Posted by Div Khithani on June 21, 2018
After what seemed to be a never-ending Canadian winter, #teamBTI cannot wait to welcome summer with our wide open, sunblock-smothered arms!
When we think about summer, the first thing that comes to mind is an awesome summer playlist. So, to kick it off the right way, we’ve compiled a list of our favourite summer tunes to share with our newsletter subscribers. We're a pretty diverse team of dreamers, connectors, and creators here at #teamBTI, which makes for a really unique mix of music that has something for everyone! The music we chose, along with some personal explanations for our selections are listed below. We hope you enjoy our playlist as much as we enjoyed making it, and who knows, you might find your new favourite song ;)
HANDS UP, OTTAWAN
"This song just puts me in the right mood to get up and dance. Its light-hearted and fun."
Indian Summer, Jai Wolf
This Girl, Kungs
"Summer is all about road trips with friends and these songs bring back the memories and good times."
Walking on Sunshine, Katrina & The Waves
"Brings out the sunshine."
Smile Jamaica, Chronixx
"The song's upbeat and positive vibes make me feel toasty inside."
Island in the Sun, Weezer
"A great song from one of my favourite bands. The song just makes me so happy. It's about escaping from all the crap and stresses of life, and spending fun times together with the one(s) you love. And where better than "on an island in the sun"?"
Good Day Sunshine, The Beatles
"No explanation needed, so I'll just pull a lyric... 'I feel good in a special way. I'm in love and it's a sunny day.'"
Mi Gente (My People), J Balvin & Willy William
"Just makes me want to dance! Or at least nod my head while driving! It's Spanish but the words (when translated) are so universal and the beat is contagious."
Dancing in the Street, David Bowie & Mick Jagger
"Summer’s here and the time is right for 'Dancing in the Street'"
Carmelo Duro, Miguel
Pop Thieves (Make it Feel Good), Childish Gambino
Slide, Calvin Harris Feat Frank Ocean and Migos
"I love these songs for the summer because they're fun to jam out to but make me feel how summer should be: carefree!"
Boys of Summer, Don Henley
How Far We've Come, Matchbox 20
Everybody's Free to Wear Sunscreen, Baz Luhrmann
"You can't NOT dance to these."
Stay (Wasting Time), Dave Matthews Band
"This song reminds me to enjoy the great little moments in life. And it's full of groovy energy."
Building a Boat, Matt Mays
"I don't build boats, but this song almost makes want to! Some good energy!"
Fireflies, Owl City
My Love, Westlife
"Some summer memories of my adolescence."
Could You Be Loved, Bob Marley
Jammin', Bob Marley
"What's a summer playlist without a little Bob Marley?
Turn up the volume and imagine yourself enjoying the sun, by the beach, with a Piña Colada in hand."
HAPPY, PHARRELL WILLIAMS
"It makes you feel happy!"
SUMMER IN THE CITY, THE LOVIN' SPOONFUL
"On hot summer days in the city, this song pops into my head and I start singing it to myself like an idiot."
BODY, LOUD LUXURY
"In support of my fellow Western Alumni."
"This song was released in the peak of summer 2017. It's upbeat and screams out summer vibes!"
Pick your favourite streaming service from the list below, and enjoy. You can listen to our playlist on Apple Music or Spotify in the players below. If you do not have a Spotify or Apple Music account, don’t fret, we’ve got you covered too, with a free YouTube playlist. So lay back and sip on that margarita; the first long weekend of summer starts now!
What song would you add? Let us know @BTIcreative!