The last time I made a playlist that was only expected to extend through spring, I ended up calling it the Quarantine Turn-Up, and it spanned from March through September (wow!), adding and subtracting songs as I go. Only a lengthy, months-long soundtrack could really encompass such a definitive era we all experienced at the hands of COVID-19. While sitting at the same desk exactly a year later and crafting a playlist all over again (this time featuring the best new music of spring 2021), a flurry of memories and feelings buzz through my brain.
Quarantine (like, when we were in actual lockdown) was such a moment. I think I speak for everyone when I say we learned so much about ourselves and really honed in on our goals, hidden skills, relationships and future. That said, as we slowly but surely get vaccinated and move ahead with our post-pandemic lives, it definitely calls for some light, new tunes and happy, scenic drives.
Scroll below for a playlist of the best new music of spring 2021. Like before, I’ll be adding and subtracting as the season progresses (but I’ll stop at summer this time!).
While springtime is about getting out of the house, HERE‘s the playlist to listen to if you still feel like cozying up with hot chocolate on a cold day.