mean the tracklist can’t still succeed in covering decades of classic favorites and a wide variety of energies. 

The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights” comes in as a stark contrast and much-needed pickmeup compared to some earlier songs on the list, and seems fitting given the artist’s connection to large sporting events this year.

Green Day’s “Basket Case” is another song that fits into the “hype up” vein. Plus, a track from “Dookie” is always welcome and just further emblematic of the big man’s taste.

Finishing off with “Too Much Heaven” by the Bee Gees, Krutwig ends his playlist on a melancholy yet dreamy note. For a player dreaming of another NCAA run, it makes for a solid ending choice.

Krutwig and the Ramblers are set to take on the Georgia Institute of Technology in the first round of the 2021 NCAA Tournament March 19. Tip-off is scheduled for 3 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on TBS.

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