The Ultimate Summer Party Playlist

Turn your speakers up and get into the chill zone with our ultimate summer party playlist. Whether it's a quiet summer Friday in the office or your annual BBQ cookout, you are looking for some good tunes to get the party started off right. I've gathered my current favorite songs that get the party going in my headphones at work or when I'm out driving around with the girls.

This year, there's tons of dance-inspired songs on the radio. From great international DJs collaborating with hip hop and R&B superstars to some underground artists finally getting the mainstream attention they deserve, there's bound to be more than one party anthem this summer.

Whatever your excuse is, good music equals a good time so turn up your volume and enjoy my summer party playlist 


  • Justin Bieber - Boyfriend

    With a catchy beat and slightly grow up voice reminiscent of the original teen crush, Justin Timberlake, this song will have females of all ages wishing their guy was Buzz Lightyear, flying across the globe.

  • Jennifer Lopez Ft. Pitbull - Dance Again

    Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull seem to be some kind of unofficial dance music duo. With a hot beat, sultry video and Pitbull’s strange lyrics (anyone know what “Shimmy Shimmy yah, Shimmy yam” means?!”, this song is destined to be a summer of 2012 classic.

  • Rihanna - Where Have You Been

    This catchy and party-starting tune will definitely have Grandma Betty doing a fist pump at your annual 4th of July cookout. Rihanna really brings it in this song that has somewhat of a ballad feel with that extra dance-y sound.

  • Gotye - Somebody That I Used to Know

    The radio is all over this song with a unique sound with an even more unique (and slightly strange) video. Be sure to add this to your playlist so that everyone thinks you're hip.

  • Flo Rida ft. Sia - Wild Ones

    Flo Rida seems to be dance music's official rapper and blends the two genres perfectly. Here's another hit with Sia for another booty-shaking club hit to dance the night away to. 

  • Usher - Scream

    Leave it to Usher to keep putting out tracks that makes you want to party it up. No party playlist is complete without him and his new song "Scream" definitely fits the bill.

  • Rita Ora - How We Do (Party)

    Slightly provocative, this track is definitely about partying by newcomer Rita Ora. With a fun sound and chorus, your BBQ guests will definitely be chanting along.

  • Calvin Harris featuring Ne-Yo - Let's Go

    This club anthem by Calvin Harris and Ne-Yo is the ultimate dance party song perfect for a Friday afternoon to get you through the day or to kick off your outdoor summer party.

  • The Wanted - Glad You Came

    This UK boy band has taken America by storm with this infectious song that talks about spells, sun and a pool-side video that makes this the perfect song to start off your warm weather filled weekend.

  • Chris Brown - Turn Up the Music

    Say what you want about Chris Brown, but you can't deny this is a catchy song that will get you ready to go and on the dance floor within minutes. You may feel compelled to mirror his dance moves.

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