Playlist: Chill Songs For Hot Days

These are some chilled out tracks for sweltering, sweaty summer days when it’s so hot all you want to do is strip to your undies, stand in front of a fan, and think winter thoughts. They may not all be about summer heat and avoiding it, but they all should put you in a cool frame of mind. So grab a bag of frozen peas for your neck ‘cause you’re going to need that ice for a frosty adult beverage to fully enjoy these chill tunes.

You’re Gonna Be Chillin’ Like A Villian

Doin’ Time – Sublime
You Look Like Rain – Morphine
Shelter – The xx
Sound Of Love – Husky Rescue
Dear Miami – Roisin Murphy
Mouthful of Diamonds– Phantogram
Erase / Rewind – The Cardigans
Explode – Uh Huh Her
Colour Fade – Funeral Suits
Dancing in the Dark (cover) – Sarah McLeod
Warrior (The xx remix) – Magic Wands
Invisible Sun – The Police
Lina Magic – 3D Friends
Blue Light – Bloc Party
Jilly Armeen – Jamie T


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Unabashed anglophile and boozehound. Sociology graduate student. That's it.

Alice has written 6 articles for us.


  1. reservoir #3 – real estate
    let’s go surfing – the drums
    crazy for you – best coast ( just has that summer chillout feel)

  2. Well I know what I’ll be listening to the next time its hot….maybe August. Hopefully. Fucking San Francisco….

  3. oh thank god, i’ve been needing this to get through another texas summer.
    ALSO- sprawl ii (mountains beyond mountains) by arcade fire and down south, 10 hours, i-5 by all girl summer fun band!

  4. This is awesome! So stoked on the Sublime inclusion! I’d also suggest…
    Trenchtown Rock- Bob Marley
    Sweet Honey- Slightly Stoopid
    Girl I Wanna Lay You Down- ALO feat. Jack Johnson
    Badfish- Sublime

  5. Billy Idol’s “Hot in the City” always makes me want to take my clothes off while dancing in the street… One can only dream

  6. beautiful playlist! <3

    here's my contribution :)
    Animal collective – Daily routine (phaseone remix)
    Gorillaz – El manana
    Urban Species feat Imogen Heap – Blanket (Four Tet remix)
    Mechanical me – Beachy head (bonobo mix)
    Leila – The exotics
    Janelle Monáe – Cold War (Wondamix)
    Fever Ray – I'm not done
    Gorillaz – Amarillo
    Puscifer – Polar Bear
    Radiohead – A punchup at a wedding

  7. My very favorite song to listen to on a hot day is Chattahoochee by Alan Jackson. I’m serious, try it.

  8. Magic- Mozella
    Daniel- Bat For Lashes
    Big Jet Plane- Angus and Julia Stone
    The Vacationer- Hungry Kids of Hungary
    Beautiful Tango- Hindi Zahra
    North By North- Faded Paper Figures
    Master’s Hands- Charlotte Gainsbourg
    Balulalow- Revolver
    In A Tree- Priscilla Ahn
    Wolves- Pacovolume
    Badaboum- Buridane

  9. Zeds Dead’s cover of Sublime’s ‘Doin’ Time’ is pretty sweet.

    Throw some Grizzly Bear into this mix and summer can take care of itself.

  10. Stellar mix Alice, I’m gonna listen to it even though it’s winter and I’m freezing. I love that Sarah McLeod cover of Dancing In The Dark so hard.

  11. My plan for this summer’s heat is three albums: Mumford & Sons’ “Sigh No More”, Fleet Foxes’ “Helplessness Blues” and Blitzen Trapper’s “Furr”.

  12. Holiday – Weezer is nice to chill to in the summer. Also it reminds me of seeing Weezer at a festival last summer when everything was beautiful and hilarious.

    In terms of dancing in the sunshine, EVERYTHING on the album Dirt by Kids In Glass Houses is sunshine central.

  13. Rostam Batmanglij, Kid Cudi and Bethany Cosentino, “All Summer”

    Sleigh Bells, “Rill Rill (Clique New Trends Remix)”

    Feist, “I Feel it All (Britt Daniel Remix)”

    Horse Feathers, “Finch on Saturday”

    Adele ft. Childish Gambino, “Rolling in the Deep (jamie xx remix)”

    Apparently I like remixes.

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