Okay we all know those songs that are “summer songs”… you can play them in other seasons but somehow it just feels wrong to listen to them in a season that’s not summer! I know that everyone has their own music taste but I thought this would be a fun way to share mine with you guys! I chose a song for each day of July and combined them to make a playlist! All of these songs can be found on Spotify in case you’re wondering where to find them 🙂
07/01: Welcome to New York by Taylor Swift // I’ve never been a huge TS fan and to be honest I really don’t feel all that great about some of her opinions/stuff she’s done. BUT I recently found out she released all of her music on Spotify at long last, so I decided to check out the 1989 album and to my surprise it had a couple of definite bops! I think this song is very optimistic and I especially like the intro. I’ve never been to New York but I think July ought to be started with an upbeat song, and this fits the bill.
07/02: Here Comes the Sun by the Beatles, covered by Abbey Road // If you are a true movie aficionado you will realize this is the cover used in the Parent Trap movie with Lindsay Lohan! I’ve always loved this song and think it has a neat message about always looking to the future (plus with all the rain I’ve had recently some sun would be nice).
07/03: Disconnect by Clean Bandit feat. Marina and the Diamonds // After over TWO YEARS of waiting Clean Bandit FINALLY released the studio version of this after premiering it at Coachella 2015. Although I hate waiting it was well worth it. This song is great for singing while you drive somewhere in the dark 😉
07/04: Firework by Katy Perry // Okay okay I know this is such a stereotypical song to choose for Independence Day but I can’t help myself! It’s just a bop and fits the theme of the day well if you consider the 4th to be about setting fireworks off.
07/05: American Kids by Kenny Chesney // This is the only country song I will admit to liking. The beat is super catchy, and my aunt played it last summer while out on her family’s boat, so now I associate the song with good memories at the cottage and on the lake.
07/06: It’s Still Rock and Roll To Me by Billy Joel // This song also has such a catchy beat, and is also super fun to sing in the car with the windows down. Even if you don’t know the words, pretty much any word can be used! Once again, this song is just one of those that seem to sound the best in the summer.
07/07: Good Vibrations by the Beach Boys // For some reason I’ve always thought this song sounds super sultry, is that weird? Of course, with a name like the Beach Boys they’re perfect for summer songs and even decades later the song is still relevant (ish).
07/08: Good Time by Owl City feat. Carly Rae Jepsen // This song has been in my Spotify library for years. Every time I listen to it, I just get that feeling of “summer” and having fun with your friends or whomever.
07/09: Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride from the Lilo + Stitch Movie // I love this song because of its relaxed, carefree attitude and the tropical vibe it inspires, which seems perfect for a Hawaiian party or theme.
07/10: Hotel California by Eagles // I think this is absolutely a perfect road trip song. I’m not sure why but it reminds me of traveling, especially in the desert or hot climates.
07/11: Mambo no. 5 by Lou Bega // The 11th is my birthday, so I get to pick this one without anyone judging me 🙂 I honestly love this song and don’t understand why it gets so much hate! I think it’s such a fun song with a funky beat.
07/12: 50 Ways To Say Goodbye by Train // Whatever happened to Train? I don’t hear much about him anymore but his music has such an cohesiveness to it with all of his songs. This is one of my favorites, for no other reason than it just kind of cracks me up, and I like to imagine that this is to explain a summer fling.
07/13: I Love It by Icona Pop feat. Charli XCX // Once again, not much needs to be said except that this is one of the ultimate summer songs and also perfect for blasting with your car windows down!
07/14: Year 3000 by the Jonas Brothers // This song is 100% a throwback but almost a decade later it’s still a total bop. It’s a little sad since they’ve broken up and will never have a song go platinum ever again but I still like to imagine maybe they will be correct about something.
07/15: Counting Stars by Onerepublic // Here again, another quintessential summer song for nights where you’re driving with the windows down.
07/16: Life is a Highway by Rascal Flatts // I think this song is a perfect road trip song too. I can listen to it for ages without getting tired but unfortunately the people I’m with in the car don’t always agree.
07/17: Froot by Marina and the Diamonds // I can’t stop listing the summer bops! I don’t listen to this song when it gets cold because I think it sounds the best in the summer (mostly only the summer)! She sings, “I’ve been saving all my summers for you,” but I save all of my winters for this song.
07/18: Born in the U.S.A. by Bruce Springsteen // Summertime here in the United States means a lot of (and I mean a lot!) flag apparel and country pride. I’m not sure how much pride I should take in my country right now, but this, however, is a song I would for sure burn on a summer CD. Or an Independence Day playlist!
07/19: Hips Don’t Lie by Shakira // This was the song for summer marching band a few years ago, and hearing the trumpets in the intro of this song always brings me back to the parades and hearing real trumpets blast the same melody. So although this song might be okay for all seasons, it will always give me memories from summer.
07/20: Shambala by Three Dog Night // Sitting around a campfire, listening to songs and hanging out with the people you love: this track seems perfect for it. To me, it creates such a relaxed and chilled out atmosphere.
07/21: Edge of Seventeen by Stevie Nicks // I have a hard time explaining how I feel about this song. I know it’s popular, and I think everyone has their own reason for why they love it. So, I won’t even try to explain it: listen for yourself.
07/22: Fireflies by Owl City // You almost thought I forgot this iconic summer song, didn’t you? How could I? This song has been my anthem since I was in sixth grade going to the school dance and living it up with glo sticks and Fireflies blasting from the dj’s speakers. (Don’t actually go out and catch the fireflies if you have them in your area though please!! Let them live their life 🙂 )
07/23: Shots by Imagine Dragons // Here’s a song that maybe doesn’t have the best message for summer chillaxing, but personally I think it’s another track perfect for singing along to loudly in your car at night. There’s a lot of room for lip-syncing creativity here.
07/24: Best Song Ever by One Direction // I’ve never been a huge One Direction fan but at the ripe old age of 16 I found some of their music and discovered there were some songs I really liked; this is one of them. It seems like a great song to play almost whenever. I think it fits in a ton of moods and schemes, even summer.
07/25: Secondhand News by Fleetwood Mac // This is one of my favorite songs to blast and sing along to on my way home from work. Although it might not scream summer, something in the lyrics calls warm weather to mind: “Lay me down in the grass and let me get my stuff.”
07/26: Born To Die by Lana Del Rey // Although Summertime Sadness might be her most popular summer hit (at least in my thoughts) I’ve always thought this one was maybe better. To me, it seems like a sad farewell song at the end of the summer. Even though the end of summer isn’t July 26th, August brings back thoughts of school and lessens the carefree feeling of summer.
07/27: My House by Flo Rida // Hopefully the radio hasn’t overplayed this one. I really never listen to radio stations, so I don’t know. Let’s be honest though, this is a prime party-starting song and summer is for partying (if you’re not me)… I don’t know maybe that’s a stretch? The fact remains, however, that this is a total bop.
07/28: Thriller by Michael Jackson // I have to admit the music would be a super cool date 🙂 That said I think this is such a great summer song. The music video seems like a summer setting, and it’s also a little spooky which means I think it’s fun to play at campfires or places when it’s getting dark.
07/29: Raspberry Beret by Prince // This would not be a true playlist until Prince was in the mix (spoken like a true Minnesotan am I right?) Pretty much every single Prince song is a complete bop, but I especially love this song. A whole host of other tracks could be here in place, but this is one of my favorites so in it goes.
07/30: Fat Bottomed Girls by Queen // I did not realize this was a real song until I googled it a few months ago. Before that, I’d only properly heard it once sung by an acapella band and thought they made it up for the laughs. Now, I stand corrected. This song is very good for a laugh (especially when sung by a very sarcastic boys acapella group).
07/31: Blue by Marina and the Diamonds // This is the third song of hers I’ve put in this lineup but I can’t help it! She just has a whole host of amazing summer songs. I’ve always thought of this song as the answer to a breakup of the summer fling. The music video is also amazing; it was shot at a theme park and gives such an amazing summer amusement park vibe. “Give me one more night,” she sings. Yes, give me one more night of July please!
Okay. This was a lot harder than I thought it would be to only select 31 songs! I hope this gives you a little insight onto what I’ll be listening to this month, and you can find all of these songs on Spotify!
What will you be listening to this month? Do you have any recommendations?