The sounds of May courtesy of

We present you the music selection that our friends from Sharemyplaylists have handpicked for this month.

Ultimate Pop Playlist

Pop. Bit of dirty word, that. But it shouldn’t be, as this playlist, “An ultimate pop playlist from the Guardian … a history of pop music in 50 key moments, as chosen by Guardian and Observer writers,” highlights. From Frank Sinatra, Al Martino and Lita Roza, to the Black Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga and Cee Lo Green, via Prodigy, Kraftwerk and Sex Pistols, this is the most consummate pop playlist we’ve ever received. A must-hear by Guardian Music.

Decade of Get Physical

Get Physical, the Berlin-based dance label setup in 2002, is the focus of this playlist created by SMP user Steven Marshall. “Get Physical has a very distinctive sound,” he says, “combining elements of house, minimal techno, electro and disco. This mix has all the highlights from the last ten years from the very first record (Steve Rachmad – Strings of Life) to the latest release (Tim Green – Gum Stew).” And we can’t get enough of it.

NME’s 100 best songs of the 80’s

As you may already know, the good old NME is 60 this year! To mark the occasion, they’re celebrating with the best music from each decade of their lifetime. On this playlist, they count down the greatest tracks of the 1980s – Joy Division and New Order, the Smiths, Talking Heads, Eric B. & Rakim, the Stone Roses, Public Enemy, the Jam, Bowie and more. Check out more ace NME mixtapes here.

The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air

Now, this is a story all about how my life got flipped-turned upside down, and I like to take a minute, just sit right there, listen to all of the music from the Fresh Prince of Bel Air. As well as DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince himself, Will Smith, this playlist features Michael Jackson, Sam & Dave, Tom Jones and more. Another brilliant creation by in-from SMP member Agent3613.

Loser: The Sub Pop Anthology

Next up, a playlist dedicated to Sub Pop, the Seattle based label founded by Bruce Pavitt and Jonathan Poneman, famed for signing such luminaries as Nirvana, Soundgarden and Mudhoney, and more recently Fleet Foxes, Foals, and The Postal Service. Check out these bands and more on this ace playlist. Well done, Robert Locke.

Deep Steamy Techie House

How could we resist a playlist with a description like this: “House. But only when it’s deep, steamy, loungy and techie. The type of stuff you get lost in. Berlin afterhour sh*t. Hypnotizing drums. Arousing synths. Inconceivable grooves.” Wow! You had us at “deep”. If this one from Reckon doesn’t get you revved up, check your pulse.

French Dance – Sacre Bleu!

This playlist by Lizarazu got a good reaction when we posted it on the SMP Facebook page this month. So, why not warmup your weekend with the best collection of Franco beats around – Daft Punk, Busy P, Justice, M83, Sebastien Tellier, the late DJ Mehdi and more. Sacré bleu indeed!

LL Cool J – The Samples

We’re not calling it comeback. We know he’s been here for years. And this playlist, by the on-form agent3613 is an incredible collection of the samples LL’s used throughout his career. Like this? Check out Beastie Boys – The Samples, 2Pac The Samples and Biggie – The Samples.

BBC Sessions

Next we have a collection sessions from the likes Cream, T. Rex, Hendrix, Bowie, Nirvana, PJ Harvey and Amy Winehouse, to name but a few. An amazing selection of classic live recordings from the BBC archives, put together by Robert Locke. A must-hear playlist.

Beastie Boys. MCA Tribute

We round things off with Kieron‘s fitting tribute to the great Adam Yauch – better known as the Beastie Boys’ MCA. Musician, songwriter, film director, humanitarian and environmentalist – MCA was many things. But we’ll always remember him as the legendary MC he was, and for the incredible legacy he’s left behind…