Sounds of Summer: The Playlist

By Staff

Every summer has an indisputable jam and we've assmebled some of the best to ensure your summer goes according to plan.

No summer starts without a carefully culled and curated playlist of seasonal jams. It’s a staple of summer since time immemorial. It’s a must-have. No barbeque is complete without a little Bruce; no road trip is real until Steppenwolf has taken center stage. Music is what moves us; selecting the tunes to take us through those hot summer days and everlasting balmy nights is an art form well practiced but never perfected. Like pairing a fine wine with an aged cheese, some music simply works well together while some can cause a catastrophic crash and bring a party to a grinding halt. Knowing which tracks work with which is half the battle; setting the tone of the party or trip with tunes is the other.

And with that we bring you the Sounds of Summer,’s guide to the ultimate summer playlist. This selection is by no means all-encompassing, but it is a good starting point, a base or foundation if you will, to build around.

For The BBQ

“Born on the Bayou” – Creedence Clearwater Revival

“Mama Told Me Not to Come” – Tom Jones feat. Stereophonics

“Dancing in the Dark” – Bruce Springsteen

“What Goes On” – The Velvet Underground

The Road Trip

“Born to Be Wild” – Steppenwolf

“The Boys of Summer” – Don Henley

“Sweet Child O’ Mine” – Guns N’ Roses

“Life Is a Highway” – Tom Cochrane

And The Beach

“I Get Around” – The Beach Boys

“Surfin’ USA” – The Beach Boys

“Brown Eyed Girl” – Van Morrison

“Stir It Up” – Bob Marley

For The Chill Summer Night

“Son of a Preacher Man” – Dusty Springfield

“Patio Lanterns” – Kim Mitchell

“Big Country” – Béla Fleck and the Flecktones

“Down Home Girl” – Old Crow Medicine Show

For Your Day Off

“Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard” – Paul Simon

“What I Got” – Sublime

“Once in a Lifetime” – The Talking Heads

“Stray Dog and the Chocolate Shake” – Grandaddy

For the Hip-Hop Inclined

“California Love” – 2Pac and Dr. Dre

“Ms. Jackson” – OutKast

“Concrete Schoolyard” – Jurassic 5

“Mo Money, Mo Problems” – Notorious B.I.G. feat. Puff Daddy and Ma$e

And the Top 40–Minded

“Party in the USA” – Miley Cyrus

“Little Secrets” – Passion Pit

“Island in the Sun” – Weezer

“All I Wanna Do” – Sheryl Crow


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