Whether you’re snuggled up with a mug of hot cider on a blizzarding evening, or dancing around the living room in your underwear, these tunes are some of the best late night listens of all time. And again, there’s a little something for everyone here featuring the most timeless, versatile instrument of all time: the piano. We’ll start off with a bang and then mellow out with some slowjams.
1. All My Friends- LCD Soundsystem
LCD always gets me with their intros–this one is no exception. THE ANTICIPATION!!! It’s worth it, I promise. This is a must-dance and blast-on-high-volume kind of song.
2. Dreaming of Plum Trees- White Hinterland
This jazzy jam had me captivated from first listen. I love the vocalist, Casey Dienel’s voice. Fun fact: Casey took her first piano lesson at age 4. It definitely shows in this track.
3. Vienna- Billy Joel
This is just a can’t-help-but-sing-along classic. One of my all-time personal faves. Need I say more?
4. Shadowboxer- Fiona Apple
Fiona has truly mastered the art of seduction in this track; time to bust out the wine and your best slow dance moves ladies and gents. Okay, I know you’re wearing your PJs but we’ll let it slide this time (especially if you’re in slippery socks and hardwood floors).
5. Misread- Kings of Convenience
The Kings make the list again with this lovely piece that will have you wondering where it’s been all your life. This is not a particularly winter-y song, but it made the cut anyway. It’s just that good.
6. So What- Miles Davis
If you know Miles, you know So What. It’s a go-to for any jazz lover, and a great listen for any occasion. Personally I find it to be an excellent headache or stress remedy.
7. Puppets- Atmosphere
I promised there would be something for everyone, so here’s a little piano for the hip hop homies. This is a good one. Also check out Back 4 U by Jurassic Five for a similar vibe.
8. Poor Boy, Minor Key- M. Ward
M. Ward is a brilliant musician, and this song is just a taste of his musical genius. I suggest getting your hands on everything he has ever produced, but I must say this song in particular is his very best.
9. Ballerina- Leona Naess
I first heard this song during a very sad scene in an episode of Weeds and thought it was beautiful. It almost makes me choke up sometimes, but I still listen to it on a regular basis. Leona Naess has a gorgeous voice.
10. Primavera- Ludovico Einaudi
If you haven’t heard this song, prepare to have your breath taken away. Einaudi is an Italian pianist who really knows his shit. This is a classical song, but even if you’re not into that kind of thing, give it a chance; this guy’s got some serious rhythm.
11. There’s No Leaving Now- The Tallest Man On Earth
We’ll end this playlist with a gorgeous song written by Kristian Matsson, who performs under the name The Tallest Man On Earth (which is actually nowhere near true; Kristian is only 5’7”). The Tallest Man On Earth is amazing with his Bob Dylan-like sound, so I suggest if you like this song to check out more, like Wind and Walls or Revelation Blues. Warning: to me it sounds a little like a lullaby, so if you’re sleepy, you might have to call it a night after this one.
Hope you enjoy! Let me know what you think!
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