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If you’ve never had a summer playlist/mixtape, then you haven’t really lived. Here’s a look at some of the best tracks to commemorate the summer of 2019 (so far.)

“Bad Guy” by Billie Eilish

Billie Eilish is a phenom. She’s barely 17 and already eons ahead of the game, making music no one else is, and doing it better than anyone else out there. This track does a little dance with the dark side in us all.

“Piece of Your Heart” by Meduza feat. Goodboys

An ode to 90s dance music, this track is sure to have all those past summer memories surface, and also help you create some new ones.

“Taki Taki” by DJ Snake feat. Selena Gomez, Ozuna & Cardi B

No summer music list is complete without a latin track. It makes you feel like you’re partying on the beach, soaking up the sun and having the time of your life. Total vacay mode.

“Do You Remember” by Chance the Rapper feat. Death Cab for Cutie

It’s the musical collaboration you never knew you needed or wanted. The contrasting vocals make it appealing to all music fans, and makes you thing of all the summers past.

“Ocean Drive” by Duke Dumont

Reminiscent of 80s synth-pop era, this track is perfect for any summer road trip. It has freedom written all over it.

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February is the dead of winter. No spring in sight, holidays left far behind, and all that remains is freezing cold temperatures, snowstorms, slushy sidewalks, wind chills, and gray skies. Your time is better spent avoiding the outdoors, and hanging out with these tunes.

“Winter Solstice” by Cold Specks

The ethereal music and her flawless vocals are truly gorgeous; the lyrics, however, take a darker turn. Just like winter: pretty on the outside, cold and miserable on the inside.

“The New Great Depression” by The Moth & The Flame

Pretty sure they’re talking about February here. (Note: this video deserves a medal.)

“Favourite Colour is Blue” by Robert DeLong feat. K. Flay

The haunting music, the raspy vocals, and the overall loudness and anger of the track, all perfectly mirror how I feel about winter.

“A Case of You” by Joni Mitchell

Spending all this time indoors, allows me to discover/catch up on new music. The way this 70s classic digs deep and pulls everything out from your insides is truly remarkable.

“Barefoot in the Park” by James Blake feat. Rosalia

Blake’s sublime music and vocals, coupled with Rosalia’s Spanish verses, transport the listener to better times, warmer temperatures, and the freedom of being barefoot.

“Shiver” by Coldplay

These days, I prefer to think of the other kind of shivering: the nervous-exciting-goosebumpy-I’m so into you-type of shivers, that Coldplay so eloquently puts into song.

“Home” by morgxn feat. Walk the Moon

The one thing I most look forward to during February is going home, putting on my pjs, burying myself under heavy blankets, and drinking tea. It’s the only time I feel warm.

“7 Rings” by Ariana Grande

It’s fun. She’s fun. The whole album is fun. And who couldn’t use a little fun during these arctic temperatures?

“Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen

This track’s chaotic/unique/genius arrangement is exactly how my mind feels after being cooped up indoors for days on end.

“Long December” by Counting Crows

Winter’s always too long, and every year I hope it won’t be.

Now that it’s 2019, and New Year resolutions are on the rise, here’s a guide on how to curate the ultimate workout soundtrack.

1. Go Techno

Whether it’s classic DJ beats, techno, drum ‘n bass, or newer age Calvin Harris-infused tracks, pick your poison. They’re all designed to make work out harder, faster and better.

2. Feel Nostalgic

Pick a song that takes you back, that you know all the words to, that makes you feel good, confident, and like you have a friend alongside with you. Then, run with it (no pun intended.)

3. Guilty Pleasures

When you’re working out, it’s you and your headphones, so be free, have fun, and laugh at yourself a little. You can go Bieber, Britney, Backstreet, or even this gem here (don’t judge.)

4. Choose Reggaeton

Reggaeton is a combination of hip-hop, Latin beats, and dance. It’s impossible to stay still while listening to the sensual Spanish lyrics and hypnotic rhythms.

5. Be Bhangra

Bhangra is high energy, drum heavy, feel-good music from northern India. Even if you don’t understand what they’re saying, you will undoubtedly keep you moving forward.

6. Michael Jackson

Every workout playlist MUST include a Michael Jackson track. Period.

7. Seek Therapy

At the end of a long, difficult, frustrating, craptastic day, sometimes you just want to get mad. Take that energy, and sweat it all out (while listening to these guys scream of course.)

8. Flavour of the Week

Add the song that you’ve had on repeat most recently, that you just can’t get enough of, because it’s catchy and sure to motivate you.

9. Podcasts

For those lighter, stretching kind of work outs (or whatever suits you,) try a podcast. It’s like listening to a couple of friends shoot the shit, and definitely helps the time fly by.

10. Beyoncé

Every workout playlist MUST include a Beyoncé track. Period.

11. Reggae

I’m talking anything from Bob Marley, to Beenie Man, to Sean Paul (but mostly Sean Paul.) You’ll have trouble keeping still, and will be forced to move faster.

12. 90s Hip-Hop

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: 90s hip-hop is the ultimate hip-hop of of all time, and the perfect workout music.

13. Get Lost

If you like to disappear in your head, try indie music. It’ll entrance you with your deepest emotions, and innermost thoughts; all the while letting you continue your workout.