Playlists for Every Mood & Moment

 

You know that old saying, “love makes the world go round,” right? Well, we think music might be just as powerful when it comes to spinning the globe. There’s a song for every mood, a melody for every moment. To prove our theory, we’ve compiled a bunch of playlists with new tracks and time-tested hits to get you through whatever it is your doing, from cleaning the house to running errands to dancing your little heart out.

 

 

Driving on a Sunny Day: Classic Rock

There’s something uplifting about driving with the windows rolled down on a sunny day, even if it’s for a quick trip to the grocery store (not, ahem, the epic road trip you imagined). Just because you’re running errands doesn’t mean you can pretend, though! Make yourself a list of solid classic rock songs, all of which would feel—and sound—oh so right for heading onto the open highway and heading across state lines on a new adventure…no one has to know that you’re only cruising to the laundromat. Start with a banger from the O.G. girls-only rock band Heart, then head into (slightly) mellower territory with Tom Petty, CCR, Steve Miller Band, and the Boss, aka Bruce Springsteen. Finish it off with a New Wave fave from Simple Minds, “Don’t You (Forget About Me),” a song made famous by the movie “The Breakfast Club” that will have you feeling like you broke free from after-school detention.

Classic Rock Playlist

  1. Barracuda – Heart
  2. Free Fallin’ – Tom Petty
  3. Down On The Corner – Creedence Clearwater Revival
  4. Take The Money And Run – Steve Miller Band
  5. Born To Run – Bruce Springsteen
  6. Layla – Derek & The Dominos
  7. Sweet Emotion – Aerosmith
  8. You Make My Dreams – Hall & Oates
  9. Don’t Get Me Wrong – The Pretenders
  10. Don’t You (Forget About Me) – Simple Minds

 

 

Cleaning the House: Pop Hits

You know you have to do it. You’ve put it off for more than a week. Yes, the couch is calling and nearly anything sounds more fun. We know how challenging it can be to motivate yourself to clean (at least for most of us) the house. With a little help from a freewheeling pop playlist, you’ll be sure to get the kick in the pants you need to put on those rubber gloves and get down to business. Treat yourself to new and new-esque hits that will perk you right up when you’re deep into the scrubbing, sweeping, and Swiffering. Upbeat and rhythmic, these songs will keep you on task and put you in a positive mindset when you’re going crazy on the tile and grout. An added plus? When you’re done cleaning, you can congratulate yourself by watching all of the videos—we are particularly moved by the visuals for “Cut Me” by Moses Sumney, who directed his song’s video, too.

Pop Hits Playlist

  1. Don’t Start Now – Dua Lipa
  2. Blinding Lights – The Weeknd
  3. Circles – Post Malone
  4. Everything I Wanted – Billie Eilish
  5. Cut Me – Moses Sumney
  6. Bored In The House – Tyga & Curtis Roach
  7. Talk – Khalid feat. Disclosure
  8. thank u, next – Ariana Grande
  9. Overnight – Maggie Rogers
  10. Dancing With A Stranger – Sam Smith & Normani

 

 

Traveling the Globe (In Your Mind): World Beats

Maybe your recent travel plans got canceled, or maybe they never existed to begin with. Either way, no one’s doing much traveling this spring—and that’s totally ok. You can still traverse the globe sonically! Though we’re grouping these picks under the banner of World Beats, each of these songs is special in its own way and (obviously) will not represent the musical totality of any country or a group of people. In fact, they are great reminders that music crosses borders and feeds from countless, boundary-free influences. You don’t have to be from Korea to dance around to K-Pop; you don’t have to speak Taureg to feel the bluesy vibes of Tinariwen deep in your soul. In fact, most of the musicians below play frequent concerts in the U.S., while others were born here or live here permanently. Their sounds are unique but also universal, and they help to remind us that we’re all connected.

World Beats Playlist

  1. Je T’aime Moi Non Plus – Serge Gainsbourg (French, classic)
  2. Morado – J Balvin (Columbian, Reggaeton)
  3. Boy With Luv – BTS featuring Halsey (Korean, K-Pop)
  4. Warni Warni – Omar Souleyman (Syrian, Dabke)
  5. Unomathemba – Ladysmith Black Mambazo (South African, Mbube)
  6. Habits (Stay High) – Tove Lo (Swedish, Pop)
  7. Nànnuflày – Tinariwen (Taureg, Assouf)
  8. Rich Bitch Juice – Alice Longyu Gao (Chinese, Electropop)
  9. Moonlight – Will Pan feat. Tia Ray (Tiwanese-American , Mandopop)
  10. Lasya – Anoushka Shankar (British-Indian, Sitar)

 

 

Cooking Dinner: Lounge & Soul

There are quite a few things in common between music and cooking. They both have rules that can be bent, letting you get as creative as you choose. They can both be enjoyed on all parts of the taste spectrum—from simplistic (Who Let The Dogs Out; boxed mac-n-cheese) to wildly complicated and sophisticated (Mozart’s piano sonata no. 18 in D major; beef wellington). However, if you’re making a meal at home, you’ll want to mimic the easy flow of movement between the counter and the stove, or between the table and the kitchen. Nothing too slow (you might end up burning your food) and nothing too fast (you risk cutting yourself or dropping something). Songs with consistent rhythms, positive vibes, and swinging basslines match the pert pace of your puttering. In order to hit the sweet spot, simply follow this recipe: start with a dash of the late, great Bill Withers, a pinch of Nina Simone, a solid glug of Frank Sinatra, and you’ve got the perfect playlist to cook up something special.

Lounge & Soul Playlist

  1. Midnight Train To Georgia – Gladys Knight & The Pips
  2. Lovely Day – Bill Withers
  3. What A Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
  4. Feeling Good – Nina Simone
  5. Where Is The Love – Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway
  6. Fly Me To The Moon – Frank Sinatra
  7. Fever – Peggy Lee
  8. Let’s Stay Together – Al Green
  9. Cheek To Cheek – Ella Fitzgerald
  10. Diamonds Are Forever – Shirley Bassey

 

 

Workout: Dance-Worthy R&B

You know that feeling you get after a great sweat session? Your endorphins are pumping on high gear and a limp-noodle bod let you know you’ve worked out H.A.R.D.! We all have a few songs that instinctively make us want to push harder, finish one more rep, or blast through that last quarter mile. It’s even more important to have choice picks if you’re doing dance cardio, since you’re sure to need extra inspo for a few final high kicks and floor-spanning twirls. Look to songs with an uptempo feel in the poppy R&B range to get you through it all. Tunes from divas like Lizzo and Robyn will do the trick, and tried-and-true hits from legends like Beyoncé, Rihanna, Janet Jackson, and Justin Timberlake are also good additions when your bod is saying no but the beat is telling you yes. We can attest to the power of these grooves: moves were definitely busted while compiling this playlist!

Dance-Worthy R&B Playlist:

  1. Run The World (Girls) – Beyoncé
  2. Dancing On My Own – Robyn
  3. Juice – Lizzo
  4. Told You So – Miguel
  5. Finesse – Bruno Mars & Cardi B
  6. Say So – Doja Cat
  7. Work – Rihanna feat. Drake
  8. Can’t Leave ‘Em Alone – Ciara feat. 50 Cent
  9. Rock Your Body – Justin Timberlake
  10. Rhythm Nation – Janet Jackson

 

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