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24 Brilliant Songs You Need In Your July Playlist

The ultimate summer soundtrack.

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1. "Run Away With Me" by Carly Rae Jepsen

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Carly Rae is queen of summer and this song will forever be my *going on holiday* jam. Play this as you drive away, fly away, or sail away from your job for a week or two.

2. "I Love Myself" by Chaka Khan

Because who doesn't love Chaka Khan in summer? Also her new track is legit banging.
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Because who doesn't love Chaka Khan in summer? Also her new track is legit banging.

3. "My Type" by Saint Motel

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I'm so here for the 70s aesthetic of this video. Bring me a floaty kaftan and a pool floatie immediately.

4. "Cecilia" by Simon and Garfunkel

Cecilia is for summer, the Sound of Silence is for winter and Simon and Garfunkel are forever.
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Cecilia is for summer, the Sound of Silence is for winter and Simon and Garfunkel are forever.

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5. "Despacito" by Luis Fonsi ft. Justin Bieber

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Yeah there was no way this song wasn't going on this playlist. I was in Cuba a few weeks ago, and literally every live band was playing this in every bar. This is THE summer song. Don't resist. Just accept it.

6. "Just For One Night" by Blonde ft. Astrid S

This catchy new tune from Blonde features the electric vocals of Astrid S, one of my fave vocalists these past few years. If you want a summer dance track that hasn't been overplayed yet, this is it.
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This catchy new tune from Blonde features the electric vocals of Astrid S, one of my fave vocalists these past few years. If you want a summer dance track that hasn't been overplayed yet, this is it.

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7. "Wild Thoughts" by DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna

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I'm not even that keen on the song – I've never been that into Santana, sorry, don't @ me. But god damn, look at Rihanna. Sweeping in here with her red lipstick and her teal dress and casually ending a male-only Billboard chart streak like it's no big deal. TAKE ME RIHANNA. I'M YOURS.

8. "In The Summertime" by Mungo Jerry

My ultimate July aesthetic is driving down a desert road in a 1950s chevy, playing this track. I have a whole other playlist dedicated to this exact aesthetic and I make all my friends put it on anytime we are in a car in any kind of sunny weather. If anyone has a vintage chevy they want to donate to the cause, hit me up.
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My ultimate July aesthetic is driving down a desert road in a 1950s chevy, playing this track. I have a whole other playlist dedicated to this exact aesthetic and I make all my friends put it on anytime we are in a car in any kind of sunny weather.

If anyone has a vintage chevy they want to donate to the cause, hit me up.

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9. "Want You Back" by Haim

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This song is very good but also let's not kid ourselves here, I'm mainly using this video as a summer outfit mood board. Where'd you get those jeans from, Haim? I must have them.

10. "Blue Magic" by Son Little

I defy you not to get this track stuck in your head from now until winter.
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I defy you not to get this track stuck in your head from now until winter.

11. "Cherry Bomb" by NCT 127

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The kpop boy bands are killing it atm. This is just one of the killer tracks out right now, and I strongly advise you to fall down this wormhole. Start with BTS and don't stop until you're on 24K.

12. "Coming Back Around" by Tayla

Add this to your playlist so that when people ask who it is you can say, "oh, it's just this new artist, Tayla. She's gonna be big." Then when she blows up you'll suddenly be the cool, trend-setting one in your group.
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Add this to your playlist so that when people ask who it is you can say, "oh, it's just this new artist, Tayla. She's gonna be big." Then when she blows up you'll suddenly be the cool, trend-setting one in your group.

13. "Breathe" by Sean Paul ft. Blu Cantrell

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Remember this song? What a tune. Time to bring it back this July. You should also definitely try very hard to embrace a signature colour scheme as hard as Blu has in this video.

14. "Lovin' You" by Coldabank

The perfect 90's RnB throwback tune to follow up your Blu Cantrell tracks with at your next (paddling) pool party.
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The perfect 90's RnB throwback tune to follow up your Blu Cantrell tracks with at your next (paddling) pool party.

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15. "More Than You Know" by Axwell /\ Ingrosso

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There are only two decades you should be channelling this summer and that is the 90s and the 70s and I refuse to hear anything else on the subject. Also this song is pure electronica hype and I love it.

16. "Bedroom" by Litany

For when you need something a bit more chill but still *summer-vibey*.
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For when you need something a bit more chill but still *summer-vibey*.

17. "Riptide" by Vance Joy

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My ultimate summer anthem, from now until forever.

18. "What She's Like" by Boba K

The drop on this is seriously catchy and deserves to attend your next summer party.
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The drop on this is seriously catchy and deserves to attend your next summer party.

19. "Troubled" by Elephante ft. Deb's Daughter

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July is the month to just give into every electronic music craving you've ever had. I mean, I love this kind of music all year round, but if you feel you need an excuse, there you go.

20. "Escape (The Pina Colada Song)" by Rupert Holmes

I love this song 1. because it reminds me of The Sweetest Thing, one of my favourite summer films and 2. because it reminds me of Guardians of the Galaxy my other favourite summer film. And also for the iconic line "I'm not much into health food, I am into champagne", aka, my motto in life.
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I love this song 1. because it reminds me of The Sweetest Thing, one of my favourite summer films and 2. because it reminds me of Guardians of the Galaxy my other favourite summer film. And also for the iconic line "I'm not much into health food, I am into champagne", aka, my motto in life.

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21. "Unforgettable" by French Montana ft. Swae Lee

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If you don't want to dance to this song you're dead inside. I'm sorry but you just are.

22. "Waka Waka (This Time For Africa)" by Shakira

Ditto for this absolute tune from Shakira. Still the best Fifa anthem of all time. DON'T. @. ME.
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Ditto for this absolute tune from Shakira. Still the best Fifa anthem of all time. DON'T. @. ME.

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23. "Baby" by Astro

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This is a strange cafe these boys are running but also I'd drink whatever Koolaid they're serving.

24. "Run Up" by Major Lazer ft. Party Next Door and Nicki Minaj

I don't know why they released this song in January. This is a July song.
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I don't know why they released this song in January. This is a July song.

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This is a monthly series. Let me know what you think should be in my August playlist in the comments or tweet me.

Want more? June's playlist is here.