Somehow, 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 ...
- "Scream" by Usher - The hitmaker's most current single is already one of the sexiest songs of the summer.
- "Lights" by Ellie Goulding - The twinkly track is perfect for watching fireflies brighten up the night.
- "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?!
- "Dance Again" by Jennifer Lopez feat. Pitbull - Another no-fail, sexy tune made for summer nights.
- "Tripping Billies" by Dave Matthews Band - No summer is complete without some beach bonfire-ready DMB.
- "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.
- "Cowboy Casanova" by Carrie Underwood - Something about this song by the reigning country queen definitely has sultry summer night written all over it.
- "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.
- "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.
- "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.
- "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.
- "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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