Every summer has those songs… the catchy (often silly) ones that capture the carefree essence of the season. Here are ten of summer 2012’s guilty pleasures that have us unwittingly blaring the stereo and bobbing our heads along.
Track 1 — “Windows Down” by Big Time Rush
Summery sentiment: Everybody knows that I want ya/If you want me baby show me/Roll the windows down/Let your hair flow/Let it all go tonight
Enjoy while: Cruising in a Jeep with the top down (natch!).
Track 2 — “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen
Summery sentiment: Your stare was holdin’/Ripped jeans, skin was showin’/Hot night, wind was blowin’/Where you think you’re going, baby?
Enjoy while: Getting ready for girls’ night out with your besties (disclaimer: gigglefests and feeling 17 again are inevitable).
Track 3 — “5-1-5-0” by Dierks Bentley
Summery sentiment: I gotta get your number girl/I gotta call you up/I gotta get you ridin’ shotgun in my truck/This little bit of you I’ve got, it ain’t good enough/Yeah, you got me all messed up
Enjoy while: Partying in a field… mud wrestling and four wheeler racing optional.
Track 4 — “Where Have You Been” by Rihanna
Summery sentiment: I’ve been everywhere, man/Looking for someone/Someone who can please me/Love me all night long
Enjoy while: Dancing at the club, where it will undoubtedly be on heavy rotation allll summer long.
Track 5 — “Little Talks” by Of Monsters and Men
Summery sentiment: Well tell her I miss our little talks/Soon it will be over and buried with our past/We used to play outside when we were young/And full of life and full of love
Enjoy while: Reminiscing about your first summer fling (you know, the one you totally thought would last forever).
Track 6 — “Starships” by Nicki Minaj
Summery sentiment: I’m on the floor, floor/I love to dance/So give me more, more, ’til I can’t stand/Get on the floor, floor/Like it’s your last chance/If you want more, more/Then here I am
Enjoy while: Looking fly and feeling flirty at a pool party.
Track 7 — “How We Do (Party)” by Rita Ora
Summery sentiment: We got that sweet, hot loving/Dancing in the dark/Out in the streets we’re running/Shut down every bar
Enjoy while: At a backyard party, complete with red Solo cups and tons of people you didn’t invite and/or don’t know.
Track 8 — “Young and Wild and Free” by Snoop Dogg ft. Wiz Khalifa
Summery sentiment: We’re just having fun/We don’t care who sees/So what we go out?/That’s how it’s supposed to be/Living young and wild and free
Enjoy while: Chillin’ on the beach with your buddies (don’t forget the SPF, lest you become young and wild and fried).
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Track 9 — “Pontoon” by Little Big Town
Summery sentiment: On the pontoon/Making waves and catching rays up on the roof/Jumpin’ off the back, don’t act like you don’t want to/Party in slow motion/Out here in the open/Mmmm… motorboatin’
Enjoy while: Loungin’ on a pontoon… if boatless, grab an inner tube and head to the nearest body of water.
Track 10 — “The Best Song Everrr” by Wallpaper
Summery sentiment: Best friends, you are my f**king best friends/Seriously, it’s like the best night ever/This song, I’m really feelin’ this song/This song, f**king best song everrr
Enjoy while: Tossing back an adult beverage or two (or three)… it may be the only way to make sense of these lyrics, which we’re pretty sure were written in drunkanese.