Summertime, and the livin’ is easy. Nothing to do but hang by the pool, catch a tan, drink something icy and chill out. Okay, maybe you still have to work during the week days, but it’s so much nicer when the sun is still up after 5 p.m., right? Your weekends are better in the summer, too. It’s scientific fact.
Since you’re definitely going to make some time for the pool this season, we thought we’d give you some musical sun-spiration. These tunes will have you feeling warm and fuzzy all summer long. Even if you don’t have a pool or a beach to escape to, these poolside swim songs will make you feel like you’re floating on a giant swan. Listening is free. No SPF required, and no need to wait 15 minutes after eating to dive in.
Tiesto, Dzeko – “Jackie Chan” (feat. Preme & Post Malone)
Post Malone is running the game in 2018. Tiesto has been running the game for more than 20 years. They come together with producer Dzeko and Toronto MC Preme for this energetic summer house-pop jam.
Gryffin – “Winnebago” (feat. Quinn XCII & Daniel Wilson)
“Winnebago” is the kind of song you can listen to 100 times in a row and never get annoyed. It’s the pure sonic distillation of an easy-going, carefree day. It’s a perfect sunset drive along the coast with your best friends. It’s just delightful.
Louis The Child – “Better Not” (feat. Wafia)
The Universe is never a brighter place than when love gets it right. Even your friends feel the shine of that healthy glow, and “Better Not” captures that feeling in a catchy, synthetic hook. Bask in its glory and catch a romance of your own.
Pnau – “Chameleon”
Let your rainbow side shine on this infectious deep house groove. A little bit of African soul gives the bangin’ beat extra-sticky funk. This stellar jam won the Australian duo an ARIA for Best Dance Recording, and it only takes one moment to hear why.
Felix Jaehn, Mike Williams – “Feel Good”
Ice cream cones, bathing suits that fit just right and cloudless skies are a few things that make us “Feel Good.” This sunkissed song from Felix Jaehn and Mike Williams is another. This is top-down cruise music, so get adventurous.
Sigala – “Easy Love”
If love is right, it’s easier than you think. English DJ and producer Sigala makes lovin’ easy with a sample of The Jackson 5’s classic “ABC.” Take your cutie to school and teach them something this summer.
Empire Of The Sun – “Walking on a Dream”
Empire of the Sun embodies summer with its hopeful, uplifting melodies. The Australian duo live in a world of its own imagination, and you’ve got a lifetime pass to runaway and join its colorful circus.
Khalid – “8TEEN”
Khalid might be the voice of his Z generation. He captures the slow, inescapable freedom and stifled angst of being a teenager in America. It’s a brilliant and brutal time in our lives, and “8TEEN” makes it all sounds bearably nostalgic.
Whethan, Elohim – “Sleepy Eyes”
There’s something mystical about Elohim’s bedroom whisper. “Sleepy Eyes” is exactly the way we feel when she hits a tropical beat, and this one from Whethan is melting our inhibitions. We’re ready for the deep end.
Calvin Harris, Frank Ocean, Migos – “Slide”
“Slide” is one of those songs you hear once and know you want to hear for the rest of your life. Calvin Harris is a genius for pitting cool introspective Ocean against trap rappers Migos. It’s a double-scoop of delicious retro groove.
Justice – “D.A.N.C.E.”
Is this the best song about Michael Jackson ever written? Maybe. Is it the best bloghouse song of all time? It’s definitely up there. Is it a must-hear at every summer function this year? And every year, absolutely.
Post Malone – “Better Now”
Heartbreak doesn’t have to ruin your summer. Post Malone makes it sound easy on this cut from beerbongs & bentleys. Even as he lets his pain hit his sleeve, he breezes by over a trap-pop beat that doesn’t let the sads take hold.
The Naked and Famous – “Young Blood” (Tiesto x Hardwell Remix)
When two of the biggest producers and DJs in dance music come together, you clear a path for the bop. The original is a contemporary classic in its own right, and this shimmering remix is the progressive pop build of your poolside dreams.
David Guetta, Sia – “Flames”
Champion songs fuel the fire in our hearts, and summer is all about life’s big wins. Sia and David Guetta are a top-tier collaboration, and “Fire” has everything you need to move into the night with the spirit of the tiger.
Silk City – “Only Can Get Better”
Silk City is Diplo and Mark Ronson paying homage to all the dance music meccas of the world. “Only Can Get Better” is the duo’s perfect premiere single. It’s early aught house attitude with a crisp, modern edge, and we are more than here for it all summer long.
Zedd, Grey, Maren Morris – “The Middle”
Another near perfect dance-pop crossover. Zedd teamed with his best buddies Grey to make “The Middle,” an earworm the world doesn’t mind nesting in the collective conscience. Maren Morris is sultry on the mic. Everything about this is a crowd-pleaser.
Loud Luxury – “Body” (feat. Brando)
Hope in the car and take a drive with this pitched-down vocal jam. “Body” is the sound of summer evenings as the sun fades and streaks brilliant yellow and orange through wind-whipped hair.
Logic, Marshmello – “Everyday”
Two heavy hitters come together for a trap-infused sing-along we can all get behind. The harder you work, the harder you play when you get the day off. Make the most of your me-time and treat yourself every once in a while.
3LAU – “Walk Away” (feat. Luna Aura)
The sun glistens off the pool water and the sunglasses of some cutie across the way. Walk your way over there when this swimming song plays and see what kind of mischief you get into.
The Knocks – “House Party”
When the pool party ends, head to the house and get messy in the right way. “House Party” is a quintessential part of any good get together turned into late night hang. Don’t let the vibes stop. Just make it a late one and keep it going ’til summer is over.