Music is more than a medium used to enhance our everyday lives. It has the power to change the way we see things and alter our moods for the better (and sometimes worse). We use music as a means of transportation, taking us to a new places and situations that are seemingly invisible until melodies and lyrics evoke them for us. Sometimes you hear these mood-changing tracks on the radio in the car, on a loop streaming through the mall, or maybe the tragic scene at the end of a movie. Either way, something about that song has the power to make you stop in your tracks and notice it.
Spotify does an amazing job at curating playlists with the ability to transform the environment around their listeners. With over forty million active users across the globe, Spotify has the ability to bring so many people together with the power of music. While their users can of course, create their own playlists for whatever upcoming occasion they’d like, Spotify also takes it upon themselves to create track compilations perfect for anything from a rainy Sunday afternoon to a backyard barbecue with your closest friends. The following are some Spotify playlists that I guarantee will alter your mood and either lift your spirits or help you realize it’s okay that they’re a little down.
Home Sweet Home is the perfect playlist to listen to when you’re curled up on your couch for the third snowy day in a row and cabin fever is starting to set in. For college students especially, sometimes it seems like you haven’t been home in so long but life (and classes) keep getting in the way. This set of songs will take you some place a little closer to where you want to be and the things you miss about your own backyard. With songs like “Hold Back the River” by James Bay and “Only Love” by Ben Howard, you’ll take a mainly-acoustic based set to evoke emotion without getting too sappy – because no one wants to spend a snow day curled up with a box of Kleenex.
Mood Booster is guaranteed to do just that. Packed with three hours and fourteen minutes worth of upbeat, feel-good tracks this playlist is bound to change your mood on those overwhelming days when you just need an extra push of motivation to get yourself to the gym. With popular tracks like “Sugar” by Maroon 5 and the over-played, yet somehow still enjoyable, “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars. This compilation veers from the ever-so-popular “radio tracks” however, with silver linings such as “Superheroes” by The Script, a personal favorite track of mine that somehow always gets me singing along. This fifty-four song up-tempo list will have you singing along instantly and unlike some other track lists – the shuffle button is your friend. If you give it a chance, there shouldn’t be one song you feel the need to skip over, unless of course you want to hear “Uptown Funk” one last time before you get out of the car.
My favorite playlist at the moment is Indie Acoustic >> Chill. I tend to go through musical phases, wanting to listen to nothing but Simon and Garnfunkel one day and Nas or Chance the Rapper the next. This is mainly because I use music as a way to escape the mundane everyday. Sometimes I want to sit in a coffee shop and read a book cover to cover or drive faster than I should down a road with nothing but trees on either side, but time and life seems to get in the way. These playlists have a way of taking me to those desired destinations when I can’t leave the office or the quiet floor of the library because I have a midterm the next day. “To Whom It May Concern” by the Civil Wars and “No One’s Gonna Love You” by Band of Horses are just two of the sixty-one songs that strum their way through your speakers. The lyrical content on this particular playlist is generated from a strong story-telling perspective that is bound to speak to situations from your past, present, or even future. This is the perfect collation to get you through hours of homework and actually help you feel relaxed while looking at the overwhelming amount you still have left.
It’s been proving that music can be life changing. Used as forms of therapy and rehabilitation, science has noticed that our minds subconsciously associate music with situations we’re in when we hear it. By allowing these playlists to be the soundtrack of your snowy day, car ride to the gym, or Sunday night study session you’ll find yourself relaxing and having a lot more fun doing those daily tasks that can get boring after a while. Whether for the good, the great, or the even better, these songs will brighten your day (and night) on some level.