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Summer Playlists are the New Mix Tapes

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I remember when I graduated from high school and the epic summer after graduation. I will most definitely be aging myself here, but one of the things I remember most is the music my friends and I listened to. My best friend would burn CDs full of our favorites bands and songs. Some of them stayed all summer long, while others were the flavor of the week. One thing for sure is that I think of our adventures driving around the wonderfully hot city.

So what songs were we listening to? The summer of 2005 started my love affair with Fall Out Boy. I was introduced to them with their sophomore album “From Under The Cork Tree.” It’s still one of my favorites and their extremely long song titles are all a part of the experience. Not to mention listening to Fall Out Boy opened me up to many other bands in the near future. We also had many other emo songs on repeat including “Helena” by My Chemical Romance. There were some bands that were along the same vein, but I wouldn’t necessarily call them emo, such as Green Day, The Gorillaz, The Killers, and Weezer.

We always included some pop songs. Kelly Clarkson was super popular that summer. Gavin DeGraw had made his debut, thanks to his song “I Don’t Want To Be,” and having his song play as the intro for the popular teen show “One Tree Hill” didn’t hurt either. We were also introduced to the Pussycat Dolls with the song “Don’t Cha.”

As for this summer, what songs would most likely end up on most people’s playlist?

How about:

“I Feel It Coming” by The Weeknd feat Daft Punk

“Sign of the Times” by Harry Styles

“Death of a Bachelor” by Panic! At The Disco

Any song with Chainsmokers, Bruno Mars, or Ed Sheeran? You really can’t go wrong with these artists! 

What songs would put on your playlist this summer? Did I miss an obvious one?


Submitted by Anonymous on

This is so fun! I'm going to listen to your summer of 2005 picks.

I vote for "Slide" by Calvin Harris/Frank Ocean/Migos for this summer.