Summer is here! It’s the perfect time to take a break and just chill at the beach. Head over to Puka Beach, a more pristine area in Boracay. You will love the golden sand and turquoise waters. Quieter than the more popular White Beach, Puka Beach is just the chill spot for the squad. Make sure you are ready with the perfect soundtrack to go with your beach escapade. Here are ten suggestions you’ll be nodding to.
California Gurls by Katy Perry feat. Snoop Dogg
In the hit track “California Gurls,” Katy Perry sings of greener grass, wet and wild times, and palm trees … of sun-kissed girls in bikini sippin’ gin and juice. It’s simply the perfect anthem to prep the girls for a great time at the beach. Its synthy beat is just the laidback tune you need to get all chill and ready for a seaside holiday. Its melody is so catchy it managed to leap from no. 18 to no. 1 in the Billboard charts after just a year. And there’s Snoop Dogg adding more swag to the track. Y’all be swaying to the beat in no time.
Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini by Bryan Hyland
Speaking of bikinis, make sure you’re armed with the timeless ode to our favorite summer ensemble: “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini.” Everyone will have a fun time blurting out the cute rhymes as they sing to the upbeat track. The timeless hit first gained popularity after it was featured by Yoplait in an ad about achieving the perfect summer body. This is something many girls could relate to, but the song has a more interesting history. It was actually written as an ode to a girl who felt so shy about wearing a two-piece swimsuit that she stayed wrapped in a blanket and later hid in the water until she had started to turn blue! Do you have a friend who gets shy about her summer body? Share this interesting bit of trivia and remind her that there’s beauty in imperfections and that she should learn to flaunt it, lest she turns blue (figuratively speaking, that is).
Endless Summer Nights by Richard Marx
In “Endless Summer Nights” track, Richard Marx sings about a summer fling he’d like to turn into something more in spite of the resistance of his love interest. The ballad appears to have its magical effect, as Marx ended up marrying the woman who inspired the song. The track also made it to the top no. 2 on the Billboard charts in 1988. Do you have a friend who is dying to win over the love of his life? Play this track to get him inspired and driven to finally make the move. Nothing makes a great summer vacation more than a budding love story. And the beach always makes for a great backdrop for these wonderful moments in our life.
Summertime by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
And of course, what’s a beach getaway without a bit of summer madness? The track “Summertime” will have you listening to Will Smith rap about unwinding and getting a little bit out of control. Take the cue from the song’s lyrics, do your own reminiscing about growing up and having your first kiss. It’s one of the best things to do on the beach after all — chilling with your best pals and talking about life and all the fun stuff you get to do (shenanigans included!). “Just a little somethin' to break the monotony,” as the song goes. And oh, the song is a Grammy award winner — a guarantee it won’t disappoint.
Hot Fun In The Summertime by Sly & The Family Stone (1969)
Get all the feel-good vibes you need by listening to Sly & the Family Stone sing about what they love most about summer. With their soulful vocals accompanying the mellow and funky tune of their horns, “Hot Fun In The Summertime” is just the chill track the squad needs to sway to in the summer heat. The song’s words also offer a great conversation starter. Why not ask everyone to talk about the moment “when I had most of my fun... those summer days." We all have that one unforgettable summer experience after all.
Summer Girls by LFO
“You look like a girl from Abercrombie and Fitch” — these words have become iconic. And you simply can’t spend summer without listening to the hit track. The nostalgic beat takes us right back to the turn of the millenium. Plus, it’s the type of song everybody loves to sing to. If you are with a younger troop, it’s a song worth raving about. A great way to introduce them to our glorious youth spent in the late 90’s. The song will have you sitting back at the beach with the same swag and carelessness the 90’s kids are known for.
Summer Love by Justin Timberlake
Get a little more pop and electronic by putting on Justin Timberlake’s “Summer Love.” Get ready with your best dance moves as the danceable beat is sure to get you on your feet. And keep your eyes on that girl you are wooing, as you let the song do the talking: “I can't wait to fall in love with you. You can't wait to fall in love with me. This just can't be summer love, you see.”
Never Be the Same by Camila Cabello
Get more current by listening to Camila Cabello’s “Never Be the Same.” The upbeat song will have the squad grooving. It’s also the perfect theme song for your friend who’s trying to get over a summer fling. You might end up putting the track on repeat!
God's Plan by Drake
Remember that music video where Drake goes around giving away nearly $1 million to random people in Miami? It will never stop giving us the good vibes. The same goes for the track that goes with the video. More than just a great summer anthem, “God’s Plan” could well be our soundtrack for all seasons.
Firestone by Kygo
What’s a summer playlist without a good EDM track? Take it from Kygo, one of the scene’s hottest DJs. His track “Firestone” will give you all the Coachella feels you need, and is perfect for the chillout time you’ll have on the beach. Bring is some piña colada and you’ll have the perfect summer moment.
These summer songs will seal the deal for you. Get packing for that summer vacation. Make it a beach getaway you will never forget.