The summer season is upon us and in the words of Will Smith’s classic “Summer Time” record, it is “time to sit back and unwind.” During South Florida’s summer, many people enjoy the beach, play sports and cook on the grill. Make sure that your summer soundtrack is on point as well with a few great songs that constitute “The Perfect Summer Playlist.”
1. Frank Sinatra – “That’s Life”
Singing-sensation Frank Sinatra made his listeners feel his music. He is one of the most transparent musicians the industry has ever had the pleasure of listening to. Sinatra is a certified legend in the game and his song “That’s Life” is still sampled by musicians to this day.
2. Nas – “Nas Is Like”
Nas is on many hip-hop aficionado’s top five greatest emcees of all-time list. His classic song “Nas Is Like” is a lyrical exhibition you do not want to leave off your playlist. The laid back vibe will get you in the zone for a summer chill session.
3. Toby Mac – “Burn For You”
Grammy award-winning Christian artist Toby Mac makes good music. His single “Burn For You” off his Diverse City will get many believers inspired to let the world know about their Savior this summer.
4. Cheno Lyfe – “Co Bang” featuring Rhema Soul & Anthony Rose
This song showcases the Christian hip-hop powerhouse that goes by the name of Good City Music. One of the most recognized groups in Christian hip-hop, Rhema Soul (Butta P, Juan Love and K-Nuff) join forces with seasoned rapper Cheno Lyfe for a single on his upcoming project Lunar, an album that drops on July 23. Rising producer/rapper Anthony Rose also delivers a stellar contribution to the single. The track encapsulates a piece of hip-hop culture as each rapper shares verses back-to-back and showcases what a cypher (emcees rapping right after each other) is. The instrumental definitely screams South Florida which usually means it works extremely well for the summertime.
5. Michael Jackson – “Billie Jean”
Jackson is arguably the greatest entertainer in music history. His pop tunes are sure to get everyone at your summer party on the dance floor. “Billie Jean” is considered by many as one of the greatest pop songs ever written, so you might want to consider adding it to your playlist.
6. Json – “Passing” featuring Serge & KB
Json released his project Braille on June 18, which features one of the standout songs, “Passing.” This track features Serge of Authentik and Reach Records recording-artist KB. Json recruited Serge to write the hook, who does an awesome job on it. Mashell Leroy produced this upbeat anthem that encourages Christians to realize that there is more than just our life here on earth. This song works well for any athlete’s pre-game.
7. Carlos Santana – “Maria Maria”
Carlos Santana is one of the greatest guitarists to ever walk the planet, and listening to his single “Maria Maria” is the perfect opportunity to appreciate his greatness. Billboard classified it as one of the Top 100 songs. The smooth vocals of The Product G&B are just epic.
8. Johnny Cash – “Walk The Line”
There is no summer playlist without the legendary Johnny Cash on it. His country classic “Walk The Line” is playlist worthy. Cash is considered one the most influential artists of the 20th century.
9. Leslie Grace – “Be My Baby”
Eighteen year-old songstress Leslie Grace has taken over the Latino market with her soulful Bachata-flavored hits. She has two #1 Billboard records and “Be My Baby” is another example of why she continues to chart so high. Leslie was nominated for “Female Artist Of The Year” at the Latin Billboard Music Awards alongside superstars like Jennifer Lopez, Jenni Rivera and Shakira. Her self-titled album dropped on June 25.
10. Social Club (F.E.R.N and Marty Mar) – “Bang”
Social Club brings the rap game another fun track that is sure to get you hyped by combining commercial sounding backdrops with lyrical flows. Be prepared to hear their humorous and unpredictable style on this one. The last project Social Club released was their iTunes Top 10 charting album Rejects.
11. Rihanna – “We Found Love”
Rihanna’s electronic pop record is executed well. The lyrics, build ups and transitions are top notch. Rihanna music has mass appeal but still finds a way to be unique.
12. Colin Ansby – “Where You Are” featuring Rey King
Colin Ansby recently dropped his free EP Rated E For Everyone. His track with Billboard-charting songwriter Rey King is perfect for a summer night of contemplation. When you feel like kicking it and thinking about the greatness God has blessed us with, give this record a spin. Rey King’s highly anticipated TLHD is available this summer as well. The IAMYG crew is looking to flood the summer with quality content.
13. Marvin Sapp – “Never Would Have Made It”
Marvin Sapp’s Gospel classic “Never Would Have Made It” is that track you listen to when you just want to relax and express your gratefulness to God for grace.
14. Lana Del Rey – “Young and Beautiful”
Lana Del Rey’s sound is unmatchable. At the age of 26, she is already pumping out timeless music. Her song “Young and Beautiful” off The Great Gatsby soundtrack could work in any time frame within music history.
15. Avril Lavigne – “Complicated”
“Complicated” helped Avril Lavigne’s debut album Let Go sell more than 15 million units. It is a pop punk classic that has thought-provoking lyrics.