Music brings us peace, comfort, understanding, and, of course, fun in both good times and difficult times. That's what Smithsonian Folkways is hoping to deliver to your speakers with a veritable cornucopia of new streaming playlists. We're presenting it all to you buffet-style, with a little bit of everything from our massive music and sound archive. Want to hear what new label family member Folk-Legacy Records is all about? We've got you covered. A little something for the kids that the adults can also enjoy? Head over here. Find all of our new playlists on Spotify and others on Apple Music.
- People's Picks: Numero Group: Sometimes it’s the warm hum of primitive folk records with socialist leanings that really soothes the spirit, other times it’s the romantic serenades of Luiz Bonfa & his trusted guitar. Take a break from the noise with a collection of tracks that offer us a glimpse of comfort and verity in time uncertain.
- Just Kidding: Children's Music from Smithsonian Folkways: Play, dance, learn, and sing along to these selections from our humongous children's music collection, wowee!
- What We're Listening To: Alyssa DeHayes: Alyssa DeHayes, Smithsonian Folkways Social Media Manager shares an excellent playlist of what she's been listening to.
- New Music from Smithsonian Folkways: Keep up with the latest singles, albums, and artists from your favorite label!
- Label Spotlight: Folk-Legacy Records: Explore the venerable Folk-Legacy Records, now part of the Smithsonian Folkways family!
- Folkwaves: A Sonic Palette from Smithsonian Folkways: Sit back, relax, and let us help you get into the zone with a collage of music and sound you might not expect from Smithsonian Folkways.
- People's Picks: Bonny Light Horseman: The trio of Eric D. Johnson, Josh Kaufman, and Anaïs Mitchell present what they've been listening to as of late.
- Folkways Goes… Maritime: a deep dive into the massive & diverse Folkways collection, this time exploring our store of maritime and nautical holdings.
- Birds, Beasts, Bugs, and Fishes: Animal Tracks from Smithsonian Folkways: Visit natures from the comforts of your home!
- What We're Listening To: Norman Storer Corrada: Norman Storer Corrada, SF's Harvard-Dumbarton Oaks Fellow shares his picks.
- Curated – Emily Hilliard: Expertly curated selections, excellent listens, this time chosen by Emily Hilliard, West Virginia state folklorist and founding director of West Virginia Folklife Program.
- Around the World of Sound: Love: If a sound has been made, it's like that it has ended up in the Smithsonian Folkways collection, here we explore the various songs and sounds of love.
Playlists Aplenty | Smithsonian Folkways Recordings