We’re not the only playlist masters in the universe. Apple does a pretty good job of creating some imaginative mixes. But finding them in iTunes is as painful as listening to Jethro Tull. Here are our favorites, linked for easy access. Have a favorite playlist on Apple Music? Tell us about it in the comments.


Next Medium Things: Chicago in the 90s: Featuring Smashing Pumpkins, Wilco, Liz Phair, Mountain Goats


L.A. Lately: New Americana in the vein of 1970s Laurel Canyon

Classic Rock

Dylanesque: Often imitated. Includes Springsteen, Wilco, Tallest Man on Earth, Courtney Barnett


Gloomy Sunday: Wallow in it. Leonard Cohen’s “Famous Blue Raincoat” sets the tone. Also The Smiths, Radiohead, and even Billie Holiday

Ramshackle Indie: Includes The War on Drugs, Kurt Vile, Courtney Barnett, Fresh & Onlys

Wakin on a Pretty Daze: If you like Kurt Vile’s style, check out all these tracks.


Beck: Son House, Dylan, Run DMC, Bowie — this playlist is as eclectic as Beck.


Blue Note Records: Jazz Funk: Includes Grant Green, Lou Donaldson, Donald Byrd


Stuck at the Airport: Calming tunes from Sigur Ros, Brian Eno, Springsteen, and many others