42 Songs for the Summer Playlist

As I’m writing this, the long 4th of July weekend is in full swing. The traffic is a little heavier mid-day and there are definite lines at the grocery store for the anticipated holiday barbeques. You may be like me, prepping to go out of town. Regardless of what you are doing, there’s probably some music involved. Here’s a list of some summer tunes to get you to (or even from!) the beach and barbeques. (Note: I listen to a lot of genres of music so I tried to include a little of everything!)

  1. Can’t Stop the Feeling!-Justin Timberlake
  2. Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay-Otis Redding
  3. Happy-Pharrell
  4. Dynamite- Taio Cruz
  5. DNCE-Cake by the Ocean
  6. Summertime-Kenny Chesney
  7. Summertime-DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince
  8. Stir it Up-Bob Marley
  9. Celebration-Kool and the Gang
  10. Summer of 69-Bryan Adams
  11. It’s 5’Oclock Somewhere-Alan Jackson (featuring Jimmy Buffett)
  12. Walkin’ on Sunshine-Katrina and the Waves
  13. Centerfield-John Fogerty
  14. Born in the USA-Bruce Springsteen
  15. Loveshack-B52’s
  16. Knee Deep-Zac Brown Band
  17. Margaritaville-Jimmy Buffett (there are a plethora of songs here!)
  18. La Bamba-Los Lobos
  19. Life is a Highway-Tom Cochran (or Rascal Flatts)
  20. Hot in Herre-Nelly
  21. I Gotta a Feeling-The Black Eyed Peas
  22. Hot Hot Hot-Alponsus Cassell
  23. California Gurls-Katy Perry
  24. Call Me Maybe-Carly Rae Jepsen
  25. Cruise-Florida/Georgia Line
  26. Great Balls of Fire-Jerry Lee Lewis
  27. Summer-Calvin Harris
  28. This Summer-Maroon 5
  29. Kokomo-The Beach Boys (the ultimate summer band J)
  30. Boys of Summer-Don Henley
  31. Cruel Summer-Bananarama
  32. Island in the Sun-Weezer
  33. Steal My Summer-Len
  34. Summer Breeze-Seals and Crofts
  35. Summer in the City-Lovin’ Spoonful
  36. Beachin’-Jake Owen
  37. Wild World-Cat Stevens
  38. Cool for the Summer-Demi Levato
  39. Drift Away-Dobie Gray
  40. Say Hey (I Love You)-Michael Franti & Spearhead
  41. Beat This Summer-Brad Paisley
  42. All Summer Long-Kid Rock

Many of these artists have other songs that would fit the bill for the summer season. Please feel free to add your favorites!