About a year ago, I wrote about Songza, the fantastical wonderland of curated playlists created by professional music nerds for music nerds like myself. One of the most unique aspects of Songza, is the ability to choose any time of the week, then an activity, then a genre of music, then a particular playlist to fit your needs. It’s a wonderful way to discover new music by finding the perfect soundtrack for your day. Or, there are plenty of mixes full of well-known songs, contemporary chart toppers, and classics that are sure to be familiar, and might even be on your current Spotify playlist. In addition to being a super-cool website, Songza is also an extremely popular music app that’s great for any music lover on the go. So, since it’s been a year since my last list of great Songza playlists, here are some more I’ve discovered.
“Demons” by Imagine Dragons
“Party Rock Anthem (Feat. All About Maggie)” by Walk Off The Earth
“Live Those Days Tonight” by Friendly Fires
“Icky Thump” by The White Stripes
“Don’t Stop (Color On The Walls)” by Foster The People
“We Are Young: Alt-Rock for Wild Nights” is a great playlist to put on while you’re getting ready to go out. It’s a good mixture of well-known indie chart toppers like fun., Foster the People, and Imagine Dragons, but also some lesser known bands like Sleigh Bells, Friendly Fires, and Walk off the Earth. I’ve also found this upbeat playlist is good for listening to when I’ve got work that absolutely needs to get done. All around, it’s definitely a pump-up playlist.
“Hello” by Karmin
“Thinking About You (Feat. Ayah Marar)” by Calvin Harris
“Heartbreaker (Feat. John Legend)” by MSTRKRFT
“Cooler Than Me (Gigamesh Remix)” by Mike Posner
“Reason (Nervo Edit)” by Hook N Sling
If that last playlist didn’t have enough dance-ability for you, “Indie Meets Pop on the Dancefloor” is perfect for you. Another playlist that seamlessly mixes well known artists and remixes of Top 40 tracks–Calvin Harris, Mike Posner–with lesser known electronic beats–Hook N Sling, Grouplove–this Lauren Conrad mix will definitely get you moving. Whether you’re going out with a bunch of your friends, or having a dance party for one, this playlist is amazing.
“Release Me” by Jack’s Mannequin
“Nothing’s Gonna Hold Us Down” by Danger Radio
“Tie Me Down” by Every Avenue
“Life Of The Party” by Forever The Sickest Kids
“La La” by The Cab
If Indie isn’t your thing–maybe you’re like me and you’ve got an inner pop-punk lover hidden away–then Songza has a lot to offer. They’ve got genre punk from the 90s, or pop punk from the 00s, and I talked about the “Fall Out Boys”playlist in my last Songza post. For more contemporary pop-punk that still includes some names you’ll recognize (like Jack’s Mannequin and Forever The Sickest Kids) and some great energy–plus those typical pop-punk themes of love and heartbreak set to some melodic guitars–then “Pop Punk Party-starters” is the playlist for you.
“Miami” by Will Smith
“Thrift Shop (Feat. Wanz)” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
“It’s Like That” by Run-DMC
“The Real Slim Shady” by Eminem
“Ghetto Superstar (This Is What You Are) [Feat. Ol’ Dirty Bastard & Mya]” by Pras Michael
Rap has become a widely popular genre of music for all types of–sometimes surprising–people. If you’re a fan of contemporary rap, and you like some classics thrown in the mix, then “All-Star Rap-Alongs” is the playlist for you. From Macklemore & Ryan Lewis to Will Smith to Run-DMC, this mix has literally every kind of top rap track from each of the past four decades. Put this on at a party, or while you’re alone, and sing along to prove your rap cred–what little there may be of it.
“Bad Romance” by Lady GaGa
“Hey Ya! (Radio Mix/Club Mix)” by OutKast
“Ignition (Remix)” by R. Kelly
“Tipsy (Radio Mix)” by J-Kwon
“Take Back The Night” by Justin Timberlake
Isn’t that enough with the dancing lists? No, never. If indie, rap, and pop-punk aren’t your thing, if you prefer a strictly Top 40 music diet, then “Every Summer Dance Party” is a great playlist. This mix has some of the best dance songs from the past 10 years or so. From new and old Justin Timberlake tracks to some Lady Gaga and OutKast sprinkled in and some throwbacks like Michael Jackson, it’s got something for everyone. You could put this playlist on at any party and it’ll be a crowd pleaser.
“Hotel Song” by Regina Spektor
“Dream Song” by Benjamin Gibbard
“Fall Of ’82” by The Shins
“Used To Be” by Beach House
“Dance, Dance, Dance” by Lykke Li
Okay, here is a more chill playlist for those times when upbeat, energetic songs just don’t fit the mood. “Coffee Shop Indie” is the perfect name for this playlist because it goes great with a cup of coffee and a good book on a quiet Sunday morning. Like some of the other indie mixes on this list, “Coffee Shop Indie” has a great blend of well known indie artists, like Regina Spektor and The Shins, with lesser known bands, like Beach House and Fleet Foxes. So settle in and let the fantastic indie music play.