10 Favorite Summer Love Playlists

For most of us in the northern hemisphere, summer is over. Well, 8tracks Team excluded, for two awesome reasons, one more obvious than the other. For starters, we’re located in San Francisco, so for us Indian Summer has just begun. (Woohoo!!!) Secondly, when you are surrounded by music as much as we are, summer is always in your heart.

 

But we know that for many of you it’s not as easy. You’re probably back at school, trying hard to focus on homework, while your tan still reminds you of the great memories you made over the summer summer. You’d rather be back on that white sand beach, with that sweet boy or girl you fell in love with, partying in Southeast Asia, or dancing your heart out at your favorite music festival.

 

Knowing how much you miss all that, we’ve put together a collection with some of our favorite Summer 2014 playlists on 8tracks. Please enjoy!

 

1. We’d rather be there too…

“Ten tracks including music by BLEACHERS, C2C, and Clean Bandit.”

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10 Indie Wedding Playlists

DIY indie weddings are all the rage now and are often more affordable than traditional weddings. Whether located at a barn, a farmhouse or simply outdoors, the venue and the music at an indie wedding are a match made in heaven, just like the bride and the groom.

We are in the middle of the wedding season and many of us have either attended a wedding recently or are planning (or dreaming of) our own soon. Choosing the right wedding music can be challenging because you want to make sure all guests have a good time, and hear songs that make them want to dance. But you also want to avoid some of the more mainstream, cliche wedding songs.

Whether you are in the middle of planning yours or just dreaming about what it would be like (a girl can dream, right?), we are here to help you create the wedding soundtrack of your dreams. We’ve put together a list with some of the best Indie Wedding Playlists on 8tracks. We hope they inspire you to make your own playlist, perhaps using some of the songs you (re)discovered by listening to the ones recommended below:

1. We do, we do, we do

“A collection of heartfelt love songs fit for any whimsical, indie, rustic, or whatever wedding.”

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Announcing Moshi Summer Sound Winners!

Two weeks ago we launched a playlist challenge where we asked you to create and share the best summer vibes playlist. The four winners would receive an awesome prize pack courtesy of Moshi, maker of beautifully designed earbuds and other really cool tech accessories. And while we know you guys love making playlists, we weren’t ready for such an overwhelming response: 249 playlists were carefully curated with lots of love and attention to detail. From stunning cover images, to themed playlists, to witty titles, this challenge demonstrated once again how passionate and creative our community is.

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We had a hard time picking the winners. In our eyes, everyone who took the time to create and submit a playlist is a winner. We ended up selecting two playlists that won by popular vote and two that won the hearts of our staff members. Without further ado, the four winning playlists are:

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Summer Sound Mix Challenge

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Contrary to what Lana Del Ray thinks, summertime is not all about sadness. We’re believers in a summer full of sun, swim and tunes. Whether you’re heading to Bonnaroo, EDC, Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, or your local music festival, we’ve got you covered with a Summer Sound Pack giveaway from our friends at Moshi. Moshi makes some sweet earbuds and other tech accessories, and they’ve put together a pretty solid collection of gear for some lucky 8tracks DJs.

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Community: The Crown Jewel of 8tracks

Yesterday we launched 8tracks Forums, allowing our community of over 11 million registered listeners to communicate with one another in a more personal way. We’ve long allowed listeners to comment on mixes to show gratitude or engage DJs in a dialogue around the music:

mix commentLast year, some of our most active community members formed a group on Facebook — “8tracks Friends” — to facilitate shared conversations and support real-world friendships among group members. These weren’t the only listeners looking to build friendships with other 8tracks listeners and DJs, and we’ve received a growing number of requests for private messaging.

As we began to think about a way to encourage interactions between members of the 8tracks community, we discovered Discourse, a dynamic, open source forum and private messaging platform that can be branched and personalized. Discourse gives us a smart way to facilitate conversations between — and speak directly with — the folks who care most about 8tracks, an essential step to making 8tracks the best music sharing community.

And that community is going to meet up IRL! This Friday, members of the original 8tracks Friends group on Facebook will be flying into San Francisco from around the country to meet us and one another in person for the first time. We’re beyond excited.

Finally, we’d like to welcome and introduce you to Monica Semergiu, who will lead 8tracks’ community building efforts as our Community Manager. As we grow and evolve, it’s important for us to remember and support our community, the crown jewel of 8tracks and a daily reminder of why we do what we do.

8tracks goes where you go

Internet radio is awesome generally because you get highly relevant programming yet don’t have to go to the trouble of compiling your own playlists.  And by giving people who know & love music a platform for tastemaking, 8tracks delivers the highest relevancy – the right music for any taste, time and place.

But to accomplish this mission, 8tracks also has to be available everywhere, at any time.  You can already listen from your desk (web), on the go (iPhone, Android, Windows, Blackberry) and in your living room (Sonos).  It’s conveniently-delivered music without the grunt work – so you can go to 8tracks radio, press play, and add pleasant sounds to your daily routine effortlessly, integrating it as part of your life. Because radio lends itself to multi-tasking, listeners can feel good about bobbing their heads to great tracks all over the place, from morning until night.

However, we’ve historically been absent from one key listening scenario:  the car, which today represents more than a quarter of all radio listening. That’s why we’ve partnered with Aha Radio, which will bring 8tracks to the automobile dashboard. By the end of 2013 Aha Partners will be integrated into more than 40+ models of vehicles, including Acura, Chrysler, Toyota, Ford, Honda, Porsche and Subaru. Get ready for a more accesible 8tracks, as we add more ways to listen from your vehicles, and beyond.

Case in point:  take a look at my typical day, and you’ll see that 8tracks fits into my life almost 24/7. (Full disclosure: I may or may not be lying about a morning workout being typical.)

7:45 am – Wake up groggy and tired. Turn on a motivating mix to fight the grump inside of me.

8:30 am – Run as fast as I can to catch my bus, go to the gym, break a sweat.

10 am to 7 pm – Work a lovely day from 8tracks headquarters.

8 pm to 10 pm – Read a book, catch up with my mom on the phone, maybe art journal or stalk exes on the interwebs.

 

11pm – Venture off to dreamland.

How to get one million plays on 8tracks

  • Step 1: Publish a great mix in 2009.
  • Step 2: Wait four years until 8tracks clocks 5 million listeners per month.
  • Step 3: Be proud; you’re an 8tracks millionaire.

Today’s post celebrates the first 8tracks mix to reach over one million plays, a mix which was published in February 2009 and has steadily become the all-time most played mix on the site.

What is it about this mix that’s so compelling to so many listeners? The playlist is a sweet compilation of indie rock songs by lytebryte25, with the evocative title “songs to lie on your bed and stare at the ceiling to.” Along with some well-chosen artwork, it’s this winning combination of a perfect mood, a specific setting, and well-crafted playlist that keeps people coming back to hear your selections.

That’s one of the special things about 8tracks:  you may not know exactly what you want to hear, but if you want some sounds to escape while you stare upwards contemplating existence, or while you sweat, dance, mourn, laugh, or just live, someone out there has made a playlist just for you.

Curious about what other mixes have blown up on 8tracks? Take a look at the top 10 most played 8tracks playlists of all-time:

Thanks to our excellent, dedicated DJs – the curators on the 8tracks network – nearly 800,000 mixes have been published since 2008.  And their audience continues to grow: since 8tracks raised funding in August 2011, both the number of listeners per month and hours of listening per listener per month have tripled, resulting in a nearly 10X increase in total hours streamed, which just topped 22m in April.  Over the same period, listening on mobile has increased from 1% to now 50% of all hours streamed.

Thank you DJs, listeners, raging fans and supporters for being part of the journey as we seek to offer the best music for any taste, time and place. A million plays is just the start of the growth you’ve helped us achieve!