Songs to Kick Off Your Summer This Year

20 Songs for Your 2018 Summer Playlist

Because let's face it: You need to start your summer with a bang(er)!


It's that time of year again: summertime! And of course, you know what that means: backyard parties, barbecues, squeezing into summer clothes you haven't worn in a year, and of course, listening to music poolside. Sometimes it can be hard to "set the mood" for summer with the odd weather we've been having lately, but for me, music always helps to give off those summer vibes. With that being said, here's 20 songs you can add to your 2018 summer playlist.

“High Hopes” by Panic! At The Disco

June 21st marks to first official day of summer, so of course Panic! decided to come out with their sixth studio album, Pray for the Wicked, on June 22nd. Panic! Has already released several songs ahead of the album's release, but my personal favorite is "High Hopes." To me, this song is all about staying on your path to success. Perhaps you have a summer job that you're working at to make ends meet, maybe you have an internship that you're only at for the experience. Whatever the case, "High Hopes" will definitely help you get through that summer grind.

“Midsummer Madness” by 88rising

This song was recommended to me by a friend. I admittedly have never heard of 88rising until I started writing this article, but this song definitely gives that IDGAF summer vibe. I will definitely be listening to this song while at the beach, no doubt.

“No Tears Left to Cry” by Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande never disappoints her fans with her singles - or with news on her dating life. Last I checked, she's engaged to SNL cast member Pete Davidson after only dating him for a few weeks. I'm still reeling from the news since it's overall surreal, just like the music video for this song. Guess you can say that Ari truly is in a certain "state of mind."

“Back to You” by Selena Gomez

Called me a late comer, but I didn't hear this song fully until I watched season 2 of "13 Reasons Why". I will admit that I at first didn't really like this song much until I saw the gorgeous music video Selena Gomez recently released. I love the silent film aspect of the video, which is something you don't ordinarily expect with music videos, but hey, the video is great regardless.

“This is America” by Childish Gambino

While this song marks the beginning of the end of Childish Gambino's music career, "This is America" is without doubt one of my favorite songs from 2018. I'm pretty sure I've watched the music video 500 times trying to decipher all the messages Childish Gambino tries to convey to the audience.

“I Like It” by Cardi B

I definitely like your music videos like that, Cardi! This banger just screams summer party!

“Girls Like You” by Maroon 5 Feat. Cardi B

This song's music video may not be as busy as Cardi B's "I Like It" video, but this crooner tune is mellow enough to listen to on lazy summer nights. Everybody from Gal Gadot and JLO to Millie Bobby Brown and Ashley Graham appear in cameos of this music video. Bravo Maroon 5, beautiful song.

“rockstar” by Post Malone Feat. 21 Savage

Okay, don't sue me for this, but I'm not much of a Post Malone fan. However, I will give him props for coming out with this song because it's all that I hear on the radio nowadays.

“IDGAF” By Dua Lipa

What can I say? IDGAF about summer responsibilities, am I right? (Also side note, check out Panic! At The Disco's amazing live cover of this song on BBC Radio.)

“Never Be The Same” by Camila Cabello

Okay, so technically this song came out "before" the summer, but it's still freaking great people! Love you Camila!

“One Kiss” By Calvin Harris Feat. Dua Lipa

I can totally see myself listening to song at a dance party or in a Forever 21 as I spend the last of my latest paycheck at the mall.The song just has that "feel good" summer vibe to it. Guess Calvin Harris has a knack for that.

“Youth” by Shawn Mendes Feat. Khalid

This song is meant for people who may be feeling down with what's going in our world today (like seriously, who isn't nowadays) and perhaps feels like they're at odds with what it means to be young. Honestly, I'm glad a song like this exists. Check out the lyric video to appreciate the song entirely.

“Somebody” by The Chainsmokers & Drew Love

Just like Post Malone's "rockstar", I hear this song all the time on the radio (not that I'm complaining though).

“Delicate” by Taylor Swift

Listen guys, I know it's too soon to do this yet, but I know that it's delicate: I absolutely love T-Swift. Any haters can come at me, IDC! [Just don't ruin my reputation y'all ;) ].

“Whatever It Takes” By Imagine Dragons

This song is from Imagine Dragon's most recent album, "Evolve". As the title suggests, this song is all about motivation and quite literally doing whatever it takes.

“Fall in Line” by Christina Auguilera & Demi Lovato

This song is more of a power ballad than a quote-unquote summer song, but you can't argue against X-tina and Demi, like come on fam.

“Archie, Marry Me” by Alvvays

This is another song recommended to me by a friend. I've never heard of Alvvays (please don't be offended Alvvays fans!), but I do like this song. This song sounds like it's perfect for a summer road trip or for a day at the boardwalk (just like in the music video).

“Golden Days” by Panic! At The Disco

Summer only lasts for three months, so the memories you make will last for a long time. Whether you finally take that well needed vacation, or binge watch "Stranger Things" for the millionth time (and side note: Noah Schnapp, the actor who plays Will Byers in "Stranger Things", appeared in one of Panic!'s videos, "LA Devotee"), summer is defined by memories. It's almost as if summer days are indeed our Golden Days.

“Hopeless Opus” by Imagine Dragons

I listen to this song every summer, TBH. Pro tip: Listen to this song poolside with the sun beaming down on you at high noon. Will cure any summer blues you're experiencing, period. Same goes for another song by Imagine Dragons, "Summer."

“God’s Plan” by Drake

What can I say? This playlist wouldn't feel right if I didn't include this song too.

Now if you'll excuse me, I plan on listening to this playlist on repeat while I try to make the most of my summer this year. Thanks!

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To The Parents Who Deserve Every Single 'Thank You' On Graduation Day

I couldn't have done it without you.


Well, the day has finally come, the day I walk across that stage and have finally earned that diploma. Through the countless hours of studying, the numerous mental breakdowns, and the late nights, I survived.

As I sit here waiting for them to call my name, I can't help but think back on how the past four years went. I can't help but think about all that you have done for me and how I cannot thank you enough.

I couldn't have done it without you. Thank you.

Thank you for the never-ending support.

Thank you for providing me with an environment where I could grow, a place to call home, and a place to return to.

Thank you for pushing me to achieve my dreams and always supporting them no matter what. Thank you for pushing me to get through the tough times and encouraging me to challenge myself.

Thank you for being there for me through the many tears.

Thank you for reminding me that it is okay to take some time and breathe when I felt like everything was getting more and more difficult.

Thank you for teaching me how to prioritize and how to manage my time.

Thank you for the endless advice on what to do with my future, how to handle the challenges, and how to just manage being human.

I could not have gotten through those four years of school without you. I hope to be just as generous, supporting, and as loving as you are.

Thank you.

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15 Thing Only Early 2000's Kids Will Understand

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This is it early 2000's babies, a compilation finally made for you. This list is loaded with things that will make you swoon with nostalgia.

1. Not being accepted by the late 90's kids.


Contrary to what one may think, late 90's and early 00's kids had the same childhood, but whenever a 00's kid says they remember something on an "only 90's kids will understand" post they are ridiculed.

2. Fortune tellers.


Every day in elementary school you would whip one of these bad boys out of your desk, and proceed to tell all of your classmates what lifestyle they were going to live and who they were going to marry.


You could never read this book past 8 o'clock at night out of fear that your beloved pet rabbit would come after you.

4. Silly bands.

You vividly remember begging your parents to buy you $10 worth of cheap rubber bands that vaguely resembles the shape of an everyday object.

5. Parachutes.

The joy and excitement that washed over you whenever you saw the gym teacher pull out the huge rainbow parachute. The adrenaline that pumped through your veins whenever your gym teacher tells you the pull the chute under you and sit to make a huge "fort".

6. Putty Erasers

You always bought one whenever there was a school store.

7. iPod shuffle.

The smallest, least technological iPpd apple has made, made you the coolest kid at the bus stop.

8. "Education Connection"

You knew EVERY wood to the "Education Connection" commercials. Every. Single.Word.

9. " The Naked Brothers Band"

The "Naked Brothers Band" had a short run on Nickelodeon and wrote some absolute bangers including, "Crazy Car' and "I Don't Wanna Go To School"

10. Dance Dance Revolution

This one video game caused so many sibling, friend, and parent rivalries. This is also where you learned all of your super sick dance moves.

11. Tamagotchi

Going to school with fear of your Tamagotchi dying while you were away was your biggest worry.

12. Gym Scooters

You, or somebody you know most likely broke or jammed their finger on one of these bad boys, but it was worth it.

13. Scholastic book fairs

Begging your parents for money to buy a new book, and then actually spending it on pens, pencils, erasers, and posters.


Who knew that putting yogurt in a plastic tube made it taste so much better?

15. Slap Bracelets

Your school probably banned these for being "too dangerous".

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