16 Great Playlists To Follow On Spotify

Whether you’re looking for new music for your commute or a chilled soundtrack for supper in the garden, here are some of our favourite playlists to download this summer.
By Heather Steele /

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BEST FOR SETTING THE SCENE: DS & Durga

Perfume house DS & Durga has created a Spotify playlist for every one of its scents, each tailored to the time and place that inspired the fragrance. Our current favourite is ‘Big Sur After Rain’, which takes inspiration from California (expect three hours of the likes of James Brown and The Jesus And Mary Chain) and ‘Italian Citrus’, which will transport you to Tuscany.

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BEST FOR CHILLING ON A SUNDAY NIGHT: Athena Calderone X Anthropologie

Athena Calderone is one of the SL team’s favourite food and interiors accounts to follow on Instagram, and ‘Tasting Notes’ – a recent playlist she pulled together for Anthropologie – has been on rotation for months. Highlights include tracks by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, David Bowie, Erykah Badu and Massive Attack.

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BEST FOR PLAYING AT PARTIES: Maison Kitsuné

Maison Kitsuné’s Spotify account harks back to the French fashion brand’s original guise as a record label. Its most recent mixes are Pride and coffee break themed, but its most popular mix by far is its ‘New, Hot & Fresh’ playlist, which has 42,000 subscribers and is updated every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

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BEST FOR NEW ARTISTS: Alexa Chung

From playlists curated by musicians – such as Sunflower Bean’s Julia Cumming – to Halloween-inspired mixtapes and cinematic collections, A-list model and DJ Alexa Chung has you covered with this selection of excellent playlists.

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BEST FOR MONTHLY UPDATES: The Dolly Mix Tape

A long-running project, almost every month journalist, author and podcaster Dolly Alderton creates a mix tape. And considering she has over 15,000 followers on Spotify, it’s fair to say they’re a hit. Her latest kicks things off with a bit of Mariah Carey and Kermit The Frog (yes, really).

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BEST FOR JOYFUL BEATS: Our Daily Edit

Brighton’s best clothes shop Our Daily Edit has created a series of playlists compiled by friends of the store. The first was put together by TonyoftheSea, the man behind Wonder Yeahs – Brighton's longest running 90's club night. Our current favourite is the soundtrack to the team’s recent buying trip to Paris, featuring everyone from Burna Boy to Bon Iver.

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BEST FOR AN ECLECTIC MIX: Isabel Marant

Another brand with great music taste is Isabel Marant. Every few months, a new playlist emerges – the latest of which features everyone from Animal Collective to Alice Glass, Blood Orange and Bjork.

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BEST FOR THE BEACH: Dior

As well as hosting the fashion house’s Dior Stories podcast, its Spotify account features a number of playlists to match its collections. Its most recent is ‘Dioriviera’, which celebrates its RTW summer capsule by Maria Grazia Chiuri with songs by Harry Styles, Sault and Roisin Murphy.

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BEST FOR JAZZ FANS: Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club

London institution Ronnie Scott’s has released plenty of physical compilations over the years, but its Spotify account is the place to look for the latest bands and songs inspiring the team. Its current mix features three hours of Tony Bennett, Goldie and the James Taylor Quartet.

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BEST FOR VARIETY: The Row

As you’d expect, fashion brand The Row has some of the coolest collections of songs on Spotify, ranging from The Cure to PJ Harvey and Grace Jones. As well as monthly playlists, you’ll find soundtracks direct from the catwalk. Highlights from its July edition include songs by Khruangbin and Peggy Gou.

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BEST FOR HITS: Este Haim

The Haim sisters are some of the coolest girls in music. Bassist Este’s regular mixes on the group’s Spotify channel is one of their most popular and feature everyone from Kate Bush and Perfume Genius to Kendrick Lamar and Cyndi Lauper.

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BEST FOR FASHION-FORWARD PLAYLISTS: Alexander McQueen

This account is a collection of music inspired by Alexander McQueen shows. Currently just three playlists strong, our favourite is the latest, which was curated by composer Isobel Waller-Bridge (yes, Phoebe’s sister) and is all about positivity.

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BEST FOR COOKING ALONG WITH: Padella

This is the playlist pasta hotspot Padella plays during its lunch service. Expect a selection of chilled tunes – spanning contemporary hip hop, chilled funk and new soul – featuring the likes of Burial, Outkast and Frank Ocean.

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BEST FOR SUMMER VIBES: Gucci

Gucci is one fashion house really making the most of the streaming service, pulling together regular themed playlists. Of the recent mixes, we’ve been mostly listening to ‘Gucci Love Story’, which features everyone from Air and The Mystic Moods Orchestra to Rosie & The Originals.

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BEST FOR ONLINE SHOPPING TO: The Conran Shop

Pretend you’re browsing the famous homeware shop by sticking on this playlist – which is often played in store – while you browse the website. Pulled together by specialists Mav Music, the up-tempo soundtrack features everyone from Warpaint and Lorde to Al Green and The Cure.

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BEST FOR DISCOVERING CELEBS’ FAVOURITE SONGS: Marc Jacobs

The best thing about Marc Jacobs’ Spotify account is the collection of playlists created by other creatives associated with the brand – think Susan Sarandon, Missy Elliott, Bette Midler and Sofia Coppola, who shared her spring cleaning and self-care playlist with Marc last year.

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