It’s that time of year! Windows down, radio up! Here’s what you need to be listening to:

Pop-Dance Summer Mix

I’ve compiled some addictive summer driving songs for you of the pop-dance happy, uptempo variety:

IDGAF – Dua Lipa
Body Talk – Foxes
24K Magic – Bruno Mars
Pretend You’re Missing Me – Betty Who
Bend – Ria Mae
Kicks – Lights
Good Old Days – Macklemore
Connection – OneRepublic
Meant to Be – Bebe Rexha, featuring Georgia Line
Cruise – Florida Georgia Line, featuring Nelly
Perfect Places – Lorde
Fake Sugar – Beth Ditto
The Middle – Zedd, Maren Morris, & The Grey
Girls Chase Boys – Ingrid Michaelson
Yeah You – Jimmy Seattle featuring Paully Proios & Skerik

James Bay’s Electric Light

James Bay’s latest album has some fantastic songs perfect for endless summer days. The entire album is great, but crank up these special uptempo gems extra-loud:

In My Head – You will not be able to get this catchy diddy out of your head!

Just For Tonight – A fantastic rock song!

Wanderlust – Simple but addictive.

Stand Up – This one gets a special mention for its fantastic bridge:

We were heartbreak of the year
We were stackin’ up to fall
We were summers in the street
We were sunlight through the trees
We were born for silver screens
We were whispers in the dark
We were sleeping under stars
Say all of this is ours
We were rollercoaster screams
‘Til our hearts burst at the seams

So roll those windows down and enjoy your summer!


Hallie Shepherd is a writer, actress, and film producer. Follow her on Instagram where she celebrates the stories we tell.