The Playlist Rundown: October

This month’s playlist has been the soundtrack soundtrack to some very special conversations and planning sessions for some incredible projects which I cannot wait to share with you all. This month has been all about motivation and confidence boosting, so I hope it does the same for all of you. As per usual, there are also some gems I came across during the month; some are bands who I feel are just about to break, so let me know what you think of them.

Ghostbusters – Ray Parker, Jr.

It wouldn’t be an October playlist without at least one Halloween song, would it? Ghostbusters may be the cheesiest of movie soundtracks but it is honestly one of my favourite songs for the spooky season. I tend to create separate Halloween playlists as to not bombard my monthly playlist with too much seasonal music, but every time this song came on during a shuffle, it did not fail to bring a smile to my face. A few of my other Halloween favourites include a cover of This Is Halloween by Panic! At The Disco, It’s Almost Halloween also by Panic! At The Disco (which is unfortunately not on Spotify) and Heads Will Roll by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

*If you’re a fan of spooky season music, you may also want to check out my Witch Vibes playlist.

1999 – Charlie XCX ft. Troye Sivan

I love Charlie XCX and Troye Sivan separately, but I honestly wasn’t too sure how I would feel about this song when I first heard about it. How wrong was I? 1999 is possibly one of my favourite pop songs of the year so far and is an absolute bop. Although it is currently absolutely freezing, this song gives me real summer pool party vibes and will be featuring in my summer party playlists next year. The references to the late nineties take me right back to my childhood and have me wishing to go back to 1999. If you are a child of the 90’s, or remember the time fondly, I hugely recommend that you take a look at the music video – it made me so nostalgic and had me giggling at how cheesy life was almost 20 years ago.

Without Me – Halsey

Halsey has admitted herself that this is one of the most emotional songs she has ever written and recorded, and this is obvious every time I listen to this song. The first time I heard the track it left me with goosebumps all over my body and the desire to listen on repeat for the next month (which I have pretty much done). I find the song completely relatable and feel the same would apply for most people who have been burned by previous relationships whether this is family, friends or lovers. The lyrics are stunningly haunting and conjure feelings familiar for anyone who has ever been taken advantage of. As this was a surprise release from Halsey which was not on her most recent album, I am excited for what the next few months hold as she is currently one of my favourite artists.

Backstreet – APRE

I discovered this song through Spotify’s New Music Friday playlist a few weeks ago and instantly feel in love with the cool vibes of APRE themselves. The mix of a traditional piano base mixed with electronic drumming and synths makes for a truly modern electronic indie pop song and proves that indie is going in a completely different direction compared to the mid-00’s wave of indie pop bands like The Wombats and The Pigeon Detectives. The band are on tour this month, playing relatively small venues. If you want to catch APRE at a smaller, more intimate venue, I feel like this may be your last chance.

Narcissist (ft. The 1975) – No Rome

I have had this song on repeat for weeks and it has still not gotten old or overplayed. I had never heard of No Rome before discovering this track, and I think working with a band like The 1975 has seamlessly introduced the Manilla-based artist to a brand new audience (nice move, Dirty Hit). No Rome will also be joining The 1975 on tour, so fans may even be treated to a live version of the song next year, along with new music from The 1975 which is due any time soon. This song may even be the first of many alternative indie bangers from No Rome and The 1975, as No Rome has been cited as one of Matty Healy’s muses, exciting times ahead!

21 Questions – Waterparks

There’s nothing I enjoy more than a good acoustic pop punk song, and 21 Questions by the rapidly-growing Waterparks is no exception. I recently started to listen to more of the band’s back-catalogue after they were announced for 2019’s Slam Dunk Festival – i had listened to the odd track here and there but had never really gotten into them. Even though it is on the more mellow side of the pop punk spectrum, this is definitely a sing-along starter and I am looking forward to seeing the band in Leeds next year. Will I see anyone else at Slam Dunk North?

November’s playlist is already looking incredible and potentially even more varied than October’s! Is there anything I should be listening to in November is any releases you are particularly excited about? Let me know in the comments and they may be featured next month!

Emily x



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