Rather Be – Clean Bandit
It won’t be summer until you listen to this song. Bubbly and effortless, Rather Be blends violin and techno beats in a way that you’ve never heard before. And yes, the rest of their album is so-so but this song is perfection.
I Got U – Duke Dumont
Yes, another British dance act. This song has already hit number one in the UK and stateside, but really no poolside party would be complete without this song.
Hideaway – Kiesza
I really can’t even describe this song. There’s no words to describe how perfect this song is (I might be biased as a 90’s kid), it’s almost too House to function and I loose it every time the deep House and claps hit.
Stay High (Habits Remix) – Tove Lo
Trying to accomplish what Lana Del Rey did last summer, Tove Lo released a remix of her already-suburb song – “Stay High.” A depressing song about covering up longing with chemical release somehow sounds like a cheerful Summer jam – which really might say more about me than this song.
Chandelier – Sia
To be honest, I was not a fan. At all. I love Sia but this song was a no for me. However.. I gave it another chance and it hasn’t left my brain since. This is a song I wake up singing and I can’t recommend it enough.
Summer – Calvin Harris
Already a given. You can’t have a song called “Summer” not in a summer playlist and you can’t have summer without a new Calvin Harris song. He’s been churning out summer jamz stateside for the past two years and 2014 won’t be any different.
I Will Never Let You Down – Rita Ora
This makes me wanna do the two-hands-praising emoji in real life. That’s all you need to know. Oh, and her ex Calvin Harris made it so… this is THE SUMMER JAM.
I Luh Ya Papi – J. Lo
I don’t really luh misspelling or any of J. Lo’s last few cd’s, but this song just works. I wish it climbed the charts but it didn’t and now we can just listen to it and appreciate how redic that title is.
She’s Looks So Perfect – 5 Seconds of Summer
Okay, I never really got into 1D. They aren’t horrible but I would never buy their CD. However, 5SOS can have all my money. They remind me of Fall Out Boy, and as a I was a teenager in 2003, they hit that perfect throwback sound for me. Not to mention they write catchy hooks and aren’t bad to look at.
Brooklyn Baby – Lana Del Rey
It was so hard to pick one song to include in this list (go buy Ultraviolence, it’s perfect), so I thought what song do I play the most? “Brooklyn Baby” is the perfect mix of random Lana-ness and joyous sing-along. Yes, “Pretty When I Cry” might be better but won’t you spin and sing with me to this hipster ode?
100 – Iggy Azealea
Admission of guilt – I added this to just have the queen of summer on the list. Iggy is the Macklemore/Adele/Lorde of this year, she can’t really do wrong. I love her, her songs are catchy af and I’m pretty sure you’ve heard her other summer songs so enjoy this one before it gets overplayed.
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