Music is a language known and loved by all. Whether it is pop, rock or indie music, everyone’s got a genre – or more than one – that they bop out to. Your favorite song can lift your spirits; a sad song can get you feeling blue; and an upbeat one can get you dancing in less than a minute. Music can affect our mood so much. So what better way to kick off the season of mangoes and sun-kissed mornings than to jam out to songs that remind you of summer?
“Don’t Stop” by 5 Seconds of Summer
This song by the four-member Australian band, 5 Seconds of Summer, is the type of song you’ve heard before a few times and liked, but never knew the details of. Released in 2014, it gives off perfect summer vibes – where there’s only chaos, but the fun summer kind, filled with laughter, love and pure enjoyment. Anyone who loves pop songs with cool instruments and a catchy tune should be humming this song for a while after hearing it (and maybe have it on repeat for a few days too).
“You Know It” by The Colony House
Imagine blasting music on a road trip with your closest friends, while the warm wind is blowing in your face and you’re screaming the lyrics to a song while also laughing uncontrollably. This is such a song. The energetic beat and the smooth guitar riffs will have anyone captivated: “All the pretty places and the people I’ve seen make up for every dollar cause I’m living the dream.” There are so many lines you can’t resist singing along to.
“You Belong With Me” (Taylor’s version) by Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift, one of the best pop artists ever, never disappoints with her tracks. This one, probably one of the biggest throwback songs ever, is no exception. The chorus will have you up, singing it out loud, with all the dramatics necessary to do justice to the song. It’s the perfect song for karaoke night. Whoever thinks that Taylor Swift songs are mostly for teenage girls is wrong. Her songs are for everyone! So put aside further thought and get singing.
“Every Summertime” by Nikki
It feels like a song played at the end of a coming-of-age movie, depicting what a perfect summer should look like. It feels like the comfort you experience with that one person who you are the closest to, and you do everything with. The vocals and instruments come together to create a masterpiece of a song. The harmonies, too, do not disappoint! This song has the perfect vibe. Anyone who loves indie music should listen to this.
“Our Last Summer” by ABBA
“I can still recall our last summer, I still see it all.” This song is all about reminiscing. Our past summer, the fun we had then, the mistakes and memories we made. It’s about cherishing it all, no matter if it was good or bad. Because it led you to the moment you are at, as the person you are. It’s a classic by Abba that still holds a special place in people’s hearts.
“Sunflower, Vol. 6” by Harry Styles
The song “Sunflower, Vol. 6” gives me the feeling of running through a field of sunflowers. Even if you haven’t experienced it, this song will transport you to that place and make you feel happy, energetic and free. The ending is sure to make you laugh with the totally unexpected twist, but it’ll make you appreciate the song and Harry Style’s music even more.
“Tongue Tied” by Grouplove
This indie track released in 2011 will have you feeling weirdly nostalgic – nostalgia mixed with hints of happiness, and gratitude and love for those you made those beloved memories with. It could also make you want to attend a concert and scream the lyrics to a song like this at the top of your lungs. This song is all about good vibes and fun and is perfect to lift your spirits.
“Summer Alive” by The Wanted
The Wanted has some of the best songs to jam to at parties. This is one of them. This pop song cheers you up and get you all excited for summer, and all the fun activities it brings. This is one of the group’s best songs from their album “Word Of Mouth,” which was released in 2013. Fans of pop should definitely give this a try.
“Paper Rings” by Taylor Swift
Yes, another Taylor Swift song, because her songs really hit hard! Taylor’s 2019 album, “Lover,” had some wholesome songs. This is one of them. Need to sing while making a tasty breakfast in your PJs? This couldn’t be more perfect, with lyrics that will have you smiling. It’s the ideal song for starting a beautiful summer day on a good note.
“Everybody Talks” by Neon Trees
One of the catchiest numbers ever, this pop rock song is filled with good vibes. It became their Neon Trees’ highest-charting single. Once you hear it even once, you’ll see that it’s impossible not to fall in love with this song. The catchy beats, strong vocals and just everything really makes it perfect.
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