End-of-summer blues playlist

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Summer’s coming to an end, and we’re feeling lazy, overheated and a touch melancholic. We’ve still got some time, but it’s like one long Sunday — a free day, but a hot and sluggish one, marred by the dread of Monday and the thought of having to pull ourselves together. So here’s a playlist of hazy, sad, nostalgic and lo-fi tunes to listen to while you write in your journal or gaze out windows solemnly or do whatever glum August activity you’re up to.


  1. Summertime Blues — Eddie Cochran
  2. Just From Chevron” — Dirty Projectors
  3. When We Swam — Thao and the Get Down Stay Down
  4. Sunny Afternoon — the Kinks
  5. Mi Negrita” — Devendra Banhart
  6. Our Last Summer — ABBA
  7. When Will You Come — Wavves
  8. I’ll Be Seeing You” — Billie Holiday
  9. What To Say” — Born Ruffians
  10. “Sunday”Earl Sweatshirt feat. Frank Ocean
  11. “Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings”Father John Misty
  12. “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” — the Shirelles
  13. “Postcards From Italy” — Beirut
  14. “Chicago (Adult Contemporary Version)” — Sufjan Stevens
  15. “Adult Diversion”Alvvays
  16. “I Know Where the Summer Goes”Belle & Sebastian
  17. “God Only Knows”the Beach Boys
  18. “Irene” — Twin Peaks
  19. “Silhouettes” — the Rays
  20. “Summer Mood” — Best Coast
  21. “When Did Your Heart Go Missing” — Rooney
  22. “Please Do Not Go” — Violent Femmes
  23. “Summertime Sadness” — Lana Del Rey
  24. “Beach Comber”Real Estate
  25. “Summertime”Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong

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