Summer Jamz: Why and When to Listen

Picture a long and calm summer night. Only thing that could make the moment better – the right tune. Freeman students past and present have created their own playlists for nearly any summer activity., but here at The Commentator, we found the best of the best from thousands of student playlists with hundreds of songs for you to find the perfect tracks to add to your summer playlist. Not only that, but read into the why and when you should listen to a new track, or throw it back.

In With the New

  1. Green Light – Lorde
  2. Carolina – Harry Styles
  3. I’m the One – DJ Khaled
  4. Believer – Imagine Dragons
  5. Malibu – Miley Cyrus
  6. Slow Hands – Niall Horan
  7. That’s What I Like – Bruno Mars
  8. Kissing Strangers – DNCE
  9. Location – Khalid
  10. So Close – Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness
  11. Passionfruit – Drake
  12. Hard Times – Paramore
  13. Name for You – the Shins
  14. I Feel It Coming – The Weeknd
  15. Shape of You – Ed Sheeran
  16. Barely Missed You – Knox Hamilton
  17. Cold – Maroon 5
  18. 24K Magic – Bruno Mars
  19. Love on the Brain – Rihanna
  20. Everyday we lit (remix) (clean) – YFN Lucci

You may say that you are too cool for the Billboard Top 100, but deep down, we all love those catchy songs until the radio overplays and  ruins. However, before the dreaded day that Q94 makes a mission of destroying the next hit from “Migos,” give these new hits a listen this summer. In The Commentator’s humble opinion, these songs are best for bumpin’ car rides and pool parties.

Old School Cool

  1. Rather Be – Clean Bandit
  2. That’s All I Need – Dirty Heads
  3. Caroline – Anime
  4. Your Love – The Outfield
  5. Viva la Vida – Coldplay
  6. Float On – Modest Mouse
  7. Santeria – Sublime
  8. Island in the Sun – Weezer
  9. Beverly Hills – Weezer
  10. Fluorescent Adolescent – Arctic Monkeys
  11. Electric Love – BORNS
  12. Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked – Cage the Elephant
  13. Cigarette Daydreams – Cage the Elephant
  14. Hotel California – Eagles
  15. Tongue Tied – Grouplove
  16. Sound of Sunshine – Michael Franti & Spearhead
  17. Homegrown – Zac Brown Band
  18. Arabella – Arctic Monkeys
  19. Sweet Home Alabama – Lynard Skynard
  20. Heart it Races – Dr. Dog
  21. Westside – the Kooks
  22. Free fallin- Tom Petty
  23. Pursuit of Happiness – Kid Cudi
  24. Doses & Mimosas – Cherub
  25. Upside Down – Jack Johnson
  26. Take me Home, Country Roads – John Denver
  27. The Wolf – Mumford and Sons
  28. Ophelia – The Lumineers
  29. Good Day, Sunshine – The Beatles
  30. Daylight – Matt and Kim
  31. Can’t Stop – Red Hot Chili Peppers
  32. Californication – Chili Peppers
  33. Lithium – Nirvana
  34. September – Earth, Wind & Fire
  35. Carry on Wayward Son – Kansas
  36. Summer Breeze – Seals and Crofts
  37. Edge of Seventeen – Stevie Nicks
  38. Escape (The Pina Colada Song) – Rupert Holmes
  39. Mr. Blue Sky – Electric Light Orchestra
  40. You Shook Me All Night Long – ACDC
  41. Eye of the Tiger – Survivor
  42. Here Comes the Sun – The Beatles
  43. Work Out – J Cole
  44. On Top of the World – Imagine Dragons
  45. Harder to Breathe – Maroon 5
  46. Semi-Charmed Life – Third Eye Blind
  47. It’s Friday – Derek Ryan
  48. Knee Deep – Zac Brown Band
  49. All Summer Long – Kid Rock
  50. Three Little Birds – Bob Marley 
  51. Ain’t no man – Avett Brothers
  52. Unwritten – Natasha Bedingfield
  53. Sk8ter Boy – Avril Lavigne
  54. Jump – Van Halen
  55. Into the Wild – Big Momma Shakes
  56. Send Me on My Way – Rusted Root
  57. I feel it all – Feist
  58. Put your Records on – Corrine Bailey Rae
  59. Two Weeks – Grizzly Bear
  60. Closing Time – Semisonic

We know the list is long. Like, really long. But quite frankly, it is probably too short. This playlist will take you through the decades and jog your memory from summer days gone by. These songs are certainly best played driving to the beach, sitting on the beach, and once you decide you are never going to leave the beach. In all seriousness, jam out to this playlist anytime you want to post up and chill out.

We ask you to comment your favorite summer songs, old and new, for not only The Commentator staff to see but also all of Freeman High School. Enjoy your summer!

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