You know those songs that make you want to get in the car and drive around with your windows down just so you can play music? The ones that make you wish you lived in the flowing grass-green hills of the English countryside, or that make you wish to be surrounded by the scenic landscape and glorious architecture of Greece? Maybe they make you wish that you didn’t live in Tennessee: a state landlocked from the Atlantic Ocean where the closest body of water is Old Hickory Lake (If you know, you just know, and I’d like to personally apologize for your less-than-ideal circumstances).
Anyways, here’s a list of those feel-good songs so that even if you have to spend your summer on a dock in ninety-degree weather overlooking bacteria and snake-infested sludge, you can imagine what it would be like to live anywhere but here.
1.“A World Alone” by Lorde
This song makes you want Lorde to be your one and only best friend with whom you can listen to this playlist with, but so do pretty much all of her other songs.
2.”Cosmic Love” by Florence + the Machine
Feel free to fail miserably at belting lyrics out of your car window at 2 a.m. with the mesmerizing vocals of Florence Welch in this magical song.
3.”Why So Serious” by Alice Merton
Prepare to let go and wonder why you cared about anything so trivial in your life when you hear this song.
4.”Angela” by the Lumineers
Considering this entire song is about leaving your hometown and driving absolutely nowhere without a care in the world, it fits into the playlist perfectly. Plus the glorious and gruff voice of Wesley Schultz along with the sweet melody of the song makes it ten thousand times better.
5.”If I Can’t Have You” by Shawn Mendes
Shawn’s newest release is the song that inspired this playlist, so it’s only fair that his beautiful self gets a spot.
6.”Love is a Wild Thing” by Kacey Musgraves
Kacey’s mix of alternative, pop and country has become particularly popular this year, especially after her latest album, “Golden Hour,” won album of the year at the 2019 Grammys. This song, and any other song off of her album, prove that she deserved that accomplishment.
7.”Light On” by Maggie Rogers
Maggie was shot to fame only two years ago after a video of the then 22 year old singing her song “Alaska” to Pharrell went viral. This anthemic song off of her soul-filled debut album, “Heard it in a Past Life,” sends a message worth sharing and singing along to.
8.”Call Me the Breeze” by John Mayer
This song makes you think you’re going on a roadtrip through the American midwest, surrounded by fields of wheat and wearing a wide-brimmed hat and clothed in the entirety of Earthbound Trading Co., and that’s that.
9.”Superposition” by Young the Giant
Indie. Pop. Disco. Rock. Just listen to it.
10.”Carolina” by Harry Styles
To finish off the playlist strong, “Carolina” by Harry Styles can either
make you feel like you’re a person who wears only Simply Southern brand t-shirts and Birkenstocks to match your fake tan or like you live in LA, wear patterned shirts unbuttoned a few times and drive a pastel-colored convertible on a palm tree-lined lane to the beach everyday. Oh, and also it’s a pretty fantastic song.
Source: Shawn Mendes Store