12 Sexy, Current & Classic Tunes for Hot Summer Nights

bonfireSomehow, it's already the end of June, but with it still being pre-Fourth of July, we've got plenty of time left to enjoy the best season of the year: SUMMER. Some might complain that summer is a total bummer, because the temps can just get too darn hot. But to me, nothing's better than grilling up a storm, throwing an after-sunset pool party, having a bonfire on the beach, or even just hiding in the A/C with loved ones during a heat wave?

And no matter what you're doing, you totally need a playlist of sexy summer tunes. After all, the most entertaining summer flicks (think Now & Then, Dazed & Confused) wouldn't have been the same without their incredible soundtracks! Here, twelve cool -- both classic and current -- tracks to queue up on a hot summer night ...

  1. "Scream" by Usher - The hitmaker's most current single is already one of the sexiest songs of the summer.
  2. "Lights" by Ellie Goulding - The twinkly track is perfect for watching fireflies brighten up the night.
  3. "Call Me Maybe" by Carly Rae Jepsen - It's "crazy" that we can't get away from it this summer ... but, then again, why would we want to?!
  4. "Dance Again" by Jennifer Lopez feat. Pitbull - Another no-fail, sexy tune made for summer nights.
  5. "Tripping Billies" by Dave Matthews Band - No summer is complete without some beach bonfire-ready DMB.
  6. "Levels" by Avicii - Sure, it's been hot for quite a while now, but the beauty of this catchy dance track is that it really doesn't ever get old.
  7. "Cowboy Casanova" by Carrie Underwood - Something about this song by the reigning country queen definitely has sultry summer night written all over it.
  8. "Marathon" by Tennis - The beachy track will have you feeling like you're on vacay -- even if you're just hanging out in your backyard.
  9. "Loud Music" by Michelle Branch - Remember "Everywhere"? Great summer song. Branch's latest didn't blow up nearly as much, but it's still perfect to sing along to while driving around with the windows down.
  10. "Drunk on You" by Luke Bryan - I still can't get enough of the country hottie's summer '11 hit "(Country Girl) Shake It For Me" - but with lyrics like "I'm a little drunk on you and high on summertime," his latest is a must-listen, too.
  11. "Barefoot Blue Jean Night" by Jake Owen - "Shooting stars" + "sitting around 'til the break of dawn" + "lighters in the dark in the middle of a rock show" = the perfect Southern summer barefoot blue jean night. Sigh.
  12. "Summer Nights" by John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John ... or the Glee cast! - Always an obvious choice.

What's on your playlist for hot summer nights?

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