A Classic Rock Playlist for the End of Summer

I’ve been working on this playlist for a while, keeping track of the tunes that I’ve played and loved the most this summer. As my summer wraps up, I thought it was a good time to share this one. It’s a melancholy mix, perfect for the end of a groovy summer.

Summer of ’17:


Eagles’ “Lyin’ Eyes,” Jackson Browne’s “Sky Blue and Black,” and The Doors’ “Waiting for the Sun” are old favorites that I listened to a lot in the last three months. However, I’ve discovered a lot of incredible music recently. If you like this playlist, I recommend these albums that I found over the summer:

Simon & Garfunkel’s Wednedsday Morning, 3A.M. — This mellow folk record was the soundtrack to most of my summer. Simon and Garfunkel’s harmonies on this album are incredible. I had listened to the album half a dozen times within the first day of hearing it. After “Bleeker Street,” listen to “Wednesday Morning, 3A.M.”

Lana Del Rey’s Lust for Life — Granted, Lana Del Rey is not a classic rock artist, but she’s very heavily influenced by classic rock. Lana is one of my favorite young artists, and this record, which she released on July 21st, does not disappoint. After “Tomorrow Never Came,” which features John and Yoko’s son Sean, listen to “Beautiful People Beautiful Problems,” which features my love, Stevie Nicks.

Creedence Clearwater Revival’s Cosmo’s Factory — I’ve listened to and loved Willy and the Poor Boys for a long time, but I was missing out on this album! I’ve fallen in love with the bluesy rock sound lately; this album has some great examples of that. After the two included songs, listen to “Long As I Can See The Light”

Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young’s So Far — This is the band’s “Best of” album, a good mix of acoustic songs and heavier hits. I knew I liked Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young, but this album made me realize just how much I like them. Those harmonies! After “Helplessly Hoping,” listen to “Woodstock”

Jackson Browne’s The Naked Ride Home — Some fans are willing to throw away most of Jackson Browne’s later work, but this is a solid record from my favorite artist, which I hadn’t listened to before he played “The Naked Ride Home” at a show I went to in July. After “The Naked Ride Home,” listen to “Don’t You Want To Be There” and “My Stunning Mystery Companion”

If you haven’t had a chance, read my introductory post, here.

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