Nothing quite says summer like opening the sunroof, rolling down the windows and blasting your favorite tunes while blanketed by a soft coastal breeze. Sure, we can essentially do this any day of the year here in Los Angeles, but there’s a certain warmth in the air — a pep in our steps, a golden glow on our faces — during the dog days that makes summertime jams all the more sentimental. That’s why we’ve curated the ultimate Spotify playlist for you to enjoy these next few weeks, in addition to all of our favorite things about the season, so sit back, relax and savor the sounds of summer.
F. Ron Smith
Top Song: Love is the Drug by Roxy Music
Favorite Thing About Summer: Nectarines and BBQ.
Top Song: This Charming Man by The Smiths
Favorite Thing About Summer: I love to BBQ, which I do year-round but during summer nights there’s a certain nostalgia that isn’t always there.
Top Song: Take it Easy by The Eagles
Favorite Thing About Summer: My special opportunity to spend more time indoors.
Top Song: Doin’ Time by Sublime
Favorite Thing About Summer: I get to spend lots of time with my kids because they’re out of school.
Top Song: Gooey (Gilligan Moss Remix) by Glass Animals
Favorite Thing About Summer: Longer days, perfect for evening swims or late afternoon golf.
Top Song: Rain On Me by Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande
Favorite Thing About Summer: Spontaneous road trips! My most recent destination was Zion National Park.
Top Song: Hurting by Kygo & Rhys Lewis
Favorite Thing About Summer: Longer days and less clothing!
Top Song: Cheeseburger in Paradise by Jimmy Buffet
Favorite Thing About Summer: Being able to go on runs at 7 pm and watch the sunset.
Top Song: Time (You and I) by Khruangbin
Favorite Thing About Summer: Running on the beach.
Top Song: Super Duper by Quiver (feat. Lonas)
Favorite Thing About Summer: My favorite produce is in season. Strawberries still warm from the farmer’s market, thick-sliced heirloom tomatoes with a pinch of salt, yellow corn on the cob, boiled and served plain.
Top Song: Jungle by Tash Sultana
Favorite Thing About Summer: Live music outdoors, preferably near a body of water.
Top Song: Montego Bay by Bobby Bloom
Favorite Thing About Summer: Hot beach days and cold drinks.
What’s on your summer playlist? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org — we’d love to keep growing the soundtrack.