If it wasn’t for music, those long morning commutes would be intolerable. If you’re tired of background chatter, loud co-passengers, and honking cars, plug in your earphones and allow yourself to be transported with these handy, themed playlists. In addition to jumpstarting your day, it might inspire you to make a career switch to the music industry!
1. RapCaviar - For lovers of thick beats
Spotify’s most influential hip-hop playlist is all about big beats, boastful declarations of wealth and aggressive lyrics. If you find yourself drifting off on the bus or train, just tune in to these fresh tracks. You may not have heard of more than half of them, but this is what will give you the extra kick in the morning. Whether or not you can decipher the lyrics of Lil Uzi Vert’s XO Tour Llif3, you won’t be able to stop bopping along to Drake’s newest earworm, God’s Plan. Updated regularly, RapCaviar will leave you feeling energetic enough to power through the daily commute – as well as eight hours of work.
2. Rock Classics - For the wannabe lead guitarists
Everyone deserves to feel like a rockstar every now and then. While commuting may not be the most empowering experience, this Rock Classics playlist comes in a close second. If you grew up with anyone who came of age in the ‘80s, you’ll be quite familiar with most of the bangers on this playlist. From Led Zeppelin to Black Sabbath to Heart, the legendary guitar riffs and familiar lyrics will have every cell in your body vibrating. Just try to keep the air guitar to a minimum.
3. 90s Smash Hits - For those living in the past
This nine-hour trip down memory lane will transport you back to a time when. All you cared about was grunge bands, watching Britney on TRL and the latest beef between Biggie and Tupac.From Eurodance to gangsta rap and bubblegum pop, 90s Smash Hits is your entire adolescence trapped in a nostalgic mix tape.
4. Epic Classical - For the old souls
Whoever said classical music is sleep-inducing has never listened to Mussorgsky’s Night on the Bald Mountain, Mozart’s extravagant Requiem: Lacrimosa or Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. Classical music is the origin of several styles that succeeded the genre – namely rock and jazz – and you’ll be hard-pressed to miss the similarities. The majestic chords, sweeping melodies and larger-than-life soundscapes will transport you to an oft-forgotten era of decadence and grandiosity. Listening to classical music is also known to increase productivity and concentration, so you’ll be able to make the most of your day.
5. Musical Hits - For those with an inner diva
If singing in the shower is a daily occurrence for you, then you won’t you be able to stop lip-syncing to the addictive show tunes in this list. From Cats to Rent to Les Miserables, the past century’s most beloved musical theatre numbers can be found in this compilation. Been aching to belt? The uplifting tunes and powerful vocals will make you want to hit a high G.