Summer is in full swing and as we all know, it’s crucial to have a summer playlist to be the background to all our adventures. As we prepare for our upcoming Chicago festivals (Pitchfork and Lollapalooza), I’ve been finding myself listening to new music constantly. I must admit, coming from Southern Missouri, summer to me is synonymous with country music. The two just go hand in hand. Sure, some country music is the cheesiest stuff you’ve ever heard, but for some reason, nothing seems to go quite as well with my rolled down windows and sunshine hitting my cheeks.
That being said, you can’t ignore the quirky, fun, indie/pop that makes you want to grab a popsicle and dance through the streets. Music just feels better in the summer to me. It’s like no matter what I’m doing, I need my soundtrack. Whether I’m at the beach and I grabbed my Jambox to listen to some tunes while throwing a frisbee around or I’m driving to see friends and need some serious car-e-oke time, music has to be a part of it! Sometimes I wonder what people I pull up next to think of me. Every once in awhile, someone will be happy to see me mid-car-e-oke, doing my steering wheel dance and they’ll even join in.
I decided to put all my summer tunes together in one playlist. You can follow it as I continue to add tunes throughout the summer. A few of my current favorites that I can’t stop playing are…
Grimes feat. Blood Diamonds – Go
This is my EDM track of the summer. It was originally a song written for Rihanna, but either she or someone on her team turned it down and I couldn’t be happier, because I think Grimes vocals rock on this track and I don’t think it’d be the same had it been a Rihanna track. I love the softness of Grimes voice, it almost feels misty/airy (if that’s a thing). Then you’ve got Blood Diamonds dropping beats that make you just want to bounce around. In fact, I am doing just that right now as I write this. Good thing Nelson’s not in today. He’d probably throw his Nerf basketball at me. Anyways, give this a listen. I promise you won’t be disappointed. It’s a different style than all the EDM I hear on the radio lately. It’s got a different vibe that feels more pure, at least as pure as EDM can be haha.
Sam Hunt – Leave the Night On
Alright this one’s for all the country fans. This song is the definition of summer to me. It’s an upbeat country jam that makes you want to drive down some old country roads with the windows down surrounded by all your best friends. Sam Hunt brings a fun youthful vibe to his music and has a very unique style to his songs. I love the rhythm changes in this one, it catches you off guard at first, but you can’t help but bob your head along. He writes catchy lyrics too. He wrote Keith Urban’s hit “Cop Car” and Kenny Chesney’s “Come Over.” I also really enjoy his song “Raised On It,” maybe that’s just because these tracks remind me of the simplicity of where I grew up. I’m really looking forward to his full length debut.
MØ – Don’t Wanna Dance
I love almost every song off MØ’s “No Mythologies To Follow.” I first heard MØ via her incredible cover of the Spice Girl’s “Say You’ll Be There.” She turned an iconic pop song and made it dark, mysterious, and made you really focus on the lyrics. Just to tell you how crazy I am about this girl, I listened her full album and bought tickets to her concert immediately. I can’t wait to see her in Chicago in September. I had a hard time choosing between this track and “Waste of Time,” but both will be on the playlist without a doubt. I encourage you to check out the entire album. It’s rare that I enjoy a full album, so this says something.
And as promised…here’s my summer soundtrack!