For anyone who’s been to a music festival, you know there’s a ton of waiting around under the sun for your favorite band to come on. And the hordes of attractive people who’ve all flocked in from the city to experience hippie life for a weekend aren’t always enough of a distraction from the heat. Instead of lingering around, take the party back to your campground. There, you and your crew can crack open the cooler, kick back on your beach chair, and blast some of your own music. Don’t know where to begin with your playlist? Load it up with these fire tracks to keep the party going.
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Glass Animals, “Gooey”
If you’re looking to feel a little devious, Sasquatch Festival vets, Glass Animals, have the perfect potion. “Gooey,” off the British indie rock band’s album Zaba, is prime swig-and-sway music. Once you take the crew back to your tent after checking out your last band of the evening, the seductive “Gooey” will put you and all your new friends in the mood to keep the party going throughout the night.
Elliphant, “Love Me Badder”
Pure feel-good songs and the sunniest season go hand in hand, which makes Elliphant (born Ellinor Olovsdotter) your go-to girl for everything you need to perk you up. This hit from the up-and-coming Swedish singer who enchanted the crowd at Firefly is the right dose of pop goodness with a hint of reggae flair. Consider it an anthem for summer lovers.
Rae Sremmurd, “This Could Be Us”
You caught ‘em at Governor’s Ball, so you already know Rae Sremmurd’s entire album Sremmlife could stand alone as a summer soundtrack. But if we had to pick one, it’s got to be “This Could Be Us.” Take it from your backyard party, bump it in your car with the windows down, drop it on loop at the campsite, and forget the world you left behind for the weekend.
Dorothy, “After Midnight”
If the blazing heat has beaten you down all day, recover with this. A track off their self-titled EP, Roc Nation’s very own provides you with a shot of adrenaline in “After Midnight.” Fueled by lead singer Dorothy’s powerhouse pipes—its edginess is reminiscent of Courtney Love and Joan Jett—the single encourages you to rage well after the sun has set and the stages have cleared.
Jungle, “The Heat”
There’s no more fitting title to a summer song than “The Heat.” Luckily, London-based Jungle, who played this year’s Firefly, captures the essence of the season perfectly with their song’s modern soul vibes that have you feeling like you have no cares in the world. It’s the perfect jam to lay back on a lounge chair and tailgate a festival, waiting for the sun to set and the main attractions to electrify your night.
Odesza, “All We Need” (Dzeko & Torres Remix)
What’s a summer playlist without a solid EDM remix? Canadian duo Dzeko & Torres put a new spin on Odesza’s already near-perfect single “All We Need.” You don’t need to risk drowning in a crowd of sweaty bodies in front of a stage to feel this one.
Marian Hill, “Got It”
The confidence this song inspires in anyone who hears it is boundless. Powered by Samantha Gogol’s sultry vocals, and Jeremy Lloyd’s soulful production, “Got It” exemplifies their self-proclaimed Drake-meets-Ella-Fitzgerald sound. It’s sexy, smooth, and will make listeners feel just the same. Trust, you need this kind of motivation when you’re partying in a campground full of beautiful strangers.
Ryn Weaver, “Octahate”
Take one listen to this song and you won’t be able to shake it from your mind. While newcomer Ryn Weaver, who recently wowed at Firefly, fools you with a few slow opening bars, 30 seconds in your pulse is pounding with non-stop bass. It’s a rollercoaster ride of a track that’s ideal for dancing wildly until your feet can’t carry you anymore.
Raury, “Cigarette Song”
Let’s be real: going hard for hours straight is just not sustainable. Slow it down with Raury’s “Cigarette Song,” off his EP Indigo Child. It’s a clutch song to play at dusk, when you’re cooling off under the shade of your tent with an ice-cold beverage in hand. That, or when you’re trying to get your flirt on.
St. Vincent, “Bad Believer”
Praying to St. Vincent when you need a pick-me-up never fails you. Annie Clark is an art rock genius who can turn up any situation—just ask anyone who saw her perform at Sasquatch—with the complexity of her arrangements. “Bad Believer” exemplifies exactly that. The song goes from zero-to-sixty in one second flat. Soon enough you’ll find yourself jumping around to it like a maniac. Life will never feel better than it does in those moments.