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A 150+ Song Summer Playlist

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Spoiler alert: there be no Carly Rae Jepsen on this playlist (though if you really want to hear “Call Me Maybe,” you probably won’t have trouble making that happen?) Instead, a Spotify playlist that won’t scratch your Top 40 itch but will help you celebrate every facet of summertime, including:

  • When you’re in the mood for a legitimate Grown & Sexy moment (“Summer Breeze” by Seals & Croft)
  • When you’re riding in a convertible (“Praise You” by Fat Boy Slim)
  • When it’s super sunny and you’re walking around all sweaty and high on life (“Bury Us Alive” by STRFKR)
  • When you’re wasted at an ever-elusive post-college keg party (“Are You Jimmy Ray” by… Jimmy Ray)
  • When you’re smoking a joint on a rooftop (“Electric Relaxation” by A Tribe Called Quest)
  • When you meet someone you probably wouldn’t hook up with during Real People Seasons but say “F-ck it, it’s summer” instead (“Bohemian Like You” by The Dandy Warhols)
  • When you’re just like, “It’s 98 degrees outside but I’m a bad bitch, so whatever.” (“Trick Me” by Kelis)
  • When it’s last call and your dignity is nowhere to be found (“Take Me Home Tonight” by Eddie Money)
  • When you go camping and don’t wash your hair for four days (“Send Me On My Way” by Rusted Root)
  • When you’re at a family wedding/ block party/ funeral (“Funky Town” by Lipps Inc.)

And like… ~150 other songs! Here it is. Enjoy. 

Updated: The list in its entirety, below

Bonobo – Flutter
Eddie Cochran – Summertime Blues
Bob Marley – Sun Is Shining
Ritchie Valens – La Bamba
The Champs – Tequila (Original)
Dick Dale – Miserlou
Sly & The Family Stone – Everyday People
Sha Na Na – Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini
The Beach Boys – Wouldn’t It Be Nice
Best Coast – Summer Mood
The Beach Boys – Surfin’ U.S.A. (Mono)
The Surfaris – Wipeout
Van Morrison – Crazy Love
The Ronettes – Be My Baby
The Lovin’ Spoonful – Summer In The City – 2003 Remaster
The La’s – There She Goes
Sam Cooke – Twistin’ The Night Away
Martha and the Vandellas – Dancing In the Streets
Stevie Wonder – Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours)
Dion & The Belmonts – The Wanderer
The Troggs – Wild Thing
Martha Reeves & The Vandellas – Heatwave – Album Version (Stereo)
The Velvet Underground – Who Loves The Sun
Ramones – Sheena Is A Punk Rocker [Remastered ABC Single Version]
The Beach Boys – Don’t Worry Baby (2001 Digital Remaster) (Stereo)
Coconut Records – Nighttiming
The Spencer Davis Group – Gimme Some Lovin’ – Single Mix / U.S Version
Sublime – Don’t Push – Acoustic
Supergrass – Alright
Walter Murphy – A Fifth Of Beethoven – 2007 Remastered Saturday Night Fever LP Version
Van Morrison – Brown Eyed Girl
Hall & Oates – You Make My Dreams
The Black Crowes – Hard To Handle
The Thrills – Big Sur
The Strokes – You Only Live Once
STRFKR – Bury Us Alive
The Clash – Train In Vain
Bedouin Soundclash – Brutal Hearts
Q-Tip – Vivrant Thing – Club Mix
Bob Marley & The Wailers – Iron Lion Zion
Death Cab for Cutie – Summer Skin
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones – The Impression That I Get
Simian Mobile Disco – I Believe
Sister Nancy – Bam Bam
Elvis Costello & The Attractions – Pump It Up
They Might Be Giants – Birdhouse In Your Soul
Digable Planets – Nickel Bags
Jimmy Ray – Are You Jimmy Ray?
Pixies – Here Comes Your Man
Weezer – Island In The Sun
Tommy James & The Shondells – Crimson And Clover
Beck – E-Pro
Fatboy Slim – Praise You – Radio Edit
Stealers Wheel – Stuck In The Middle With You
Seals & Crofts – Summer Breeze
Smash Mouth – Walkin’ On The Sun
Modest Mouse – Float On
Kelis – Trick Me
The Dandy Warhols – Bohemian Like You
Bananarama – Cruel Summer
Beck – Girl
The Strokes – Machu Picchu
Fleetwood Mac – Tusk
Eddie Money – Take Me Home Tonight
Prince & The Revolution – Raspberry Beret
Mungo Jerry – In The Summertime
John Travolta – Summer Nights
Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)
Steppenwolf – Born To Be Wild – Single Version
The Beach Boys – Good Vibrations – 2001 – Remaster
Lykke Li – Breaking It Up
The Cure – Close To Me
Depeche Mode – Just Can’t Get Enough
Gang Starr – Mass Appeal
Talking Heads – Life During Wartime – Remastered LP Version
The Outfield – Your Love
The Rolling Stones – Under My Thumb
OMC – How Bizarre
Men At Work – Down Under
Mystery Jets – Flash A Hungry Smile
Ace of Base – Don’t Turn Around
Althea And Donna – Uptown Top Ranking
Hootie And The Blowfish – Only Wanna Be With You
Prince – When Doves Cry [Edit LP Version]
Phenomenal Handclap Band – Following
Savage Garden – I Want You
Nena – 99 Luftballons
Underworld – Born Slippy
Bag Raiders – Shooting Stars
Deee-Lite – Groove Is In The Heart
The Temper Trap – Sweet Disposition
Ram Jam – Black Betty
John Legend – Save Room
Michael Franti & Spearhead – Say Hey (I Love You)
Sia – Clap Your Hands
People Under The Stairs – Montego Slay
Lipps Inc. – Funky Town
Eels – Mr. E’s Beautiful Blues
Long Beach Dub Allstars – Sunny Hours
The Knack – My Sharona
Eagle-Eye Cherry – Save Tonight
Q-Tip – Breathe And Stop
Weezer – El Scorcho
A Tribe Called Quest – Electric Relaxation
C+C Music Factory (Presenting Freedom Williams) – Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)
Sugar Ray – Fly
Stevie Wonder – Superstition
Black Box – Everybody Everybody – Le Freak Album Mix
Pepper – 7 Weeks
Jimmy Buffett – Margaritaville
Cream – Sunshine Of Your Love
A Tribe Called Quest – Can I Kick It?
The Rolling Stones – She’s A Rainbow – Stereo Full Version / With Intro
Free – All Right Now – Single Version
Adina Howard – Freak Like Me
Madonna – Beautiful Stranger
Digable Planets – Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)
The Avalanches – Since I Left You
Rusted Root – Send Me On My Way
People Under The Stairs – Acid Raindrops
Len – Steal My Sunshine – Single Version
T. Rex – Bang A Gong [Get It On]
College & Electric Youth – A Real Hero
Third Eye Blind – Semi-Charmed Life
Animal Collective – Summertime Clothes
Dave Matthews Band – Ants Marching
Scissor Sisters – Take Your Mama
Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers – Mary Jane’s Last Dance
Blues Traveler – Run-Around
Iggy Pop – The Passenger
Robyn – Dancing On My Own
Lynyrd Skynyrd – Sweet Home Alabama
Gang Starr – The Militia – Feat. Big Shug And Freddie Foxxx
Jane’s Addiction – Jane Says
Daft Punk – Digital Love
The Allman Brothers Band – Ramblin’ Man
Slightly Stoopid – 2am
Al Green – Love And Happiness
New Radicals – You Get What You Give
The Killers – All These Things That I’ve Done
Benny Goodman – Sing Sing Sing
Electric Light Orchestra (Elo) – Mr Blue Sky
The Who – Baba O’Riley – Remixed Version
Quindon Tarver – Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)
Caribou – Odessa
Rod Stewart – Maggie May – Edit Version
Tom Tom Club – Genius Of Love
Yaz – Situation
Dire Straits – Sultans Of Swing
Steve Winwood – Higher Love – Full Album Version
LCD Soundsystem – I Can Change
Hercules And Love Affair – Blind – Full Album Version
Evelyn “Champagne” King – Shame
Rogue Wave – Harmonium
Donna Summer – Hot Stuff
LCD Soundsystem – All I Want
Fatboy Slim – The Rockafeller Skank
Manfred Mann’s Earth Band – Blinded By The Light
Prince & The Revolution – Kiss [Extended Version]
S.O.S Band – Take Your Time (Do It Right)
Donna Summer – I Feel Love – 12″ Version TC Mark

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  • dontgetsentimental

    When you’re riding in a convertible (“Praise You” by Fat Boy Slim) – AKA CRUEL INTENTIONS

  • e

    let me guess, a lot of vampy wknd and motown?

  • Rachael

    Lovin’ the playlist!

  • karyninny

    hey thanks lady. listening now.

  • Oliver Miller

    Holy shit, I could be making playlists on Spotify and be inflicting them on Thought Catalog readers, I did not realize! That is not sarcasm, I would have done that, but I didn’t knowwwww.

  • Oliver Miller

    “Take me home tonight” is such a great song, ugh, I’m gushing.

  • Everyone-is-so-special-all-the-time-forever

    Yay, Take Me Home Tonight! Ronnettes! Dig it!

  • Jessica

    Return of the Mack – Viceroy Jet Life remix

    I’m not one for remixes or anything to obscure but give it a listen-phenomenal

  • Archee

    I love Summer, I really do, but what about those of us in the Southern Hemisphere braving winter?

  • Jake

    I ride my bike about 8 miles along the coast going to and from work every day…this playlist just changed everything.

  • Thais

    Savage Garden! Omg.

  • urodriguez527

    Have you heard of Sunshine by Atmosphere? It’s a remarkable song and can either be played the morning after going out, or just on a relaxing day at a beach or park.

  • Carly Rae Jepson

    Call me maybe is the best song ever. How dare you?

  • Emily!

    What if I’m reading from Canada, WHERE SPOTIFY IS NOT AVAILABLE?

    My summer will now be soundtrackless

    • Alice

      SAME HERE!!! Can you make a YouTube or Soundcloud playlist too? Canadians can’t listen to Spotify!

  • linkhoarder

    oh good temper trap are there.
    they ARE summer listening for me.

  • Preston

    Haha this is awesome. You just made my Monday morning a bit more bearable. Thx!

  • CMFD

    It tells me that the playlist is empty and does not show up on your ‘published playlists’. Maybe this is because I refuse to link my fb and my spotify, but either way I am bummed I cannot listen. :/

    • CMFD

      nevermind, I have figured it out now!!! Spotify was just being wonky.

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  • Melissa

    I’m in Canada and can’t listen to this, is it possible get a list or have this posted on another website?

    • Dayana

      IA! maybe groove shark?

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