My perfect summer playlist

It’s safe to say we are well and truly in the midst of Summer now (except you Australia, soz!) and isn’t it brilliant? Admittedly, if you live in the UK like I do, it can often be questionable if we’re not just repeating Autumn most days but I’m trying to be positive ok? When Destination2 got in touch and asked me to create my perfect summer playlist, I had a great afternoon of blaring out music to find the best songs to fit the bill. You can click on the names of the songs to listen along too.

On Top Of The World – Imagine Dragons
Nothing raises my spirits like this song. Imagine Dragons are one of my favourite bands generally and I can’t imagine ever tiring of this song. While I tend to listen to it while I’m in a great mood, if I’m not, it’s bound to help raise my spirits. When we were recently in Greece, I was constantly playing this on my iPod. The video is also awesome if you fancy a watch.

Barcelona – Ed Sheeran
Last year, for Matt’s 25th Birthday, I surprised him with a trip to Barcelona. It took me about 6 months in total to organise everything but it was the best feeling to be able to completely surprise him (he had no idea) as well as spoil him. While Ed Sheeran’s song wasn’t out at the time, I now associate it with the memories of our trip and because we had such a lovely time, there’s something really special about it to me. The fact that Ed also sings in Spanish makes it even better!

Mambo No 5 – Lou Bega
I don’t know exactly what makes this song feel summery to me, it might quite simply be that I kept hearing this on holiday when I was younger so it’s forever had that association for me. It’s a fairly old latin-pop song (1999!) but it’s got such a cheerful beat that you can’t resist tapping your foot and moving along to.

Summer Nights – Grease
There was no way Summer Nights couldn’t make this playlist, it’s such a classic! I love a song that everyone knows the words to and this is such a great one for a summer wedding to get everyone up and dancing.

Happy – Pharrell Williams
This song is just the epitome of how we all feel at Summer isn’t it? It reminds me of the journey to the airport when you’ve got your whole holiday in front of you and all you can think about is the long lazy days, the colourful cocktails and the sand between your toes.

Walking on Sunshine – Katrina and the waves
I wasn’t even born when this song was released but I don’t think you need to have been to appreciate what a bloody good song it is. When you look at the lyrics, it’s essentially a love song yet for me, it’s just got such a summery vibe.

Summertime -DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
Oh Will Smith. Sometimes I feel like we could all do with the return of the Fresh Prince but alas, we’ll have to make do with watching reruns and listening to the theme tune and this song. Compared to all my other choices, this is definitely a more chilled vibe, ideal for lazing around the pool or beach or even as your drop off for a snooze…

Despacito – Luis Fonsi ft Justin Bieber and Daddy Yankee
Ok so, truth to be told, I’m not the biggest fan of Bieber as a person but damn, his songs are always so catchy! As with Barcelona, I love songs that are laced with another language – even if you haven’t got a chance in hell in ever knowing all the words – it automatically gives the song an exotic feel. This is everywhere at the moment and definitely one that gets stuck in your head.

So there we have it! I hope you’ve had fun listening to my summer song choices. Do you think there are any I missed out? What are your favourites? Let me know in the comments! A huge thanks to Destination2 for collaborating with me on this posts. Check them out for fantastic deals on long-haul holiday destinations!

Emily x

  • I really love Barcelona too by Ed, its such a happy summer song! Also, can I just say how much I adore your blog header? Its incredible xxx

    • Emily

      Aww thank you so much! 🙂 x

  • This sounds like my perfect playlist! Summer Nights is such a classic song that is great in the summer!xx

    Hannah | Luxuryblush

  • I loveeee some of these songs they’re perfect for summer, those I haven’t heard I will be sure to check out. Thank you!

    Lauren x Huggled

  • Rosy Ferry

    I love Barcelona so much, great playlist, I’m off to download some of these 🙂

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  • Laura

    I love checking other people music list. I always find something fun to listen x

    Pink Frenzy

  • I love that this is a mix of throwbacks and current stuff! Gotta love a good playlist that you can just bop along to on repeat forever. I’m so glad I came across your blog!!

    xx Pia

  • Yes to all of these songs! Some of them I’ve forgotten about, but I need to add them to my playlist. I make one every summer haha.


  • This is such a good “summery” playlist, I love Ed’s Barcelona too. I am currently listening to the Chainsmokers Memories…Do Not Open and, despite the fact that I am someone who loves alternative rock, I find it to be such a nice easy, summer music x

    Naya //

  • Such a great mix of songs
    Lizzie | Takeoffs & Landings

  • Love all the choices, such feel good songs! Makes me miss English summer (even if it sucks a little bit).

    Sophie | LFB Blogazine

  • Aaah, Despacito has been suck in my mind all summer, its going round and round!

  • Happy is such a classic for me, everytime i hear that song i feel so good!

    Abigail Alice x

  • Agreed, on top of the world is a great song to cheery you up! I love firestone by Kygo x

    Velvet Blush

  • Great playlist! Thanks for sharing it. Have a lovely day!

    Gemma x

  • Aww, this is such a happy and cheerful summer playlist – love the vibes! Ah, seriously wishing summer could stay around forever; such a perfect time of year 🙂

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

  • Great playlist, I love Barcelona by Ed Sheeran x
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  • Despacito is my jam this season and pretty much the whole Divide album of Ed Sheeran 🙂

    xx Alyssa // STYLE VANITY

  • Missy May

    This is a joyful summer playlist, Emily. Nice one! Having said that I must say, I’m tired of hearing ‘Despacito’. From the radio to my son and my class kids singing it err minute, my head is starting to ache. Ha!!

  • Even though it’s the middle of winter here (one of those Australians, ha!) I liked and would listen to quite a few songs on this playlist 🙂

    Hope you are having an awesome weekend!

    Away From The Blue Blog

  • All these songs are perfect for summer. I absolutely love your playlist! Something about songs mixed with other languages are so attractive to me, haha 🙂

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me