Poolside Playlist: Perfect Backyard Summer Jams


Summer has officially arrived. Days are longer, shorts are shorter, and across the country the temperatures are heating up.

This all means one thing: It’s time to hit the pool. You may have your swimsuit, you may have your sunscreen, your shades, your floaties, snacks and drinks and whatever else you like, but the truth is you’re not ready to hit that water until you have the proper accompanying soundtrack.

But what to listen to? How to choose? Something old? Something new? Something blue-sy? It’s not a wedding, but about as much planning could go into forming the perfect poolside playlist. But before you start needing some mouth-to-mouth recitation from drowning in all the possibilities, relax — we’ve got you covered.

Here’s your perfect poolside playlist for 2015 (follow links for videos), courtesy of Crave:

  1. Tuxedo – “Do It
  2. Overdoz. – “Last Kiss
  3. Jamie xx – “I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)” ft. Young Thug & Popcaan
  4. Shuggie Otis – “Strawberry Letter 23
  5. The Internet – “Special Affair
  6. Astronauts, etc. – “Eye To Eye
  7. Donnie Trumpet and The Social Experiment – “Slip Slide
  8. Funkadelic: “Radio Friendly
  9. DJ Quik – “Pitch In On a Party
  10. Zapp & Roger – “Doo Wa Ditty (Blow That Thing)
  11. Kisses – “Funny Heartbeat
  12. Jens Lekman – “A Sweet Summer’s Night on Hammer Hill
  13. Jonathan Richman – “Parties in the USA
  14. Wings – “Silly Love Songs
  15. Steely Dan – “Peg
  16. The Arcs – “Stay In My Corner
  17. Calexico & Jim James – “Goin’ to Acapulco
  18. The Beach Boys – “Feel Flows
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