21 songs you need to add to your summer playlist

It’s that most wonderful time of the year: Warped Tour is imminent, school is almost out and weeks of fun, sun and good times lie ahead. So, gather your mates and blast these feel-good summer tunes. We’ve got everything from the Menzingers to Matty Healy on this list. 

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All Time Low – “Backseat Serenade”

Summer means fun, and when it comes to rock music, fun means All Time Low. This cut from 2012’s Don’t Panic features guest vocals from Cassadee Pope, who got engaged to ATL drummer Rian Dawson earlier this year (aw); and with lyrics like, “You’re salty like a summer day/Kiss the sweat away/To your radio,” it’s a song characterized by a typically pop-punk attitude to summer romance.

BTW, did you know All Time Low are on the cover of this month’s AP?! Well, you do now.

The Amazons – “Junk Food Forever”

Indie-rock has to be a part of any decent summer playlist. In the form of the Amazons, we present to you the U.K.’s hottest indie band. Featuring a soaring, singalong chorus and lyrics about hanging out with your mates, “Junk Food Forever” is a song destined to be a summer smash. Word of warning: Every time you hear this song, you’ll want to get McDonald’s.

Best Coast – “Feeling OK”

Judging by this video, a Best Coast summer consists of lots of sport—bike rides, tennis lessons…Bethany Cosentino is even hitting up the gym at one point. If you like getting out and about in the summertime, stick “Feeling OK” on your playlist. You’ll be feeling more than okay once you’ve blasted this during your workout.

Blink-182 – “Going Away To College”

Leaving for university is an exciting time, but if you’re leaving friends and loved ones behind, it can also be an emotional experience. Mark Hoppus captures that feeling in this heartfelt track from Blink classic Enema Of The State — a tender moment of youthful vulnerability in an album that, for the most part, is the epitome of brattiness.

Don Broco – “Automatic”

Who do we talk to to arrange a rad holiday like this one? This song and video sum up everything great about the U.K. pop-rockers: It’s slick, cool, and most importantly, unique. “Automatic” also packs plenty of summer groove — with a solid helping of driving guitars, too.

FIDLAR – “West Coast”

What could be more summer than singing about driving up the coast? Even if you don’t live near the sea, you’ll feel like you do once “West Coast” kicks in. That “ah, ah, ah, ah” chorus is massive, too.

The Menzingers – “Thick as Thieves”

Another song that talks about the ocean, another song with a chorus that hits you harder than a tidal wave. “Thick as Thieves” hails from this year’s critically acclaimed After The Party, and given the amount of bangers on said album, it’s a record we’re backing to go down as a punk-rock classic.

My Chemical Romance – “Summertime”

The clue is in the name with this one. Danger Days is by far MCR’s most summer friendly record; and with “Summertime,” Gerard Way and co. channel their fondness for the Cure to tell a musical story of summer love. Fun fact: This song was originally titled “Anytime You Want” and was even referred to as such on early track-listings released to the public, before the band had a late change of heart.

Neck Deep – “Can’t Kick Up The Roots”

An ode to shitty hometowns, “Can’t Kick Up The Roots” is a must-have for any summer pop-punk playlist. This track finds Ben Barlow singing about playing football and getting drunk with friends; so when you’re doing exactly that this summer, soundtrack those good times with this track.

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The Offspring – “Cruising California (Bumpin’ In My Trunk)”

This song is undeniably catchy, and we don’t really care if the Offspring are trolling us with “Cruising California”—after over 30 years at the top of the punk-rock pile, we’ll allow them a little fun.

Paramore – “Hard Times”






Pure Love – “Bury My Bones”

Between leaving Gallows and forming the Rattlesnakes, Frank Carter had a spell where he sounded really bloody happy. Carter and Jim Carroll (formerly of the Hope Conspiracy) formed a band called Pure Love in 2011, releasing their only album, Anthems, in 2013. “Bury My Bones” was the lead single, and it’s just so damn happy. “I’m so sick of singing about hate/It’s never gonna make a change,” Carter cries. He might be back to doing hardcore now, but his time with Pure Love is proof that Carter has a soft side.

Ramones – “Rockaway Beach”

A sunny classic from the first and best punk band to ever grace planet Earth. 

State Champs – “If I’m Lucky”

Derek DiScanio gets sentimental on this acoustic number from the Finer Things era, and if you want something a bit more chill on your summer playlist, this is the way to go. It’s also a song that provides proof (if ever it was needed) that the State Champs frontman is an absolute sweetheart.

Sum 41 – “In Too Deep”

“This one time, at band camp…” Remember when American Pie ruled the world? It was a time of bonkers hair and baggy clothes, and it was also an era when bands such as Sum 41 ruled the music scene. We miss you, early noughties.

Twin Atlantic – “Heart And Soul”

What. A. Chorus. This song shot Scottish rockers Twin Atlantic into superstardom and spawned scores of festival singalongs. A joyous song to soundtrack joyous times.

Waterparks – “Hawaii (Stay Awake)”

Waterparks always make us happy, and “Hawaii (Stay Awake)” is amongst their sunniest of posi tunes. The title of this song really makes us want to go on holiday. One ticket to Honolulu, please!

Weezer – “Feels Like Summer”

“Feels Like Summer” is the sound of a band doing things just the way they want, and boy does it sound like summer.

Yellowcard – “Ocean Avenue”

Yes, violins can be summery. Pop-punk legends Yellowcard proved that point with this classic from their seminal 2003 album of the same name. Another one that’s got us longing for the good old days…

Youth Club – “People”

“People” sees U.K. indie-pop gang Youth Club getting super chill, making this one to stick on when you’re kicking back to bask under the sun. The video also looks like it was super-fun to make, and features the cutest dog we’ve ever seen.

The 1975 – “The Sound”

Banger. Absolute banger. The 1975 get a lot of shade thrown their way, but in the video for the bangeriffic “The Sound” (did we mention it’s a banger?), they channel the hate into one giant “fuck you” to the naysayers. Never change, lads.