In reality, there are plenty more than 50 songs to get you excited for the summer out there. But since I live in Toronto, the land of eternal winter, I’ve decided to daydream about the sun, sand, and beach! There is no better way to get you in the mood for summer than with songs that make visions of pools, maxi dresses, and popsicles float through your head. So without further ado, here are 50 songs to get you excited for the summer!
1 DJ Sammy, Boys of Summer
Let me start off by saying that not all of the songs to get you excited for the summer have the word ‘summer’ in them! In fact, most of them don’t! It’s about the feeling a song gives you and where it takes you when you hear it. And this song, well, this takes me to summer days of car rides with the top down and lots of smiles and laughs with the girls!
2 Nelly, Ride Wit Me
Every time this song comes on, I’m taken back to the days of my first car and rolling down the windows (manually), just chilling out and having a grand ol’ time. This is one of the most chill songs to get you ready for warm weather.
3 Katy Perry, Teenage Dream
For my entire life, I will love this song. I will always go to Katy; she gets me excited and amped for summer every time, especially with this song! That’s why "Teenage Dream" is on my list of summer songs.
4 Jennifer Lopez, Waiting for Tonight
There’s something about old J.Lo songs, they just bring me back to when I was a teenager and saw this video and thought it was the coolest thing since sliced bread. She looked gorgeous then, and she looks gorgeous now. The beat of this track without a doubt makes it a great song for summer, because everyone wants to dance the night away looking like a million bucks!
5 The Beatles, Here Comes the Sun
Ah, The Beatles, nothing will ever compare. This is an ideal summertime tune, don't you think? It’s classic, it’s mellow, and just reminds me of rays of light.
6 Robin Thicke, Blurred Lines
This was the song of the year last year. It was probably the song of the summer as well. So as the summer of 2014 rolls in, why not welcome it with last summer’s hit? Put it on this year's list of the songs to get you excited for the summer and get down!
7 Bananarama, Cruel Summer
It's an oldie, but songs like this are classic for a reason! It gives off such a relaxed vibe, you can't help wanting to drive with the top down, blaring this timeless '80s tune. Hopefully it won't really be a cruel summer though!
8 Don Omar, Danza Kuduro Feat. Lucenzo
I love this song with all the dance molecules inside me! I have no clue what they’re saying, but I know that every time I hear this track, I can’t help but dance! How about you?
9 Bryan Adams, Summer of '69
"Summer of '69" is a classic. Add it to your summer playlist now, because you will have the biggest smile on your face while singing this. It’ll amp you up, get you happy, and just make your night better, I promise you!
10 2Pac, California Love Feat. Dr. Dre
I think it’s the beat, but when I hear this song, I automatically think of being out in the sun, by the water, just ready to have a heck of a good time! Turn it up, because this is definitely one of those songs to get you excited for the summer!
11 Guns N’ Roses, Sweet Child O’ Mine
My boyfriend loves this song; in fact it’s one of his favourite songs on the planet! To me, the best part of this song is the intro. It is just so epic, I get into this whole other state of mind when I hear it.
12 The Killers, All These Things That I’ve Done
The Killers are incredible. So naturally, they will be on my list of summer songs! They have a lot of incredible songs, but what I love about this one is that it slowly builds you up, and up, and up. Summer is like that, it starts off a little warm, then gets warmer, and warmer, and warmer! So here’s a perfect song to reflect that.
13 Miley Cyrus, Party in the USA
Ah Miley, I still like her. I have no shame in admitting that. I also have no shame in adding her to my summer playlist, because this song is infectiously awesome. They even sang it in Pitch Perfect, and we all know how awesome that movie was!
14 The Black Eyed Peas, the Time (Dirty Bit)
This track isn’t only one of those songs to get you excited for the summer, it’s also one of those tracks to get you excited for going out and having a damn good time! There’s nothing quite like an awesome song to get you excited for a warm night out.
15 Alison Hinds, Roll It Gal
This is one of the best songs to get you ready for summer! Once you hear it, you’ll want to get up, find your bathing suit, and dance on the beach. That’s what summer is all about!
16 Jay-Z, Forever Young
The vibe of this song is so calming and reflective. I love that a song can do that to you! The reason I included it on my list is because it reminds me of just being out with your loved ones, and not even having to say anything to them, because you’re comfortable in the silence and just taking in the moment.
17 Shakira, Hips Don’t Lie Feat. Wyclef Jean
This was a huge song, and it’s what made everyone see just how good of a dancer Shakira is, and how gorgeous and hot Colombians are. Also, it makes you want to get up and dance. This is why it’s on my list of summer songs!
18 Avril Lavigne, Girlfriend
Hey, hey, you, you, I could be your girlfriend! Avril comes up with the catchiest tunes. I still remember rocking out to this one and singing at the top of my lungs! If a song can get you that excited, it definitely belongs on your summer playlist.
19 Nelly Furtado, Promiscuous
Nelly Furtado always had a set of pipes, but she had a more folk-pop sound. Then "Promiscuous" came out, and everyone was singing and bopping along. To this day, I associate this song with summer, which is why it’s on my list! It gets you dancing!
20 Hall & Oates, You Make My Dreams Come True
I hear this song, I think of that scene in (500) Days Of Summer. For those who’ve seen the movie, I’m pretty sure you’d agree with me on this! It’s one of the best tracks to uplift your day and it's great for summer, because summer is a happy time!
21 Avicii, Wake Me up
Dance tracks are always some of the best songs to get you excited for the summer because summertime is when you get to let loose. You can actually dance because you’re not wearing five layers of clothes!
22 Calvin Harris, Feel so Close
Here's another dance track to add on to the list of songs to get you excited for the summer. When I hear this song, I get excited, I think of blue skies, theme parks, and just having fun with the love of my life. It’s a good feeling!
23 Smash Mouth, All Star
When this song comes on, you sing. Because you know every word, and when everyone else knows all the words, it’s like your own mini concert! What’s more summer-like than concerts? So if you want a mini concert in your car, make sure to play this all summer.
24 Swedish House Mafia, Don’t You Worry Child
Unfortunately, this band is now retiring, but they went out with a bang! This is one of those inspiring and catchy songs, and when the weather is nice out, you feel more empowered and ready to tackle things!
25 Bob Sinclar, Love Generation
Hands down, this track from Bob Sinclar is one of the best songs for the summer! Just put it on, close your eyes, and relax to this song.
26 Lady Gaga, the Edge of Glory
When my boyfriend and I were in Cuba, we were on a catamaran. I was perched on the edge of it, just looking out at the gorgeous blue ocean, and suddenly I just started singing this song. This is why I’ve added it to my list, because I still associate it with that moment.
27 Coldplay, Viva La Vida
Coldplay has a sound that's so unique and wonderful! No matter what track comes on, you feel like you’re in a different place. This is why you should add it to your summer playlist! I can just imagine waking up and hearing this song played, because it would feel like the start of an incredible day.
28 Kanye West, Stronger
Of all the Kayne songs to get you excited for the summer, this one tops my list. It’s a great song, it gets you amped up, and if you want to work out in the morning, why not have this as the first track on your workout playlist?
29 Gnarls Barkley, Crazy
Another song that my man loves, this song puts me in a very mellow mood, but a good kind of mellow. Summer is filled with crazy times, long nights, and sometimes the best nights are when you just get to chill.
30 Richard Vission & Static Revenger Starring Luciana, I like That
If you’re ready to party this summer, be sure to add this to your list of songs! It’s a dance track, it’s a party track, it’s a get up and go track. Summer is all about energy, and this song is filled with it!
31 LMFAO, Party Rock Anthem
LMFAO probably made millions off this track, and it looks like they’ll be set for life to make millions more! I can imagine this song in the background of every summer party scene in a movie or TV show. Will you be playing it?
32 The Beach Boys, Kokomo
This isn’t only one of the best songs for the summer, it’s one of the best songs ever to be recorded. The Beach Boys epitomize summer. Do you have a favorite summer track from the band?
33 Journey, Don’t Stop Believing
Here's another timeless track for the summer! Turn the volume up, put the top down, and sing to your heart's content!
34 Rihanna, Don’t Stop the Music
This is one of RiRi’s best tracks, hands down. The island-girl feel of it just gets me that much more excited for the warm weather. So naturally, this track is on the list of fab summer songs!
35 Jesse McCartney FEAT. LUDACRIS, How do You Sleep
Oh how I loved this song when it first came out! I blasted in my dorm room, with the windows opened and the speakers plugged in and just jam out! To me, this is hands down one of the best songs for the summer, and Jesse McCartney will always have a small corner of my musical heart.
36 Flo Rida, Low
This is still the ultimate clubbing track. It comes on, and people just get up and dance. Dancing is a very special part of summer, especially dancing outside on a patio or a rooftop bar or club! That is why this song remains one of the best songs to get you excited for the summer.
37 Spice Girls, Wannabe
If you grew up in the '90s, or if you just have a good appreciation for awesome music, then you’ll understand why this track is on my list. The Spice Girls will always get me jumping, always.
38 Nicki Minaj, Starships
I’m not a Nicki fan, and I doubt I ever will be. But the reason this song is on this list is because it’s ridiculously catchy! And for some reason it ignites images of happy colours and popsicles in my head. That’s a pretty telltale sign of summer, no?
39 Britney Spears, Till the World Ends
Queen B will always have my heart, because to me, the real Queen B will always be Britney (even though many, many other people will tell me otherwise!). This song brings me back to Britney’s best days, and because of that, it has landed on my summertime playlist. It makes me smile and want to dance!
40 Bon Jovi, Livin’ on a Prayer
Imagine you’re on a road trip. You’re driving along with your favourite people in the world, seeing gorgeous landscapes sprawl out in front of you, and this song comes on the radio. Suddenly, you’re making a memory and you don’t even know it. That is what summer is about!
41 Andy Grammer, Fine by Me
I don’t know why he isn’t a larger artist than he is, because he’s just brilliant. This song has the kind of message, lyrics, and beat that just scream summer to me, because it makes me smile and think of a couple in love walking down the street on a beautiful summer day. So go on, listen to this song and get excited for the summer.
42 Michael Jackson, Black or White
MJ is the King of Pop, so no list of songs to get you excited for the summer would be complete without him. This song is just so powerful and inspirational, plus it has a wicked tune!
43 Maroon 5 FEAT. CHRISTINA AGUILERA, Moves like Jagger
This track made Christina Aguilera relevant again, and it made Maroon 5 even hotter than they already were. This band has a very distinct sound, and I love that about them. This is one of the best songs to get you excited for the summer this year, because it’s about time Maroon 5 comes out with a new song, and for now we have this to keep us going!
44 Beyonce, End of Time
Beyonce never fails to impress me. Seeing her live performance of this song just gets me impressed all over again. It’s a song to get you excited for life, so put it on, and dance your heart out!
45 Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa FEAT. BRUNO MARS, Young, Wild and Free
So I don’t endorse the use of drugs at all, but this song is just so massively chill, I can’t help but love it. I don’t live near a beach, but when I hear this song, I imagine sitting on a surfboard on the beach somewhere, just relaxing and watching the sunset with friends. Gotta love summer, right?
46 Eminem, without Me
It’s Eminem, and I maintain the belief that everyone should know all the words to at least one Eminem song. The man is a genius, he amps me up, he gets everyone in the place rapping along with him, and that’s a pretty powerful thing. So if it’s not this track, find another song from our favourite Detroit rapper and add it to your summer playlist.
47 Kesha, Tik Tok
This song put her on the map, and for good reason too! It’s a good song! So for the inner party animal in you, add this track to your playlist! When it comes on, you won’t be disappointed.
48 The Isley Brothers, Shout
You know you make me want SHOUT! You also know you want to add this to your list of songs to get you excited for the summer, because it’s just that awesome, and it’s a timeless track!
49 Bodyrockers, I like the Way
This is definitely one of the best songs for the summer! It’s a dance track, it’s a pop track, it’s a house track, it’s the best of everything all mixed in to one awesome song, which is also what summer is about. All the best of everything put into one season!
50 Bob Marley, One Love
You can’t have a list of summer songs without Bob Marley. So that’s why this song is here.
With 50 songs on this list, it still seems somewhat short, because there are so many more songs out there that put me in a mood for summer. For now, this is my summer 2014 playlist! Tell me, are there any other songs you would add to your summer playlist?
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