Whether you're going on a trip or planning a staycation, summer is the perfect time to kick back with your friends and have a good time. Barbecues, pool parties and backyard bashes are the order of the day, and those get-togethers need a rocking soundtrack to get the party started and keep it going all night long.
Not sure where to get started? No problem — we've got you covered with the ultimate summer music playlist:
Want to let people know your music playlist has been tailor-made for summer parties? Kick it off with a few tracks that are all about summer activities: going to the beach, summer love, laid back fun and more. Based on the song titles alone, guests will know what season you’ve got on your mind:
- "Summer in the City" - The Lovin' Spoonful
- "Summertime" - DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
- "Summer Girls" - LFO
- "The Boys of Summer" - Don Henley
- "Summer of '69" - Bryan Adams
- "Cruel Summer" - Bananarama
Nothing says summer like a trip to the beach. If you can't make it out to the coast, conjure the feeling of a cool sea and queue up some songs that revel in SoCal culture. So, pretty much anything by The Beach Boys.
- "Surf Wax USA" - Weezer
- "Rockaway Beach" The Ramones
- "Wipe Out" - The Surfaris
- "Surfin' USA" - The Beach Boys
- "Misirlou" - Dick Dale and his Del-Tones
- "California Sun" - The Rivieras
Hard rock classics
Craving some fist-pumping heavy metal and rock 'n' roll? Look no further. These songs are guaranteed to provide the hard rocking riffs, anthemic choruses and blistering guitar solos to kick your summer party into next gear.
- "Paradise City" - Guns N' Roses
- "You Give Love a Bad Name" - Bon Jovi
- "The Boys Are Back in Town" - Thin Lizzy
- "Talk Dirty to Me" - Poison
- "Stagefright" - Def Leppard
- "Run to the Hills" - Iron Maiden
- "Kickstart My Heart" - Mötley Crüe
You don't want your summer music playlist to be too one-note by exclusively playing rock songs. Add variety by peppering in some classic hip-hop tracks with killer beats that'll get your party jumping in no time.
- "Tricky" - Run DMC
- "Feel My Flow" - Naughty By Nature
- "Run the Jewels" - Run the Jewels
- "B.O.B." - OutKast
- "Straight Outta Compton" - N.W.A.
- "California Love" - 2Pac
- "Nuthin' but a G Thang" - Dr. Dre
Keep these songs in your back pocket for your next summer party, or create your own playlist on the streaming service of your choice. HEOS wireless speaker systems support the most popular music streaming services, including Spotify, Pandora and Amazon Music.
A good wireless speaker system is a prerequisite for a great summer party; HEOS has all the high-quality audio equipment needed to throw a party you'll never forget.