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10 Songs You Need to Add to the Ultimate Summer Playlist

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Tue, June 18

Whether you're lounging by the pool, hitting the beach, or embarking on a road trip, these carefully curated tunes are designed to be the perfect soundtrack for your adventures. From infectious pop anthems and chill, indie beats to classic hits, let the music set the mood for the season. So, sit back, relax, press play and enjoy!

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I Had Some Help - Post Malone ft. Morgan Wallen

It ain't like I can make this kinda mess myself.

'I Had Some Help' combines hip-hop, pop, rock, and country elements as Post Malone's full pivot to county music. The pair sing about a break-up and how they wish their partners would take more accountability for the relationship's demise. Within the first week of its release, this track became the second country song to top the Billboard Hot 100 this year, following Beyoncé's ''Texas Hold' Em.''

Summer Girl - HAIM

And I can see the angels coming down, like a wave that's crashing on the ground.

Released in 2019 as part of 'Women in Music Pt.III', 'Summer Girl' is an indie pop/pop-rock song that incorporates saxophone, bass guitar, and jazz, mimicking Walk on the Wild Side by Lou Reed. This song was inspired by Danielle Haim's partner, Ariel Rechtshaid, a producer who was grappling with a cancer diagnosis.

Shine You No More - Danish String Quartet

Though it may be an outlier in this list, 'Shine You No More' blends folk and classical elements. The quartet has many similar tracks with a deep connection to Scandinavian Folk Music, like 'Polska from Dorotea' and 'Old Reinlender from Sønderho.'

Here Comes the Sun - The Beatles

Little darlin', it seems like years since it's been here, here comes the sun.

Reflecting the continued influence of Indian classical music on George Harrison's writing, 'Here Comes the Sun' is one of their best-known compositions. The track is a mix of folk-pop and pop-rock, with the lyrics reflecting Harrison's relief of spring arriving (although it can also be applied to the summertime).

Summertime - George Gershwin

Summertime and the livin' is easy, fish are jumpin' and the cotton is high.

'Summertime' is a timeless and iconic song originally appearing in the 1935 opera 'Porgy and Bess.' This track has become a jazz standard, evoking a sense of the lazy days of summer and allowing for a wide range of emotions. Notable renditions across various genres include Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong and Janis Joplin.

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Coffee - BTS

You know, [drinking] americano has become a habit because of you.

A sweet love song masked under the guise of coffee, this is a refreshing track to play when you are relaxing on your porch while sipping…… coffee! It was released in BTS's second studio album, 'O!RUL8,2?', standing out from the rest because of its R&B elements.

All You Had To Do Was Stay - Taylor Swift

All you had to was stay, let me remind you, this was what you wanted.

A synth-pop track from the pivoting album '1989', 'All You Had To Do Was Stay' is perfect for a quaint little garden party or even just for you to dance it out in your bedroom. The lyrics reflect themes of frustration and disappointment, quite the opposite of its upbeat tempo and shimmering production.

Unwritten - Natasha Bedingfield

Release your inhibitions, feel the rain on your skin.

Released on her debut album, 'Unwritten' is a powerful and catchy song encouraging listeners to embrace life's possibilities and to write their own stories. It is particularly popular for prom posts on Instagram and just as a refresher in the morning.

Red Flavour - Red Velvet

I want to doze under the shade of a palm tree.

Ever wonder what the perfect track to listen to under a beach umbrella with strawberries and watermelon is? Red Flavour has got you covered. It's perfect as a dance track or just an energizing song to play in the background. It features tropical house, EDM, and pop elements, becoming one of Red Velvet's signature songs.

How To Save A Life - The Fray

Where did I go wrong? I lost a friend.

The lyrics may seem dark and twisty, but the melody of 'How To Save A Life' is the complete opposite. It is an alternative rock/pop song, which band member Isaac Slade said was inspired by his work as a mentor at a camp for troubled teenagers. Fans of Grey's Anatomy may recognize this song from the musical episode in season 7!

We hope these tracks will be a great addition to your playlist!

Bhavana Rupakula
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Bhavana Rupakula is currently a junior in high school interested in journalism, math, computer science and medicine.