Today we’re happy to feature another great blog post with an excellent summer playlist from our Penn State Foot Patrol member Anna Schweidle. Hope your summer is fabulous, Anna!
Finals have wrapped up, graduations are happening — it’s that time of year! While in some places the temperature is still hovering in spring-like territory, it doesn’t mean summer isn’t on its way!
Music and summer go together perfectly. Whether your lounging by the pool, sipping strawberry lemonade, relaxing on the beach, adventuring in the great outdoors, or traveling abroad this summer here are some tunes that will definitely get you in the summer mood.
Dreaming by Smallpools
“The world is in your palm now
So take a breath and calm down.”
Fun, catchy song that perfectly captures the angst of summer. Be sure to check out the Chainsmokers remix, too. Listen here.
Easy Love by Sigala
“Simple melody, simple melody, sing a simple melody
There’s something easy love can be.”
British DJ Bruce Fielder is the genius behind Sigala. You’ll love this catchy pop tune that will make you dance in your seat! Listen here.
She Moves In Her Own Way by The Kooks
“So now you pour your heart out
You’re telling me you’re far out
You’re not about to lie down for your cause.”
This retro-sounding British band is great fun to listen to and is the perfect music for the beginning of a great party. Listen here.
Junk of the Heart (Happy) by The Kooks
“See I notice nothing makes you shatter, no, no.
You’re a lover of the wild and a joker of the heart,
But are you mine?”
So good, The Kooks make this list twice! A great song for that summer romance you’re hoping will happen. Listen here.
Walking on a Dream by Empire of the Sun
“Thought I’d never see
The love you found in me
Now it’s changing all the time.”
This electronic music pair from Australia brings together deep beats with great vocals and great showmanship. Listen here.
Bittersweet Symphony by The Verve
“I let the melody shine, let it cleanse my mind, I feel free now
But the airways are clean and there’s nobody singing to me now.”
Sadly, The Verve broke up in 1999 — but you can’t help loving this song with it’s incredible mix of orchestral and pop sounds (and a sample from the Rolling Stones). Listen here.
Waves by Sleeper Agent
“In the sticks we’re barefoot friends
We chew on leaves
And quote Huck Finn.”
You might recognize Sleeper Agent’s lead singer as Alex Kandel appearing on The Voice. But while the band was together, they created a group of perfect road trip tunes. Listen here.
Crash Into Me by the Dave Matthews Band
“Into your heart I’ll beat again
Sweet like candy to my soul
Sweet you rock
And sweet you roll.”
Jackie and Wilson by Hozier
” ‘Cause with my mid-youth crisis all said and done
I need to be youthfully felt ’cause, God, I never felt young.”
Irish singer Hozier burst onto the scene in the USA with his brilliant song Take Me To Church last summer. But his album is full of other great songs, such as Jackie and Wilson. Listen here.
Let’s Go Surfing by The Drums
“Wake up, it’s a beautiful morning
Honey, while the stars are still shining
Wake up, would you like to go with me
Honey, take a run down to the beach.”
What says summer more than surfing? This song features a bass line reminiscent of the classic surf bands of the sixties. Listen here.
Weekend Millionaires by Katelyn Tarver
“All the young fools, we’re starving in the back
Credit card shoes, we’re weekend millionaires
Just tryna be cool, yeah one day we’ll be there.”
Katelyn Tarver might be best known for her role on the kid’s show Big Time Rush, but she’s become a pop powerhouse. Listen here.
Ocean Drive by Duke Dumont
“Don’t say a word while we dance with the devil
You brought a fire to a world so cold
We’re out of time on the highway to never.”
Another British DJ in the mix! Duke Dumont is definitely perfect for your summer playlist, and since summer is all about going to the ocean, this song is perfect. Listen here.
Diane Young by Vampire Weekend
“Irish and proud, baby, naturally
But you got the luck of a Kennedy
So grab the wheel, keep on holding it tight
‘Til you’re tottering off into that good night.”
Try not to dance while you listen to this song. It simply isn’t possible. Great song for driving with all the windows open. Listen here.
Middle by DJ Snake
“The silence in the air felt like my soul froze
Am I just overthinking feelings I conceal
This gut feeling I’m tryna get off me as well.”
The lyrics might be a bit love sick, but the beat is definitely danceable. You’ll want to blast this one while you groove. Listen here.
Don’t Let Me Down by The Chainsmokers
“Right now I need a miracle
Hurry up now, I need a miracle
Stranded, reaching out
I call your name but you’re not around.”
This is the perfect song for late night, hot and sweaty dancing. Check out the various remixes, too. Features Daya on vocals. Listen here.
Cold Cold Man by Saint Motel
“You’re the only one worth seeing.
The only place worth being.
The only bed worth sleeping’s
the one right next to you.”
Referred to as “dream pop,” this band offers a danceable acoustic-style sound with great vocals and lyrics. Listen here.