Soundtrack for Spring?
March 29, 2013 7:27 AM   Subscribe

It's getting beautiful outside and I need some new music to be a soundtrack for my hikes through Brooklyn. What are your favorite albums (songs, artists) new and old, that give you that bright and shiny spring feeling?

These are examples of what I have been listening to:
Aesop Rock's "None Shall Pass"
Lumineer's "Ho Hey"
Gotye's "Someone that I used to know"
Maroon 5's "moves like jagger"

Really, anything with strong lyrics and beat pretty much works for me.
posted by Blisterlips to Grab Bag (26 answers total) 28 users marked this as a favorite
Pretty much anything by Apples in Stereo.
posted by Sokka shot first at 7:31 AM on March 29, 2013 [2 favorites]

Jonathan Coulton, "First of May"
posted by Faint of Butt at 7:32 AM on March 29, 2013 [3 favorites]

Phoenix, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
Anything by TV on the Radio
posted by The Michael The at 7:34 AM on March 29, 2013 [1 favorite]

"Chelsea Morning" by Joni Mitchell works for me.
posted by infinitewindow at 7:35 AM on March 29, 2013

"Time to Smile" by Xavier Rudd is the essence of a sunny, cheerful day.
posted by jbickers at 7:43 AM on March 29, 2013 [1 favorite]

Carole King's Tapestry Album seems very springy to me.

Summer Breeze, by Seals and Crofts anticipates Summer.

I'm old.
posted by Ruthless Bunny at 7:55 AM on March 29, 2013 [3 favorites]

I like Odetta's version of Sometimes I'm in a Mood (not the best recording) and Nina Simone's Feeling Good.

Also the faster Bell and Sebastian songs, like Stay Loose, Funny Little Frog, Step Into My Office, Baby.
posted by Diablevert at 7:55 AM on March 29, 2013 [1 favorite]

It's not specifically spring-themed, but the happiest album I know of is Of Monsters And Men.
posted by you're a kitty! at 7:55 AM on March 29, 2013

Hmmm great question! Off the top of my head:

Cliffs of Dover by Eric Johnson.

For Mom by Buckethead.

Spring by Vivaldi.

There are plenty more poppy songs but will have to think about those.
posted by 3FLryan at 8:00 AM on March 29, 2013

Hope and the gentle flow of the brightening season: Susannah McCorkle's lovely interpretation of "The Waters of March."
posted by MonkeyToes at 8:00 AM on March 29, 2013

My all time favorite sunny day album is Marshall Crenshaw's "Field Day".
posted by davebush at 8:06 AM on March 29, 2013


Solitary Shell by Dream Theater. My all-time favorite, quintessential "springtime" song.
posted by 3FLryan at 8:16 AM on March 29, 2013

My all-time springiest springtime jam is the first movement of Bach's E-major violin concerto.
posted by saladin at 8:36 AM on March 29, 2013

Sorry to threadsit, but this question is great!

Shire from Lord of the Rings. Really, most Celtic or Irish sounding music.

And extra really, anything in G Major. G Major sings "green" and "spring" whenever I hear it!
posted by 3FLryan at 8:37 AM on March 29, 2013

posted by Ideefixe at 8:39 AM on March 29, 2013

It's not my favorite spring song (I'd probably suggest the Kill The Musicians version of Screeching Weasel's Hey Suburbia), but objectively, the one song that screams HEY IT'S SPRING more than any other is probably the Lucksmiths' "T-Shirt Weather".
posted by Greg Nog at 8:59 AM on March 29, 2013

Oh wait, actually, the Screeching Weasel mention of Hey Suburbia reminds me that like 90 percent of what I think of as Spring Music is cute pop-punk that I listened to as a teenager. So hey, here's also some Mr. T eXperience:
Sackcloth And Ashes
Ba Ba Ba Ba Ba

And maybe NOFX's Filthy Phil Philanthropist

And here's Boris The Sprinker's Weird Lookin' Woman, which is probably the best song that humans have made so far.
posted by Greg Nog at 9:08 AM on March 29, 2013

Kishi Bashi - Bright Whites.
posted by scruss at 9:11 AM on March 29, 2013

Senses Working Overtime, by XTC
posted by 3491again at 9:47 AM on March 29, 2013 [1 favorite]

Snow is Gone by Josh Ritter.
posted by Grandysaur at 11:02 AM on March 29, 2013 [3 favorites]

Lullatone: soundtracks for everyday adventures. My current favourite, best ten bucks I've spent in a long time. Music makes me happy like a four year old with a Lollipop on a sunny day...
posted by jrobin276 at 2:46 AM on March 30, 2013

Not sure it'll be entirely your bag, but I love the basslines, sunniness, and, yes, close-harmony Scottish-accented vocals of Django Django.
posted by Sonny Jim at 4:26 AM on March 30, 2013 [1 favorite]

"A Summer Song" by Chad and Jeremy

"If She Wants Me" by Belle and Sebastian

"Lovely Day" by Bill Withers

"Bleeding Heart Show" by The New Pornographers
posted by fso at 9:18 AM on March 30, 2013

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