Written by Karina Bravo
Throughout this crazy past year, music has played a big part in preserving our sanity and reminding us of happier times. Here you will find the highlights of my quarantine playlist and hopefully find something to add to your Spotify library. Whether you’re in a reflective, nostalgic mood, or want to party in your apartment like it’s 2019, I’ve got something for you.
1. “Feeling Lonely” – boy pablo
This is quite possibly the happiest sounding song about feeling lonely you’ll ever listen to. It comes off 21-year-old Chilean-Norwegian artist boy pablo’s 2018 album Soy Pablo and has an infectious guitar riff that will soon have you forgetting you were lonely in the first place.
For more uplifting, kinda-sad music, check out “Losing You”- boy pablo, “These Days” – Wallows, “Oui ou non” – Angèle and “Lost In Translation”- The Neighbourhood.
2. “Lost In Yesterday” – Tame Impala
“Lost In Yesterday” explores the tendency for people to romanticize memories and remember people, events, and relationships better than they actually were. Frontman Kevin Parker urges us to break this cycle and focus on what lies ahead, allowing our doubts and regrets to be “lost in yesterday.” For more immaculate Tame Impala psychedelic-rock vibes listen to “Is It True,” “Reality in Motion” and “Mind Mischief.”
3. “After The Storm” – Kali Uchis (feat. Tyler, the Creator & Bootsy Collins)
In one of the most calmly empowering songs of her discography, Kali Uchis explores the pain of mental health struggles and encourages us to be our own heroes, reminding us that “after the storm is when the flowers bloom.” The song is the leading single off her no-skips 2018 album Isolation.
Feel like a girlboss with “Tears Dry On Their Own”- Amy Winehouse, “Dead To Me”- Kali Uchis and “Therefore I Am”- Billie Eilish.
4. “Chamber of Reflection”- Mac DeMarco
King of indie rock Mac DeMarco’s arguably most popular song “Chamber of Reflection” comes off his 2014 album Salad Days and channels all the right quarantine vibes. Listen to it alone or driving around at night with friends.
Get further in your feels with “My Kind of Woman”- Mac DeMarco, “Little Dark Age”- MGMT and “Nights” – Frank Ocean.
5. “Sunflower, Vol.6” – Harry Styles
Just a feel-good song all around, in “Sunflower, Vol.6” Harry Styles sings about someone he wants to get to know through the metaphor of a sunflower. This song is easily the most underrated song off Harry’s 2019 album Fine Line, and is the perfect soundtrack to a sunny summer day.
Keep the happy vibes going with “Glitter” – Tyler, the Creator, “Can I Call You Tonight?” – Dayglow, “Getaway” – Saint Motel and “Violet” – Bad Suns.
Find a link to the playlist here.