This weekend is July 4th and I like to celebrate my independence on a boat! So why not have a sweet playlist to go with it?! If you don’t have a boat, just sit on the lawn in your bikini and bask in your own independent glow!
1.) “The Judge” by Twenty One Pilots: A ukulele-driven little ditty with a catchy hook. Reminds me of being on a sandy beach somewhere. I can almost picture myself swaying on a boat to the small waves under the hot sun. One of Twenty One Pilots’ ‘lighter’ songs but still carries some heavy lyrical weight; “You’re the judge, oh no, set me free, I know my soul’s freezing, Hell’s hot for good reason, so please, take me.”
2.) “Coming Home” by Leon Bridges: A blast from the past to a simpler time in music. Muffled vintage vocals ooze out of Bridges’ mouth. Grab your partner and dance under the fireworks to this one. Easygoing drum beats and pretty lyrics remind us of a simpler kind of love; “Baby, baby, baby, I’m coming home, to your tender sweet loving.”
3.) “Interlude: Moving On” by Paramore: Another cute ukulele tune backing Ms. Williams’ killer cool voice. “Moving On” is an ode to the haters; “Let ’em soak in the sun, sit back and let ’em have their fun, let ’em spill their guts, cause one day they’re gonna slip on ’em”. There’s nothing better than a sassy song sung in a cute acoustic fashion.
4.) “American Oxygen” by Rihanna: AMERICAN Oxygen…come on you guys. Did you really think I wouldn’t list this one?? Rihanna’s vocals are on FIRE as always and the vibe is a little slower and less ghetto which makes it the perfect “chill” song. “This is the new America, we are the new America,” I might just sing this one all weekend!
5.) “Can’t Feel My Face” by The Weeknd: I know I’ve already talked about my obsession with this song but it’s SO good. The snaps, the WOO’s, the clap beat, those sultry vocals. This song is too good to not dance to on a cool boat. Not to mention totally sing-a-long worthy!
6.) “Holding On” by Disclosure: I’ve also already expressed how amazing this song is. The beat is incredibly vintage-feeling almost has the power to be the next “Vogue”. Definitely a song to cruise to while laying out on a beautiful boat out on the water.
7.) “This Charming Man” by The Smiths: Beachy alt-guitars and a subtle bass line make this song as catchy as it is. Morrissey’s vocals sail effortlessly through this entire song making you bop your head back and forth in true 80’s fashion. The Smith’s were always cool and brimming with good vibes (no matter how depressing the lyrics were).
8.) “Ship To Wreck” by Florence & the Machine: Tambourines, glorious lyrics, and Florence’s incredible voice. This song is absolutely infectious, I could listen to it on repeat for days. The verses are just as fun as the chorus even though the subject material is NOT fun…
9.) “Party” by Beyoncé: This is off of one of Beyoncé’s lighter albums 4. One of the cooler songs, with fun lyrics and a quick verse from J. Cole (or Andre 3000 – depending on what version you’re listening to). “Party” makes you want to do just that. The beat is an electric pop dream bound to make even your Grandma break it down.
10.) “Feel So Close” by Calvin Harris: One of my absolute favorite Calvin Harris songs of all time. The piano chords are so gorgeous and provide a beautiful contrast to the dance beat. “Feel So Close” has simple lyrics but they prove to be the most powerful element of the song. The song makes you want to start some sort of love revolution. The perfect song to jam to with family and friends.
I hope you guys enjoy some of these songs during your Fourth of July festivities!