The weather is finally getting warmer here in NC, and all I want to do is sit on my porch with a nice book, a cup of tea, and some springy tunes. It’s hard to believe that daylight saving time is right around the corner! In honor of the longer, warmer days ahead, I’ve decided to put together a playlist filled with my favorite springtime songs. These tracks give me sitting-in-a-garden-feeling-the-sun-on-my-skin type vibes and I hope they do the same for you!
1. Peach Fuzz – Tyler, the Creator
One of my favorite singles from Tyler, this song just oozes sunny, spring vibes. Even just the title makes me want to go fruit picking!
2. Not Fade Away/Goin’ Down the Road Feeling Bad – The Grateful Dead
The Dead are the masters of all things jammy goodness, and this track is no exception. I love the beachy, lovestruck sound to this song.
3. Run to the Sun – N.E.R.D
The title “Run to the Sun” says it all. Pharrell’s signature funky style sticks out especially on this track from the N.E.R.D trio.
4. Tangerine – Led Zeppelin
“Tangerine” is actually the song I named my show after! I love the gentleness of it, and it’s one of my all-time favorite Zeppelin songs.
5. The Girl From Ipanema – Stan Getz & João Gilberto
The idea of starting off Spring without some Bossa Nova playing in the background is despicable. This Brazilian classic will for sure remind you of sunny days.
6. One Rainy Wish – The Jimi Hendrix Experience
One of Jimi Hendrix’s softer songs, this psychedelic ballad is filled with lyrics that seem to worship mother nature herself.
7. Hit Me Like That Snare – alt-J & Rejjie Snow
This is one of those songs that I just wish were longer. The bridge at 0:53 is absolutely fantastic.
8. Raspberry Jam – Allah-Las
Allah-Las are arguably the kings of modern surf rock. This song, off the soundtrack of “Self Discovery For Social Survival” is a great testament to that.
9. Sparks – The Who
Even though this track is just an instrumental, the upbeat, soft strumming reminds me of sunshiny afternoons.
10. Dancing Barefoot – Patti Smith Group
Patti Smith is an absolute icon. Period. “Dancing Barefoot” is one of her more pop-leaning songs, but it reminds me of spinning around in the middle of a bright, grassy field!
11. An Idea – IAMNOBODI
What a great little random track! Featuring Emmavie, Zacari, and Josh J., this song is the pinnacle of R&B perfection.
12. Ivy – Frank Ocean
It would be injustice not to include at least one Frank song on this playlist. Though it’s a bit melancholy, for some reason this track reminds me of the shift from Winter to Spring.
– DJ Butter