It's the time of year where the sun, beach and music work together to make the perfect combination. Summer has well off begun and I've made my annual playlist. With that being said, here are my top 10 favorite songs for the summer.
10. Sia -- "Chandelier"
The Australian pop artist has had several top hits but this song surely stands out. Her sixth album, 100 Forms of Fear, had it's leading single to be "Chandelier." I didn't expect to be so captivated by a song and video before. Not to mention the on point dance routine. Shou- out to Maddie Ziegler from Dance Moms for a fantastic routine!
9. Charli XCX-- "Boom Clap"
From "Superlove" to "Fancy," this newcomer is really taking on the big screen. Charli XCX, whose real name is Charlotte Emma Aitchison, has created another catchy summer tune. The song made its debut in the recently released film The Fault in Our Stars. I think the alternative pop sound was what made it on my list.
8. Demi Lovato ft. Cher Lloyd -- "Really Don't Care"
Demi's fourth studio album, DEMI, came out the summer of last year and she just released "Really Don't Care" as her latest single from the album. Working with another pop artist, Cher Lloyd, Demi has created a confidence boosting, sassy, summer song. Demi will be starting her world tour in July in Reno, Nevada.
7. Michael Jackson ft. Justin Timberlake -- "Love Never Felt So Good"
I have been obsessing over Michael's new album, Xscape, since the day it came out and it's still the first disk that plays in my car. Bringing it back a bit, "Love Never Felt So Good" has that old smooth jazz tune to it that I love. And adding Justin Timberlake just added more awesomeness to it.
6. Betty Who -- "Somebody Love You"
Another Australian! Credit goes out to Tyler Oakley for introducing me to Betty and her song. She is signed with RCA records and has released two EP's already. This song has been an recent hit and a fun dance tune. I like to call it an '80s retro tune, but if you're not listening to Betty Who, then you have something wrong with you.
5. Justin Timberlake -- "Not a Bad Thing"
After releasing his two part album, Justin' s latest single has been this romantic ballad. Since his seven year hiatus, The 20/20 Experience has grown exponentially. "Not a Bad Thing" has been a big hit because of the soft melodies and nostalgic emotions you get from the song.
4. Foxes -- "Let Go For Tonight"
You may know Foxes from her collaborations with Fall Out boy, Rudimental or Zedd, but goodness this girl has insane talent. Foxes, otherwise known as Louisa Rose Allen, has just released her album her album, Glorious, with RCA records with other hit songs like "Youth" and "Holding onto Heaven." "Let Go For Tonight" has been a hit and frankly one of my summer favorites.
3. Nico & Vinz -- "Am I Wrong"
After listening to this song a 100 times on the radio, Nico & Vinz have finally got to me. The Norwegian duo got together in 2009 and released two CDs since. This song has gotten them international success and it's still growing. It has a slight reggae sound to it, which I think adds to the substance behind the song.
2. Paramore -- "Ain't it Fun"
I can not tell you how happy I am for this to be a single. When I first heard the album when it came out, this was the song on repeat -- so happy that this song just hit platinum. Paramore has teamed up with Fall Out Boy and New Politics to go on tour together this summer. This is concert heaven for me. But anyways, this song has that rock pop beat that is so infectious, it is a must-have for me.
1. No Doubt -- "Settle Down"
Although I may not have been alive yet to witness their peak in the '90s, No Doubt still got it. With subtle influences of reggae music and alternative, the song can fit in well with just about everybody. The song debuted in the group's last album, Push and Shove, in 2012 and ever since then, I have made it my official summer anthem.