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Spring has finally sprung. Doesn’t your playlist need a refresh? These tracks are the perfect accompaniment for Marie Kondo-ing your apartment—or your life. From ’70s disco bangers to modern country hits, here are the best songs to get you excited for the weather ahead.

1

“Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles

No essential Beatles playlist is complete without “Here Comes the Sun”—the classic ’60s track has stood the test of time, with its spirited acoustic guitar and an effervescent energy that’s sure to warm even the coldest of hearts.

2

“Weeds” by Marina and the Diamonds

If your spring cleaning resulted in the dissolution of a relationship, this Marina song is for you. Weed out the old, and in with the new.

3

“Butterflies” by Kacey Musgraves

It’s no secret that spring is for lovers. So the next time you catch yourself falling for someone, be sure to soundtrack those feels with Kacey Musgraves’ “Butterflies.”

4

“Spring Affair” by Donna Summer

Who says steamy nights on the dance floor are only meant for summertime? Contrary to her stage name, Donna Summer, a.k.a. the queen of disco, says that you can have both.

5

“Come in With the Rain” by Taylor Swift

April showers bring May flowers, so be sure to blast this Taylor Swift track during the next big rainstorm.

6

“Put Your Records On” by Corinne Bailey Rae

In winter, all the birds migrate south for the season. In Corinne Bailey Rae’s “Put Your Records On,” she says that the birds are back—”and they told me I don’t need to worry.”

7

“Cranes in the Sky” by Solange

It might be about an indescribable malaise. Still, “Cranes in the Sky,” the lead single from Solange’s critically acclaimed album A Seat at the Table, feels like the much-needed soul cleansing you need after a long, dreary fallow period.

8

“After the Storm” by Kali Uchis ft. Tyler, The Creator and Bootsy Collins

This ’70s-influenced, psychedelic pop track from Kali Uchis reminds the listener that after every rainstorm, there’s sunshine behind the clouds. From the video’s lush imagery to the growth and rebirth themes in the lyrics, this song couldn’t be any more spring-like if it tried.

9

“Up With the Birds” by Coldplay

Coldplay’s Mylo Xyloto gave us the gift that is “Up With the Birds,” a sonic interpretation of the sun emerging, suddenly filling a dull day with color. Chris Martin’s gentle singing is buoyed by swooning strings and choral flourishes.

10

“Soleil” by Françoise Hardy

Spring is for sunshine! That’s why this song is so fitting. Pretend for a moment that you’re strolling through Paris softly singing “Soleil, je t’aime.” (You’re welcome!)

11

“Bloom” by Troye Sivan

“Take a trip into my garden / I’ve got so much to show ya.” Okay, Troye Sivan, we get it! It’s about sex.

12

“Unwritten” by Natasha Bedingfield

We have 2004 to thank for this spring-worthy bop by Natasha Bedingfield. With lyrics like “Let the sun illuminate the words that you cannot find,” “Unwritten” definitely reflects the spirit of this season.

13

“Mi Infinita” by Cuco

The opening lines of Cuco’s “Mi Infinita” roughly translate to “From black and white to color, the flowers shine with your love.” What better image for the turn of the seasons?

14

“Locket” by Kilo Kish

Sometimes all you need is a chill song to match your new laid-back vibe after the harshness of winter. Kilo Kish’s “Locket” accomplishes that with ease.

15

“Brooklyn Baby” by Lana Del Rey

Thanks to our elementary school lessons, we can’t forget that April is National Poetry Month. But Lana Del Rey takes it all in stride as she “gets down to beat poetry” with her Brooklynite boyfriend.

16

“It’s Gonna Be Me” by *NSYNC

Technically, it’s not a spring song by any definition. But you’d be hard pressed to tell me any different. If a teenaged Justin Timberlake singing “It’s gonna be may” doesn’t get you into the spring spirit, I don’t know what will.

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