12 Best Music Playlists for Every Mood

Radio formats were built on the idea that listeners could be divided into fans of musical genres: rock, pop, R&B, country, jazz, etc. But “new radio” – the playlists on streaming services, often regularly updated – often take a different approach. Conservatives choose songs based on a sentiment or occasion, such as an intense workout or a casual dinner date.

“We’re always looking for opportunities to create playlists that match moods and moments,” says Talia Kraines, Editor-in-Chief at Spotify. “When we look at ambient playlists, it’s less about new music coming out every week and more about using our musical knowledge and our ability to broadly look at what people are listening to.”

Here are some playlists to try — when you’re in a good mood, of course.

Have a nice day! (Spotify)

The melodies: Sunny, singable hits, including favorites from Stevie Nicks, Stevie Wonder and dozens of other artists (most of them not named Stevie)

Listen when: You feel good in life or need a pick-me-up.

Trust Boost (Spotify)

The melodies: “You Don’t Own Me” by Lesley Gore, “Independent Women, Pt. of Destiny’s Child”. 1″ and Aretha Franklin’s “Respect” are just a few of the tracks that have been featured on this playlist meant to have you standing tall and proud.

Listen when: Life depresses you.

Beer & Wings (Spotify)

The melodies: Upbeat tracks like Green Day, Miley Cyrus and Aerosmith

Listen when: You are preparing for game day.

To stay in bed (Spotify)

The melodies: Songs “Snuggly” by Sam Cooke, Khruangbin, Etta James and Fleet Foxes

Listen when: You are having a lazy Sunday.

House cleaning (Amazon Music)

The melodies: Current pop hits from Dua Lipa, The Weeknd and more will get you off the couch.

Listen when: You’d rather shimmy than stomp when tidying up.

Tear in my beer (Amazon Music)

The melodies: Heartwarming Country by Carrie Underwood, Chris Stapleton and Kacey Musgraves

Listen when: You need music to go with this box of tissues.

George L. Hernandez