Songs of Summer

Kat Lewallen

Summer isn’t over yet but chances are you have already heard Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” so many times that you couldn’t forget her name if you tried. To help you liven up your summer playlist, check out these song suggestions for the perfect soundtrack to your summer, whether you are headed off on a exciting trip or just lounging by the pool.

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Editor’s Picks

By Peyton Callanan

1. “Lazaretto” by Jack White Since Jack White moved on from The White Stripes, he has been known to experiment with a wide range of genres, even working with the Coal Miner’s Daughter herself, Loretta Lynn. However, he seems to be going back to his alternative rock routes with his latest album “Lazaretto.” The Led Zeppelin-esque title track “Lazaretto” features an energetic, vaguely bluesy, guitar heavy sound that is a perfect way to liven up your summer playlist.

2. “So Now What” by The Shins The Shins continue to provide the soundtrack to Zach Braff’s life with “So Now What,” a song written specially for Braff’s sophomore directorial effort “Wish I Was Here.” The song is simultaneously light and poppy as well as wistful and charming. Add this song to your playlist and The Shins will change your summer.

3. “Meanwhile Back at Mama’s” by Tim McGraw featuring Faith Hill While Tim McGraw could arguably be considering one of the founding fathers of the “Bro-Country” wave that has hit mainstream country music (seriously the guy did a song with Nelly nearly a decade before Florida Georgia Line went crusin’), the latest single off his “Sundown Heaven Town” album is a refreshing slow and soft take on life in the working class. [/one_half] [one_half_last]

Reporter’s Picks

By Kat Lewallen

1. “Waves” by Sleeper Agent The “lightest” song of theirs to date, Sleeper Agent’s “Waves” somehow maintains a captivating balance of pop and alternative rock. This song is perfect for yelling out the lyrics with your friends on a summer road trip.

2. “West Coast” by Lana Del Rey A slower song that’s the perfect background to relaxing by the pool. Del Rey has a deep, resonating voice which makes her unique among the high pitch voices of other female artists. Plus wouldn’t we all rather be on the west coast instead of in Statesboro?

3. “Dance Apocalyptic” by Janelle Monae This Atlanta-based artist’s second single off her newest album “The Electric Lady” is about a zombie apocalypse but the use of ukelele makes it upbeat and exciting. Start listening to this song and next thing you know, you’re wildly dancing alone in your car. [/one_half_last]