by Christian Redl

With all of the excitement of getting out of classes, seeing your friends again, and looking for summer love, many forget the most essential part of any successful summer vacation: the summer playlist. Let’s be serious for a moment and say that if you aren’t screaming your lungs out while driving with the windows down, you are doing summer all wrong. This constantly overlooked part of summer is the lynchpin to a successful and unforgettable season.

Choosing the right music for a playlist can be a daunting task. Making it should be fun and relaxing because this is what you will be listening to for the next three months. No pressure. Rest assured, there are easy steps to creating a masterpiece in your music library, and anyone can follow them.

The key to summer music is simplicity. Minimalism is your best friend when kicking the jams at the beach or down the interstate. Chances are you will be distracted by activities, friends, and food this summer, so who wants to multi-task and try to unravel the deep, dark, and hidden secrets behind an artist’s lyrics and music theory? Stick to genres that revel with the “less is more” ideology, like punk, hip-hop, blues, and electro. In most of these genres, artists lay down a simple beat that is constant and easy to follow, especially in electro. House’s steady-beat 4 count bass hits allows the music to flow, and it passes the time with ease. An added plus is getting familiar with the house and electro hits before you hit the nightclub scene on the weekends.

Summer is also the perfect time to dust off those iconic tunes from decades past. Karaoke classics are perfect, especially when everyone knows the words and can join in on a “Bohemian Rhapsody” harmony. It just makes life better. The 70’s are known or their road songs, describing life on the move, driving, and freedom. These themes are perfect for the feelings epitomized by summer.

The beautiful thing about this solstice of splendor is the release of huge blockbusters and the emergence of music festivals across the country. Often, films release soundtracks that possess anthems of the season, relating to specific scenes in movies depicting the season they were released in. Regardless of the quality of the movie, many films have brilliant soundtracks, captivating the mood and feelings of the time they are released.

Festivals release unprecedented amounts of new music to the masses. Where else can you hear so many different genres all within the span of a few hours? Bands often perform new singles or unreleased tracks, and also sing their most popular songs. It is a great chance to see what is all of the rage for any given genre, as well as what is perfect for your summer jams set. Plus, it is a great excuse to round up all of your friends and have some fun in the sun with some great music in brand new place.

These quick but valuable tips can help make anyone an iTunes genius, culminating the season’s best hits, and creating the most amazing play list. Hopefully the task of assorting music is a little easier now, leaving more time to enjoy those long summer nights and to crawl up next to that summer heart throb.

Some Of Christian’s Summer Picks:

Arctic Monkeys – “R U Mine”

Aviicii – “Levels”

The Black Keys – “Gold On The Ceiling”

Blink-182 – “What’s My Age Again?”

The Bloody Beetroots – “Dimmakmmunication”

Catch 22 – “On & On & On”

Daft Punk – “Da Funk”

Deadmau5 – “Ghosts n’ Stuff”

Eagles Of Death Metal – Anything “‘Cept The Truth”

Foster The People – “Don’t Stop (Color On The Walls)”

Gorillaz – “16-2000 (Soundchild Remix)”

Justice –D.A.N.C.E.”

Justin Timberlake –Summer Love”

Kid CuDi – “Soundtrack 2 My Life”

The Kills – “F*** The People”

The Kooks –Ooh La”

Knife Party –Internet Friends”

La Roux –Bulletproof”

LMFAO – “Sexy And I Know It”

NOFX – “Pharmacist’s Daughter”

Rusko – “Somebody To Love”

Skrillex –Breakn’ A Sweat”

Sleigh Bells – “Comeback Kid”

The Sounds – “Hit Me!”

Steve Aoki – “Earthquakey People”

The Subways – “Oh Yeah”

Swedish House Mafia – Save The World (Knife Party Remix)

The Ting Tings – “Give It Back”

WZRD – “Teleport 2 Me, Jamie”

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – “Heads Will Roll”

Zedd – “Stars Come Out”