In the spirit of the season, today’s playlist is a tribute to the sweet emotions of summertime: the effortless ease of the days, the optimism that warm weather seems to bring. An ode to Minnesota summers, “lake life” is the perfect playlist to bump at the beach, to listen to in your car with the windows down, or to play at night during a backyard bonfire. A collection of indie hits, this playlist is also family-friendly, meaning its absence of obscene lyrics or aggressive beats makes it ideal to play in the background of a family barbecue.
In addition to their musical composition, these songs are related by the underlying theme of what summertime means to me: youth, carefree vibes, a hint of sadness, and the celebration of life. It’s the kind of music that instantly lifts your spirit and sends happiness shivers down your spine, and that kind of music should always be played when the sun is out. So throw on your bikini, lather on some sunscreen, gather your closest friends, fill up a cooler of beer, and head outside to enjoy the beautifully fleeting season of summer while listening to this mix.
If you want to skim for a couple of summers staples, then you definitely have to check out: “Overflow” by Ghost Loft (for the morning after you hooked up with your summer crush); “T-Shirt Weather” (for when you’re on the way to the beach with a car full of friends); “Naked Kids” by Grouplove (for when you’re roasting s’mores over a bonfire with your neighbors and seriously enjoying life); “Roses” by The Chainsmokers (for when you’re on your way to a date with bae at dusk); “Peaches” by In The Valley Below (for when it’s 2 AM on your back porch and you’re thinking about life); and “Caribbean Song” by Young Science (for when you decide to ditch work and spend the day at the pool instead).