FOR SOME WANDERLUST: Ibiza Chillout 2021
Reminiscent of nights out at Cafe del Mar, Nassau Beach Club, Hotel Costes and Nikki Beach, whether you want to picture yourself chilling at the beach or getting ready for Amnesia or Ushuaia, this playlist has endless summer written all over it.
FOR CHART TOPPERS: Summer 2021 Party Hits
If Top 40 radio is your thing, and you like hearing the most current hits, then this mass-appeal mix of pop, EDM and hip hop is the one for you.
FOR HIGH BROW HITS: Barack Obama’s Summer Playlist 2021
Put together by the former US president himself, this playlist is a mix of old and new, household names and emerging artists, and a whole lot in between.
FOR AT-HOME LISTENING: Matilda Goad’s Semaine
Sometimes, easy at-home listening is all you want. Perfect for quiet Saturday afternoons or Sunday mornings, interior designer Matilda Goad’s mix is a blend of moody numbers and funky guitar ballads.
FOR LOVE ISLAND FANS: Love Island 2021
Whether you’re a fan of the show or not, there’s little doubt the producers behind the hit reality programme know a thing or two about the biggest tunes of the summer. The great news is, this playlist tends to grow as the series continues, meaning there’s always something fresh to listen to.
FOR THE LONG-HAUL: The Complete Dolly Mix Tape
Fans will no doubt already be familiar with journalist and author Dolly Alderton’s mix tapes. If you want to listen to all of them in one place – with more than 24 hours of listening time – make this your first port of call.
FOR SOMETHING UNEXPECTED: The Social Distancing Distortion
Matt Berninger (frontman of indie rock band The National) updates this playlist on a weekly basis. You might get Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Leonard Cohen, or even Marilyn Monroe and Whitney Houston… whatever your summer listening plans, this is how to shake things up.
FOR AN INTERNATIONAL VIBE: Kitsuné’s New, Hot & Fresh
With a selection of different genres, this playlist is curated by the team at fashion-brand-meets-music-label Kitsuné Musique, covering an international selection of artists with individual styles.
FOR HOUSE & ELECTRONICA: R&S – Office Favourites
An independent record label founded in 1984 in Ghent, Belgium, R&S Records represents the initials of Renaat Vandepapeliere and Sabine Maes, the couple behind the label. Expect to hear heavier electronica, house and trance offerings from Richard Fearless or V interspersed with expansive soundscapes from Darkstar, Nautic or Axel Boman.
FOR UNDER-THE-RADAR DANCE HITS: Danny L Harle’s Huge Playlist
Updated regularly by British music producer and composer Danny L Harle (he’s worked with everyone from Nile Rodgers to Charlie XCX), this playlist is for those looking for new dance tunes to get the party started.
FOR FRESH RAP: Most Necessary
Like the ultimate new rap music label, if you're looking for a soundtrack for your next car ride or house party, this one gets it done. Expect new offerings from CJ, DaBaby, Lil Tecca, BRS Kash (pictured) and Toosii, among others.
FOR WINDING DOWN: Late Night Lo-Fi
Enjoy this soothing collection of songs during balmy evenings outside or once the party starts to wind down. Think laid-back chill-hop, layered synthy vocals, classical and jazz-infused piano.