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Cafe chillin': 8 songs for the coffee house

The perfect tunes to accompany your cup of joe.

Eating on sidewalk outdoors in Tel AvivEating on sidewalk outdoors in Tel AvivTel Aviv offers many sidewalk cafes, perfect for a quick brunch or a few hours of relaxation. (Photo: Aris Gionis / Flickr)

With your headphones in and coffee in hand – you need a good playlist to get you through an afternoon of work at the café. It’s got to be the right tempo (not too fast and not too slow) and the right amount of happy. Here are our favorite smooth tunes to groove to while sipping a latte at your favorite coffee shop:

'Put Your Records On' by Corrine Bailey Rae

British singer-songwriter Corinne Bailey Rae defines chill. This is the perfect song to make your work a little more bearable.


'Iris' by the Goo Goo Dolls

American rock band the Goo Goo Dolls captures the right amount of emotion in their hit "Iris." It’s a great '90s throwback – just try to refrain from singing along to the chorus.


'Budapest' by George Erza

Released in 2014, this is the newest song on the list, but well worth the addition. English singer-songwriter George Erza has a unique and captivating voice that will make you want to press repeat.


'Sorries' by Ester Rada

Israeli singer and actress Ester Rada will make your worries melt away with this song as she wanders through the streets and byways of the Old City of Jerusalem.


'How to Save A Life' by The Fray

The Fray’s hit “How to Save a Life” – originally made popular on TV series "Grey’s Anatomy" – was the title track on the band's debut album in 2005. It was nominated for a Grammy in 2007, and definitely belongs on our coffee house playlist.


'New Soul' by Yael Naim

This Israeli-French singer-songwriter was boosted into fame when Apple selected her song for a MacBook advertisement in 2005. Her soothing voice and positive lyrics make this a must-add for your playlist.


'Better Together' by Jack Johnson

American singer-songwriter Jack Johnson is the king of chill coffee house music. From the album, "In Between Dreams," this song – with Jack’s voice and guitar – will put you in an immediate good mood.

What do you like to listen to while you're in the cafe? Let us know in the comments below.

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