Given that Hillary Clinton has already released her official playlist and we’re pretty much on the same level, I decided to line up my own list of 22 sweet summer tunes to jam out to in the car. I didn’t repeat any artists so that I could get a lot of different sounds, but all the music was selected with the theme “having fun with friends” in mind. Hope you enjoy!
Thank you to Natasa K. for the idea. I had a lot of fun putting this together!
You can find the playlist on Spotify. It is simply called “Summer” and is by cjmckee-6.
1. Starfish (Original Mix) – Savant
This is a really fun electronic beat put together by the same people who blew the speakers out of my Tahoe with their song “The Third Eye.” Found this one roadtripping with friends in a playlist called “Rave Night” (check it out, it’s worth it). It’s a little bit of a build up, but the jam is pretty nice for head bobbing.
2. Anklebiters – Paramore
I’ve already shifted genres on you. Paramore is great in general, but I picked this song because of the message. This song is all about letting go and not caring what other people think. I listen to this song as a reminder to myself, and I hope everyone else enjoys it too. Really enjoy yourself this summer and don’t get tied down.
3. Heart Attack – Demi Lovato
I really think Demi is a talented singer (especially for the wave of actresses turned musicians a few years ago) and this one is just a fun song with a good beat. There’s no shame in belting out this song by yourself or with friends.
4. Shut Up and Dance – Walk the Moon
This is such a fun summer song. I can’t say much more about it than every time I hear it, it puts me in a better mood. Turns a car into an instant dance party. It really sounds like montage music for a waterpark party. If anyone wants to invite me to a waterpark party I mean I’m pretty available…
5. Animals – Martin Garrix
Another one of those electronic songs. A really chill beat that goes well with some head bobbing (notice a theme?). I really love this song most of all because it got stuck in Trevor’s head for about a week and drove him crazy. This is for you, bud.
6. Boneless – Steve Aoki
This is actually Patrick’s roadtrip song. Really catchy beat that almost requires you to bob your head. Go ahead and turn up the speakers. It’s party time. Nothing more to say about that.
7. GDFR – Flo Rida
Everyone loves synthesized saxophone, even if they can’t tell that’s what it is. This one is from when I got a ride home from a friend Paige and she turned the speakers up to deafening levels. Goes well with a side of strobe lights and lack of shame. (This one is explicit so look out if that’s something you don’t like).
8. I Bet My Life – Imagine Dragons
Here’s a break from the bass-heavy mixes of 5-7. I really love to sing along to this one. You may also notice I have a taste for some weird sounds in music, and this is no exception. It has a really bright sound that works well with summer! And Imagine Dragons! Who doesn’t love dragons?
9. Stronger – Kanye West
There are two kinds of Kanye. There is modern Kanye, who ruins your ears with absurd sounds and forces fans to grit their teeth and say “yeah it’s…greattt.” There is also old Kanye, who laid down fresh beats and is so much fun to listen to. Luckily this is old Kanye. Enjoy. It’s Kanye, so it’s explicit. Sorry~
10. Cool Kids – Echosmith
I can’t be all hipster and say I liked Echosmith before they were popular, but I do really enjoy their sound. For a bunch of kids out of L.A., they sound amazing.
11. Fireball – Pitbull
This is on here for the annoyingly-catchy beat. Shimmy shimmy shimmy shimmy. FIREBALL!
12. #SELFIE – The Chainsmokers
This song is really funny. Have a little fun and laugh at yourselves. This is us. Sorry guys. Oh yeah, and the beat is really nice if you’re not laughing. The music video is just as good. I promise.
13. Ugly Heart – G. R. L.
I only heard this song a couple times before I decided to put it on this list. I really love the mix between light electronic and pop sound. Perfect for summer and hanging out with friends by the pool.
14. Drinking From the Bottle – Calvin Harris
Not a super popular one either. I think the beat is really fun and, as you can tell, I love electronic music. Every summer needs a little synthesizer. Or a lot. Yeah, probably a lot.
15. Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Remix) – OMI
Oh I know you’ve heard this one. I don’t know the infatuation with cheerleaders since I kinda only meet the kids in the AP classes (unless you’re Lucy and did cheerleading while getting into Stanford come on). I do like when people use the trumpet sound in popular songs. Yay band. ❤
16. Leaving You – Audien
Another one that isn’t so popular. I was really racking my brain for songs with good bass and a bright summer sound. Just imagine this with strobe lights. Or get strobe lights. Or get me strobe lights. Any combination really.
17. Waiting for Love – Avicii
Piano?? No not really. Just a little bit. A lot like the last song, just a lot of bright sounds with good bass. Not too much to say about this one, except I like a simple beat once in a while.
18. You Know You Like It – DJ Snake
TURN DOWN FOR W – ? Oh it’s not that song. You’ve probably heard this one, too. I always wanted to play this one on the ole’ PVC pipes. You know you like it but it drives you insane.
19. Poison – Rita Ora
Not so popular (pretty obvious theme with Cody music, eh?). The only thing that comes to mind when I hear this one is: WELCOME TO SUMMER.
20. Heroes (We Could Be) – Alesso
This is an empowering one to belt out to in the car. If this doesn’t make you feel better, I don’t know what will. Be an individual. Have some fun. HIT ME WITH THE SYNTH.
21. Worth It – Fifth Harmony
What a copout. “Cody you suck!” “What is this garbage?” “You’re the worst!” Nah man. If you have any sass in you at all, it comes out in this song. Show me some attitude. All of it. No, wait, too much. There you go.
22. Get Low – Dillon Francis
Don’t be fooled by the name – this isn’t only for twerking. Heavy bass if you can handle it. Lots of head bobbing and strobe light potential. Such a strange mixture of sounds only intended for your listening and dancing pleasure. Feel free to twerk to this one, I guess. Do whatever you want.
And that’s all for this update. Pretty lengthy, I know. I hope everyone enjoys the playlist, takes songs from it, adds songs to it, and just has fun. Please send me all your suggestions for songs! I’m sure I’ll be adding songs to this as time goes on. Thank you everyone for reading!
“Summer” by cjmckee-6