Summertime Mixtape/Playlist

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The summertime mixtape/playlist is an essential ingredient to make waterlogged days last longer, splashes larger and memories brighter. It’s best enjoyed as a random bag of genre, decade and contributor, with each song evoking ice-cream-truck-mania excitement.

Summer songs become sensory indicators of the good vibrations we feel when springtime has rounded the last corner or when the charcoal lighter fluid smell of grilled goodness wafts through the neighborhood.

This stack of tunes should slide everyone into vacation bliss, down the lazy river of happiness. It’s a foundation of classics — build your tower of tune nachos from here.

“Tequila” – The Champs

“Billie Jean” – Michael Jackson

“Sugar, Sugar” – The Archies

“Africa” – Toto

“Kiss” – Prince

“Summertime” – DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince

“Low Rider” – War

“Magic” – The Cars

“For Your Love” – Benny Sings

“Sweet Emotion”- Aerosmith

“Jump” – Van Halen

“Ventura Highway” – America

“Pour Some Sugar on Me” – Def Leppard

“Come Go With Me” – The Del Vikings

“Surfin’ U.S.A.” – The Beach Boys

Enjoy this summer responsibly and don’t forget to lather up with sunscreen.

– Chris Rucker