Summer 2018 Playlist 🌞

While it may already feel like summer here in North Carolina (trust me, it’s sweltering), the official start of summer isn’t until tomorrow. And what would summer be without some great tunes to go with it? We’ve got you covered here at Adore with a playlist full of bops to jam to all summer long.

1. Nice Guy–courtship.

2. You Could Have Been The One–Coasts

3. Video Sunshine–Knox Hamilton

4. Drown–Kovic

5. Younger–Saint Raymond

6. Faded Heart–BØRNS

7. Carolina–Harry Styles

8. Something Beautiful–Joe Dolman

9. Summer–The Hunna

10. CIA–New Politics

11. Dead Young–Only The Poets

12. My My My!–Troye Sivan

13. Wolves (You Got Me)–DREAMERS

14. What Do I Know?–Ed Sheeran

15. Freshbloom–Sundara Karma

16. Favorite Record–Fall Out Boy

17. The Sound–The 1975

18. Sit Next To Me–Foster The People

19. Heartbreaker–Bad Suns

20. Honeybee–PUBLIC

Valentine’s Day 2018 Playlist

Whether or not you’re actually celebrating Valentine’s Day this year, everyone can appreciate a good love song. Here are a few of our favorites.

Mandy’s Picks:

Danielle’s Picks:

Summer 2017 Playlist

It might not officially be summer yet, but it sure feels like it (at least here in North Carolina)! We’ve put together a playlist of songs dripping with summer vibes, perfect to listen to whether you’re poolside, roadtripping or catching some waves.

Check it out below! 

Anti-Valentine’s Day Playlist

Not everyone is a fan of Valentine’s Day, or as we here at Adore like to call it “Singles Awareness Day.” (*facepalms*) So we made a playlist of songs for all of the people who cringe at the thought of February 14th. Whether you’re pining after an unrequited love or burning pictures of your ex, this playlist has a song for you.

Mandy’s picks

  • “Endlessly,” Muse: This song screams unrequited love. When I mentioned choosing this song to Danielle, she automatically said “so basically about (he who shall not be named), then.” Well, yeah.
  • “Hustle,” Sundara Karma: “You’re the devil in a push-up bra.” That pretty much sums up that song.
  • “Bonfire,” The Hunna: If you don’t scream along to “fuck your heart,” you’re doing it wrong.
  • “Permission Slip,” Mainland: “Buying wine and drinking all alone at night.” That pretty much sums up my Valentine’s Day.
  • “See How,” Coasts: This song is a heartbreaker. Possibly my favorite Coasts song, I’ve only seen it performed live once and it brought me to tears.

Danielle’s picks

  • “So What,” Pink: “So so what, I’m still a rockstar.” The lyrics say it all in this song. I don’t need a man to be fabulous this Valentine’s Day. 
  • “Gives You Hell,” The All-American Rejects: Could there be a better break-up anthem?
  • “Song For The Dumped,” Ben Folds Five: I guess that this one is kind of self explanatory. Also it’s very catchy. 
  • “Jar Of Hearts,” Christina Perri: Whilst all the songs on this list have been fairly upbeat with a “screw you” kind of attitude, heartbreak is kind of rough man and Christina Perri captures it perfectly.
  • “What The Hell,” Avril Lavigne: Very much like the Pink song, “What The Hell” feels like the perfect single’s anthem and is bursting with attitude.

Valentine’s Day Playlist

If you need some romantic songs to set the mood this Valentine’s Day, look no further than this playlist. What better way to express your love than through song?

Mandy’s picks

  • “Waves,” Sundara Karma: This song is nothing short of exotic. It’s so easy to get lost in the beautiful imagery of the lyrics and the sultry vocals. The marimba on this track is particularly captivating.
  • “Seeing Stars,” Børns: Pure, sweet pop. Børns’ angelic vocals bring this bouncy track to life.
  • “Lions,” Coasts: Seeing as how I have a line from this song tattooed on my leg, there was no way I could pass up including it in this playlist. “Love me to pieces.” That’s what Valentine’s Day is all about, right?
  • “I Want You,” Saint Raymond: “I want you, you know that.” This infectious track is the perfect way to tell that special someone how you feel about them.
  • “Sycamore Tree,” The Hunna: Ryan Potter’s vocals are the real star of this sweet track. Ranging from light and delicate to bold and powerful, Ryan sings of the unparalleled feeling of undying love.

Danielle’s picks

  • “As Long As I Need You,” Coasts: So many feels, so little time. There aren’t sufficient words to describe how much I love this song. Also it’s by Coasts so there’s that too. 
  • “I Won’t Give Up,” Jason Mraz: You know those songs that you just can’t help but sing along to when they come on? “I Won’t Give Up” is definitely one of those songs for me and it’s so beautiful, pure and heartfelt.
  • “Willow Tree,” Tom Speight: Whilst we’re talking of pure and heartfelt, who does that better than Tom Speight? This gorgeous duet has it all; lyrics that will melt your heart, beautiful harmonies and lots and lots of love.
  • “Thinking Out Loud,” Ed Sheeran: If you weren’t convinced that this was the perfect choice for your Valentine’s Day playlist before, then you need to get yourself over to YouTube and watch the video. “Thinking Out Loud” is sensual and totally gorgeous.
  • “Sugar,” Maroon 5: I’m putting on my dancing shoes with this last song. Everyone needs a little sweetness on v-day and this toe-tapping tune is exactly what the doctor ordered.

Mandy’s Top 5 Albums Of 2016

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5. A/B by Kaleo

Icelandic band Kaleo really pulled out all the stops for their debut album. JJ’s vocals can go from raw and intense to silky and sweet at the snap of a finger, never lacking emotion. The guitar work on this album is nothing short of spectacular. These songs can go from giving you chills to making you want to get up and dance. From the soft ballad “All The Pretty Girls” to the foot-stomping “No Good,” A/B will have you hooked from start to finish.

Top 5 Tracks:

  • “No Good”
  • “All The Pretty Girls”
  • “Glass House”
  • “Automobile”
  • “Broken Bones”

4. Disappear Here by Bad Suns

Bad Suns’ sophomore album went in a different direction than their debut, Language & Perspective. It took me by surprise, but in a good way. On the whole, the album has a melancholy feeling to it. Even in the more upbeat tracks, such as “Patience” and “Violet,” have hints of sadness in them. But to me, that just makes the album better. It isn’t superficial like a lot of music is now.

Top 5 Tracks:

  • “Even In My Dreams, I Can’t Win”
  • “Daft Pretty Boys”
  • “Patience” 
  • “Violet”
  • “Heartbreaker”

3. Viola Beach by Viola Beach

Following the tragic deaths of Viola Beach and their manager in a horrific accident in Sweden earlier this year, an album comprised of their mostly unheard music was released. The fact that this album is so incredibly amazing really hits me hard. These boys would have gone places. They were well on their way to a successful career. This album is a testament to that. From the well-known “Swings And Waterslides” to the heartbreaking ballad “Call You Up,” their music has the power to make you laugh and make you cry. Rest in peace, boys that sing.

Top 5 Tracks

  • “Swings And Waterslides”
  • “Call You Up”
  • “Really Wanna Call”
  • “Drunk”
  • “Boys That Sing”

2.  100 by The Hunna

UK rockers The Hunna really made an impact with their debut album. They’ve seemingly blown up since its release. I even heard one of their songs in a restaurant recently. I think this is due to the fact that this album is rock. Not pop-rock, but real rock. It’s becoming increasingly harder to find a true rock band, so the Hunna were a welcome surprise when I listened to “You & Me” at the recommendation of a friend. From “Bonfire” to “Alive” to “Bad For You,” the Hunna define rock. Definitely a must-listen in the age of Top 40 worshippers.

Top 5 Tracks

  • “You & Me”
  • “Alive”
  • “Piece By Piece”
  • “Bad For You”
  • “Bonfire”

1. Coasts by Coasts

The long-awaited debut album from Coasts was finally released this year. Fans have heard many of these songs in their older forms on EPs and as singles, so it was amazing to finally have a Coasts album. Five years in the making, Coasts is a musical journey from start to finish. Beginning with the well-known “Oceans,” Coasts start us off with the message they chose to convey with their music, positivity. “Modern Love” is a synth lover’s dream, while “Your Soul” is for the percussionist at heart. Some of the best songs lie in the bonus tracks. The bold “Wallow” and the emotional “See How” are two of my personal favorites. This album is just fantastic. Heck, I have lyrics from “Tonight” and “Lions” tattooed on my legs and they aren’t even in my top 5 tracks from this album. It’s just that good, and to me it is the best album of 2016.

Top 5 Tracks

  • “Wallow”
  • “See How”
  • “You”
  • “Modern Love”
  • “Stay”

Danielle’s Top 5 Albums of 2016

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5. Wild World – Bastille

Life, death, politics and everything in between. ‘Wild World’ Bastille’s second album has seen a growing confidence in their own music with dark lyrics that are peppered with obscure samples and quotes in a ‘mix-tape’ fashion.

Unease and anxiety are overriding themes of ‘Wild World’ as we embark on a journey of trying to fit in and yearning for a safe haven.

4. After The Rain – Benjamin Francis Leftwich

The hushed an hymnal sound of ‘After The Rain’ is perfect for a chilled Sunday afternoon. The gorgeously poetic style with simple and stripped back instrumentals gives the songs a fragile, precious and heartwarming style.

Since releasing his first album ‘Last Smoke Before The Snowstorm’ back in 2011 Benjamin lost his father to a battle with cancer and ‘After The Rain’ is a humbling tribute to his late father with an optimistic look to the future.

3. Isn’t It Strange – Lauren Aquilina

Lauren Aquilina said that one of her greatest achievements was releasing her first album (and being proud of it) She has very good reason for being proud of it and girl you did good! Unfortunately Lauren will not be releasing anymore music under her own name due to mental health reasons but she’s bowing out with grace and plenty of ‘kicks.’

Profound emotion meets honey- glazed tones in this beautiful album which takes you on a empowering journey from ‘Midnight Mouths’ to ‘ Kicks’ and will have you reaching for the repeat button.

2. 100 – The Hunna

I first stumbled across The Hunna when they played support for Coasts last year and was instantly taken wit their (at the time) latest single ‘Bonfire.’

 The Hunna have, in my opinion, dominated the ‘indie alt rock’ scene with hit after hit and this resonates in their killer album. Personal highlights include ‘You and Me’ and ‘Alive.’

1. Coasts – Coasts

Coasts self titled debut album has been eagerly anticipated by many, me included and for me 22nd January 2016 couldn’t come soon enough. I had of course preordered the album but when the day finally arrived I couldn’t resist a cheeky trip to HMV to se the Coasts album in the ‘new releases’ section. *Insert fangirling moment here*

The album includes many fan favourites such as the feel good and all-consuming ‘Oceans’ which featured on Made In Chelsea as well as ‘Tonight’ on the FIFA 16 soundtrack.

Lesser known tracks such as ‘Stone’ and ‘See How’ showcase Coasts’ colourful and evocative lyrics.