The warm, yellow rays of the morning sun shine through your window, casting clear and distinct shadows. Breakfasts are eaten outside for hours on end as the cicadas begin to chirp. I’m relaxing in a hammock with a good book and a popsicle to escape the heat. Lazy afternoons spent drifting aimlessly through the ocean’s crystal clear water, gazing up at the endless sky. Sunsets are accompanied by a blazing trail stretching across the horizon. Summer has a way of making you feel like a kid again, no matter how old you are. It’s the kind of time when anything seems possible, even the impossible. Even though summer is winding down, it is not quite over, despite the fact that it is getting closer. Before the season ends, we’ve compiled a list of ten great summer songs for you to listen to and hopefully keep you in the mood for a little while longer. Include these songs on your playlist to get the most enjoyment out of this summer.
The list will begin with a tried-and-true choice. There will be no debate about including this track on any and all summer playlists for the foreseeable future. We’ll go with the Ataris’ version rather than Don Henley’s original or DJ Sammy’s later cover, which are both excellent choices. It evokes images of sweltering heat, sun-kissed skin, and endless summer evenings, all of which are synonymous with the summer season.
Harry Styles has come a long way since his disastrous performance on The X Factor, and each step of the way has been an improvement. The level of excitement surrounding the release of his most recent album, Harry’s House, is comparable to that generated for Michael Jackson’s music during his prime. As It Was, a poppy but not overly happy track that reminds us of a small piece of that delicious melancholy that we feel as the seasons change, has particularly resonated with fans, who have gone crazy for it.
One of pop music’s most promising new divas never disappoints her fans. Break My Heart is a blend of 1970s orchestral samples, 1990s staccato vocals, and thick, solid bass lines from the 1980s. There’s always that one summer romance that you know you shouldn’t have, but you go ahead with it anyway because it’s just too cute to pass up. The song “Break My Heart” reminds you that you could avoid the situation by staying in for one night, but you already know you won’t.
Is there any other song in the world that SOUNDS more like summer than “California Girls”? The Beach Boys were masters of a particular style of music that inspired listeners to pack their belongings, hop in the passenger seat of their vehicle, and embark on a summer adventure. Their music has stood the test of time, surviving changing fashions as well as the arrival and departure of successive generations. Playing California Girls all summer will allow you to experience California without ever leaving the comfort of your own home.
This one is strictly for the ladies, so pay attention! Those are the people who drive around with their closest and most dependable friends, watching the boys in their rearview mirror who wish they could make her disappear. This song is about female friends who are doing something for themselves, looking young and seductive for no one but themselves, and having the best time possible without male interruptions. This is the perfect track to get you pumped up for a night on the town.
Despite the fact that the air is full of joy and the birds are singing their hearts out at you, there is always a tinge of melancholy in the air during the summer. This is because you are aware that the season will come to an end at some point. Lana Del Rey, the reigning queen of retro and all things sad-girl, gave us the gift of the perfect song to describe that feeling a few years ago. “Summertime Sadness” is the title of that song. It still has the same high quality as when it was first released.
Cruel Summer is without a doubt one of the best summer songs ever released, and no one has ever been able to truly replicate its sound, despite its popularity. It’s about the other kind of summer that people have, the kind where you’re stuck at work, stuck in the city, and stuck in the heat with no way out. It’s annoying, it makes you sweat, and it happens to so many of us that it deserves its own song.
Lil Nas could never be accused of being underwhelming in any way, shape, or form. CMBYN transports us from Eden to hell, where Nas sits atop the devil’s throne rather than becoming one of his subjects as the story progresses. Because you can’t help but get up and move when this song starts playing, it’s an excellent choice for a summer playlist.
Oh, the feelings of the past! HAIM transports us to a simpler, but equally delectable, summertime when life moved at a slower pace. With soft, echoey vocals and a muted saxophone, the stage is set for a song that is all about the joys of walking through summer and shedding your winter and spring layers as you go. Even though the season is hectic, embrace everything slow and lovely.
Rodrigo, like many members of Generation X, failed to correctly spell out the title of her song. She did, however, produce a chart-topping song that sounded so similar to one of Paramore’s early hits that she offered the band a co-writing credit for it. Good 4 U is the perfect song for you and your girlfriends to dance to, especially if one of you is dealing with the emotional pain of a failed relationship.
If you add these songs to your summer playlist, you’ll be able to keep that carefree summer feeling going for a little longer.