My Summer Playlist

Every summer, there is an album or song that defines those warm sunny days in the city, on the beach, or wherever you spend time relaxing. I love summer music because it reminds you of an easy time and you can revisit it any time of the year when you need something simple during a stressful time. 

Spotify does all the hard work and puts together a personalized “Your Summer Rewind” playlist for you, but I recently checked out mine and was slightly disappointed. The playlist isn’t terrible by any means — “Your Summer Rewind” playlist features your old summer favourites however, it featured a lot of really older songs and didn’t supply a 2020 summer anthem. There wasn’t anything that was different from what I usually listen to, so I went on a hunt for new music.  A few days ago, I came across a few titles that give me the happy-go-lucky feeling I yearn for on those days relaxing at the lake.

Here’s a taste of my “Your Summer Rewind” playlist:

  • “Drive It Like You Stole It” by Sing Street
  • “Something To Talk About” by Bonnie Raitt
  • “Simple Season” by Hippo Campus
  • “Nice For What” by Drake

I played these songs for a reason, but I wish I put a little more effort to listen to fewer Top ’40s and focused on more unique songs from different artists around the world. 

When I’m searching for a summer album or song, I want it to be an escape; I want to be transported to a different world. I want to be driving on in the city or on the highway with a destination and the perfect playlist to get me there. And when I hear that same song later in the year, I want to remember those summer road trips. I’ve also used music as a creative way to get in the mood to write or think of my next big project.

Summer doesn’t have a specific genre. It can be a dramatic indie song, a catchy rap tune, and anything else in between. Summer music is a vibe (lame, I know, but it’s true). What do I want for this summer 2020 playlist? I need something to counteract the craziness that has been this year. I want to hear fun, beachy tunes, sounds that carry me through the busy city, and of course, a boppy pop song, please. 

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