International Coffee Day arrives on Oct. 1, which will cheer up the thousands of people who get their morning coffee to start working or those who head to their favorite cafe in the afternoon for a pick-me-up. In honor of coffee enthusiasts everywhere, AXS has composed this playlist of 11 songs that would be perfect for listening to in the coffee shop while enjoying a frappucino. Listen to them by clicking their titles below.
Modest Mouse gave listeners instructions on how to relax with their smash hit "Float On." The entire song is about not letting anything get to you, and it's so low-key that it's excellent for a coffee shop: upbeat enough to enjoy but quiet enough that it isn't a distraction from any conversations or that screenplay someone is working on. Hear it live when you get tickets to see Modest Mouse on tour this fall through AXS.
Norah Jones' first hit is still her biggest hit, and while she doesn't know why she didn't come, fans know why the song is timeless. It's so simple that it allows audiences to focus on, and fall in love with, her amazingly clear and sweet vocal performance. Chances are it will be on her set list when audiences see Norah Jones live this fall; tickets are now on sale through AXS.
A coffee shop is the natural environment for Corinne Bailey Rae's jazzy pop. Like Norah Jones, she has a pleasing voice that puts the audience at ease, but her music works whether you're focusing on her melodies or using it for background tunes as you order that second cup of coffee and a scone.
Most Imagine Dragons songs are loud and proud, but "On Top of the World" is as close as the band will ever get to a ballad. It's more pop than rock, reveling in everything going right, and who doesn't want those kind of good vibrations as they start their day with their morning joe? Not to mention, the chorus of this song is almost impossible not to sing along with.
Maybe music fans should be thanking Dido for this enduring pop anthem about turning a bad day into a good one. It's a song that reminds audiences it's all about the little things. Like the extra caramel in a caramel frappucino or the fact that there's always a convenient cookie, muffin or other pastry available to enjoy with your coffee.
Ed Sheeran is kind of the ultimate coffee shop artist. He's an adorable guy with a guitar and really sweet music. "Thinking Out Loud" is a worldwide phenomenon and with good reason; everyone melts a little listening to it. Don't miss your opportunity to hear him play it live; tickets to Ed Sheeran's fall 2018 tour are on sale now through AXS.
The master of musical comedy struck gold with this original song, a style parody of R.E.M. that talks about the world's biggest TV. Somehow, Weird Al captures the laid-back vibe of R.E.M. better than R.E.M., while telling a very fun story about oversized electronics. There's something about the bounce of this song that lightens the heart and makes one want to buy a bigger TV.
James Blunt wants to make everyone feel better. "You're Beautiful" is as sappy a love song as they come, but that also makes it a big pick-me-up while waiting in that long line to get your coffee. It doesn't matter who you are or what your day has been like so far; hearing this song is a little ray of sunshine to go with that big boost of caffeine. Watch the equally sweet video by playing the video at the top of this article.
It doesn't have to be Sunday for listeners to lean back and relax with Maroon 5's slowest, most chill song. The jazzy undertone plus Adam Levine's silky smooth vocals make this song perfect for anyone needing a happy place. You might hear this song live when Maroon 5 play Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas this New Year's Eve; tickets are on sale now at AXS.
OneRepublic has a knack for tapping into the hearts and minds of America. Not only can they craft songs that are massive pop-rock hits, but those same songs can also be incredibly touching and prompt self-reflection. "I Lived" is one such song. It will make the listener want to finish their coffee and then go out and do something awesome in their own life.
Chances are you know this song from its use in the most addictive GEICO commercial ever made. It belongs to Royksopp, and the electronic group didn't even have to come up with that many lyrics. There's just something about the beats in this song that prompt a very nice trance. Between this song and a good cup of coffee, the whole rest of the world melts away.
For more on any of the artists featured on this playlist, click their names above to visit their artist pages at AXS.