Summer is here. What better way to celebrate this amazing season like a summer playlist. We have collaborated to give you our favorite songs of summer. What is your favorite summer song?
Good Time – Owl City and Carly Rae Jepson
Written by Rob Clark
When I think of summer it reminds me of having fun, hanging out with friends, the beach, campfires, and letting loose. This is the imagery I have while listening to Owl City featuring Carly Rae Jepson’s Good Time. This song makes me want to dance wherever I am. The imagery of hanging with your friends near the beach is prevalent. The beat keeps your heart racing and energy flowing. My runner up was Summertime by Mae.
Tear in my heart – Twenty One Pilots
Written by Jeremy Boyum
If you’re going to have a summer playlist, this song absolutely has to be on it. PERIOD! I hate to be jumping on the Twenty One Pilots bandwagon so recently but I can’t help it, I’ve been infected and there simply is no cure. (Except listening to more of their music of course) This band has exploded and they deserve for their musical blast radius to destroy every living being around the world that has the ability to hear/feel sound.
Tear In My Heart is featured on the band’s latest album “Blurryface” and currently it’s my favorite. It features all that you’d expect out of a Twenty One Pilots song: driving beats, punchy-punk-pop melodies, and insanely catchy lyrics with a driving force of crippling emotion behind it. The music video is weird but also awesome (and adorable) which fits the band perfectly. If you haven’t listened to this song you owe it to yourself to stop what you’re doing now and watch/listen-to the music video. You’re welcome.
Runner up was “Hallelujah” by Panic! At the Disco
No Control- One Direction
Written by Brittaney Penney
It all began as a small fan project to get recognition for a voice that was receiving some uncalled for/harsh criticism and snowballed into a new form of promotion. The No Control Project has gotten a song, that was never officially released as a single, played on radio stations worldwide, was number one on Billboard’s Top 140 chart, and is currently on Billboard’s ‘Song of the Summer’ poll with 51% of the vote. It’s important to note that this poll is exclusive to released singles only.
No Control is a song on One Direction’s fourth studio album, aptly named FOUR. The song, written by 1D’s own Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson, features Tomlinson’s distinct vocals. The lyrics are filled with sexual innuendo that younger fans might not be used to, but it’s a nice change and will help launch them into their next album for a more grown up and mature sound. No Control is a good candidate for song of the summer as it’s different to what non-fans believe One Direction is. They aren’t the cutesy boy band that they were four years ago. They have grown into young men and this song/album shows that gradual progression. There have been countless tweets from non-fans that have heard it on the radio and are pleasantly surprised with the song and really enjoy it. ‘No Control’ is catchy and helps make long summer road trips more enjoyable as it’s a song that you can really get into.
Miles Away – The Maine
Written by Adra Johnson
If anything absolutely screams “summer”, it’s The Maine’s latest album “American Candy.” I mean, you read that and instantly think “4th of July. Fun. Patriotic.” While it holds way more than just those aspects, and I could go on for pages about the undiluted power of the album itself, the standout Summer 2015 song I’d have to choose for your beach days and late night escapades is Miles Away. In this particular tune, you’ll hear a grungy summer tale of the ever romanticized California and how it’s impossible to get over the “west coast rush, and summer high.” Frontman John O’Callaghan will sing you right into a sun soaked daze and have you missing places you may have never been. For days when you’re in a summer slump, just need to feel a seasonal spark of energy, or somehow ended up spending July in the North Pole – this is just the song to heat things up.
Young Forever- The Ready Set
Written by Shannon Foster
Well, it took me a while to pick a song that I thought would go perfectly in our summer playlist—there are so many songs to choose from! Ultimately, I’ve decided on Young Forever by The Ready Set. The song’s upbeat music and fun-filled lyrics definitely give off that summer vibe. It’s all about having fun, dancing with friends, and staying up all night—celebrating your youth! The lyrics say, “We can run through the night, write our name up in the sky.” Basically, the song gives off a carpe diem kind of vibe and isn’t that what summer is all about? This song says: live your life, go out and have fun, and don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t! So, with that being said, jam out to this song and have the time of your life this summer!
Written by Jeff Walker
311 should be on everyone’s playlist when it comes to summer and hanging out on the beach. The song Friday Afternoon reminds me of lounging in a hammock on a beach in Cozumel. I particularly hone in on the drive of the guitars that take over the job of the chorus. It has a hanging bend on the last note, right after each verse. This track is on 311’s 2014 release, “Stereolithic”. This was their first independent release from their own label with the assistance of PledgeMusic. 311 continues to be a favorite band of mine since I first heard them in ’93. Expect great summer sounding music from 311. They have a unique sound that contains hints of reggae, funk, and hard rock. So get your beach gear, lounge in a hammock, and get your summer on with 311!