It’s incredible how songs can bring you right back to a moment: A road trip with friends, a lounge by the pool, building sandcastles with the kids… that time dad burnt all the food on the BBQ! No matter what you’re doing this summer, there’s always a holiday playlist that will lift the mood, put you at ease, and bring everyone together.
With this in mind, we’ve pulled together two playlists we love to play on our summer cruises that we think will be perfect for you. They feature the best summer songs for 2018, combining golden oldies and some of our favourite up and coming artists. Now sit back, grab a glass of wine, and enjoy!
Relaxing summer songs for 2018
There’s something about summer that makes everyone want to relax. Walks slow down, heads get drowsy, and the number one priority becomes sitting in the garden with your favourite novel. So what better way to treat yourself to some much needed relaxation time than with a relaxing summer song playlist?
With plenty of old favourites that you won’t be able to stop yourself humming along to, this is the perfect playlist to while away those balmy summer eves.
Get this summer playlist on Spotify here.
Lovely Day – Bill Withers
Mr Blue Sky – Electric Light Orchestra
In The Summertime – Mungo Jerry
I Just Want To Make Love To You – Etta James
Loving Is Easy – Rex Orange County, Benny Sings
Summer in the City – The Lovin’ Spoonful
Got To Give It Up (Part 1) – Marvin Gaye
Take It Easy – Eagles
Summer Wind – Frank Sinatra
Bros – Wolf Alice
Hallelujah I Love Her So – Ray Charles
Summer Breeze – Seals and Crofts (the Isley Brothers remake is great!)
How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) – Jr. Walker & The All Stars
For Once In My Life – Stevie Wonder
One Fine Day – The Chiffons
Lost in Paris – Tom Misch
(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher & Higher – Jackie Wilson
Everyday People – Sky & The Family Stone
Seaside – The Kooks
New Shoes – Paolo Nutini
Riptide – Vance Joy
Could You Be Loved – Bob Marley & The Wailers
Banana Pancakes – Jack Johnson
Africa – Toto
Budapest – George Ezra
Good Vibrations – The Beach Boys
The Passenger – Iggy Pop
Here Comes The Sun – The Beatles
Red Red Wine – UB40
Twist & Shout – The Beatles
Spirit In The Sky – Norman Greenbaum, George Fenton
Electric Feel – MGMT
Sunny Afternoon – The Kinks
Pucker Up Buttercup – Jr. Walker & The All Stars
All Along the Watchtower – Jimi Hendrix
I’ll Take You There – The Staple Singers
Knock On Wood – Eddie Floyd
Upbeat summer songs for 2018
With the warmer climes and longer evenings of summer, diaries begin to pile up with barbeques, pub garden trips and festivals. To celebrate that summery good mood, there’s nothing like turning up the volume on an upbeat summer playlist to get everyone in the mood for dancing!
Whether you’ve thrown a party for the kids or you’re spending time with friends, this mix of upbeat songs is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
Get this summer playlist on Spotify here.
Summer Of ‘69 – Bryan Adams
Dancing In The Street – Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
Shouts, Pts. 1 & 2 – The Isley Brothers
Go Your Own Way – Fleetwood Mac
Mysterious Girl – Peter Andre
Radioactive – Imagine Dragons
Do You Love Me – The Contours
5 Years Time – Noah And The Whale
September – Earth, Wind & Fire
Cheerleader – OMI
All Day And All Of The Night – The Kinks
T-Shirt Weather – Circa Waves
A-Punk – Vampire Weekend
Express Yourself – Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band
Surfin’ USA – The Beach Boys
My Number – Foals
Hey, Soul Sister – Train
Hooked on a Feeling – Blue Swede, Bjorn Skifs
A Little Less Conversation – Elvis Presley, JXL
Rude – MAGIC!
Under Cover Of Darkness – The Strokes
Mr Saxobeat – Alexandra Stan
Summertime Sadness – Lana Del Rey
Plage – Crystal Fighters
Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
Don’t Bring Me Down – Electric Light Orchestra
Up Around The Bend – Creedence Clearwater Revival
You Make My Dreams – Daryl Hall & John Oates
Blister in the Sun – Violent Femmes
Let’s Dance – David Bowie
Fluorescent Adolescent – Arctic Monkeys
I’ve Got A Woman – Ray Charles
And there you have it! Some of the best summer music to play in 2018 (in our opinion!). Do any of these songs bring back a summer memory? Or do you feel like we’ve missed any? We’d love to hear from you! You can get in contact over on Facebook or Twitter.
Pssst. If the above isn’t to your taste, we also love the following playlists!