The summer is hotter than it’s ever been, thanks to climate change and a slew of incredible songs that make the days feel endless. In honor of the three best months of the year, Bitch HQ offers a playlist of summer classics that will make you pine for warmer weather, barbecues, and beaches.
1. Lesley Gore - “It’s My Party”
Johnny is cheating with Julie, and Lesley’s not having it. “It’s My Party” is a classic summer breakup song for those who want to sizzle up to a new beau during the warmer weather.
2. DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince - “Summertime”
Before Will Smith was a blockbuster movie star, he was one-half of the duo DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince. “Summertime” is one of their legendary records, and it captures the essence of a dope summer.
3. Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers - “Get Lucky”
You might know who sings this song, but the chorus has a catchiness that stays with listeners. Play this tune at a pool party, and see how quickly it changes the mood.
4. TLC - “Creep”
From the silk robes in the video to the smooth lyrics that advocate for cheating, as long as protection is used, “Creep” is definitely a summer record.
5. Lizzo - “Worship”
Lizzo is the fat acceptance icon we’ve been waiting for. The Coconut Oil singer is telling her partner to worship her over a hypnotic beat that would definitely thump at a summer rooftop party.
6. DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller - “Wild Thoughts”
Rihanna, Bryson Tiller, and DJ Khaled flawlessly remixed Santana’s classic song “Maria, Maria.” “Wild Thoughts” is a summer anthem about carnality and moving slick bodies against each other.
7. Lana Del Rey - “High by the Beach”
The video for “High by the Beach” is shot in a house that’s perched perilously on rocks right above the beach. It’s aspirational for those who love the Hamptons aesthetic. The song, itself, though is addictive. You’ll find yourself singing it for no reason at all.
8. Bruno Mars - “That’s What I Like”
As soon as “I got a condo in Manhattan” begins playing, it’s impossible to stop your body from bumping to the beat. “That’s What I Like” is a playful tune about incessant pleasure.
9. Demi Lovato - “Cool for the Summer”
The thumping bass of “Cool for the Summer” made it a club song played over and over again on smooth summer nights. It makes summer sexy.