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Summer Music Playlist

Updated on May 8, 2014

Sometimes when you're lying on the beach, chilling in a hammock, or just sitting in front of a computer in an air-conditioned building, you want some music to catapult you into feelings of freedom, romance, and happiness. These old and new tunes are some of my favorites. I hope they help to make your summer days a little sweeter.

Summertime, And the livin' is easy.

This classic song embodies all the feelings associated with a lazy, summer day.

We can't wait for June, We'll all be gone for the summer, We're on safari to stay, Tell the teacher we're surfin', Surfin' U.S.A.


Little surfer little one, Made my heart come all undone, Do you love me, do you surfer girl, Surfer girl my little surfer girl

No summer playlist would be complete without a Beach Boys song, so here's two. Check out this video of the boys jammin' in the early 60's.

'Cause you and your heart, Shouldn't feel so far apart, You can choose what you take, Why you gotta break and make it feel so hard?

This song isn't the happiest lyric-wise, but you can't beat the catchy tune and watching the musical king of surfing strut his stuff on some awesome waves.

Savannah, Walk out into the sultry evening, Cotton breathing when the sea winds, Brush the hair down around your neck.

I love the imagery used within this. It makes me want to relax in a hammock, shop at a small bookstore, or saunter through a historic town.

This could be the end of everything, So why don't we go, Somewhere only we know?

I must confess that this makes me want to grab a group of friends (or someone special) and head off on a spontaneous road trip to nowhere.

Fill the darkest night, with a brilliant light, 'Cause it's time for you to shine, Brighter than a shooting star, So shine no matter where you are, tonight.

Watch this and soon you'll be smiling and dancing and singing along and saying 'aww' (or maybe that's just me).

I can't afford to live this way, I barely live off what I make, Running round for money, Begging on my knees, Living paycheck to paycheck to paycheck to paycheck.

It seems like every summer I end up low on cash. Needless to say, I can relate to this song far too well.

All I see is where our days repeat, And our love goes on, As our hair grows long.

I think I'd like to listen to this in a hair salon in Hawaii.

Oh baby, can't you see, It's shining just for you, Loneliness is over, Dark days are through.

Here's a brilliant cover by the lovely Breanne Duren.

Better days are held in a photograph, Of summer escapes, Of daydreams and tourist traps, Take me back.

This speaks of nostalgia and heartbreak as the warm summer nights are replaced with chilly fall days.


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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      kashmir56: Thanks for stopping by! I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)

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      Thomas Silvia 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Glad i stopped by to check out your summer playlist, awesome choices,well done !

      Vote up and more !!!

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      brittanytodd: Thanks! I'll have to check out your hubs. :)

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      Brittany Kennedy 5 years ago from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

      This is an excellent collection of summer jams and favorites! Great work, voted up and I'll be visiting again soon. :)

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      Mhatter99: You're welcome! Thanks for reading. :)

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for sharing your picks

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      CyberShelley: I feel the same way about them. Thanks for your awesome comment and for voting!

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      Shelley Watson 5 years ago

      The late, great Ella and Satchmo - that bluesy song and those voices just never gets old. The Beachboys can still put a smile on my face - It is just happy, simple, fun music that doesn't require much thinking - but won't let you just sit there, some part of your body is tapping in time to the rhythm. Yay, voted up!