By Santiago Brion | May 1, 2023
Photo Credit: Pixabay
In a few weeks, University at Albany students will be back home for the summer. Catching up with friends from home at bonfires, beach days, and lazy nights in the heat requires a playlist to match it. If you are struggling to find the perfect mix for your summer-time mood, look no further than the ASP’s all-new summer playlist.
AOK - Tai Verdes
California native, Tyler Colon, aka Tai Verdes, released this R&B hit single in May 2021, which instantly became a summer hit. The strums of the ukulele and the uplifting beat will make you want to ride your skateboard down the boardwalk on a nice warm day or dance like nobody’s watching.
Malibu - The Driver Era
Brother duo, Ross & Rocky Lynch’s song, “Malibu” is about a forgotten summer love and wanting to have that again. The Lynch brothers compare their former partners to a paradise that they wish they could go back to. It’s a relaxing song that will get you in your feels, but keeps that summer-time mood.
Doin’ Time - Lana del Rey
“Doin’ Time” is from Lana’s hit album, “Norman F***king Rockwell.” The chorus which consists of lyrics like “Summertime, and the livin’s easy” is a perfect poolside jam that stays true to theme. The song is a cover of Sublime’s song of the same name.
Santeria - Sublime
“Santeria” is from ska punk band Sublime's self-titled album. Fusing punk rock and reggae, the song brings a Caribbean mento with jazz vocals and a tune that is somehow lazy but upbeat at the same time. “Santeria” is the perfect song to listen to while working on your tan.
Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked - Cage The Elephant
Kentucky indie rock band Cage The Elephant released this song from their self-titled album in 2008. If you’re in the mood to get crazy YOLO style, this song will get you in the mood to party like there is no tomorrow.
Cecilia - Simon & Garfunkel
One of Simon & Garfunkel’s more popular songs, the iconic sounds of bongo drums and the duo's cries for “Cecilia” will transport you to a desert island with nothing but memories of your summer love.
California Dreamin’- The Mamas & The Papas
Do you feel like going to California? Do you want to chill by the beaches? Well, this song has got you covered. Famed 60s folk band The Mamas & The Papas’ signature single is the epitome of West Coast pop music, perfect for sunshine and cross-state road trips.
Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl) - Looking Glass
Another song that’s great for long drives in the summer, “Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl)” will make you want to serenade your partner when this song comes on. Let your girlfriend know that your love, your lady, is the sea.
Island In The Sun - Weezer
You might recognize “Island In The Sun” from its popularity on TikTok. The strums of the guitar and killer vocals are great for a lazy day out in the sun, as the title of the song might suggest.
Tongue Tied - GROUPLOVE
The three months of summer vacation are about having fun. GROUPLOVE is an alternative rock band from Los Angeles that formed in 2009. Released from their album, “Never Trust a Happy Song,” “Tongue Tied” is a certified classic about unconditional love. The synth pop sound and 106 beats per minute will have you jumping up and down and screaming the words to your friends.