We’ve pulled together a playlist that’ll perfectly complement your Desert Daydream celebration style. It’s full of iconic artists who defined the sounds of the sixties and embody the artistic, bold vibe of a Palm Springs pool party. You won’t find any Christmas music (we like to be inclusive), but all of these songs are sure to get your guests grooving the night away.
Time of The Season- The Zombies
Lowkey lyrics overlay an iconic organ part. Despite the darker notes, the song feels relevant for the season- after all, it is the time of the season for loving!
Happy Together- The Turtles
A slow build to an anthemic chorus, this classic is always a hit. Surprisingly sincere in its lyrics, the song is a celebration of love in true sixties fashion.
Good Vibrations- The Beach Boys
Arguably the most musically influential band of all time, this masterpiece of surf rock is an instant mood lifter.
Turn! Turn! Turn!- The Byrds
A beautifully lyricized version of the Book of Ecclesiastes, this song is a reminder that beginnings and endings are simply part of life.
Crimson and Clover- Tommy James and the Shondells
Tenderly sung, this song has all the sweetness of a tropical drink. It sonically spans the decade we’re celebrating, starting a poppy teen hit, traversing rock and roll, and ending in pure psychedelia.
Elenore- The Turtles
Good vibes continue with this feel-good hit from the Turtles. Elenore really was swell, it seems, and so is this song. I particularly love the clever lyrics (you’re my pride and joy, et cetera).
Mele Kalikimaka- Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters
The single Christmas specific track on this list, but it really couldn’t be a warm-weather holiday without this eternal favorite.
Mr. Tambourine Man- The Byrds
The Byrds’ version is my favorite, although Dylan’s version is likely more famous. In their folk-rock way, the Byrds bring sunshine and surf to the song’s dark feel.
For Your Love- The Yardbirds
This song just sounds like the soundtrack to a glamorous Mad Men scene, so we had to include it. The song is tricky- the beginning is not like its middle which is not like its end. A fun and groovy tune.
Be My Baby- The Ronettes
Not holiday specific, but full of sweet sentiment about love, this song is an utter delight.