strawberries on a summer evening // playlist

strawberries on a summer evening is a collection of some of my essential summer songs, past and present. This playlist is based on some of the songs and artists that have consistently been the soundtrack to my summers over the years, along with some newer releases that I know I will have on repeat all season. Many songs and albums capture the feeling of summer so perfectly for me, which I will be sharing more of in future playlists, but with strawberries on a summer evening I wanted to specifically curate it based on some of my favorite fun, up-tempo, summer bops that I can listen to a million times and never get tired of. 

The title and theme is inspired by the opening lines of "Watermelon Sugar" by Harry Styles, who is an artist heavily featured throughout this playlist. His album Fine Line specifically has always sounded like summer to me and is perfect to listen to this time of year. Artists like Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift, and Dua Lipa have crafted countless summer anthems that are pure pop perfection and also make up a major portion of the songs on this list too. Sweetener1989, and Future Nostalgia are some of my favorite albums ever that I always have in my rotation this time of the year. 

5 Seconds of Summer is also frequently included throughout the playlist. Some of my favorite memories ever in my life are going to concerts in the summertime and 5SOS is a band that I have seen live several times over the years. Hearing their music always brings back so many happy memories for me. In August, I'll be seeing them for the fifth time and I am really looking forward to it! I will also be seeing Halsey live in concert for the first time at the end of June and I couldn't be more excited for that too! Her music has been such a big part of my life for nearly a decade. Other artists that heavily influenced the vibe of this playlist are Charli XCX, Lorde, Lana Del Rey and Beyoncé

"SUMMER RENAISSANCE" by Beyoncé felt like the perfect song to end this playlist on, so much of her recent release embodies the perfect summer album to me. Her high-energy, carefree vibe on Renaissance inspired the selection of so much of this playlist.

With this series, I want to find a way to share more of my music taste outside of my long-form album reviews and monthly New Music Friday posts. I especially want to spotlight the artists that I haven't found a way to incorporate into my content prior to this, or in a different way than before. I hope you enjoy listening as much as I have! 🍓

Follow me on Spotify here to keep up with my future playlists and listen to strawberries on a summer evening here / linked above. If you have any prompt ideas or music recommendations, let me know in the comments below. I will be sharing more curated playlists throughout the summer, so be sure to check back here soon for more! Thanks for reading! 

-Melissa ♡

Header: Fruit and Flowers by Frances Flora Bond Palmer, 1862 (cropped)

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