Music exists for every situation. There are songs for summer days spent at the beach, rainy afternoons spent in bed, and dark nights spent laying on picnic blankets in the park.
Nothing makes a moment better than having that perfect tune playing in the background, whether it’s the throwback song you still remember all of the lyrics to, the fast-paced song that pushes you one step further in your workout, or even the melancholy post-break up song that reminds you that you aren’t alone.
Valley knows how important music can be in any time or place, so we’re here to bring you some playlists suited for the life moments that could really use an accompanying soundtrack.
Summer Drives with the Windows Down
Nothing quite compares to those long drives down winding backroads in the summer. Roll the windows down, put your sunglasses on, and forget about everything except the warm air and the time spent with your best friends.
Songs: “Midnight City” by M83; “Shots – Broiler Remix” by Imagine Dragons; “Young Blood” by The Naked and Famous; “Mr. Brightside” by The Killers; “Anna Sun” by Walk The Moon; “San Francisco” by The Mowgli’s; “Paris” by Magic Man; “Rollercoaster” by Bleachers, “Sweet Disposition” by The Temper Trap; “Home We’ll Go” by Walk Off the Earth
Pajama/Movie/Junk Food Nights
Get ready for a throwback overload. But let’s be honest – are there any songs better suited for a girls’ night than the oldies but goodies that everyone will know? Just remember to come equipped with hairbrushes for microphones.
Songs: “Replay” by Iyaz; “Fire Burning” by Sean Kingston; “Rockstar” by Hannah Montana; “Burnin’ Up” by the Jonas Brothers; “Strut” by The Cheetah Girls; “Sk8er Boi” by Avril Lavigne; “Since U Been Gone” by Kelly Clarkson; “Stacy’s Mom” by Fountains of Wayne; “Gives You Hell” by The All-American Rejects; “Potential BreakUp Song” by Aly & AJ
Actually Studying (Or Trying to Convince Yourself You Are)
Classical music and beautiful piano pieces can really get you into the focused, studious mindset. Or they can just be pleasant to listen to (and impressive to tell people that you’re listening to Beethoven).
Songs: “Premiere Gymnopedie” by Erik Satie, Alexandre Tharaud; “Claire De Lune” by Claude Debussy; “Le Onde” by Chris Snelling; “Moonlight Sonata” by Beethoven; “River Flows in You” by Yiruma; “At Last” by Martin Landh; “Porz Goret” by Yann Tiersen; “Mia and Sebastian’s Theme” by Justin Hurwitz; “La Plus Que Lente” by Claude Debussy; “Skinny Love” by David Fischbein
Romantic Home-Cooked Dinner Dates
This may be a hit or miss, but Valley believes that some of the best music to set a romantic atmosphere is oldies music. It’s slow, jazzy, and the song “I’ll Be Seeing You” is the song Allie and Noah dance to in The Notebook so…enough said.
Songs: “I’ll Be Seeing You” by Billie Holiday; “Dream a Little Dream of Me” by Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong; “Unforgettable” by Nat King Cole; “You Are So Beautiful” by Joe Cocker; “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis Presley; “In the Still of the Night” by The Five Satins; “Forever” by The Beach Boys; “As Time Goes By” by Frank Sinatra; “Come Rain Or Come Shine” by Ray Charles; “Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green
Nice-Weather Picnics (Sun’s Out, Hot Dog Buns Out)
This is a feel-good playlist teeming with classics that will make anyone happy – especially if it’s a family picnic and dads are nearby working the grille.
Songs: “Born to Run” by Bruce Springsteen; “Mr. Blue Sky” by Electric Light Orchestra; “Centerfold” by The J. Geils Band; “I Ran” by A Flock of Seagulls; “Take Me Home Tonight” by Eddie Money; “We Built This City” by Starship; “Walk Of Life” by Dire Straits; “Your Love” by The Outfield; “Carry on Wayward Son” by Kansas; “Jack & Diane” by John Mellencamp
The Ultimate Getting Ready Playlist
Sometimes getting ready is the most fun part of the night, and nothing makes preparing for going out like a banging playlist – but beware, you might end up being late because you won’t want to stop listening.
Songs: “Circle” by machineheart, Vanic; “The Show Goes On” by Lupe Fiasco; “The Ocean” by Mike Perry, Shy Martin; “La Lune” by Madeon, Dan Smith; “Electric Love” by BÆRNS; “begin again” by Purity Ring; “Ark” by Shipwrek, Zookeepers; “Right Above It” by Lil Wayne, Drake; “All Night” by Icona Pop; “Never Be Like You (feat. Kai)” by Flume
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