Summer Suggestions: Spotify Playlists to Add to Your Rotation


Jan Brauer

Milky Chance’s “Flashed Junk Mind” makes the cut for one of Cat McCrory’s summer playlists.

If you’re looking for a soundtrack for your summer, but you’re not up for making the playlists yourself, you’re in luck! The Beacon‘s Cat McCrory has created five playlists for your listening enjoyment, each in a different genre. Head over to Spotify to check them out!

Feeling Festival Fun

Playlist name: gigachad

Feeling like you missed out on your favorite festival, rave or concert this summer? This playlist has the best remix/EDM music that is popular right now to get you into the feeling of summer and dancing. With artists like Diplo and Fisher, plus songs like “Body” by Loud Luxury and “One More Time” by Daft Punk, you can be sure to get a good feel of EDM music in your playlist. And with tracks like “Rather Be” by Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne, “Empty Room (Cabu Remix)” by Big Wild feat. Yuna, and “Malibu (Tiesto Remix)” by Miley Cyrus, you can also be sure to get the aux cord in the car for some great remixes.

Casually Cultivating Country

Playlist name: Howdy 

This playlist is the definition of California country music, featuring songs and artists that make you feel like you’re in the Wild West. With artists like Luke Bryan, Morgan Wallen, Luke Combs, Josh Turner, Taylor Swift and Josh Abbott Band, you really can’t go wrong with this playlist. Highlights include “Blue Ain’t Your Color” by Keith Urban, “Me on Whiskey” by Morgan Wallen and “Love Story” by Taylor Swift, but every song here is a great listen. It’s a good introduction to country music, with lots of albums to check out if you like what you hear.

OG Outstanding Old Songs

Playlist name: Oldies

Do you ever wish you lived in a different era? This playlist will take you to the feeling of living in the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s, featuring a wide variety of music. Although there is a lot of variety on this playlist, it all blends very well together. With artists like Van Morrison, Billy Joel, The Beatles, Elton John, John Lennon, Neil Diamond and Tom Petty, you really can’t go wrong. Some highlights include “Brown Eyed Girl” by Van Morrison, “Jessie’s Girl” by Rick Springfield, “Wildflowers” by Tom Petty, “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles and “Piano Man” by Billy Joel. 

Addictive Awesome Alternative

Playlist name: Alright

Do you feel like listening to more indie alternative pop? This playlist is great for a chill afternoon either soaking up the sun or going for a nice chill drive. With artists like Cage the Elephant, Born, Florence and the Machine, Milky Chance, MGMT, Tame Impala, Two Door Cinema Club and Passion Pit, it’s hard to miss a beat. These songs will keep you calm and carrying on, including “Santeria” by Sublime, “Flashed Junk Mind” by Milky Chance, “Pumped Up Kicks” by Foster the People and “Cigarette Daydreams” by Cage the Elephant.

Radiant Rock & Roll

Playlist name: rock & roll

This rock and roll playlist will take you back to the days when your dad rocked out.  With a wide variety of bands to choose from in this playlist, it is best to put it on shuffle. With artists like AC/DC, Van Halen, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Guns n Roses, Kiss, Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones, your neck will start to hurt from all that headbanging. It includes classics like “Start Me Up” by the Rolling Stones, “Thunderstruck” by AC/DC, “Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin, “Livin’ on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi and “Walk This Way” by Aerosmith.