I’m a big believer in the rituals of going out: having some time to yourself to shower, dress, primp, style, and psyche yourself up before barreling into the night (or day) can really set the tone for your excursion. Part of my ritual involves creating meticulous Spotify playlists for specific moods, occasions, or seasons. Sometimes they’re thematically cohesive (like for Christmas), sometimes they’re just songs that “feel” like autumn or a particular kind of makeup style I’m wearing. Have you ever listened to “Just Like Honey” while putting on black eyeliner? It is a delight!
Below, I’ve compiled three primping playlists for three different occasions: going out to dance, having hot fun in the summer, and spending time with girlfriends. Keep reading »
I remember the first time I went back to Jessie’s apartment after a pretty awesome date. Like most first times, I felt excited and more than a little nervous. I already knew I liked her more than anyone I’d met in a long time, so the stakes were high. Also, we’d both eaten more cheese that evening than I consider ideal for hot sex.
I figured she was thinking along the same lines when she stopped me in the middle of wrestling with her bra clasp. (I’m about raw passion, not fine motor skills.) Instead, she crossed to her dresser, flipped her laptop open and punched up a Spotify playlist. I couldn’t help laughing a little when I recognized the beginning of Kelis’ “In Public,” one of the sillier sex jams of the early aughties. But the extra sway in her hips as she walked back to the bed shut me up.
I later found out that the playlist was straightforwardly titled “Sex Songs” — an ever-growing and evolving beast of a thing she’s been gradually adding to for years. It still forms the background to most of our bedroom-bound sex and I’ve come to regard it with considerable affection. Keep reading »
While many people view their workout music as a deeply personal choice (I’m partial to “Alan Jackson’s Greatest Hits” when I hit the treadmill), there’s a scientific reason that some songs get your blood pumping more than others. In addition to beats per minute (BPM) that match up to a person’s running stride and heart rate, workout jams need to have a steady or subtly escalating tempo, and a truly great workout song will also have lyrics that encourage you to push yourself harder mentally and physically. Spotify brought in a team of London-based sports psychologists to analyze 6.7 million user-created workout playlists, and used their findings to compile what they call the “Ultimate Workout Playlist,” which takes listeners from a warm-up to high intensity to strength training to cool down. Check out the 20 hot pop songs that made the cut, after the jump! (Spoiler alert: your Ke$ha obsession is probably paying off…) Keep reading »
To cap off our Wanderlust content, what could be more fitting than a road trip playlist? Besides a car, gas money, and comfy pants, there’s really nothing more integral to a road trip’s success than a good selection of music. On our recent drive from Oregon to Tennessee, my boyfriend and I didn’t prepare nearly enough music, and we ran out of new tunes somewhere in eastern Wyoming. It was awful. I vowed to never let that happen again, so I polled The Frisky staff for their favorite road trip songs. Some of our selections specifically reference the road trip experience, but most of them are just awesome tunes that match the feeling you get when you see miles and miles of road stretched out in front of you. Check out our Spotify playlist after the jump, and feel free to download it before you hit the open road! Keep reading »
With Valentine’s Day coming up, the pressure’s on to set the perfect mood for love–and lovemaking. Obviously that includes a super sensual playlist. We figured you’ve already got your signature sex mix figured out (and if not, there are tons of options online), so we thought we’d whip up a different kind of V-Day music mix: The Worst Sex Playlist Ever, a 2-hour collection of auditory boner-killers. Like, seriously, we dare you to have sex to this playlist. Check it out after the jump, and good luck! Keep reading »
It’s so balls cold out there’s really nothing you can do but cocoon yourself in a warm place and wait for spring. Here’s a playlist to listen to while you’re hibernating from the elements. These tunes are moody and ambient, perfect for the forced introspection of the dog days of winter. Recommended listening: with a mug of hot cocoa and fuzzy socks. Keep reading »
This time of year makes me seriously sleepy, what with the sun going down in the middle of the afternoon and everything. That’s why I’ve put together a mix that reflects the quiet, lazy vibe of the weekend. And because we imagine you, like us, are going to spend at least part of the next few days at your childhood home, we’ve included some oldies that might remind you of the stuff you listened to in high school. From Belle & Sebastian to College to the Cocteau Twins and more, we hope you enjoy!
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You need some new music? Me too! I’d love to hear about what you’re listening to in the comments. But in the meantime, I’d like to share with you an oldie but goodie mix I made, of mellow-ish chillwave-y songs. Maybe you like? Listen up, after the jump! Keep reading »
In honor of How To Deal Week, today’s Saturday Playlist is a collection of songs that helped us get through tough times in our lives. These are the songs we listened to as we dealt with break-ups, death, depression, family drama, being alone in a new city, and realizing our high school crush was never going to like us back. Listen to it as a whole, or pick and choose the tracks that speak to you, but either way, we hope this music will help you deal with whatever you’re going through. And believe us, it will get better… Keep reading »