15 Spotify Playlists To Listen To Over Christmas
FOR DINNER PARTIES: Palace G by Thomas Straker
Chef and TikTok star Thomas Straker has a selection of Spotify playlists, and we like this mix for a casual dinner party. Maribou State, Maverick Sabre and Joy Crooks launch in with relaxed vibes before tracks by Peggy Gou and Joe Hertz ramp it up later on.
FOR DRINKS WITH THE BOYS: Disclosure’s Record Bag
If you’re hosting the guys over Christmas, this is a tidy playlist with something for everyone. Curated by Disclosure, it includes more than 1,000 songs (that’s over 24 hours of music), featuring the group’s favourite tracks of all time from Daft Punk, Bicep, Slowthai, Tom Misch and Cher. Ideal for just plugging in and putting on shuffle.
FOR CHRISTMAS DAY: Mr Porter’s Alternative Holidays
Mr Porter doesn’t just curate great menswear edits. The brand has nearly 100 playlists on Spotify, including ‘Alternative Holidays’ which features classic Christmas songs from the last 50 years, without any of the overplayed hits you’ll be bored of come the big day. Instead, expect festive hits from Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, Laura Marling and Björk.
FOR INDIE ROCK LOVERS: Indie Christmas
Whether you’re hosting friends or want some mellow songs to listen to on Christmas Day, this playlist has festive classics with some added edge. Listen out for Finneas (Billie Eilish’s brother), Sufjan Stevens, Haim and Snow Patrol.
FOR BOXING DAY CHILL: Arket 029
Scandi brand Arket is known for its timeless menswear, but it also has a whole team curating great playlists for each of its stores. ‘029’ has everything you need for a chilled time at home after the Christmas Day rush, with soft rock through to mellow Afrobeats. Play it on shuffle and catch the likes of Dur-Dur Band, Jungle and Tems.
FOR NYE PRE-DRINKS: Axel Arigato’s Symphony No.11
Footwear brand Axel Arigato teamed up with LGBTQ+ icon DJ Jodie Harsh for this party mix. Jodie – the force behind some of the best club nights in the capital – has chosen a selection of deep house, techno and disco tunes from artists like Honey Dijon, Kaytranada, Disclosure and Alan Fitzpatrick. The perfect mix to get you in the mood.
FOR A NYE HOUSE PARTY: Soho House Night
Soho House takes its music seriously. As recommended by its very own Dom Chung, its ‘Night’ playlist is ideal for the first half of a house party, before guests inevitably add their favourite songs to the queue. There are crowd-pleasers from Diana Ross, Grace Jones and Prince, with classic Motown tunes thrown in for good measure.
FOR THE RAVERS: Stace’s House Hot List
Friend of SLMan and Ibiza regular DJ Stace is known for mixes that will get any crowd going. His recent ‘Hot List’ was made for ravers – ideal if you’re going big this year and want to remember the freshest tracks from this summer. Expect Defected remixes, Jesse Perez tracks and John Summit’s extended song from Mykonos – ‘La Danza’.
FOR NIGHTCLUB VIBES: Fred Again.. Boiler Room London Set
DJ of the moment Fred Again.. went viral on social media this year with his Boiler Room set. If you want to bring the nightclub to your front room, someone’s created a Spotify playlist with his set list from that night, featuring ‘Danielle’, ‘Delilah’ and his biggest release ‘Turn on the Lights’.
FOR AN ALL NIGHTER: Uplifting: Free Your Mind
When you don’t want the party to end, you need a long playlist that has it all. Ideal for late-night listening, Radio 1 DJ Arielle Free’s mix is a blend of high-octane house, techno, disco and pop remixes. Highlights include remixes by Low Steppa, Gorgon City and Melé.
FOR THE AFTER PARTY: Amnesia Closing Festival 2022
Fresh from the decks in the White Isle, Amnesia’s closing party playlist features some of Ibiza’s most played tracks of the summer. If you’re hosting afters or just continuing the party into the early hours, you’ll be in good company with The Chemical Brothers, Paul Woolford and Jamie Jones.
FOR FAMILY DRINKS: All Ages Party Playlist
If you’re catering to all ages, this playlist has something for everyone, from newer stuff by Dua Lipa, Ed Sheeran and Adele to family favourites by Queen, Whitney Houston and the Beatles. There are 100 songs, so you can let it play all night.
FOR POST-PARTY CALM: Chilling With Massimo Bottura By Gucci
Gucci is one fashion house really making the most of Spotify, pulling together regular themed playlists. Of the recent mixes, we’ve been listening to Chilling with Massimo Bottura – the Italian Michelin-starred chef who gave the world Osteria Francescana. Massimo’s top picks include tracks from Carole King, Macy Gray, Norah Jones and Lauryn Hill.
FOR A KILLER MIX: Idris Elba’s DJ Mix
Idris Elba isn’t just Stringer Bell from The Wire. Or Luther. He’s been DJing since the early noughties and went mainstream with his dancehall anthem ‘Boasty’ back in 2019. A slightly different tempo, this DJ set is one long mix of dance songs by Low Steppa, Inner City and TCTS.
FOR NEW HITS: PlayStation Music Editor Picks
PlayStation has a great selection of Spotify playlists, including this one featuring the best hits from 2022. Expect number ones from Lewis Capaldi and Dave, as well as big tunes from the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Gorillaz, Tame Impala, Foals and Arctic Monkeys.
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