Spotify Playlists for Picky Music Lovers

I’ll be super honest, up until about two years ago I would frequently call myself “not a music person.” This idea was crazy to a lot of people, especially my high school classmates, who were always listening to music. For me though, podcasts were my go-to background noise when doing work. Now, two years later, I still often turn to podcasts when doing chores and running errands. But, I have made more space for music, including everything ranging from pop to 70’s and 80’s Classic Rock to Country. Unlike podcasts, listening to a Spotify playlist doesn’t take any thinking, you can tune it out and not miss anything important. Music also infuses me with energy when I need it for things like doing chores or cooking. Plus, listening to a good classic rock playlist while driving with the windows down in the summer? That is pure bliss.

Spotify Playlist for Picky music lovers that fit your every mood


Still, I’m very picky about music and how I compile my Spotify playlists. My sisters can put a bunch of random songs together, hit shuffle, and be just fine. If I did that I would have emotional whiplash. So, to combat this my playlists all have a pretty specific feeling and theme. I also don’t mean to sound like an old person here, but a lot of the new music coming out right now is not for me. I like older 2000’s stuff or even stuff that came out before 2016. Usually, I pick songs all in one larger genre that have close to the same mood and tempo that put me in that one certain mood. 



As mentioned before, here is my chores playlist, creatively titled “Upbeat/Cleaning/Pumped.” The playlist has a lot of Avril Lavigne in it as well as bands like Paramore and Panic! At The Disco, and artists such as Demi Lovato and Kesha. The basic idea behind the playlist is songs that make me feel energized and want to jump or dance around. This is the energy I need for cleaning and getting stuff done. Most of the songs fit into the pop or the pop-punk genre and get me moving. 

Another niche playlist that I have is one called “Calm/Working.” This playlist is, obviously, for when I need some chill tunes or I am working on stuff. The playlist includes lots of different artists from Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran, to one of my new favorite singers Alec Benjamin. The theme is calm, slow-paced, and more somber in tone than some of my other playlists. While the songs in it are good, they do not demand attention and movement like other songs.

Like the playlist above, “Upbeat Poppy Stuff” has a similar genre and feel to it, but instead of being slow and somber, it’s upbeat and vibrant. Artists in it include Sigrid, (who I actually learned about from one of my favorite podcasts recently) and other songs from Miley Cyrus and AJR. For some reason, I listen to this playlist a lot in the shower… But it’s also a good one for a short drive when it’s sunny and cool.

Moving away from pop songs, my favorite music genre is Classic Rock. I have several classic rock playlists including one simply called “Classic Rock.” “Classic Rock” includes any song that I like that has cool guitar music and is from the 60s-90s. One of my more curated “Classic Rock-ish” playlists, “Chill Classics“, has calmer songs and is more in the pop-style. Songs featured include things like “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” and “Let it Be” by the Beatles, “Mrs. Robinson” by Simon & Garfunkel, and “Rocky Mountain High” by John Denver. The whole feeling of this playlist evokes a feeling of a spring afternoon in a field of flowers with a nice creek trickling by. It’s a chill and comfortable playlist that is great to put on and be calm with a smile on my face.

Finally, opposite “Chill Classics” is “Upbeat Classic Rock” which fits more comfortably in the classic rock genre. The playlist includes songs that have a fast tempo yet don’t make me sad as some other classic rock songs do. Examples are “R.O.C.K. in the USA” by John Mellencamp, “Jessie’s Girl” by Rick Springfield, “We Didn’t Start the Fire” by Billy Joel, and the ever necessary “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor. The main criteria for what songs got put in this playlist was could I jam and move to it. Did the song make me want to jump and head bob or even headbang? If yes, then it went on this playlist. It’s the perfect compilation of songs for when you need a pick me up during a long summer drive. It’s also nice to have another option to dance around to other than “Tik Tok” by Kesha.

I hope that these are some playlists you can play while driving or completing chores. Or if they aren’t your style, that they give you some inspiration to make your own curated playlists! 

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