Young musician Adam shares his ultimate Spotify playlist with Brighter Sound.

Vocalist Adam has been a regular at Brighter Sound, joining other talented musicians at Sing City, our weekly singing and songwriting collective for under 18’s as well as our regular music residencies at Band on the Wall. He’s rarely seen without either a microphone or, in between making music, a set of headphones and an iPod. Here he shares his ultimate Spotify playlist.


Adam’s Spotify Playlist

Lay Me Down – Hozier

This Hozier cover of Sam Smith’s Lay Me Down is taken from a BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge session. However, he’s reinvented it and made it so cool that I prefer his cover to the original.

Nirvana – Sam Smith

Sam Smith’s storytelling in this song makes me feel nostalgic. His songs always take me on an emotional rollercoaster but I especially like the unusual hypnotic vibe of this one.

Rise Up – Andra Day

On bad days this song slaps me in the face with a handful of energy and fierceness for the day ahead. Andra Day’s husky voice gives me chills. It’s a shame she’s underrated – I only discovered her on Spotify.

Do I Wanna Know? – Arctic Monkeys

The bass in the intro to this song is iconic. Everyone needs a classic song like this on their Spotify playlist. Not only are they so down to earth, but Alex Turner’s quiff is goals!

Missed – Ella Henderson

Since Ella’s first X Factor audition, I knew straight away she was destined for a great music career. This song is one of the few songs that can make me tear up; her songwriting puts everything into perspective.

Summer’s Child – The Coopers

This is my favourite summer anthem! I first discovered The Coopers whilst at a gig in Manchester – they were on the set list alongside my friend. Once they performed they blew me away, the energy they brought to the audience was amazing. The band is so talented yet they aren’t widely known… yet.

Blame It On Me – George Ezra

George Ezra is very similar to Ed Sheeran in the sense he challenges the norm for famous singers, he’s famous for the right reasons rather than appearance and controversies etc. His music is authentic, wise and timeless.

Elastic Heart (piano version) – Sia

Stripped back, voice-led, uplifting – Sia won’t fail to give you goose bumps in this track. She’s inspiring because of her ethics – well known for not revealing her face owing to her desire to remain unnoticed and live an ordinary life when she’s not performing. It’s passion not fame she’s after.

Wonderwall – Oasis

There’s no better song to make you feel Mancunian and proud. No one told Oasis what to do… I feel well rebelliousness after listening to any of their songs.

Pompeii – Bastille

I’ve chosen this song as the upbeat atmosphere is perfect for brightening up a dull day. They are British and relatable.