You can listen to this playlist and all my others on my very embarrassingly named Spotify, char$tar. I made it in seventh grade, okay?
Anyway, I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for summer. I’m ready to go to the beach and swim in pools and go hiking and go to the movies and just drive around and go on vacation and just not have as many responsibilities! As someone who spends their actual entire life listening to music, I decided to make my perfect summer soundtrack.
Of course, I have Frank Ocean on this playlist—he’s just so amazing. I also included a bunch of Rex Orange County and Sufjan Stevens because, although they’re very different, those two are my current obsessions.
I’ve mixed in some good oldies, too: a little Paul Anka, a little Hal and Oates, a little Santo & Johnny, a little Ella Fitzgerald, and a little Psychedelic Furs.
And then I have some music that’s new to me, and I’m absolutely loving it!
The bands Summer Salt, Peach Pit, and No Vacation are three fantastic groups that I discovered about three days ago, and I am already so in love with their music. Their feel-good, chill songs make me feel like summer is here.
I couldn’t help adding a little bit of Brockhampton, a little Tyler, the Creator, and a fantastic instrumental Thundercat song. It’s hard to get hyped up without including those.
I could list off every song on this playlist and tell you exactly why it’s on here, why it feels like summer in a song, and how long I’ve loved it for, but there are 55 songs on my playlist, so I won’t bore you with those details. Just know that if you like a little of the bittersweet mixed with the pumped up, all of which feels like the appropriate soundtrack for summer 2k18 to me, then check it out!
Also, if you’re interested in hearing about more of the music that is the soundtrack to my life (I know you all care so much about my every move), an article detailing the most calming music I know of is going up on my website idontliketheinternet.com on Monday, April 23rd. It’s called the Post Panic Attack Playlist, and it consists of the actual music that I listen to after having panic attacks.
Ting Ting Chen