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”
Best Coast – “Feeling OK”
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”
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”
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)”
Paramore – “Hard Times”
“PARAMORE ARE BACK—AND THEY’VE GOT A NEW SONG, WHICH IS A TROPICAL POP BANGER!”
“YAY! LET’S GET IT ON OUR SUMMER PLAYLIST—RIGHT NOW!”