It's amazing how quickly the summer comes and goes. I can't believe it's already August. Before we know it it'll be September and it will be sweater weather all over again (except for those who live in warm climates)! After having this realization, I am definitely going to take advantage of the next few days of summer I have left. Beaches, parks, and adventurous long hikes are calling my name and a great way to really enjoy those things would be to able to listen to some really great summer themed songs. Just picture riding down the beach with the windows down and the sun shining over the car hood while listening to a song like "Summer" by Calvin Harris. To me, that is a perfect summer moment. To make sure you have these perfect summer moments, here is a list of some of my favorite summer-themed songs.
"Summer" By Calvin Harris
Speaking of "Summer", of course this song will be apart of my list. The energetic techno music and the countless times summer is said in this song makes it a must-listen to during this season.
"Rather Be" By Clean Bandit Ft. Jess Glynne
When I think of summer I also think of going on vacation and traveling. To me this upbeat song is about being okay to go to new places and try new things as long as you're with the person you love. Listening to this song while taking a road trip will make the trip even more enjoyable.
"The Boys of Summer" By Don Henley
This classic song was released in 1984, and every summer I listen to it at least 20 times during the season. This nostalgic song is perfect to listen to while watching the sunset near the ocean.
"High Dive" By Andrew McMahon
The music video to this song probably wasn't filmed during the summer; especially since the people in it are wearing boots and scarves. However, the lyrics give off a summer vibe to me. You could play this song at a summer roof top party or while star gazing during a camping trip.
"Island In The Sun" By Weezer
If you'll be on and island in the sun this summer than listening to this song while tanning is a must. If you can't make it a sunny island, then this song will definitely help you imagine being there.
"Soak Up The Sun" By Sheryl Crow
This song makes me want to go to the beach and hit the waves even though I have no idea how to surf. This is the perfect chill summer song for a lazy day on the beach. Crow encourages you to be a free spirit, live your life, and soak up the sun.
"Put Your Records On" By Corinne Bailey Rae
I absolutely love this song. It's lovely to listen to while taking a stroll on the pier or biking in the park. The most satisfying lyrics of the song are when she sings "summer came like cinnamon/ so sweet."
"I'm Yours" By Jason Mraz
I feel like most of Mraz's songs are great songs to add to your summer playlist, but "I'm Yours" would be the one to be on top of that list. It makes me want to take a load off and take a nap in a hammock under some palm trees.
"Summer Blue" By Bread & Butter
This Japanese pop song from 1979 is a smooth summer song that is perfect for barbecue's and other summer get-togethers. Putting this on repeat is recommended.
"Summertime" By The Fresh Prince & DJ Jazzy Jeff
For those of you who don't know, Will Smith was used to be a rapper. He made this throwback song with DJ Jazzy Jeff specifically for the summer season. This song will help you be able to just "sit back and unwind."
"Ocean Man" By Ween
This is another great beach song to jam out to while letting the ocean waves kiss your feet while walking on the edge if the beach.
"In The Summertime" By Mungo Jerry
Would it be weird to say that this song just makes me think of summer camp? Anyway, it's a catchy song to listen to that'll get you excited about all of the summer activities you have planned to do!
"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" By Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
Last but not least, this beautiful medley of "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" and "What a Beautiful World" will take you to paradise also known as Hawaii. if you're not physically there. This song is about rainbows, beaches, relaxing, and finding the beauty in the world. The summer is about de-stressing, and listening to this song will help you to de-stress even faster.