Summer Soundtrack: The Best Music and Podcasts for Auditory Wellness

Creating a summer soundtrack for auditory wellness is a great way to get the most out of summer. Whether you are laying by the pool and listening to a podcast to drown out the sounds of splashing kids or taking a walk on a beach while listening to Golden by Harry Styles, music can enhance your overall well-being during the season.

Tips for Creating Your Summer Soundtrack

We’ve assembled a selection of diverse music genres and podcasts that can contribute to a positive auditory experience.

Music for Relaxation

  • Ambient/Chill out – Artists like Brian Eno, Tycho, and Marconi Union create soothing atmospheric soundscapes perfect for unwinding.
  • Classical – Composers such as Johann Pachelbel, Antonio Lucio Vivaldi, Claude Debussy, and Ludwig van Beethoven offer timeless pieces that can promote relaxation. 
  • Nature Sounds – Explore albums featuring sounds of the ocean, rainforests, or gentle rain to bring the calming presence of nature into your space.

Music that Uplifts and Energizes

  • Pop/Rock – Upbeat and catchy tunes from artists like Bruno Mars, Taylor Swift or the Beach Boys can provide a lively soundtrack for summer adventures. 
  • World Music – Check out vibrant rhythms and melodies from different cultures, such as Afrobeat, Latin, or Reggae to infuse energy into your day.

According to a 2016 study out of UC Berkeley, listening to narrative stories (like podcasts) stimulates multiple parts of your brain — so whether you’re looking for an adrenaline rush from a true-crime podcast or a comedy podcast to boost your endorphins, there’s something for everyone out there.

Mindfulness and Meditation Podcasts

  • “The Daily Meditation Podcast” by Mary Meckley: Offers daily meditation techniques, guidance and inspiration for a more centered and mindful life. 
  • “The Calm Collective” by Cassandra Eldridge: Explores topics like self-care, personal growth, and mindfulness to help you cultivate a calm and intentional mindset.
  • “The Mindful Minute” by Meryl Arnett: Provides short, guided mindfulness practices to support your well-being throughout the day. 

Personal Growth and Wellness Podcasts

  • “The School of Greatness” by Lewis Howes: Features interviews with inspiring individuals who share their stories and insights for personal and professional growth.
  • “The Life Coach School Podcast” by Brooke Castillo: Explores topics like mindset, emotional wellness, and productivity to help you create a more fulfilling life. 
  • “The Tony Robbins Podcast” by Tony Robbins: Offers strategies, tools, and success stories from Tony Robbins and other thought leaders to help you unleash your potential. 

Create your own playlist or podcast queue based on your personal preferences. Discover new genres and podcasts to enhance your auditory wellness journey this summer, as well as explore new genres and podcasts.

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