The Best Playlists For Every Cafe

by Sarah Niderost, 4 minutes read
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Mornings are always the busiest time of the day at your business. Before you open, your lead barista is making sure every espresso machine is dialed in. Your cashier is logging on to your point-of-sale system and testing transactions to make sure they go through. Your pastry chef is hurrying to make sure every bagel and croissant is fully baked and ready to eat.

As your team is preparing for the first rush of customers getting their caffeine fix, you want to set the mood of your store.

Read on for 24 songs that perfectly align with the energy and atmosphere of your cafe.


  • J’ai Vu - Daniel Roure: As your cashier bags every buttery croissant, this song will make them feel like they’re in a French pâtisserie. It’s smooth and will make you feel happy, just like the next latte at the counter is.

  • Banana Pancakes - Jack Johnson: This romantic morning classic will uplift all of your tired customers as they wait in line for their liquid pick-me-up. They might even sway to the song’s pleasant guitar too.

  • Waiting on the World to Change - John Mayer: Because John Mayer tunes are almost played at every cafe. His music is happy, slow, and easy to sing along to.

  • Valerie - Amy Winehouse: Play this song when you have a bigger morning rush. It’ll get your baristas’ energies flowing so they can get as many beverages ready as they can.

  • Is This Love - Bob Marley & The Wailers: Another tune for a better mood. This song is sure to keep your customers smiling, and the coffee flowing.

  • The Girl From Ipanema - Stan Getz: This slow, Brazilian classic is great to play when your rush is dying down, and you need a song that will help you settle after a busy hour of pulling espresso shots.

Coffee shops

Coworking cafes

  • Halcyon Birds - Broken Back: Upbeat, cheery, and bright — just how you want your cafe to feel.

  • Little Numbers - BOY: Encourage your diners to keep up their good work with this fun song that’ll make their heads bob along to every beat.

  • Linguistic - Huez: A lo-fi hit that’s perfect for rainy days, productivity, and warm cups of coffee. What more could you ask for?

  • NEAR - SINY: An easy listener, your team will be sure to love how peaceful your cafe will feel when you play this. Especially if they just had to approach a frustrated customer.

  • Remind Me to Forget - Kygo, Miguel: Let this dancey hit eliminate all the overwhelming stress of another busy Monday morning.

  • Rushing Back - Flume, Vera Blue: Hopefully your customers will too knowing that you play songs that help them get their work completed.

Grab-and-go cafes

Put Your Records On - Ritt Momney: This Tik Tok viral hit is great for bursts of energy.

Coffee - Quinn XCII, Marc E. Bassy: Another appropriately named song. Just because.

I Like Me Better - Lauv: Some coffee drinkers say they’re not themselves until they have their coffee. Some say they like themselves better with a coffee in their hand. Either way, play this and set your store up with a cheerful romantic hit while your customers get their quick fix of espresso.

Yummy - Justin Bieber: Just like this week’s seasonal special.

Good 4 u - Olivia Rodrigo: Just a week after this song was released, it hit the top of Billboard’s Hot 100. There’s no doubt at least 2 of your customers in line will be singing to it before they order.

Solar Power - Lorde: Celebrate the end of a busy day making lattes with this summery tune.

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Adding these songs to your cafe’s playlist can set the right mood for your customers, and it can show them just how much attention to detail you curate for their experience. As an added bonus, it can boost your staff’s morale and productivity, even when there’s a huge morning rush.

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