When everything sucks, you might as well get up and dance. Or curl up and cry. You know what helps with both those things? Music. That’s why I turned to my Lifehacker coworkers to find out what songs have been getting them through the last few weeks. Here are a few highlights, plus the entire playlist on Spotify, for you to enjoy.
Melissa Kirsch, Editor-in-Chief:
I start the day dancing to Emily King, work with Nadia Reid in my ears all day, and Waxahatchee accompanies my lunch and happy hours. Quiet consistency is working for me right now.
Imani Bashir, Travel Writer:
Whenever I choose songs to listen to right now, I want it to take me outside of where I am mentally and physically. I want to think of travelling, hanging out with loved ones, or moments that aren’t confined to these walls.
Lo-fi indie rock
Joel Kahn, Senior Video Producer:
As an insane person, I listen to music very methodically. I keep a running playlist of everything i have enjoyed from each year, in chronological order of when it was released. Maybe it’s the state of the world, but this year a return to lo-fi indie rock has struck me, and these releases from the first half of 2020 spoke to me the most.
Listening to John Prine (and crying)
Claire Lower, Senior Food Editor :
I keep careening wildly between dirtbag alt pop (Descendents, Archers of Loaf) and my dad music, but I have, unsurprisingly, been listening to a lot of John Prine. I was already listening to a lot of Prine before he passed, but it’s only intensified since. I can’t listen to music while I write, but I’ve been listening to Prine (and crying) while washing dishes, and listening to Prine (and crying) while taking many baths. If I want to stop crying, I put on the dirtbag music or “Monster of Love” by Sparks, or “Train in Vain” and bounce around. If I want to cry for DIFFERENT reasons, I put on Townes Van Zandt. If I’m trying to cultivate a neutral vibe, peaceful mind, I put on Tom Petty or Fleetwood Mac.
Invigorating but not overly invigorating
Tim Mulkerin, Social Editor:
My music taste tends to veer into synth-y pop and R&B territory, and these tracks are the ones that I’ve been going back to most right now. They’re energetic and invigorating, but don’t have that “Yeehaw, let’s paint the down red” vibe to actively remind me that I’m missing out on hearing them at a bar.”