Spring is in the air and summer is right around the corner, so it’s time to ditch that winter-blues playlist for something a little more up-tempo.
Just ahead of the premiere of Fire Island — Logo’s new reality series set in the popular gay getaway destination on New York’s Long Island — the studs of the show share their warm-weather music recommendations. With everything from fierce throwbacks (c’mon, Tina Turner!) to modern bangers, this playlist will help you start the season out right.
Justin Russo, an illustrator from Kings Park, NY
“Love Come Down” by Evelyn Champagne King
If I’m feeling extra spunky, this song gets any droopy shoulder hopping.
“Candy” by Mandy Moore
This song, to me, is being thirteen years old, hanging by the pool, and wanting to drive a VW Beetle. Seventeen summers later, the only things that have changed are my swim trunks and my desire to drive.
“What’s Love Got To Do With It” by Tina Turner
Tina Turner is a god. Period. The synth beats start, everyone starts to groove, and once the chorus comes on the bar in its entirety is belting in unison.
“The Boss” by Diana Ross
As of late I’ve needed a reminder of what love taught me.
Patrick McDonald, a bartender from Alpharetta, GA
“Stars Are Blind” by Paris Hilton
It’s such a jam, totally underrated and always gets my juices flowing.
“I Wanna Dance with Somebody” by Whitney Houston
Everybody knows it, nobody can resist it and listening to it always puts a huge smile on face.
“Keeper of the Flame” by Miranda Lambert
It’s the perfect song for laying by the lake or the ocean and it hits on paying homage to the people who’ve blazed the trails that let us be who we are today. I feel like the six of us are sort of the ‘keepers of the flame’ for the history of Fire Island. We’re telling these stories for the ones who came before us.
?Khasan Brailsford, a back-up dancer to the stars (P!nk, Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez, to name a few), and choreographer from Los Angeles, CA
“No Scrubs” by TLC
Isn’t summer the time where we shed all unneeded things? Winter weight, clothes, scrubs — get rid of it all.
“Some Kinda Wonderful” by Betty Who
I currently have the entire new Betty Who album on repeat. But the song I play the most is “Some Kinda Wonderful.” It’s such a fun happy song that always puts me in a good mood and is the perfect spring song to get some pep in your step.
“Gimme More” by Britney Spears
Something about the phrase “It’s Britney, bitch” just really gets the boys excited and in the mood to party.
Jorge Bustillos, a surgeon from Valencia, Venezuela
“Gasolina” by Daddy Yankee
Growing up in Latin America, you could imagine that reggaeton was a big thing in my country. Makes me remember myself being under age going to clubs with a fake ID to dance.
“Let’s Get Loud” by Jennifer Lopez
Just try playing that song and not getting the urge to stand up and start dancing.
“Human Touch” by Betty Who
This song is so addictive I’ve been listening this song since she released it and I can’t stop.
Brandon Osorio, a marketing student at NYU from Los Angeles, CA
“The Cure” by Lady Gaga
I just saw it at Coachella and I’m glad she’s bringing her old sound back.
“Sexyback” by Justin Timberlake
He was my teenage crush and it’s still the best song.
“In Your Eyes” by Kylie Minogue
She’s my favorite pop star that should’ve been big in America.
Cheyenne Parker, a model, stylist and entrepreneur from Palm Springs, CA
“Crazy In Love” by Beyoncé
This always tends to get the party started for me. The song is timeless and super punchy. There are very few patrons at a gay bar who would disagree.
“Amber” by 311
This one always takes me back to summers by the beach in Coronado with my friends from back home. Running around wild and free on the beach as teenagers, in a time when there was less worry and responsibility.
“Time (Clock of the Heart)” by Culture Club
This has always been an upbeat go-to for me. The song represents something we could all respect a little more: the importance of other people’s time. Everyone’s time is valuable.
Fire Island kicks off with a two-hour premiere Thursday, April 27 at 8:00 PM ET/PT on Logo.