Songs to Keep You Cool this Summer



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Stuck in this summer heatwave without air conditioning? Just remember: mind over matter. If you think cool, you’ll feel cool. Or that’s what we’re telling ourselves anyway as we follow the fan’s oscillation while keeping popsicles permanently in our mouths. Keep smiling through the heat with a playlist of cool songs for the hot days.

1. Escape (The Pina Colada Song) – Rupert Holmes

Cool lyrics: I never knew / That you liked Pina Coladas, and getting caught in the rain / And the feel of the ocean, and the taste of champagne

If you can’t physically get to a beach to cool down with a breeze and the surf lapping at your toes, listening this song is a close second. Just hearing the first bars is enough to have you kicking back and relaxing.

2. Waking Up Easy – Lime Cordiale

Cool lyrics: I'm waking up easy / For the first time / I stare at the ceiling / And I don't mind

When it’s hot, the last thing anyone wants is to have a full day. Channel your inner lazybones and daydream away while listening.

3. Alaska – Maggie Rogers

Cool lyrics: I was walking through icy streams / That took my breath away / Moving slowly through westward water / Over glacial plains

If you don’t have access to your own glacial plains, the next best thing is to listen to this song while sticking your head in the freezer.

4. Milkshake – Kelis

Cool lyrics: My milk shake brings all the boys to the yard / And they're like / It’s better than yours / Damn right its better than yours

Grab yourself a milkshake and wait for all the boys to come to your yard. At the very least, it’ll cool you down in the summer heat.

5. The Breeze – Dr Dog

Cool lyrics: Do you get dizzy on the ground? / It must be something going 'round / What blows us here today / It'll blow us all away / The breeze

When it’s a scorcher out there, a breeze is your friend. Maybe if you wish hard enough while singing this song, you’ll summon one.

6. I Go Swimming – Peter Gabriel

Cool lyrics: The sun is burning, I am yearning / For the water flow/ Next to my skin I, like to begin a / water flow

The song lyrics are almost like a soothing poem with repeated lines of “I go swimming” and “swimming in water” – if this doesn’t almost hypnotise you into believing you’re swimming, then we don’t know what will.

7. Bubble Bath – BESTIE

Cool lyrics: Forget our worries in the bubble bath / I was sinking / Now I’m soaking

If you don’t have a pool, the next best thing is a tub filled up with ice. Make it work.

8. Hotel California – Eagles

Cool lyrics: On a dark desert highway, cool wind in my hair / Warm smell of colitas, rising up through the air

Keep up your chill vibes with possibly the chillest song ever created. Chill harder than anyone has ever chilled before. Only then can you achieve true chillvana.

9. Cool for the Summer – Demi Lovato

Cool lyrics: We're cool for the summer

We just had to include this one. Look at that lyric! It’s perfect.

10. Breezy (feat. Zoe Penina) – Scooter Island

Cool lyrics: And it's better in the summer when you're chilling with a lover so true / it just rolls off the tongue

If we include enough songs with breeze in the title, it might spontaneously create a breeze, the same way a rain dance might call down some rain.

11. Margaritaville – Jimmy Buffet

Cool lyrics: Watching the sun bake / All of those tourists covered in oil / Strumming my six-string / On my front porch string

An urban legend says that if you play this song five times in a row, Jimmy Buffet appears to hand you a Hawaiian shirt and a margarita.

12. Kings of Summer – ayokay feat Quinn XCII

Cool lyrics: I'll leave, where is my hat, sun in my eyes / Summer breeze, lay on my skin, I come alive / Sweet waves, they crashin' in, water and wine

Hat? Check. Breeze? Check. Waves? Check. Water and wine? Check. This dude has everything he needs for a heatwave. We suggest following the same guidelines.

13. Barcelona – Ed Sheeran

Cool lyrics: We’re going, somewhere where the sun is shining bright / Just close your eyes and let’s pretend we’re dancing in the street / In Barcelona

Hey, if you’re gonna be out in the hot sun, might as well pretend to be out in the hot sun in Spain, right?

14. Waves – Jeremy Loops

Cool lyrics: And the waves they wash over me / Cause the riptide pulls me out into the deep / It surrounds me, holds me, follows when I breathe / But the air is clear and I am here

While we do advise going for a dip in the ocean when it’s a hot day, we absolutely do not advise getting involved with a riptide. Swim responsibly.

15. Summertime – Janis Joplin

Cool lyrics: Summertime, the living’s easy

Let Janis soothe you with her lazy summer classic. Chill out and just ride the heatwave. You’ll probably miss it when the cold tendrils of winter come.

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