The days are finally longer than the nights. Warm rays of sunshine are no longer a fantasy, but an inevitable reality. As this dreary winter thaws out quickly to spring, it’s also time to thaw out your music playlists. Out with the cozy folk and heavy jazz, in with the vibrant pop and beat-driven funk. Songs that are light, fun, energetic and rhythmic. Songs you can run to, dance to, kiss to, sing to, roll down the windows and jam out in your car to. Use this playlist as a jumping off point to create your perfect springtime soundtrack.
“We Used To Be Friends”
The Dandy Warhols
A hit from 2003, “We Used To Be Friends” is probably best known for playing over the opening credits for the show “Veronica Mars,” starring Kristen Bell. Hulu is rebooting the show, and the new season is expected to drop this summer.
Fellow 1995 babies will be pleased to know Skee-Lo’s “I Wish,” the artist’s only single, was rated No. 359 on Blender’s list of “Greatest Songs Since You Were Born.” Blender was a music magazine that released its final issue in March 2009.
“Take Care of Business”
“Take Care of Business” may seem like an out-of-place choice, but it’s a subtly sexy number with delightfully vivid lines like “you are God’s gift to all womanhood.”
Steve Miller Band
Paul Pena originally wrote “Jet Airliner” for his own album “New Train.” The song became a hit when Steve Miller ended up recording a slightly altered version of the song for his album “Book of Dreams” in 1977.
“Alive With The Glory Of Love”
This sexy Say Anything song was featured in an episode of “Scrubs,” closing out the shows sixth season with a cliffhanger between JD and Elliot.
The best part about this cover of the Grateful Dead’s “Scarlet Begonias” is that Sublime doesn’t hesitate to make it their own. They fully take over the melody and play it in their signature style and even add their own lyrics to the track.
“How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful – Demo”
Florence + The Machine
The demo version of this track is featured on the deluxe release of Florence’s album by the same name.
“What’s It Gonna Be?”
Shura is an English electro-pop artist and producer who learned how to write and produce music by watching YouTube videos at night after work.
“F.N.T,” which stands for “fascinating new thing,” was released in 1996 and appears in the Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger film “10 Things I Hate About You.”
“Too Late To Turn Back Now”
Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose
Recently featured in the Oscar-winning film “BlacKkKlansman,” Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose make it impossible to stay still when this song comes on.
“Haven’t You Noticed (I’m a Star)”
Short and sweet, “Haven’t You Noticed (I’m a Star)” was written and performed for an episode of “Steven Universe.” Olivia Olson worked with show creator Rebecca Sugar, previously on Adventure Time, where Olson voices the character Marceline. Fun fact — Olson also plays Thomas Sangster’s crush in “Love Actually.”
“Sex Karma” is funky, fresh fun, featuring the voice of Solange Knowles.
YouTube star Tessa Violet gained internet popularity first through vlogging before beginning her music career.
“That Green Gentleman (Things Have Changed)”
Panic! At The Disco
This song appears on the band’s second album “Pretty. Odd.” The softer nature of this album is a sharp contrast to the electro-punk style of their debut album and has been rightly compared to the Beatles in both its songwriting and feel.
Macklemore hosts a slew of guest artists in this song including Melle Mel, Grandmaster Caz, Kool Moe Dee and Eric Nally.
“Move Your Feet”
Along with the song, Junior Senior released an animated music video using low-res pixel art.
“Gotta Get Up”
It’s been three months since “Russian Doll” premiered on Netflix, and this song is still stuck in my head.
“In The Middle”
Dodie is another singer/songwriter who started on YouTube. Tessa Violet and Dodie have collaborated many times in the past, and the two are currently on tour together.