Beach days, afternoon swims, long-awaited vacations–summer is finally here! Don’t forget the essentials on all of your season getaways: sunscreen, snacks, and the perfect playlist. We’ve chosen the top 20 summer songs, sure to keep you cool during the sizzling heat. Whether you’re jamming out at work or blasting Spotify on your way to the coast, these songs are perfect for all your summer adventures.
1. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – Home
After touring with Mumford & Sons last year on their Gentlemen of the Road Tour, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros have been climbing the charts with their indie folk hits. Our pick, “Home,” is the second single off of the 2010 album Up From Below. Whether you’re heading home this summer or going on a new adventure, this song is perfect for getting there.
Like it? Check out: Alexander Ebert, The Lumineers, Mumford & Sons
2. Lana del Rey – Diet Mountain Dew
There’s no summertime sadness with this Lana favorite. “Diet Mountain Dew” is as classy as the singer herself. If you loved “Video Games” and “Born to Die,” you won’t be disappointed. “Diet Mountain Dew” is track no. 5 off of Lana’s 2012 album, Born to Die.
Like it? Check out: Marina & the Diamonds, Charli XCX, Sky Ferreira
3. Sam Smith – Money on My Mind
From his breakout in 2012, Sam Smith’s popularity has continued to rise, now with two songs on the Billboard Top 40. “Money on My Mind” is the groovy single off of In the Lonely Hour, released in February of this year. The song highlights Smith’s amazing vocal range and has a beat you’ll be sure to love.
Like it? Check out: Ella Eyre, Glass Animals, Seinabo Sey
4. Grouplove – Ways to Go
If you’re just learning about Grouplove due to the release of the indie band’s latest album, Spreading Rumours, you’ve seriously been missing out. Hopeful and relatable, don’t be surprised if you keep this song on repeat all summer long.
Like it? Check out: Passion Pit, San Cisco, The Naked and Famous
5. MGMT – Your Life is a Lie
You’ve heard (and still love) “Kids” and “Electric Feel,” but don’t miss this hit off of MGMT’s self-titled and most recent album. “Your Life is a Lie” combines elements of pop and psychedelic rock, and has received critical acclaim. We’ve added this single to our summer playlist, but there’s no law that says you can’t add the whole album.
Like it? Check out: The Strokes, Foster the People, Arcade Fire
6. Ingrid Michaelson – Girls Chase Boys
You might have missed her performance a few weeks ago at The Beacham, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss her tunes all summer. “Girls Chase Boys” is Michaelson’s latest single. Upbeat and catchy, this is the perfect theme song while looking for those cute surfer guys at the beach this season.
Like it? Check out: Sara Bareilles, Allie Moss, Regina Spektor
7. Neon Trees – Sleeping With a Friend
We’re absolutely loving the latest jam from Neon Trees. “Sleeping With a Friend” has been taking commercial radio by storm, ranking at No. 51 on the Billboard Hot 100. Your hand will automatically crank up the volume every time this song pops up on your playlist.
Like it? Check out: Foxes, Walk the Moon, American Authors
8. Ellie Goulding – Tessellate (originally by Alt-J)
We love Alt-J’s single off of their 2012 album, An Awesome Wave, but we’re seriously digging Ellie Goulding’s cover of it. This slow jam is sure to give your summer playlist a little extra flair with Goulding’s smooth, breezy voice. You haven’t heard Ellie Goulding until you hear this song.
Like it? Check out: Lilly Allen, Birdy, Alt-J
9. Calvin Harris – Summer
This one’s a no-brainer. Calvin Harris’ latest hit will probably be the most memorable song on the charts this season. Whether you’re dancing to “Summer” at your favorite club or turning up the song every time it comes on the radio, it’s sure to make your day just a little bit brighter. Here’s to you, summer.
Like it? Check out: Zedd, Afrojack, Avicii
10. Capital Cities – Safe and Sound
Electronic and bursting with energy, this song captured our attention the first time we heard it. “Safe and Sound” is the second single off of the duo’s 2013 album, In a Tidal Wave of Mystery, though the song was released digitally in 2011. If you haven’t heard it yet, you probably will in the near future–the song reached No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Like it? Check out: Atlas Genius, Icona Pop, Phoenix
11. Matt and Kim – It’s Alright
Matt and Kim are an automatic must for any summer playlist. “It’s Alright” is one of our recent favorites, and is track No. 3 off of the duo’s latest album, Lightning. Whether you’re going on a roadtrip or enjoying a low-key day at home, everything will be alright as long as it’s summer.
Like it? Check out: Fitz and the Tantrums, Tokyo Police Club, Ra Ra Riot
12. Nico & Vinz – Am I Wrong
Nico & Vinz have been taking over the airwaves this summer with “Am I Wrong,” the duo’s second single that was released in April of 2013. The song reached No. 18 on the Billboard Hot 100 and continues to capture listeners with its memorable lyrics and pop elements.
Like it? Check out: Elaiza, Rixton, Mr. Probz
13. Ariana Grande – Problem ft. Iggy Azalea
Hopefully your summer is problem free. But if not, Ariana Grande and Iggy Azalea have got you covered. Whether you’re stressed at work or getting through a messy breakup, this pop single is sure to get you through your roughest days this summer–hopefully, they’re few and far between.
Like it? Check out: Zendaya, Little Mix, Cher Lloyd
14. Arctic Monkeys – Do I Wanna Know?
“Do I Wanna Know?” is the second single off of the Arctic Monkey’s latest album, AM. The album itself covers a multitude of genres, from indie rock to psychedelic rock, even R&B. Add the single to your playlist this summer–you’ve been jamming out to “I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor” since 2005, anyway.
Like it? Check out: The Last Shadow Puppets, Jake Bugg, Alex Turner
15. Bastille – Flaws
Bastille has traveled the quick road to success since the group’s formation just four years ago. We’re sure you’ve heard “Pompeii” more times than you can count, but what about this single from the beloved English pop group? “Flaws” is synthpop at its best, with lyrics that will have you singing along on your drive to the beach. We all have flaws, but lead singer Dan Smith’s voice sure doesn’t.
Like it? Check out: To Kill a King, The 1975, The Neighbourhood
16. CHVRCHES – The Mother We Share
Whether you’re getting ready for a night out on the town or dealing with post-Bonnaroo depression, you won’t get tired of CHVRCHES. “The Mother We Share” was a single off of their first studio album, The Bones of What You Believe, released in 2013. Go ahead, dance. You know you want to.
Like it? Check out: HAIM, Purity Ring, MS MR
17. The Black Keys – Fever
“Fever” is catchy and hypnotic, just like the cover of The Black Keys’ latest album, Turn Blue. If this summer isn’t hot enough for you, this song definitely is. Turn Blue was released in March of 2014.
Like it? Check out: The White Stripes, Kings of Leon, Cage the Elephant
18. Vampire Weekend – Ya Hey
“Ya Hey” is the second single off of Vampire Weekend’s most recent album, Modern Vampires of the City, released in May of last year. Whether you blast it at Fourth of July B-B-Qs or put it on your playlist for those afternoon swims, this song keeps it cool in the heat of summer.
Like it? Check out: The Vaccines, Swim Deep, Drowners
19. Ed Sheeran – Sing
Ever since this ginger stole our hearts in 2012 with “The A Team,” we’ve been totally hooked. “Sing” is catchy, upbeat, and totally Sheeran–the single highlights his vocal range and songwriting capability. We’ll definitely be singing with him through August.
Like it? Check out: Lewis Watson, Passenger, 5 Seconds of Summer
20. Phillip Phillips – Raging Fire
Phillip Phillips, the cutie who won American Idol in 2012, is winning us over with “Raging Fire.” Composed of a happy, upbeat tune and unforgettable lyrics, this song was a must for our playlist. Phillips’ most recent album, Behind the Light, was released earlier this year.
Like it? Check out: Lee DeWyze, John Mayer, Kris Allen