Never Turn Down: Black History Month Playlist

Black History Month Playlist - The Palmetto Peaches

February is almost over, but feel free to carry this Black History Month Playlist into Melanin March and every other month in the year. I didn’t pick these songs because they’re about “being black”. Some of the jams celebrate blackness, some remind me of my family, friends, and childhood, while others remind me of the struggle. Instead of explaining why this playlist is so necessary to me, I’ll let Tina Lawson school ya.

“It’s such beauty in black people, and it really saddens me when we’re not allowed to express that pride in being black, and that if you do, then it’s considered anti-white. No! You just pro-black. And that’s okay. The two don’t go together. Because you celebrate black culture does not mean that you don’t like white culture or that you putting it down. It’s just taking pride in it, but what’s irritating is when somebody says, you know, “They’re racist!”, “That’s reverse racism!” or, “They have a Black History Month, but we don’t have a White History Month!”

Well, all we’ve ever been taught is white history. So, why are you mad at that? Why does that make you angry? That is to suppress me and to make me not be proud.”

-Interlude: Tina Taught Me (A Seat at the Table)

Let’s be honest, A Seat at the Table (Solange) and To Pimp A Butterfly (Kendrick Lamar) could’ve made up for half of this playlist, but that was too easy. Let me also point out that Beyoncé’s Lemonade isn’t on Spotify, along with a handful of other songs I wanted to add to this playlist — but I did my best! Enjoy and remember to never turn down!

Warning: I tried to find “clean” versions, but some songs may contain explicit language.


Black History Month Playlist

What songs would you add to the Black History Month Playlist? Leave a comment, and maybe I’ll add it!

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Flowers and Candy: Love Jams Playlist

If you don’t know by now The Palmetto Peaches love a good playlist. I’ve made playlists for the best cover songswork out jams, and productivity. With Valentine’s Day approaching, I thought I’d put together a little love jams playlist. You can play this as you’re having your dinner for two on Tuesday or on your way to your early Valentine’s dinner this weekend.There are some cheesy songs, but cheese it up. Twirl your significant other around.Flowers & Candy: Love Jams Playlist - The Palmetto Peaches -

Flowers and Candy: Love Jams Playlist

  • Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud
  • B2K – Gots Ta Be
  • Beyonce – Love On Top
  • Whitney Houston – I Will Always You
  • Drake – Take Care
  • Mariah Carey – Always Be Baby
  • John Legend – All of Me
  • Justin Bieber – U Smile
  • Katy Perry – Unconditionally
  • Bruno Mars – Treasure
  • Adele – Make You Feel My Love
  • Florence + the Machine – Stand By Me
  • John Legend – P.D.A. (We Just Don’t Care)
  • Peabo Bryson – Tonight, I Celebrate My Love
  • Savage Garden – Truly, Madly, Deeply
  • Barry White – You’re The First, The Last, My Everything
  • Monica – Angel of Mine
  • Aresomith – I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing
  • Miley Cyrus – Adore You

What are some of your favorite love songs of all time? Leave me a comment below and I’ll add some to my love jams playlist! 

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Music Midtown 2016 – Palmetto Peaches’ Playlist

Music Midtown 2016 - The Palmetto Peaches' Playlists - palmsinatl.comWow, we haven’t had a Palmetto Peaches’ Playlist in a while. The last was in May, to be exact. One of the reasons I love living in Atlanta is all of the opportunities to see amazing musical performances. Just about every major tour stops through the city and we have some great smaller venues for artists as well. Although, I opted out of Beyonce this year so I could save a few coins. I did spring for Music Midtown tickets. I’m so excited for Music Midtown 2016, happening this weekend. Check out my recap from last year’s festival. I’m most excited to see The Killers, James Bay, Kesha, Corrine Bailey Rae, Alabama Shakes, and DNCE. However, I just love live music in general and am ready for the experience.

If you’re not making the trip to Atlanta for this years’ festival (or if music festivals aren’t your thing), I’ve pulled together a playlist of some of my favorite songs from some of the artists of Music Midtown 2016.  Hopefully,  you discover someone new or just an awesome playlist to jam out to.

Feel free to take a full look at the full lineup and send me any suggestions for artists to check out or songs to add my Music Midtown 2016 playlist!

Music Midtown 2016 Playlist

  • The Killers –  All These Things I’ve Done; Where the White Boys Dance; Somebody Told Me; Mr. Brightside
  • Twenty One Pilots – Heathens; Stressed Out;  Ride
  • Beck – Loser; Morning
  • Deadmau5 – Terrors in My Head; Some Chords
  • The Lumineers – Ophelia; Stubborn Love; Ho Hey
  • G-Eazy – Me, Myself & I; Tumblr Girls; Of All Things
  • Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color; Hold On; Don’t Wanna Fight; Future People; Boys & Girls
  • Collegrove – Bounce; Bentley Truck
  • Band of Horses – The Funeral; No One’s Gonna Love You
  • James Bay – Let It Go; Hold Back the River; Need The Sun To Break; Craving; Stealing Cars
  • Ke$ha – True Colors; Die Young; Tik Tok; Blah Blah Blah; Your Love Is My Drug
  • Big Boi – Be Still; Shine Blockas; Kryptonite
  • Chvruches -The Mother We Share; Leave a Trace; Bury It
  • Leon Bridges – Better Man; Brown Skin Girl; Coming Home
  • City and Colour – Lover Come Back; Wasted Love
  • DNCE- Cake by The Ocean; Toothbrush; Pay My Rent
  • Raury – Neveralone; Trap Tears
  • Daya  – Sit Still, Look Pretty; Hide Away; Legendary; Don’t Let Me Down
  • St Lucia – Dancing On Glass
  • Mayer Hawthorne – The Walk; Love Like That
  • Corrine Bailey Rae – Green Aphrodisiac; Is This Love; Put Your Records On; Like a Star; Till It Happens To You;  Enchantment; Trouble Sleeping

My plan is to put the phone down and enjoy the music, but I’ll likely add a few clips to our Instagram story. So make sure you’re following us!

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Get Fit Playlist

Get Fit Playlist - The Palmetto PeachesI don’t know about you but when I listen to music I tend to have a more productive. I also don’t find myself counting down the seconds to the end of the exercise or run. In my effort to get summertime fine I did some research on how best to incorporate  music into your workout. I learned that you playlist should include songs that build up to the same BPM as your target heart rate, which is actually a range.(Caution: Some math follows.)

Your target heart rate = 50 percent to 85 percent of your maximum heart rate.

Your maximum heart rate is about 220 minus your age.  So for me:

  • Maximum Heart Rate: 220 – 26 = 194 beats per minute/BPM

  • Target Heart Rate: 97 – 165 BPM

According to the American Heart Association: Heart rate during moderately intense activities is about 50-69% of your maximum heart rate, whereas heart rate during hard physical activity is about 70% to less than 90% of the maximum heart rate.

I’ve pulled together this Get Fit Playlist with the BPM of each song included. Feel free to customize your own playlist based on your target heart rate. There are plenty of apps or resources that can help you identify the BPM of your favorite songs.

Get Fit Playlist

  • Rihanna – Work – 92 BPM
  • Nick Jonas – Levels – 102 BPM
  • Mike Posner – I Took A Pill In Ibiza Seeb Remix- 102 BPM
  • Drake – One Dance – 104 BPM
  • Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop the Feeling – 113 BPM
  • Jonas Blue – Fast Car – 113 BPM
  • DNCE – Cake by the Ocean – 119 BPM
  • Missy Elliott – WTF (Where They From) [feat. Pharrell] – 120 BPM
  • Andy Grammer – Good to Be Alive (Hallelujah) – 120 BPM
  • Jennifer Lopez – Ain’t Your Mama – 120 BPM
  • Ed Sheeran – Sing – 120 BPM
  • Pitbull, Robin Thicke, Joe Perry & Travis Barker – Bad Man – 120 BPM
  • Tori Kelly & Big Sean – Hollow – 126 BPM
  • Kid Cudi  – Pursuit Of Happiness (Extended Steve Aoki Remix) – 128 BPM
  • Britney Spears – Work B**ch – 128 BPM
  • Muse – Uprising – 128 BPM
  • Ghost Town DJs – My Boo – 130 BPM
  • 3OH!3 – Don’t Trust Me – 130 BPM
  • Lady Gaga- Applause – 140 BPM
  • Sheppard – Geronimo – 142 BPM
  • Florence + The Machine – Ship to Wreck – 142 BPM
  • Drake –  Jumpman – 142 BPM
  • Chris Brown – Look At Me Now (feat. Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes) – 146 BPM
  • Justin Timberlake – Chop Me Up – 147 BPM
  • Maroon 5 – Harder to Breathe – 150 BPM
  • Fall Out Boy – My Songs Know What You Did In the Dark – 152 BPM
  • The Chainsmokers – Don’t Let Me Down (feat. Daya) – 160 BPM
  • Panic! At the Disco – I Write Sins Not Tragedies – 170 BPM
  • Hairspray Soundtrack – You Can’t Stop the Beat – 170 BPM
  • Drake – Energy – 172 BPM
  • Michael Jackson – They Don’t Care About Us – 180 BPM
  • Jack White – Lazaretto  – 180 BPM

What are some of your favorite workout songs? Leave me a comment below and I’ll add some new songs to the get fit playlist.

Donni Siggy--The Palmetto Peaches

#Reimagined: Best Cover Songs (Playlist)

It’s been awhile since we’ve had a new Palmetto Peaches’ playlist. I’ve had this running list of cover songs on a memo on my phone for forever so I though why not share some of my all-time favorite cover songs. To be fair, the originals are amazing, but I like what the artists did with their version.

#Reimagined: Best Cover Songs (Playlist) - The Palmetto Peaches -

Let me go ahead and put it out there that Queen Kelly Clarkson is the champion of cover songs. This entire list could be Kelly Clarkson covers because she is just that good. There’s a fantastic playlist of Kelly Clarkson covers I highly recommend. She kills every genre. I’m also quite partial to Ed Sheeran cover songs. My ringtone on my phone is his cover of Trap Queen. Yes, still. No apologies.  I know YouTube is full of amazing singers covering songs (I’ll quickly mention that’s how many of us fell in love with Tori Kelly), but for this playlist I decided to stick with covers from established artists. I couldn’t find a few of my favorites on Spotify, so I’ve linked them in the list below.

P.S. Music lovers do not yell at me for including Jeff Buckley’s version of “Hallelujah” on the list – I know there are dozens of amazing versions of this song. I just happen to like this one 🙂

#Reimagined: Best Cover Songs

  • Maroon 5, “Sex & Candy” (Marcy Playground)
  • Iron & Wine, “Such Great Heights” (The Postal Service)
  • The Fugees, “Killing Me Softly” (Roberta Flack)
  • Whitney Houston, “I Will Always Love You” (Dolly Parton)
  • Ike and Tina Turner, “Proud Mary” (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
  • Ray LaMontagne, “Crazy” (Gnarls Barkley)
  • Aretha Franklin, “Respect” (Otis Redding)
  • Jeff Buckley, “Hallelujah” (Leonard Cohen)
  • Mark Ronson ft. Amy Winehouse, “Valerie” (The Zutons)
  • Ed Sheeran, “Dirrty” (Christina Aguilera)
  • FKA twigs, “Elastic Heart” (Sia)
  • UB40 “Red Red Wine” (Neil Diamond)
  • Lennon & Maisy, “Boom Clap” (Charli XCX)
  • Nelly, “Die A Happy Man” (Thomas Rhett)
  • Otis Redding, “Try a Little Tenderness” (Ray Noble Orchestra)
  • Johnny Cash, “Hurt” (Nine Inch Nails)
  • Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mya and Pink, “Lady Marmalade” (Patti Labelle)
  • Lauryn Hill, “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You” (Frankie Valli)
  • John Mayer, “Free Fallin'” (Tom Petty)
  • Ellie Goulding, “Your Song” (Elton John)

What are some of your favorite cover songs? Which ones need to be added to this playlist? Leave a comment below.

Donni Siggy--The Palmetto Peaches

Life Loop: Infinite Repeat Playlist

Life Loop: Infinite Repeat Playlist - The Palmetto Peaches - palmsinatl.comWhat’s your favorite song?  Who’s your favorite band? Those are two pretty common questions and I’m the person that usually cops out with the I l like everything or the in what genre are we talking about response.  So this blog post was pretty difficult to write because I had to choose – there was no copping out. The prompt that inspired this post was: if you only had 10 songs to listen to for the rest of your life what would you choose? Yup, 10 songs for forever. I have a hard time choosing what I want for breakfast every morning, but anyways here I go:

Life Loop: Infinite Repeat Playlist

  • John Mayer – Gravity

From the very first guitar chord, I get chills and then something happens:

Life Loop: Infinite Repeat Playlist - The Palmetto Peaches -

I know John Mayer gives off a douchy vibe, but once that guitar is in his hands and he makes starts making those strange faces you can’t deny how amazing he is.

Gravity…is working against me.

This one was difficult. I love Amy and her voice is chilling.  There really isn’t a bad choice, but I decided to go with a little more unknown Amy jam that really shows what a musical genius she was. For the record, I could really put the whole Back to Black album on here and be happy.  Queen Amy is everything. Plus I have this dream in my head that one day I’ll be able to carry a tune and I’ll belt this out to a crush.

I’ll be good to him, I’ll bring joy to him

  • Lauryn Hill – Ex-Factor

Yes, I just called Amy the Queen, but Lauryn is the original. There’s rumors of a new Lauryn Hill album and I’m holding my breath in anticipation. Almost everyone can relate to having that person in your life that’s not good for you, but you can’t seem to move on from. Lauryn puts all of that pain and confusion into this song and slays. Speaking of the Miseducation of Lauryn Hill – our friend Sheriden has a fantastic post about some of  her other songs that educated us.

Tell me, who I have to be / To get some reciprocity 

  • Allen Stone – Unaware

Who is this Allen Stone, you ask? He’s got a lot of Stevie Wonder, with a little Justin Timberlake falsetto, but it comes from this long, curly haired hippie with glasses. He puts on an amazing live show. I also got to meet him last week, so obviously he had to make the list.

Papa said, “Son, it’s the land of the free” / As he broke his back trying to make ends meet

  • Gavin DeGraw – More Than Anyone

    Blame One Tree Hill, but I’ve been obsessed with Gavin DeGraw since I heard I Don’t Want To Be in the opening credits and I loved that he performed it in the final episode. He puts on an amazing live show and his cover of A Change Is Gonna Come makes me feel all the feels:

Life Loop; Infinite Repeat Playlist

And when I kiss your soul, your body’ll be free

  •  Whitney Houston – I Wanna Dance With Somebody

If I only have ten songs to listen to the rest of my life I’m going to need a few songs to dance to so along with Whitney, I’d have to add Michael Jackson and of course Beyonce.

  • MICHAEL JACKSON – Don’t Stop ’Til You Get Enough

What’s a list without Michael Jackson…

Keep on with the force don’t stop

  • Beyoncé – Crazy in Love

I mean I’ve finally perfected Bey’s booty bounce so it has to go on my life loop!

If you ain’t there ain’t nobody else to impress


  • Backstreet Boys – Time

Yup, they made the list. I’m not ashamed. However, I changed my one BSB pick 20 times before this post was finalized. They’ve got so much good stuff to choose from. I stayed away from their more heavy pop songs and stayed true to this more soulful life loop playlist and picked one of my favorites from the Black and Blue album.

I know that we have had some times / That we can’t forget the struggle

For the final spot I knew I had to have a 90s R&B jam, but I struggled with which one. I put three in a beanie (literally) and drew:

  • Boyz II Men – End of the Road

I mean hello 90s:

Life Loop: Infinite Repeat Playlist - The Palmetto Peaches

Will you love me again like you loved me before


If you could only listen to ten songs for the rest of your life  what would you pick? Tell me your Life Loop Playlist in the comments below.

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