Couldn’t make it to Coachella? Here’s a playlist to put you in the festival mindset

Tragically, most of us could not attend Coachella this year. Despite this year’s killer line-up and the opportunity to rock our best bohemian outfits, the price tag of attending is a little much – especially on a college kid’s budget. But since we couldn’t venture to California and soak up the sunshine, music, and good vibes, here is a playlist that will give you that much-desired Coachella mindset. 

West Coast – Lana Del Rey

Del Rey debuted this song at Coachella, and its hypnotic, glamourous, and soothing all at the same time. So basically, classic Lana. 

ImageLana Del Rey performing live at Coachella (via

The Wind – Cat Stevens

This is probably my personal favorite song of all time. It reminds me of summer and gives me inner peace, which is what Coachella is all about. 

I Don’t Know How – Best Coast

Best Coast is the definitive California band – their music is surfer, a little grungy, and summery, but definitely doesn’t lack heart. This song is just one of their greats. 

Get Lucky – Daft Punk 

Pretty much everyone has already heard this song a million times, but it still instantly makes me ready to dance. 

Go Outside – Cults

This song is catchy and light; it’s totally perfect for when the sun is out and you want to “go outside.” 

Breezeblocks – Alt-J

For such an upbeat song, the lyrics are surprisingly dark. Still, it is perfect to jam to. 

Florescent Adolescent – Arctic Monkeys

Arctic Monkeys are the best, right?! This is one of their classics. 

I Always Knew – The Vaccines

This is the song equivalent of driving around late at night with your best friends. It will also make you want to party. 

I Love It – Icona Pop

If you actually went to Coachella, this is the song you would listen to right before the Zedd concert. 

Only Love – Ben Howard

Ben Howard’s music will fill your soul. Listen when you need to be centered. 

California – Joni Mitchell

Joni Mitchell is a folk-hippie icon, and I am obsessed with her. This is a song about the bohemian life and how California is the best place to call home.ImageJoni Mitchell rocking the flower crown back in the 70s (via 

West Coast – Coconut Records

This song just makes me super happy, and it’s perfectly titled for a music festival in California. 

Home – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes

THIS SONG IS MY LIFE. Nothing brings me more joy. 

I Don’t Wanna Pray – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes

Ed Sharpe is so amazing, they deserve two songs on this playlist. This one is a bit newer and appeals more to the spiritual side of Coachella.  

What the Water Gave Me – Florence and the Machine

This song nails it on the spiritual front, and is also insanely tribal and epic. 

Tongue Tied – Grouplove

The perfect song to listen to when you’re about to go out for the night – or even if you’re just in an amazing mood. 

Hey Ya! – OutKast

OutKast performed at Coachella this year, and I am devastated that I didn’t get to hear this classic live. “Hey Ya!” was the soundtrack to so many of my summers. 

ImageBig Boi and Andre 3000 of OutKast performing live at Coachella (via

Honey and the Moon – Joseph Arthur

This might not be a party anthem, but it’s a chill song that will ease your mind. And it was on the pilot episode of The O.C., the greatest teen drama that ever was. 

Who Knows Who Cares – Local Natives

I saw Local Natives live last year, and when they played this song, the atmosphere was pure euphoria. I’ve never seen an entire crowd so happy to be alive. 

ImageLocal Natives performing at the LC Pavilion in Columbus, Ohio – this is the concert I was at! (via

Young Blood – The Naked and the Famous

The anthem for being young, lost, and free. This song is basically Taylor Swift’s “22,” indie-style.

Sleepyhead – Passion Pit

This song is trippy and uplifting – a lot like how I imagine Coachella would be. 

The Bends – Radiohead

Because there’s a Radiohead song for every occasion. Duh. 

Going to California – Led Zeppelin

Actual lyrics from this song: “Someone told me there’s a girl out there with love in her eyes and flowers in her hair.” That is so hippie music festival. Also this song is beautiful. 

Forest – Twenty One Pilots

Sing along to this song and watch your mood improve by a thousand percent. 

ImageTwenty One Pilots concert at the LC Pavilion in Columbus (via

Tangerine – Led Zeppelin 

This song is just the best; it’s the musical equivalent of sunshine, kind of. The scene where it is featured in Almost Famous (2000) is one of the best movie soundtrack moments of all time. 

So there’s your Coachella playlist! Enjoy and don’t be too sad – you can always go next year! 

 – Jenny Henderson