Takeover Tuesday: Cole Swindell Celebrates Summer With Country Jams

Robby Klein
Cole Swindell

Welcome back to Takeover Tuesday, where each week Billboard taps chart-topping artists and taste-makers to compile their very own playlist exclusive to Billboard's Spotify account. We give the artists free reign to base the list on whatever subject they choose. The only rule? Make it as creative and unique to them as possible

Cole Swindell is gearing up to spend the weekend (June 22-24) with a handful of other country hitmakers at the Country Lake Shake Festival, which takes place on the lakefront at Chicago's Soldier Field. Summer doesn't get much better than when it involves country music outdoors on the water, and Swindell proves that point with a bright summertime playlist.

The upbeat songs Swindell selected are perfect for some warm-weather jamming, whether you're enjoying the water (Little Big Town's "Pontoon") or the libations (Brother's Osborne's "Rum"). Swindell's playlist also honors summertime anthems new and old, featuring Luke Bryan's brand new single "Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset" and Tracy Byrd's 1994 classic "Watermelon Crawl." 

Along with other hits from Eric Church ("Springsteen"), Kenny Chesney ("Save It For a Rainy Day") and Chris Janson ("Buy Me a Boat"), Swindell also included tracks he wrote for other country superstars, like Thomas Rhett's "Get Me Some of That," Florida Georgia Line's "This Is How We Roll" and Bryan's "Rollercoaster." And though the 34-year-old singer is currently climbing up the Country Airplay and Hot Country Song charts with his lovelorn tune "Break Up in the End" -- from his forthcoming LP All of It (due Aug. 17) -- Swindell highlighted two of his own more party-friendly tunes, "Let Me See Ya Girl" and "Chillin' It."

But perhaps the song that most sums up the good vibes on Swindell's playlist is Travis Tritt's "It's a Great Day to Be Alive." “The title says it all," Swindell says. "'There some hard times in the neighborhood, but why can’t everyday be just this good.' That’s a line I think we can all agree with!”

Check out Swindell's summertime playlist below, and check out the rest of the lineup for LakeShake 2018 here.