“Summer Love” – Justin Timberlake:
This electronic, dancey pop song strays from the normal summer feel, but is a complete must-have.
“California Gurls” – Katy Perry:
Whether you like Katy Perry or not, this catchy track grabs you and screams the beach right in your face.
“Summertime” – Will Smith & DJ Jazzy Jeff:
For a ‘90s child, this is first song you should think of when you think summer, especially if you watched “Fresh Prince of Bel Air.”
“Summer Love” – John Travolta & Olivia Newton John:
This “Grease” classic turned karaoke favorite is the perfect sunset, summer fling song.
“School’s Out” – Alice Cooper:
Here is the “last day of school party anthem.” Crack open a beer or 10, throw up your fists and yell “School’s out forever!”
“Summer Girls” – LFO:
Any kid that went to the public swimming pool in 1999 probably heard this song over 1,000 times. Perfect pop summer anthem.
“Summer of ‘69” - Bryan Adams:
This is your go-to “remember those days” nostalgic summer song.
“Boys of Summer” – Don Henley:
If this classic is not in your playlist, then you do not have a summer playlist.
“Surfin USA” – Beach Boys:
No Summer playlist is complete without The Beach Boys. How do you not want to surf after hearing this?
“Barefoot Blue Jean Night” – Jake Owen:
This country hit is the epitome of a summer in the sticks.
Summer Album Releases:
Goo Goo Dolls
Magnetic (June 11th)
Not only will the Goo Goo Dolls be releasing new music this summer, it will be embarking on a tour with Matchbox 20. ‘90s children rejoice!
Trouble Will Find Me (May 20th)
These grandfathers of indie-rock are back with a new album, along with a tour including many festival appearances. Their last album “High Violet” blew them up for the mainstream and got a lot of recognition. With any luck, they continue their legacy with this album.
True Believers (May 21st)
This ‘90s alt-rock star gone country has new music for fans this summer. Those waiting on a Hootie & the Blowfish reunion will have to continue waiting, but this will tide us over.
Jimmy Eat World
Damage (June 11th)
It’s been three years since we’ve heard from Jimmy Eat World, but with the news of its first release for a while and the new single, things are looking bright for this album.
Random Access Memories (May17th)
Besides the “Tron” soundtrack, this is Daft Punk’s first proper release since 2005. Huge anticipation surrounds this album, especially after the band released its absolutely amazing first single “Get Lucky,” which features Pharrell.
This annual independent punk-rock festival makes its stop in KC and will host bands such as Chiodos, Motion City Soundtrack, The Wonder Years and Yellowcard.
After cancelling his Born & Raised Tour because of vocal chord injury, he will finally be touring this summer and will be stopping in Kansas City.
Fall Out Boy
Fall Out Boy’s return to music and touring kicked off in hometown Chicago, but it will be embarking on a national tour in May and June, performing songs from their new album, “Save Rock & Roll.”
Honda Civic Tour
This year’s Honda Civic Tour stars Maroon 5 and Kelly Clarkson, an unusual pair for this tour, which usually has alt-rock stars such as blink-182, Incubus, Linkin Park, etc. The closest it comes is St. Louis, but should provide for a great show.