* All digital cards and invitiations have moved! Check out the new pingg.com >

Perfect Summer Party Playlists

Summer is a great time to throw fun and relaxed parties at home. While I never have a terrible time of choosing my menu or getting together some decor, I always struggle with choosing the music.

I always want to be sure I have the perfect playlist to compliment my party, but coming up with enough songs on my own can be a daunting task. I asked a few of my friends (who always have the best music) to help put together the perfect summer playlist for all different types of events.

Check out their summer picks!

Rock-n-Roll Summer Playlist

This type of music is sure to have at least one person, if not everyone, standing on a table and singing along.

It’s perfect for a daytime pool party or BBQ. These classics will be enjoyed by both men and women alike.

Bitter sweet Symphony by The Verve

Something in the Way by Nirvana

You Said Something by PJ Harvey

Love Will Tear Us Apart by Joy Division

Sympathy for the Devil by The Rolling Stones

Domino by Van Morrison

Pumped Up Kicks by Foster the People

Keep Your Head Up by Andy Grammar

Hey Hey What Can I Say by Led Zeppelin

Maggie May by Rod Stewart

Mykonos by Fleet Foxes

Can’t You Hear Me Knockin' by The Rolling stones

Rocket Man by Elton John

Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton

Into the Mystic by Van Morrison

That’s the Way by Led Zeppelin

Cecilia by Simon and Garfunkel

Strong Enough by Sheryl Crow

Slow Dancing in a Burning Room by John Mayer


For Family Parties

Summer is filled with events for the whole family, but finding music that pleases kids and parents alike is always a challenge.

You need music that is appropriate for all ages, but isn’t boring. 

Rolling in the Deep by Adele

Girl by Beck

Clocks by Coldplay

#41 by Dave Matthews Band

Babylon by David Gray

Heartless by Dia Frampton (The Voice)

Upside Down by Jack Johnson

Save Room by John Legend

Heartbreak Warfare by John Mayer

Perfect Symmetry by Keane

That was a crazy game of poker by O.A.R.

Breakeven by The Script

Hey, Soul Sister by Train

Price Tag by Xenia

Two by Ryan Adams


Summer Dance Party Playlist

It doesn't matter what you’re celebrating, this party playlist features songs that are sure to get everyone in the dancing mood. 

Man Down by Rihanna

Show Must Go On by Lupe Fiasco

Beautiful People by Chris Brown

I’m On One by DJ Khaled, Drake, Rick Ross and Lil Wayne

Party Rock Anthem by LMFAO

Give Me Everything (Tonight)by Pitbull/Ne-Yo

Take Over Control by Afrojack

Just Can’t Get Enough by The Black Eyed Peas

Til' the World Ends by Britney Spears

On the Floor by Jennifer Lopez/Pitbull


Tips to Plan Your Own Summer Party Playlist

Always keep in mind the length of your party and the length of your playlist – you don’t want to run out of songs mid-way through the party. I suggest making your playlist an hour longer than the length of your party, just to be on the safe side.

If you’re struggling to find songs, ask a friend! Borrow their iPod to get inspired or even use their ipod for the party.

Remember, music is an essential element to any party. It’s a great way to get a party started, and a great way to end one. Turning the music off is a polite signal to your guests that the party is over.

Find more party planning inspirations for Summer Parties

Inspiration to your inbox

Want to receive the latest Celebrations.com ideas?

Get our newsletter »
Meet our Writer
Jennifer Geddes
Celebrations Writer

Jennifer Kelly Geddes has hosted Christmas cookie swaps, New Year's open houses, Thanksgiving for 22, and all manner of dinner parties in her Manhattan and Ghent, NY homes.

Read More »
Exotic Cocktail Recipe Video Link to video gallery. Upgrade your spring sips with this cocktail tutorial. »

Inspirations Delivered to Your Inbox

Sign up to receive our weekly newsletter and have party tips and ideas sent straight to your inbox! You'll be the first to know about our best recipes, decoration ideas, invitation inspirations and more.