Spring is officially in full swing and I am completely here for it. The sun has been absolutely cracking the flags here in Liverpool and it’s really got me feeling like there could be some light at the end of the tunnel (anyone else?). Spring is the mark of new beginnings, and what better way is there to kick off the season than with a new four-part blog series? Yeah that’s right, I’ll be sharing a seasonal playlist for Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter of 2021. I’ve picked out 30 songs that I feel represent Spring as a season. Hopefully you’ll feel the same way!
Let’s Talk Spring Music
First of all, what does ‘Spring Music’ mean to me? Well, when I think about the sort of music that I associate with Spring, it’s a blend of calming tunes that have a ‘fresh’ feeling to them. Which I guess in a way mimics how Spring feels as a season. Crisp mornings, fresh air and blooming flowers. It got me thinking about how we associate certain songs with a certain occasion or time of year. For example, Summer will always be a time for ultra upbeat, pop hits, whereas Winter is all about songs that I can sit inside and get cosy to (or disco dance floor hits for Christmas parties…parties, anyone remember them?). There’s actually a really interesting article from VICE all about why we associate songs with certain seasons which I’ll leave –> here for anyone who’s looking to explore. But I digress…let’s get back to Spring.
So yeah, we’ve established that Spring is all about calm, fresh tunes. But that doesn’t mean that that’s ALL that we want to listen to at that time of year, right? As much as a huge part of my Spring listening is around that sort of genre, I also really love embracing more pop and electropop music around this time of year too. Basically anything that feels exciting and new is a winner for me in terms of Spring listening. So with this playlist I’ve chosen a mix of different genres of music that I think all come under the category of Spring.
30 Songs To Add To Your Spring Playlist
I’ve chosen to split this playlist into three separate sections…aptly named part one, two and three. It may only be a 30-track list but I think within that there are three separate themes of Spring that’re covered. Starting everything off is part one, which is a series of songs that ease you into the season. Think relaxed, calming songs that mark the beginning of Spring. Then in part two it’s all about more upbeat tunes that then build into the final part, where we’re going into full electropop. But enough explaining…let’s give it a listen, eh?
Spring Playlist Track Listing: Part One
1. Oh, What A World – Kacey Musgraves
2. willow – Taylor Swift
3. Light On – Maggie Rogers
4. Fire – Waxahatchee
5. circle the drain – Soccer Mommy
6. Hurt – Arlo Parks
7. John Hughes Movie – Maisie Peters
8. Can’t Fight – Lianne La Havas
9. Sunday Morning – Maroon 5
Part One Favourites
It wouldn’t be an F O playlist if I didn’t talk you through my favourites now would it? I’ve picked out two standout tracks from each part of the playlist. Starting with part one I’ve gone for ‘Fire’ by Waxahatchee and ‘circle the drain’ by Soccer Mommy. Both are from 2020 album releases so they’re still feeling quite new to me, even though they’re not technically new, which I love. The message behind Waxahatchee’s ‘Fire’ is something that really stands out, as she wrote it about trying to reach a sense of self-acceptance and her struggles in trying to get there.
Right after ‘Fire’ I’ve put Soccer Mommy’s ‘circle the drain’ which I think really flow into each other well. Not just in sound but in the lyrics and meaning behind them. While Waxahatchee focuses on self-acceptance and struggles getting there in ‘Fire’, Soccer Mommy lays her daily struggles bare in ‘circle the drain’. Listen to them back to back and let me know if you’re feeling the same connection!
Spring Playlist Track Listing: Part Two
10. The Steps – HAIM
11. Easy – Real Estate
12. Driftwood – Travis
13. Trouble Sleeping – Corinne Bailey Rae
14. Bad Habit – Your Smith
15. P.D.A. (We Just Don’t Care) – John Legend
16. You Ain’t The Problem – Michael Kiwanuka
17. Brass in Pocket – Pretenders
18. This Must Be The Place – Talking Heads
19. Seasons (Waiting on You) – Future Islands
20. Open up the Heavens – Jade Bird
Part Two Favourites
Next up are my part two favourites, which are ‘Easy’ by Real Estate and ‘Driftwood’ by Travis. I used to listen to Real Estate a lot in my mid-teens but then I just completely forgot they existed for years. ‘Easy’ was one of my favourite tracks from their 2011 album ‘Days’ and I’m so glad that it’s back on my radar because it’s the perfect Spring song. Travis’ ‘Driftwood’ is another sort of ‘throwback’ song for me. I’m sure I’m not alone in having artists that shaped my childhood, and Travis were a band that I’d definitely put into that category. We always seemed to have their music playing in the car when I was a kid, along with Keane, The Killers, U2 etc. Anyway, it’s a great Spring tune that sounds just as good now as it did when it was released 20 years ago.
Spring Playlist Track Listing: Part Three
21. All The Colours Of You – James
22. Spring Snow – Vampire Weekend
23. Sound & Colour – Alabama Shakes
24. I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times) – Jamie xx, , Young Thug, Popcaan
25. Safe Passage – Laura Mvula
26. Dancing On My Own – Robyn
27. Can’t Believe The Way We Flow – James Blake
28. Door – Caroline Polachek
29. Youth – Glass Animals
30. The Divine Chord – The Avalanches, MGMT, Johnny Marr
Part Three Favourites
My part three picks are two songs that are both really new to me. The first is ‘Door’ by Caroline Polachek. I actually can’t even remember how I came across this track at all. I’m guessing it was just a case of browsing on Spotify and checking out the ‘Fans Also Like’ section of a similar artist and then stumbling across her (one of my favourite ways to find new music!). It was basically everything that I love in synth/electropop and I instantly fell in love with it. When it came to putting this playlist together I knew that it had to make a feature!
The second is ‘The Divine Chord’ by The Avalanches ft. MGMT and Johnny Marr. What a weird and wonderful collab that is. MGMT were always the ultimate ‘Sunny Day’ band for me to listen to back in my teens so it’s no surprise that ‘The Divine Chord’ has such a sunny vibe to it. It’s the perfect final track for the playlist for me!
What tracks are on your Spring playlist this year? Are there any tracks from my playlist that might make their way onto yours? Do you associate a certain genre of music with Spring? I want to know what it is!
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