20 Indie Pop Gems to Cure Your Morning Commute Blues

Finding the perfect soundtrack to lighten your morning commute is not an easy task. You’re half asleep, wishing you were still under the covers wrapped tightly like a big, toasty cinnamon bun. You need the perfect song, one that will help you set the mood for the rest of the day – and flex on your carpool crew, of course (no one wants to be asked to pass the AUX cord). Just like breakfast is the most important meal of the day, your morning music consumption has to be on point, balanced, and have just the right amount of energy.

To that end, we’ve prepared a very special Apple Music playlist for you to bump on your way to work or school, which we’re sure will help you wake up and get ready to face your daily duties. We carefully picked tracks that are light enough to match the sluggishness of early mornings, and made sure to throw in the right amount of verve.

There’s something about Afro-Latino rhythms that have the power to wake you up – that’s why we threw in ÌFÉ’s “House of Love,” Ibeyi’s “Weatherman,” and Xenia Rubinos’ “Black Stars.” Playful songs like Ela Minus’ “Jamaica” and Las Amigas de Nadie’s “El sol saldrá mañana” are here to lift your spirit, and so are indie pop tracks by Dënver and La Bien Querida. Balún’s dreambow track “La nueva ciudad” is the perfect transition from tip-toeing beats to cinematic drama, and by the time Alex Anwandter’s “Siempre es viernes en mi corazón” comes up, you’ll be ready to deal with your boss.

Stream the playlist below via Apple Music.