Mid-Summer 2017 Around the World Playlist

We’re midway through the summer, and if you haven’t already gone on vacation, you’re probably going somewhere fun soon to escape work and all the stress of everyday life.

As with most things, traveling is so much fun when you’ve got great tunes to go along with you.

This year’s mid-summer playlist is music themed, with songs about different places around the world to feed your wanderlust soul.

I hope these 18 tracks take you on an unforgettable summer excursion.

1. Hollywood, RAC feat. Penguin Prison. Here’s to trying hard not to be that person while visiting the Land of Stars.

2. Hamburg, Kapekoff. “Together we’re alive.”

3. Michigan, Grammar. “In a heavy fever” indeed.

4. Chicago, Canon Blue. A song for those hot summer nights in Chicago.

5. Monterrey, TW Walsh. I bet you can “find a way to get to Monterrey”.

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Mid-Spring 2017 Dance Workout Playlist

So it’s the middle of spring and you’ve kind of been falling short on your workout goals. It’s okay!

Instead of forcing yourself to run a certain amount of miles everyday to burn calories, turning on some fierce Zumba and soca beats and dancing up a storm in your room for 45 minutes might help you burn fat more effectively.

In other words, why dread shredding the pounds when you can just dance them off?

Here are 14 of my favorite dance workout songs for getting that summer bod ready:

1. Shape of You (Latin Remix), Ed Sheeran ft. Zion & Lennox. Let’s warm this workout up with a little bit of praise for your present (and future) body. 

2. Differentology, Bunji Garlin. You ready?

3. Sexy and I Know It (Glee Cast Version) ft. Ricky Martin. “Menealo, man, yeah.”

4. That Love, Shaggy. The only thing you won’t be missing are those pounds!

5. Fever, Vybz Kartel. Are you feeling the fever yet?

6. Get Ugly, Jason Derulo. “Let’s lose control.”

7. Watch Out For This (Bumaye), Major Lazer ft. Busy Signal, The Flexican & FS Greenu. Can your waistline resist?

8. Velocidade 6, Mulher Melancia. Time to pop that booty at full speed!

9. LUV, Torey Lanez. “I don’t know ’bout you” but burning calories “ain’t a crime.”

10. El Amor, El Amor, Zumba Fitness. Is this workout making you feel cuckoo?

11. Bicycle Ride, Vybez Kartel. “Ride ’til the bicycle bruk off, bruk off.”

12. Sorry, Justin Beiber. Never apologize for losing weight.

13. Perfect Strangers, Jonas Blue. “Come on, come on, come on,” keep moving!

14. Closer, The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey. Cool it down now.

Happy spring workout!

Winter 2016-17 Calling Your Name Playlist

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So, this winter playlist is going to get a little weird.

I’ve been toying with the idea of making a playlist of songs named after people for a while. The only season it really fit in, to me, is winter.

You know how in movies there’s sometimes a girl in the forest during the winter shouting someone’s name into the void, hoping she’ll hear a response echoing back? That’s the kind of vibe I wanted to capture with this playlist.

Enjoy the 12 songs on this winter 2016-17 playlist!

1. Josephine (Alfa Mist Remix), RITUAL ft. Lisa Hannigan. Some serious sensuality going down right here.

2. Virginia Wolf, mAsis. For those lonely winter nights when you just want to be alone.

3. Genghis Khan, Miike Snow. Jealousy, anyone?

4. For Elise, Saint Motel. “You need a spark, a light in the dark, to get you out of your head and into your heart.”

5. Sweet Ophelia, Zella Day. Time for some deep reflection.

6. Stephen, Kesha. You better call her, Stephen. None of that 72 hours nonsense.

7. Roman, Housse de Raket. “What have you done?”

8. Ramona, Night Beds. This one’s easy on the ears.

9. Geronimo, Sheppard. I don’t recommend you jump into the waterfall. It’s cold, and that’s dangerous.

10. Jenny, the bird and the bee. “Where are you, Jenny? Don’t you know that I am calling on the telephone?”

11. Hey Maria, Klangkarussel. Here’s a cool little foot-tapping number.

12. Randy, Justice. “Get yourself together.”

Stay warm this winter!

Spring Break 2016 Getaway Playlist

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Spring weather + wanderlust = ROAD TRIP!

The temps are finally hitting the upper 50s and 60s, and everyone is excited about spring break. For those of you who love to travel long distances by car for spring break with friends, I’ve made you a getaway playlist.

So put some gas in the tank, hook your tunes up to the car stereo and get ready to road trip it with this 17-track Spring Break 2016 Getaway Playlist.

1. Runaways, Betty Who. Start your engine to the sound of Betty Who this spring.

2. Tourists, Wilhelm Tell Me. No matter how you put it, you’ll be tourists wherever you don’t call home.

3. 48 To Go, The Fray. For that cute couple that keeps stopping in every state to make it a special moment. ❤

4. The Getaway, Hilary Duff. “Gotta make a getaway.”

5. You Are a Tourist, Death Cab for Cutie. Oh, it is most definitely time to go.

6. Ride, 21 Pilots. How fun would it be to actually go on a road trip with the guys from 21 Pilots?

7. Run, Coin. “Maybe we can run.”

8. Border, Years and Years. Sing along with this one every time you hit a new border line.

9. Somewhere Only We Know, Keane. Run away to somewhere only you two know.

10. Coastal Brake, Tycho. When the night falls and all the city lights line the highways, this song will remind you of your newfound freedom.

11. Run Away, Anthem Lights. Yep, “we can ride all night.”

12. I Wanna Go, Britney. We all wanna go, don’t we?!

13. Joy Rides, Mutemath. I call shootgun for this one.

14. Runaway (You & I), Galantis. Stretch those legs with this EDM track.

15. Anywhere We Go, Kaptan. Sing this chorus at the top of your lungs. Who cares what the other people in cars think…

16. Kidnap Me, CRUISR. For the goofball moments during your trip.

17. Runaway, Mr Little Jeans. Just remember, “When you run away you can go anywhere.”

Have a wonderful and safe spring break!

Looking for some places near NYC to visit? Check out my road trip gems on Mapquest!

2015’s Best in Music

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Guys, my favorite moment of the year is here! I absolutely love looking through my Starred playlist on Spotify to curate my list of the best songs, artists, and albums of the year! This year’s list got pretty lengthy, so I decided to be very selective (which was almost impossible thanks to Spotify’s Discover Weekly) and cut my list down to 25.

Some fun international artists made it on to this list, as well as some artists that I’d heard in the past on mix albums and short EPs. I even got to see Trails and Ways and Neon Indian—two artists on my list below—live this year!

Enjoy my list of 2015’s Best in Music!

1. “Le Bal Des Oubliés,” Paradis, Couleurs Primaires. This EP snuck up on me. I didn’t know it existed until like three months after it came out but it’s an absolute French delight!

2. “I Give It,” Night Beds, Ivywild. Even though I can’t understand what’s coming out of Night Bed’s singer Winston Yellen’s mouth 95% of the time, the tone of his voice is just so good it doesn’t even matter!

3. “Company,” Justin Bieber, Purpose. No matter what crappy thing this boy does to worsen his reputation one thing is certain: he will always deliver good music.

4. “I Can’t Be Your Superman,” Skylar Spence, Prom King. Don’t doubt yourself, Skylar Spence.

5. “Dream About Me,” Trails and Ways, Pathology. These guys sound amazing live. You’ve gotta love a band that even lets the drummer sing lead on a track!

6. “Slumlord,” Neon Indian, Vega Intl. Night School. Psychedelic dreams, this one. I’d enroll in Vega Intl. any night.

7. “Science Fiction,” Christine and the Queens, Christine and the QueensWords cannot explain how happy I am that she decided to release an English version of this album! Also, enjoy this live performance and choreography (you won’t know what hit you at 1:08!):

8. “Light Up,” Mutemath, Vitals. I hadn’t heard these guys since the Twilight soundtrack they were on ages ago. I really hope they come out with a music video for “Light Up” at some point.

9. “Molecules,” Disclosure, Caracal. It was so hard to choose just one song that I loved from Caracal, but I went with “Molecules” because Disclosure sounds damn good singing on their own tracks without featured artists too!

10. “Me and the Rhythm,” Selena Gomez, Revival. This song was on repeat from the moment the full album was released and I regret nothing.

11. “Dopamine,” BØRNS, Dopamine. You just have to love BØRNS with his light pitch and the dopamine-like effect of his captivating lyrics.

12. “Learning for Your Love” (feat. Marcus Marr), Chet Faker, Work. This EP was such a pleasant surprise! I think Chet and Marcus should work together more often. Also, can somebody do a ballet choreography for this?

13. “Undiscovered,” Laura Welsh, Fifty Shades of Grey (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack). One of the best soundtracks of the year hands down. But like, really, how awkward would it have been if this film had a bad soundtrack?

14. “FOOLS,” Troye Sivan, Blue Neighbourhood. Troye just keeps making his YouTube fans prouder everyday!

15. “Don’t Need Nobody,” Ellie Goulding, Delirium. Although I do miss her old folktronica and alt-pop sound, I don’t think this is a bad phase for her.

16. “True Believer,” Avicii, Stories. I don’t know why Avicii went that far in manipulating Chris Martin’s voice but it’s definitely laughable. So just laugh.

17. “I’m In Love With My Life,” PHASES, For Life. Such a fun song and music video!

18. “We’re Coming to You,” the bird and the bee, Recreational Love. I can’t explain the utter bliss I feel whenever I hear this song, but it is quite welcomed.

19. “The Line,” Seoul, I Become a Shade. Almost got to see them live. Seoul is such a beautiful mixture of melancholy and tranquility.

20. “The Less I Know the Better,” Tame Impala, Currents. WHERE HAS AUSTRALIA BEEN HIDING TAME IMPALA?! Gosh, they are amazeballs.

21. “I’m a Ruin,” Marina and the Diamonds, FROOT. I was shocked to find how depressing some of the lyrics were on this album but that doesn’t take away anything from its greatness.

22. “Beautiful Now” (feat. Jon Bellion), Zedd, True Colors. Beautiful now and forever.

23. “Testarossa Music” (feat. Gallant), Zhu, Genesis Series. Testarossa music? Try Testa-sexy music! Amrite?

24. “High Up,” The Maneken, Soulmate Sublime. Never in a million years would I have imagined taking a liking to a Ukrainian artist’s music, but I just love The Maneken’s accent!

25. “Spark,” Until the Ribbon Breaks, A Lesson Unlearnt. Until the Ribbon Breaks kind of reminds me of Anberlin. I can’t wait to hear what they’ve got in store for future projects!

Have a Happy New Year, everyone!

2015 Winter Chill Playlist

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So this is going up a week after winter officially started because the last few days were too warm to actually feel like winter. Up until, like, yesterday.

This year’s winter playlist was curated for those cozy moments where you just want to relax and curl up with a good book. I hereby present to you the 2015 Winter Chill Playlist—17 songs for what is probably going to be a long winter since it’s already a week behind…

1. The Boy (Spada Radio Edit), Emma Louise. Let’s start this playlist with something to warm up your cold little limbs.

2. Cirrus, Bonobo. What a melancholic delight this song is.

3. Moonrise, Zimmer. Such are the cries of winter.

4. You There, Aquilo. Time for a little bit of winter mourning.

5. Seance of Light, Jape. The soft ‘oooh’s throughout this tune are sure to relax your stirring mind.

6. Landslide, Oh Wonder. This landslide will most definitely not be bringing you down.

7. White Smoke (feat. Marina Price), Manatee Commune. Bask in the glory of winter relaxation.

8. Slow, Henry Green. Because winter can be painfully slow…

9. Corner, Night Beds. Don’t hide out in the corner all winter.

10. Divine Sorrow, Barfalk. Let’s not have the synth infused vocals on this track make us too sorrowful now.

11. Cocoa Hooves, Glass Animals. Pair this one with a cup of hot cocoa (hold the hooves) and your good to go!

12. Heartless, Kanye. “Cold as the winter wind when it breeze, yo.”

13. Snowbird, Aris Kindt. I can just imagine a bird shaking off the snow to the sound of this.

14. Out Alee, Hundred Waters. Those piano chords are sure to send chills up and down your spine.

15. Better, William Fitzsimmons. “Relaaaaaaaaax.”

16. Dawn, James Booth. Doesn’t this one make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside?

17. Cloud Generator, Tycho. This one is the soundtrack for the long stretch of time that passes as you wait by the window for the  clouds to generate snow.

Happy winter!

Fall 2015 Halloween Dance Party Playlist

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If you’ve been tasked with creating this year’s Halloween party playlist and you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed, it’s time to sit back and take a listen to a few tracks that will definitely get your guests on their feet. From electronic dance to dark pop, this Halloween party playlist is going to have your party pumpin’ blood (no, not really…at least I hope not…).

Below are 17 tracks that I’ve curated to spookify your Halloweekend 2015. Enjoy!

1. Paralyzed, Mystery Skulls: Try not to become paralyzed by the first costumed guy or girl you come in contact with at the party(ies) you attend this weekend.

2. Maneater, Nelly Furtado: Let’s stay away from the maneaters in the room for the night, shall we?

3. Blue Jeans, Lana Del Rey (Gesaffelstein Remix): This one goes out to the wallflowers in the room.

4. Doomsday, NERO: Feel that heavy synth pumping through your bloodstream.

5. Afterburner, Futurecop! feat. Renegade: Do you feel that eeriness in the intro?

6. Feed Me Diamonds, MNDR (RAC Remix): If you’re going to be eating anything that night let it be anything but actual diamonds. We don’t need any real paramedics showing up at the party, please and thank you.

7. Houdini, Foster the People (RAC Mix): “Sometimes I wanna disappear…”

8. Teeth, Lady Gaga: All those in Lady Gaga inspired costumes please rise to this occasion.

9. Afraid of the Dark, MKTO: It’s okay to be afraid of the dark. Just dance the fear away.

10. Don’t Move, Phantogram: Are you going to obey Phantogram’s command to “keep your body still”?

11. Yellow Flicker Beat, Lorde: Try out some of Lorde’s infamous dance moves on the dance floor. Tonight it will be totally cool, I promise.

12. In the Dark, Dev: Just keep on “dancin’ in the dark.”

13. Ragdoll, Ashlee Simpson: Don’t you dare let anyone throw you around, even if you’re dressed up as a ragdoll for the night.

14. Dancing With Your Ghost, Cazzette feat. Sterling Fox: I hope this is a friendly ghost you’re dancing with for this number… 

15. Here, Alessia Cara: I’ll tell you what you’re doing here. You’re here to dance.

16. Road Trip, Darius: Time to slow things down with a little bit of Darius.

17. Ghost Town, Adam Lambert: Is your heart feeling like a “ghost town” yet?

Have a happy and safe Halloweekend 2015!