It’s officially summer for me! A new season and tons of free time (minus my online classes, ew) means that I need a new playlist for chill days in my hammock and long road trips — so maybe you’re in the same boat! I have taken the liberty of composing a playlist of songs that are hot as the weather right now (in Florida, at least). Whether you are a musical theatre geek, loyal to country music, or like to stick to the Top 40 charts, I think there’s something on here that everyone can enjoy.
P.S. I had planned to post this the other day but then I came down with the stomach flu and spent a few days in the hospital…sorry for my disappearance!
I’m not really the biggest Adam Lambert fan around, but he deserves massive credit for this song, which he totally nails. If he continues to make music this good, I’m on board.
It would not be a perfect summer playlist without a Blake Shelton song! I loooove this one; there’s something about the melody that I’m just obsessed with, and hopefully you will be, too!
I’m willing to bet that this is probably Taylor Swift’s current favorite song, considering it features her BFF trio Haim and rumored-boyfriend Calvin Harris. Who could blame her; this song is so catchy.
I really, really, really, really, really, really like this song. Also, Tom Hanks is in this video. Come on.
Yeah, the title is playful and the song sounds cute, but take a closer look at the lyrics and you’ll see that Carrie gets pretty deep here.
This might be the cutest song of the summer. Echosmith hooked us with “Cool Kids,” and now they’ll do it again with “Bright.” If you’re experiencing ~summer love~, this song will be a part of your go-to romance soundtrack.
This is such a fun song to rock out to. Pile into the car with all your closest girlfriends, turn up the volume, and get ready to JAM.
Hilary Duff is back and better than ever with a super funny TV show and some rockin’ new music. Single life has done her GOOD.
The Biebs is also back! Whether or not you’re into EDM, you can’t deny that this song has a great beat and the Biebs adds some soul.
When combined, Josh Groban and Kelly Clarkson’s voices create actual, literal magic. It was hard for me to pick a favorite from Groban’s new album “Stages,” so check out the album and decide for yourself!
Kacey Musgraves continues to tell it like it is in her latest single. The rest of this album is going to be amazing, y’all.
Keep an eye on this girl, because I see her country career sticking around.
Kenny and Grace are another magical musical duo. To every wild child, hippie heart, wanderlusting twenty-something — this one’s for you.
Probably the most controversial song this year…”Girl Crush” is actually not about a lesbian crush (but if it was, who cares?). Besides, everyone knows the term “girl crush” doesn’t mean you’re a lesbian. Anyway, give this song a listen and prepare to *facepalm* as you realize what LBT’s girl crush is actually like.
Yeah, “Bitch Better Have My Money” is absolutely amazing, but hopefully you are already obsessed with that one. Check out Ri’s new song and fall in love all over again.
This guy is only 16 but he’s totally killing it so far. He just released his album “Handwritten,” which debuted at number one, and he’s going on tour with Taylor Swift. Not bad for someone who’s not even legal!
Obviously you’re still jamming to “Blank Space” and “Style” on repeat, but check out Tay’s feisty new tune — rumored to be about Katy Perry — before her star-studded music video comes out on Sunday during the Billboard Music Awards.
It took forever to choose a Vance Joy song for this list because his whole album “Dream Your Life Away” is phenomenal, but after watching a few of his videos, this one needs to be seen. Check out his video in the link and then go buy his whole album so you can fall in love before you catch him on tour with T. Swift!
Confession: I am still loving this track from Fifty Shades of Grey. And for good reason — it’s quickly climbing the charts. Hopefully we can get another Weeknd song for the sequel!
For anyone looking for a breakup song this summer, this is it. Who Is Fancy only recently revealed his identity, so now that the secret’s out, maybe he’ll bless us with more music like “Goodbye.”
Even if you have yet to see Furious 7, you can likely still appreciate this sweet tribute to Paul Walker. I’m not crying, I’m not!!!
Recognize this song from those Jeep Renegades commercials? This track feels like summer to me.
Last but not least, it’s also not summer without a Zac Brown Band song. Zac Brown enjoys the simpler things in life — chicken fried, a pair of jeans that fit just right, etc. — and in this song, he’s pretty content with some good company and whiskey straight from the bottle. Aren’t we all.
Let me know which songs you’ll be checking out and what songs I missed!
– xo, A