The Marie Claire Flower Child Playlist

MarieClaire.com editor Lauren Valenti shares her favorite free-spirited tracks.

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Simply put, if I could go back to the '60s and '70s and never look forward, I would. If that were the case, I could actually see all of my favorite bands live — pretend I'm with the band, try to sneak backstage, and experience live music in a pre-Instagram era. Though, in all fairness, I did see the Rolling Stones three times last year.

Don't get me wrong, I'm as guilty of snapping pictures in the middle of a show as the next girl — the temptation is real. But let's face it, you can't really be enraptured with the performance if you're simultaneously contemplating which filter will make Jack White look least less pale.

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Since I have yet to crack the secret to time travel, I like to let '60s music figuratively transport me. I'll kick off my heels, throw on the Grateful Dead, The Mamas & the Papas, or The Troggs, perhaps adorn my hair with some flowers (as I did at Governor's Ball in the Instagram pictured) and just pretend. Here, I've selected my 25 favorite songs from the free lovin' era.

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