New Summer Playlists

Staff Writer
Host the best summer soirée with these warm-weather tunes

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Remember when summer meant three months of freedom — without school or responsibilities — and driving around with your friends, the windows down and the radio blasting?

Recreate that experience with our Summer Songs playlist, filled with tunes that are perfect to crank up on your summer days off. From Bruno Mars to Viceroy, each of these songs is sure to take you right back to the days of no homework and extended curfews.

And if you’re searching for some background music for your next picnic or barbecue, then our Picnic Songs playlist is for you. A little more laid-back, it is the perfect, happy-go-lucky blend for getting together and relaxing with friends. Eric Clapton, The Pretenders, and Van Morrison are all featured on this list, making it a timeless classic that will appeal to any guest at your party.

Summer Songs:

Treasure — Bruno Mars

Safe and Sound — Capital Cities

Can’t Hold Us — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Hold Me — Cherub, Dominic Lalli

Out of My League — Fitz & The Tantrums

Chase Us Around — Viceroy

Fineshrine — Purity Ring

Rill Rill — Sleigh Bells

Global Concepts — Robert DeLong

Stuck in My Id — Reptar

Picnic Songs:

Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard — Paul Simon

Shine — Trey Anastasio

Everyday People — Sly & The Family Stone

Lay Down Sally — Eric Clapton

Dweller on the Threshold — Van Morrison

Maggie’s Farm — Bob Dylan

7 & 7 — Turnpike Troubadours

My City Was Gone — The Pretenders

The Sweetest Thing — JJ Grey & Mofro

Shiny Happy People — R.E.M.

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