When it comes to home improvement tasks, be it installing a shelf or vacuuming the carpet, music is a non-negotiable. Some call it bundling — pairing a chore with something enjoyable — but we just call it necessary.
With that being said, we're bringing you a brand-spankin-new monthly series: The Home Playlist. An intriguing arrangement of tunes, from easy listening to indie rock, this list includes song suggestions from each Lonny editor. Here are the 10 songs we're listening to in our homes right now.
Megan O'Sullivan, Associate Editor
"Kept Me Crying" by Haim: "I have definitely woken up to my own solo dance party to this one, more than once."
"This Feeling" by Alabama Shakes: "While it may be slow, this song is very much a feel good."
Angela Tafoya, Managing Editor
"Baby" by Donnie & Joe Emerson: "There's something so romantic and hopeful about this old-school song (recently rediscovered and covered by Ariel Pink). It's tune is soothing and just makes you want to get up and slow dance."
"Phone Down" by Erkyah Badu: "Step into our home and chances are my husband's got Erkyah Badu on blast. This one, from her more-recent mixtape, isn't just a catchy tune but also reminds me to, you know, put my phone down."
Shelby Wax, Associate Editor
"Elephant Gun" by Beirut: "I don't know why but I can't turn this song off every time it comes up on shuffle. It's kind of impossible not to smile once the trumpets come in."
"Redbone" by Childish Gambino: "The perfect chill song. It's calm and slow, but also has such a great beat to groove out to."
Briana Gagnier, Senior Designer
"Bonnie And Clyde" by Brigitte Bardot and Serge Gainsbourg: "I love how fun and perfectly French this song is. Plus it gives you the chance to work on your French accent in the privacy of your own home. Who can say non to that?"
"Space Oddity" by David Bowie: "For me, this is the ideal song to belt out when you're alone and want to tap into your inner weirdness that may be NSFW."
"Magic" by Ladyhawke: "This is one of my favorite songs to dance to. Perfect for one of those bad news days when you're not sure if the world is going to end or not so you just dance instead."
"All Tomorrow’s Parties" by The Velvet Underground: "I love this song because it teleports me to a different era. The tambourine, the lyrics, Nico's haunting voice — it's '60s magic."