Friday Playlist: That Summer Sunset

Songs for the end of the season, selected by our staff.

Tomorrow is SEPTEMBER, y’all. Here are 33 songs, selected by everyone at Rookie, to take you through your last day of summer, from upbeat backyard barbecue to mellow bonfire and finally to the wistful bittersweetness of saying goodbye, till next year.

Illustration by Minna. Yes, we know it should be “Continuous Thunder” not “Continuous Summer” by Japandroids!


  • LittleMoon August 31st, 2012 8:00 PM

    Oh goodness, when did I learn all the lyrics to Summer Love?

  • buildheracake August 31st, 2012 8:57 PM

    I love that last song choice! Rookie has wonderful taste in just about everything.

  • Sonjaa August 31st, 2012 9:06 PM

    efff ya empire state of mind is da best!
    and all tomorrows parties! this whole thing is great

  • azultardis August 31st, 2012 9:14 PM

    i see you there babasonicos

  • koolkat August 31st, 2012 10:16 PM

    Great playlist. 33 songs and i pretty much love them all!

  • Gorda August 31st, 2012 11:35 PM


  • cinnamonanemone September 1st, 2012 12:05 AM

    Can I just say that I LOVE Gillian Welch?

  • sneakybacon September 1st, 2012 7:53 AM

    seriously? no sunny afternoon? really?!?

  • suburban grrrl September 1st, 2012 10:52 AM

    Ophelia! Such a great song. Especially here: RIP Levon Helm!

  • Isabelle97 September 1st, 2012 11:54 AM

    I love Gillian Welch! And Six White Horses is one of her best :)

  • SpencerBowie September 1st, 2012 3:24 PM

    David Bowie, Lana Del Rey, and The Velvet Underground.




    "Kiss me hard before you go"

    Goodbye summer, I'll miss ya!

    Untill next year :)

  • BritishFish September 1st, 2012 4:05 PM

    If I knew what number 5 sounded like I wouldn’t have wasted my last skip on Justin Timberlake. Aghhhhh

  • jenaimarley September 1st, 2012 7:53 PM

    Who selected Ultra Orange & Emmanuelle??
    I covered that on my baby Martin after hearing it in the Diving Bell and the Butterfly.
    I love it! and rookie! Thank you

  • Loops September 2nd, 2012 12:40 AM

    My Body’s a Zombie for You! <3

  • September 2nd, 2012 6:19 AM

    when is the rookie yearbook coming out!? i cant wait any longer!!?? :)

  • Lillypod September 2nd, 2012 7:01 AM

    yo la tengo!!!!

  • ScaryRuth September 2nd, 2012 10:38 AM

    Belle and Sebastian’s “A Summer Wasting” should definitely be on here somewhere

  • Katherine20 September 2nd, 2012 10:44 AM

    Love this playlist!!! It’s perfect.


  • rhymeswithorange September 2nd, 2012 4:21 PM

    GOING TO CALIFORNIA! I listen to that all the time, I love it so.

  • Anaëlle September 2nd, 2012 6:15 PM

    Lots of great songs, thank you ! This playlist made my day. : )

  • cami8 September 3rd, 2012 4:43 PM

    omggg babasonicos! they’re argentinean, like me, i cant beleive you know them! its kinda stupid it makes me so excited haha

  • morgantayler September 3rd, 2012 8:59 PM

    Way to throw in Ryan Gosling’s band ;) Good playlist though!

  • Blou September 4th, 2012 12:45 AM

    This is perfect.

  • Ben September 5th, 2012 12:02 AM

    I still have a week till school starts! But i’ll be listening to this later.

  • Carmela September 9th, 2012 5:16 PM

    This is perfect! So nice to see Babasonicos there!
    Lots of love from Argentina ♥

  • ClaraMaurer September 17th, 2012 2:47 PM

    This is so perfect for summer endings …

  • Denni September 19th, 2012 11:19 PM

    Que lindo escuchar Babasonicos por acá ! :)