The 50 best summer songs: Hit the beach with these summertime tunes
The sun is out, the beach is a bus ride away, and you live in New York City. All you need is our best summer songs playlist and you’re good to go.
Mon May 20 2013
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We’re going to make an outlandish claim here. We’re willing to bet you love at least 98% of the songs on our list of the best summer songs. Why? Because the nature of the perfect summer song is that it makes you feel good: It lifts the heart, puts a little sweat under the armpits, makes you feel like the city might just be yours for the taking today.
Of course, the classics are represented; America’s lords of summer, the Beach Boys make a high showing, as do Motown scorchers Martha & the Vandellas. You can get your groove on with the likes of Nelly and Kool and the Gang, or blush along to coy indie hits by the Smiths and Belle and Sebastian. There’s blistering karaoke drama from Meat Loaf, and (of course) the cast of Grease, plus mellow cuts from Bob Marley and Kanye West. In short, we have your summer soundtrack covered—complete with a Spotify playlist. Now get to it, New York! Turn it up and let’s make this the best summer ever!
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