Best Songs to Add to Your Summer Playlist 2023

Ah, the summer! The sun is shining, the tarmac is warm and toasty, and your car is ready for those long, laid-back drives. But what's a road trip without a soundtrack?

With an eclectic mix that embodies the joy of endless summer days, we're lining up a whole host of sensational songs to crank up the volume as you chase the horizon. From the hottest pop anthems to refreshing indie numbers, irresistible electronic beats to classic rock sing-alongs, this playlist is all set to deliver a musical experience that’s as diverse and exhilarating as your upcoming summer adventures.

Remember, it's not just about the destination, it's about the symphony of sounds that accompany you along the way. So, what should you add to your sizzling summer playlist? Keep reading for our sun-soaked selections for the best tracks to accompany you on those blissful, windows-down journeys in summer 2023.

As It Was – Harry Styles








With a mix of retro style and modern cool, Harry Styles' 'As It Was' is our first pick for your summer soundtrack. Unveiled in 2022, this track has been a radio favourite, charting an impressive 61-week stint on the Pop Airplay Chart.

Its catchy rhythm and heartfelt lyrics have amassed a staggering 4.1 billion in all-format radio audience, and a whopping 842.5 million official on-demand streams according to Billboard. It's not just about the numbers though; the song's upbeat tempo and summer-infused vibes make it the perfect companion for your sun-kissed car trips this year.

Everybody Talks – Neon Trees








Next up, we have an absolute pop-rock banger, "Everybody Talks" by Neon Trees. This vibrant tune is super-catchy and will have you singing along in no time. Its infectious energy is just what you need to add a skip to your road trip vibe.

The song has maintained its popularity over the years and continues to be a staple in playlists worldwide. It's as though every sunbeam and summer breeze is captured in this catchy tune.

Running Up That Hill – Kate Bush








A touch of the classic never hurt a summer playlist, and that's why we've included Kate Bush's mesmerising "Running Up That Hill". Featured on TV hit “Stranger Things” this timeless track marries pop and experimental music in an unforgettable way. It offers a more contemplative journey, akin to a sunset drive after a fun-filled day.

It's as powerful now as when it first captivated listeners decades ago, ensuring your summer car playlist has that perfect nostalgic undertone.

I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) – The Proclaimers








No road trip playlist would be complete without the iconic, "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" by The Proclaimers. This feel-good, foot-stomping anthem, with its memorable chorus, has been the soundtrack to countless journeys.

So, whether you're driving 500 miles or just around the corner, this track will keep your spirits high and your foot tapping to its irresistible rhythm.

Flowers – Miley Cyrus








Next up, we have "Flowers" by Miley Cyrus. Known for her dynamic range and genre versatility, Cyrus' track brings a refreshing dash of pop magic to the playlist. With a blend of upbeat tempo and catchy lyrics, it's a track that embodies the carefree spirit of summer, making it the perfect closing note for your summer drives. Its popularity has seen it bloom on streaming platforms, growing your playlist into a vibrant musical garden.

Heat Waves – Glass Animals








Our pick to make those summer afternoons a little dreamier is Glass Animals' "Heat Waves". This genre-blending number has a hypnotic rhythm and lush production that will transport you to a sun-soaked beach. The song's popularity is off the charts, as fans worldwide find themselves entranced by its simmering melody.

Its pulsating beat and immersive lyrics are the perfect soundscape for your summer daydreams. Trust us, you'll feel the temperature rising with this track on your playlist.

Meltdown – Niall Horan








If your summer road trip needs a punch of inspiration, look no further than Niall Horan's latest single, "Meltdown". This track combines an energetic beat with lyrics of resilience and perseverance. It's a powerful song that encourages listeners to keep their chin up and ride the waves of life. This is more than just a song - its motivation wrapped in a catchy rhythm that will keep you moving forward, no matter where your summer journey takes you.

Just Relax – Lola Brooke








Just Relax by Lola Brooke is an ingenious blend of nostalgia and fresh beats. Sampled from the 90s hit “This or That” by Black Sheep, Brooke spins the classic into a modern hip-hop anthem. With its infectious rhythm and playful lyrics, it's a fun and funky addition to your summer playlist. Trust us, once you play this track, you'll be vibing"with its energetic beat, whether you're on the road or at a summer party!

Cupid – Fifty Fifty








Making waves on the global music scene, K-pop group Fifty Fifty’s "Cupid" is a sweet addition to our summer selections. With a sugary beat and dreamy lyrics that flutter like butterflies on a summer day, this track is as irresistible as a summer crush. Its youthful energy is sure to infuse your car journeys with a sunny, swoon-worthy aura. Keep this track handy when the weather and the road ahead are calling for something delightfully dreamy.

Running Out of Time – Lil Yachty








Lil Yachty’s "Running Out of Time" is a groovy detour that you'll want to take on your summer road trip. Departing from his usual sound, Yachty invites listeners into a psychedelic journey with this track’s intoxicating bass line. It's a mesmerising song that will transform your car into a kaleidoscope of sound and rhythm. Sit back, let the bass engulf you, and enjoy the ride as this song takes you on a unique musical adventure.

Cruising into a Melodious Summer

There you have it fellow road-trippers, a melodious roadmap to accompany your sun-soaked journeys this summer. A symphony of tracks that will have your car pulsing with the very heartbeat of the carefree summer months - all the highs, the lows, the laughter, and the moments of serene calm. This playlist is a testament to the magic that summer brings, turning the longest of drives into unforgettable experiences.

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