As anxious teens try to hold on to the remaining weeks of summer before they load up their moms van and drive off to state, it’s nice to listen to music that can capture the calmness and simplicity of summer, yet still hold the intensity and enthusiasm of the school year to come. As August approaches, you need something to unwind to and still get you pumped up. There are a few songs I’ve been playing lately which do exactly that. Take a look at the breakdown of my 15 song selections that will take you along summer’s path. (Yes, I know this list is random and the songs don’t go together. Get over it.)
Jai Wolf—“Indian Summer”
There aren’t many songs that will make you feel as good as this one. The perfect combination of obscure sounds that simply make you feel good. The song captures its audience with its diverse style that successfully affects everyone’s ears differently. The title makes it the perfect late night driving song for the calm, warm nights of summer.
Zakk Wylde—“Sleeping Dogs”
This is a song I’ve been listening to on repeat all summer. It’s a song that paints a picture and opens up a whirlwind of different emotions. It might not feel exactly like summer, but the song is so smooth it feels even better.
Black Pistol Fire—“Bad Blood”
A purely aggressive song that gets me fired up. It’s powerful, it’s in your face, and it’s the bashing attitude that lights this song up.
Mac Miller—“100 Grandkids”
Mac Miller has come a long way from his early party days as performed on Best Day Ever. His sound has evolved and matured but he still retains his energetic, fun-loving attitude. For college kids who seem to want money the most, this song seems most appropriate.
Marcy Playground—“Sex and Candy”
For those of you already in college, this might be an all too familiar smell.
They seemed to be just another 90s alternative band but artistically Toadies offered so much more. The fourth track off their debut album Rubberneck proved to be packed with upbeat, feel good rock. The nostalgia from this classic tune is still perfect for a summer afternoon.
The Presidents of the United States of America—“Peaches”
If a song about sitting around eating peaches doesn’t make you think of summer then I don’t know what will.
Deftones—“Back To School”
“We are the leaders of it all.” The perfect song that captures the true rage and emotion of going back to school.
Royal Blood—“Out of the Black”
Picture another two man rock group whose sound isn’t overly saturated and generic. When the radio is being cursed by 21 Pilots, Royal Blood proves to be a savior with their raw energy and numbingly heavy riffs. They have an edge about them that is purely hard rock.
Rob $tone—“Chill Bill”
The whistling intro confuses you at first but you won’t be able to get it out of your head. The song has become a regular at my school and feels like a night out with friends. If you’re from California, it just feels like a Golden State rap anthem.
Stone Temple Pilots—“Big Empty”
A much softer song that creates the perfect representation of cultural isolation; the contrasts of quiet and louder tones truly show the artistic versatility STP possessed. The song sounds sensitive, yet it still has a chorus where Scott Weiland can belt one out. It’s a song you couldn’t predict, but it’s one that is still as captivating as it was in the 90s.
I still consider this one of the best and most underrated tracks of the 90s. “Backwater” is everything that this era of music epitomized. They were able to influence countless other bands of the 90s and they deserve some recognition for what they have done for music. “In the backwater swirling, there is / Something that will never change.”
The Knack—“My Sharona”
“Ooh, you make my motor run, my motor run” A 70s anthem that is just as good today as it was back then. Easy to sing along to and sure to make your motor run.
Pixies—“Where Is My Mind?”
As you try to put together the pieces and cope with the fact summer is almost over, this is one question you might be asking yourself.
Skrillex & Rick Ross—“Purple Lamborghini”
This is just one of the new theme songs for Suicide Squad which looks totally badass.