Summer songs are a necessary part of the best summer activities in NYC including lounging by the pool or beach, picnicking in a city park, or checking out any of the street fairs and festivals in every borough. We’ve got the ultimate summer songs of all time to add to your summer playlist for your next plane ride to #summervacation. Whatever genre you’re into, this list has something for you to bob your head to. Before you know it, you’ll be dancing your butt off.
“Party Rock Anthem” by LMFAO feat. Lauren Bennett, GoonRock (2011)
This was a great song back in 2011, and it always gets you moving when you hear that catchy beat again. A party song that lives on.
“California Love” by Tupac feat. Dr. Dre (1996)
This one is definitely a classic, and not just because it’s one of Tupac’s, although that does make it unforgettable. This song will be memorable for decades to come. Even the video is wild!
“Summertime” by DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince (1991)
This was the summer song of the ’90s, it’s catchy and takes your mind back to what summers were like back then.
“Lovely Day” by Bill Withers (1977)
This is a song that will put you in a good mood even if your summer isn’t all that lovely so far. It’s so upbeat and rhythmic, you’ll wind up singing your own lovely day into existence.
“Sun is Shining” by Bob Marley and the Wailers (1971)
Every Bob Marley song is timeless and this one is no different. Bob Marley puts us in a relaxed, summer mood like only he can. This track will make a day at the beach feel like a tropical vacation.
“Drop it like its Hot” by Snoop Dogg feat. Pharrell (2004)
This is a song that everyone can bob their head to, whether you even know who sings it. Snoop and Pharrell made the perfect song for dropping it like it’s hot. Is this song doesn’t get you bumping, you should think about it, take a second ...
“Walking on Sunshine” by Katrina and the Waves (1985)
This was a huge hit in the ’80s and still is. You can’t listen to it without singing the chorus out loud and at the top of your lungs. This happy song about being insanely happy can bring out the joy in anyone.
“California Gurls” by Katy Perry feat. Snoop Dogg (2010)
Katy Perry’s California track is a cheerful pop song mixed with undeniable California pride. Except for the part about freakin’, it’s a clean song your niece can love and one you don’t hate to turn the radio up for.
“I Wanna Dance With Somebody” by Whitney Houston (1987)
This Whitney Houston hit makes you dance. Period. Just try listening to it without moving your body and you’ll understand why we say that. It’s not like Whitney could never disappoint ... jus’ sayin’.
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