The sounds of August courtesy of

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

Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time

Does this playlist look familiar? It should. Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time has been in our Top 50 Chart for a record-breaking 88 weeks! There are now 100,000 playlists and counting for you to discover here at SMP – and this is one our most successful ever. Find out more about this landmark occasion, and the competitions we’re running to celebrate, by clicking here.

Music Map of Great British Bands

Join us, won’t you, as we take a musical journey through Great Britain. Our tour guide is Pello, who will lead us through the Isles of Wonder, stopping off Liverpool and Manchester, Edinburgh and Cardiff, and pretty much everywhere in between. Great idea. Great playlist. And check out the map to with it.

’70s Pub Jukebox

Have you ever wondered what tunes were popular in The King’s Arms, Newark-On-Trent, during the 70s? Nah. Neither have we. But we’re glad we found out, thanks to this brilliant playlist created by Ian Williams. A pint, a packet of pork scratchings and music from Lou Reed, Hawkwind, the Rolling Stones, the Kins, T. Rex. Amazing.

NOW That’s what I Call A No.1

Next, we move to the very latest edition to the Now Music, a playlist spanning over six hours and 57 tracks, featuring some of the biggest number one songs of all-time. From All Saints to Adele, George Michael to Gnarls Barkley, Spice Girls to Steps, this one’s a cracker.

Curiosity: Songs About Mars, Space, and Stuff

Being science geeks, we love this playlist created by roboticbears. And, yes, we also love it because it’s full of good music. But we love it most of all because of its description: “It’s not often that I get to create a playlist that features Spice Girls, Misfits, and The Backyardigans while remaining thematically consistent. Thanks, NASA.”

Electrospective Playlist

Next up from EMI Music US, a must-hear mixtape for fans of electronic music. From Kraftwerk to Guetta, this playlist charts “key moments in the development of electronic music”. Over 6 hours – spanning 48 tracks – of amazing music.

It’s A Mans World

Agent3613 is feeling brutish, boorish, virile and generally manly on his newest playlist – a playlist of the manliest songs ever. Johnny Cash, the Doors, Alabama 3, Eazy-E, Motorhead and many, many more make up the numbers on this testosterone-charged collection.

Smile Jamaica

Celebrations to mark Jamaica’s 50th anniversary and musical heritage began this month. And we thought we’d join in the celebrations in the only way we know how – playlists. Just like this cracking creation from Daryl Fenton. He’s put together the classic NME compilation from 1983, Smile Jamaica. Featured here: everyone from Lord Creator and Jimmy Cliff to Gregory Isaacs and Black Uhuru. A must-hear mixtape.

Alt-J- Collective Memory

Next up, a playlist created by one of our favourite new bands, alt-J. Drummer Thom Green has selected the tunes that have been “exciting him for the past few months”. Everyone from Sei A and Tapes, to Radiohead and Gojira. As eclectic as it is brilliant. Check it out.

Gilles Peterson All Winners of 2012 #1

We’re big fans of Gilles Peterson here at SMP. So is niniouz, the user who’s created a playlist based on his recent all-winners show – his favourite music from his first three months at new radio station BBC 6 Music. As you’d expect, it’s eclectic – spanning jazz, hip-hop, house, afrobeat and beyond. Check out more playlists dedicated to Peterson here.