Playlist: Pool Party!

Nothing says summer like pool parties! Whether you’re having them or attending them, this little playlist of quirky summer songs and big ol’ crowd pleasers will surely win you friends of the bikini/boardshorts variety! So gather your bros, booze, and babes, find a water based activity area, and start kicking out the summer jams!

Pool Party!

The Swimming Song – Vetiver
Pumped Up Kicks – Foster the People
Let’s Go Surfing – The Drums
Holiday – Vampire Weekend
Peaches – The Stranglers
Sunshowers – MIA
Ice Cream Truck – Cazwell
Good Ol’ Fashion Rump Shaker – Beastie Boys vs. Matt & Kim –
Hello – Martin Solveig
Summer Nights – Florrie
Big Sunglasses – Dragonette
Super Bass – Nicki Minaj
Party and Bullshit (Ratatat remix) – Notorious BIG
I’m Really Hot – Missy Elliot
Summertime – DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince


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  1. This is more of a relaxed song for when everyones hungover, but it’s the summeriest (is that a word) song I know, It’s called Mango Tree and it’s by Angus and Julia Stone, give it a listen! Also, here’s some great lively ones that will remind me of this summer, Young Blood-The Naked and Famous- and of course Jonsi, put this one and turn it up super loud, it’s savage! it’s called Go do by the way, and maybe it’s not a party song but it is super happy! :-D

  2. May I also suggest:

    Blue – Switchblade Symphony
    Glockenpop – Spiderbait
    When I’m With You – Best Coast

  3. let’s make love and listen to death from above – css
    resevoir #3- real estate
    king of the beach- wavves

    and anything best coast

    • anything Best Coast would be perfect- especially for laying by the beach/pool doing nothing :)

  4. missy elliot always brings me back to my older sister’s friends’ pool parties that i tagged along to.

  5. unfortunately “let’s go surfing” was the theme song on the early summer playlist at work and now i can never listen to it again.

    • I feel your pain, luckily you have lots of great suggestions from everyone for a substitution!

    • You know, I totally and seriously looked at the Beach Boys, but I only had one album and I wasn’t too familiar with it. I ultimately decided to leave it to the Beach Boys enthusiasts to add as they saw fit. :)

      • Well Pet Sounds is their best album and everyone should own it, but that one’s not really ideal for a pool party.

        The cliche ones like Surfin’ Safari and Surfin’ USA are good picks of course, but personally I feel like the best ones for this are Catch a Wave, All Summer Long, Fun Fun Fun, Little Honda, California Girls, I Get Around and of course Barbara Ann is the best one for an impromptu singalong.

  6. I have been in love with that Hood Internet Beastie Boys vs. Matt and Kim song for a long time.

    Also, my summer/pool songs (that haven’t been mentioned already, because I am seconding or thirding the Best Coast love) have been “East Harlem” by Beirut, “Barbra Ann” by the Beach Boys, “Summer House” by Gold Motel, “Put it in a Love Song” by Alicia Keys and Beyonce, “Pon de floor” by Major Lazer, and the “Hot in Herre” cover that Jenny Owen Youngs does.

  7. When I’m feeling summery, I want to listen to happy, fun songs. Here are some that I’ve been listening to non-stop lately:

    “Can’t Nobody” – 2NE1
    “Clap Your Hands” – 2NE1
    “I Am the Best” – 2NE1
    “Go Girl ~ Koi no Victory” – Morning Musume
    “Manatsu no Kosen” – Morning Musume
    “Through the Roof ‘n’ Underground” – Gogol Bordello
    “Photograph” – Bandits
    “Dandelion Wine” – Blackmore’s Night
    “Price Tag” – Jessie J
    “Eyes” – Maki Goto
    “Fairytale” – Sara Bareilles
    “Firebird’s Child” – SJ Tucker

  8. -All of TV Girl’s “Benny and the Jetts” EP, esp the title track. (the band is offering it free here:

    -Dum Dum Girls is a go-to, Best Coast fans you will enjoy this: “Oh Those Eyes Cover” (another free download:

    -And of course Surfer Blood’s “Swim” (

    as well as “Take It Easy” ( Both linked versions are remixes that pump up the party factor, but I highly recommend the originals as well.

    -“Pumped Up Kicks” got a mention, but I have to link my favorite remix of it, right over here:

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