Everyone’s Spotify is filled with the regular playlists: gym, morning, study, roadtrip… But now it’s time to make your playlist collection a little bit more interesting. Make playlists for the moods you didn’t even know you had, and the times when you really don’t know what you want to listen to. Start here with these 7 niche playlists you never knew you were missing.
1. French Chill
Sitting outside on the balcony of a small French apartment, looking out at the white Parisian buildings and the cobbled streets as the sun filters through the clouds, warming the soft breeze. Eating warm croissants and drinking coffee, the sound of quiet conversations drifts up from the streets below – a soft, slow morning. Recreate this feeling in your french chill playlist. Gentle french songs to slow down time and ease you into relaxation en français.
Song Suggestions: Octobre – Lilian Renaud, Petite sirène – Francis Cabrel, La saison des pluies – Stacey Kent, C’est si bon – Yves Montand, Où veux tu-aller? – Frederika Stahl
2. Cosy British Rom Com Vibes
Think Love Actually, About Time, One Day, Notting Hill – create a playlist that reminds you of all these classic films. Each soundtrack paints a picture of rainy London, young Hugh Grant and cheesy story lines. It’s difficult to pinpoint the specific mood that requires this playlist, but when you listen to it, you’ll know.
Song Suggestions: One Day Main Titles – Rachel Portman, Glasgow Love Theme – Phil Thompson, How Long Will I Love You – Jon Boden, Your Arms Around Me – Jens Lekman, God Only Knows – The Beach Boys, Ain’t No Sunshine – Bill Withers
3. Summer 2016
Drake, Sia, Calvin Harris – the sound of summer 2016 was a good one. For some reason, the music of this summer seems to have clustered itself together and I cannot un-attach it from this very specific time whenever I hear it. A playlist of these songs of the summer will bring back those heatwave memories so get nostalgic with your summer 2016 playlist.
Song Suggestions: One Dance – Drake, This Is What You Came For – Calvin Harris feat. Rihanna, Cheap Thrills – Sia, Ride – Twenty One Pilots, I Took A Pill In Ibiza – Mike Posner, Work From Home – Fifth Harmony, Can’t Stop The Feeling – Justin Timberlake
4. 7 Minute Study Break
The best way to break up your studying? Dance breaks. Concentrating for more than an hour can be difficult but sometimes getting up from our desk and leaving the room for thirty minutes can disrupt the flow of studying. Instead, take short and often breaks; give yourself two songs to dance to for a quick study break. Two songs is the perfect length of time to give you a break that won’t completely un-focus you. This will refresh your mind and give you a chance to stretch out from being hunched over your laptop.
Song Suggestions: Since You Been Gone – Rainbow, I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) – The Proclaimers, Burning Love – Elvis Presley, Juice – Lizzo, White Tiger – Izzy Bizu, Satisfaction Guaranteed – Two Door Cinema Club
Fill the quiet darkness in those early hours when you can’t sleep with this playlist. Quiet, calm songs that you can close your eyes and listen to while you try to fall asleep. You might find it easier to drift off to music rather than the hollow silence of 3am.
Song Suggestions: La Fille Sans Larmes – Lo Mimieux, Cold Little Heart – Michael Kiwanuka, Surrendering – Dreamscaper, Coralia – Arlette Leduc, Colours – The Cinematic Orchestra
6. 90s Love Songs
Double denim and The Fresh Prince of Bel Air are not the only things we miss about the nineties. With the return of baggy jeans, mini backpacks, and neon, bring back the classic love songs of the 90s that we all know and love in this nostalgic playlist.
Song Suggestions: Kiss Me – Sixpence None The Richer, Only Wanna Be With You – Hootie & The Blowfish, You’re Still The One – Shania Twain, Slide – The Goo Goo Dolls, This Kiss – Faith Hill, 2 Become 1 – Spice Girls, Waterfalls – TLC
7. Rainy Evenings With The Windows Open
A playlist made to accompany the soothing sound of listening to the rain against your windows. Open your windows to hear the calming drops as the rain hits the pavements below and embrace the fresh, cool feeling of the rainy air.
Song Suggestions: Higher Love – James Vincent McMorrow, Faith – Bon Iver, Borderline – Tame Impala, you were good to me – Jeremy Zucker and Chelsea Cutler, Slacks – St South