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Songs to get you ready for some summer fun

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Summer break is finally here. It’s time to kick back, relax and have some fun in the sun! Here are some great songs to get you in the summer mood.


Drift Away – Uncle Kracker

The perfect song for sitting on the porch and relaxing, or driving down a back road with the windows down. This tune is a classic summer song.

Favorite Lyric: 

Oh, give me the beat, boys, and free my soul, 

I wanna get lost in your rock ‘n’ roll and drift away


Pontoon – Little Big Town

Spending the day out on the water? Then this is the perfect song for you. Crack open a cold one, sit back and enjoy the rocking of the boat as Little Big Town’s harmonies put you in a good mood.

Favorite Lyrics:

Making waves and catching rays up on the roof,

Jumping out the back, don’t act like you don’t want to,

Party in slow motion,

Out here in the open,

Mmmmmmm motorboating


Soak Up the Sun – Sheryl Crow

Eternally optimistic, this song is perfect for putting you in a good mood and making you want to get outside and catch some rays.

Favorite Lyrics:

I’m gonna soak up the sun,

I’m gonna tell everyone to lighten up


California Gurls – Katy Perry ft. Snoop Dogg

Dominating the charts in 2010 and becoming an instant summer classic, Katy Perry showed the pop girlies how to write a summer smash hit. This is the perfect song to blast with the windows down while you sing-scream on a beautiful summer day.

Favorite Lyrics:

Sun-kissed skin,

So hot,

We’ll melt your popsicle


We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together – Taylor Swift

Speaking of songs that are great to scream while you drive with the windows down. This is the perfect song for when your on-again, off-again college boyfriend/girlfriend decides they want to be single for the summer. But it’s fine, you’re better off without them.

Favorite Lyrics:

Ah, so he calls me up and he’s like, “I still love you,”

And I’m like, I’m just, I mean this is exhausting, you know?

Like we are never getting back together, like, ever


Fantasy – Mariah Carey

No one was doing it like Queen Mimi in the 90s. This song will get caught in your head and you’ll be singing it at your summer job, chilling with friends or sitting at home in the ac. It’s fine though because it’s just that good.

Favorite Lyrics:

Oh, when you walk by every night,

Talking sweet and looking fine,

I get kind of hectic inside


Summer of ‘69 – Bryan Adams

Throwing it back to a summer classic from 1984. This is the perfect song for reminiscing on past summer memories. Bryan Adams leads us on a nostalgic journey down memory lane that makes it impossible to not think of your favorite moments from summers gone by, while making us appreciate the current summer too.

Favorite Lyrics:

Those were the best days of my life,

Oh, yeah,

Back in the summer of ‘69, oh


Margaritaville – Jimmy Buffet

The perfect song for making it feel like it’s five o’clock and you’re on a beach. Jimmy Buffet makes you want to relax and sit back with a nice margarita with a salted rim. If it’s especially hot, go for a frozen one. Either way, it’s time to waste away again in Margaritaville.

Favorite Lyrics:

But there’s booze in the blender,

And soon it will render,

That frozen concoction that helps me hang on