Posted May 16, 2013

Soundtrack to Your Life: A Playlist for Renters


With peak summer rental season heating up, thousands of renters across the country will be looking to take on the search for a new home. To honor the most active time in the rental market, we’ve compiled a playlist that embodies the entire rental process. From the first moment you imagine your next home to the moment you move in, Lovely’s Playlist for Renters captures the emotional roller coaster that is moving. Hopefully, this musical inspiration will kick-start your search and keep you focused until you find the home of your dreams.

Dreaming of You – Selena

Arguably, the best part of the search process is the period before you begin it, spending hours daydreaming about your perfect home.

Cleanin Out My Closet – Eminem

Pack it up and ship it out; sorry mama, but you’re cleaning out your closet.

Drink to Moving On – Grand National

Gather your friends and loved ones to celebrate your move with a drink because you’re going to be embarking on quite the journey as you begin your search.

Stress – Justice

Welcome to the hunt.

Super Rich Kids – Frank Ocean, Earl Sweatshirt

Your expectations are quickly adjusted as all of the places resembling those you’ve dreamed of are well over budget.

In the Waiting Line – Zero 7

A song to keep you calm as you wait at open houses, wait to hear back from landlords or wait to hear if your application has been approved.

I Got 5 On It – The Luniz

You may have found the one! Pony up your application fee and security deposit and wait some more.

Don’t F**ck With My Money – Penguin Prison

A song to keep you cheerful while your application is reviewed and to inspire your revenge plot if you are denied.

Movin’ On Up – Ja’net DuBois

You did it! You landed the place of your dreams! Let the celebrations begin.

Daft Punk is Playing At My House – LCD Soundsystem

Daft Punk may be preoccupied with their latest album release, but this song will keep your housewarming party rocking.

At Home – Crystal Fighters

Curtains are hung, wi fi is installed and you’re even getting along swimmingly with the roommate you locked in last minute with questionable hygiene. Your place is finally feeling like home.

Feel Like We Only Go Backwards – Tame Impala

Maybe it’s the late rent payments, loud music or the questionable hygiene, but something is just not working out.

Irreplaceable – Beyonce

That’s it. They must not know about you, because you’ve had enough. You gather your things (to the left, to the left) and muster up the courage to start the whole process again.

Lost Dream – Digits

Starting the search again, the vision of your dream apartment fades and you hope you can find something quickly and within budget.

Yet Again – Grizzly Bear

Another open house, another apartment viewing; you’re in full-fledged search mode…again.

Devil’s Work – Miike Snow

When will it end?

Nobody’s Supposed to Be Here – Deborah Cox

You scored a private viewing of a pre-market place within budget and in your ideal neighborhood! You arrive five minutes early with application materials in hand, but wait, you hear voices behind the door…How did you get here?! Nobody’s supposed to be here!

Is This It? – The Strokes

Defeated and mildly depressed, your friend and potential roommate drags you to one more viewing and to your surprise and delight it’s airy, has a dishwasher and is near public transportation.

Coming Home – Diddy

Sigh of relief.

Started From the Bottom – Drake

Go ahead and wearing every single chain even when you’re in the house because you took on the apartment search and now you’re here.

Good Time – Brazilian Girls

Housewarming party #2, because you deserve it! And, we all just want to have a good time.

Home – Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

No better place than home.


Happy hunting!


Elizabeth is the Communications & Marketing Lead at Lovely where she helps spread the word about Lovely's mission far and wide. She loves corgis, Beyonce and helping renters enjoy the best possible experience in their homes.

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One response to “Soundtrack to Your Life: A Playlist for Renters”

  1. This post is really very interesting! I am about to enter college and we have decided I take up my studies in one of the universities in the city. So, I was actually searching for listings and tips on apartment hunting when I came across you post. These songs in your list are incredible. Thank you for sharing.

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