Summer of ‘20 playlist

Dal’s Incoming Class of 2020 picks their perfect tunes for the beach, backyard, or wherever you're spending your time this summer.

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When we think back on the summers of years past, they are often defined by music. You might have memories of heading to the beach with “California Gurls” playing on the radio, or hanging by the pool and hearing “Despacito” blaring from someone’s speaker. This year, we asked our new incoming students to share what’s on their summer playlist and compiled their answers into a handy mix for you. If you want to stream it yourself, you can find the entire playlist on our Spotify!

Song of the summer: Harry Styles, “Watermelon Sugar”

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This suggestion was a clear winner, being mentioned a resounding 5x more than most songs on the playlist!

And the playlist itself…

Snoop Lion, “Fruit Juice”

The Charlie Daniels Band, “The Devil Went Down to Georgia”

SHAUN, “Way Back Home”

Alabama Shakes, “Sound & Color”

Taylor Swift, “Cruel Summer”

Dax, “Dear God”

Bruce Springsteen, “Dancing in the Dark”

Post Malone, “Circles”

Stan Rogers, “Barrett’s Privateers”

The Killers, “Mr. Brightside”

BØRNS, “Electric Love”

Survivor, “Eye of the Tiger”

Babbu Maan, “Canada Canada”

Grizfolk, “Waking Up The Giants”

COIN, “Talk Too Much”

Panic! At The Disco, “High Hopes”

Ed Sheeran, “Photograph”

Supergrass, “Alright”

The Cat Empire, “Stolen Diamonds”

Freya Ridings, “Castles”

Wallows, “OK”

Luke Combs and Brooks & Dunn, “1, 2 Many”

Harry Styles, “Watermelon Sugar”

James Barker Band, “Lawn Chair Lazy”

Surfaces, “Sunday Best”

Elijah Noll, “Nova Scotia”

Childish Gambino, “Summertime Magic”

Marlon Asher, “Ganja Farmer”

OneRepublic, “Future Looks Good”

Weezer, “Island In The Sun"

Red Hot Chili Peppers, “Dark Necessities”

Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett, “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere”

OutKast, “Hey Ya!”

Harry Styles, “Adore You”

Rina Sawayama, “Paradisin’”

Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande, “Rain On Me”

Russ, “What They Want”

Ed Sheeran, “South of the Border (feat. Camila Cabello & Cardi B)”

The Cab, “Intoxicated”

Grouplove, “Tongue Tied”

Katy Perry and Snoop Dogg, “California Gurls”

Grateful Dead, “Casey Jones”

Kip Moore, “Hey Old Lover”

ATEEZ, “Wave”

benny blanco, “Eastside (with Halsey & Khalid)"

Social House, “Magic In The Hamptons (feat. Lil Yachty)”

Kygo, “Firestone (feat. Conrad Sewell)”

Hall & Oates, “You Make My Dreams (Come True)

boy pablo, “Dance, Baby!”

Cavetown, “Lemon Boy”

M.I.A., “Paper Planes”

Chance the Rapper, Vic Mensa, and Twista, “Cocoa Butter Kisses”

Great Big Sea, “General Taylor”

The Shins, “New Slang”

Childish Gambino, “Feels Like Summer”

George Ezra, “Shotgun”

John Mayer, “Waiting on the World to Change”


Swedish House Mafia and John Martin, “Don’t You Worry Child”

Dua Lipa, “Don’t Start Now”

Pink Sweat$, “17”

5 Seconds of Summer, “Wildflower”

Justin Bieber and Quavo, “Intentions”

LANY, “if this is the last time”

The Lumineers, "Life In The City"

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Eminem, “Those Kinda Nights (feat. Ed Sheeran)”

Steffan Argus, “Leaving London”

Wallows, “Remember When”

Daniel Caesar, “Get You (feat. Kali Uchis)”

Vance Joy, “Saturday Sun”

Sublime, “Doin’ Time”

The Kid LAROI, “GO (feat. Juice WRLD)”

Childish Gambino, “3005”

A Boogie Wit da Hoodie, “Skeezers”

Dominic Fike, “3 Nights”

Dean Lewis, “Waves”

Unleash The Archers, “Abyss”

Sheppard, “Geronimo”

COIN, “Crash My Car”

The Wrecks, “Infinitely Ordinary”

Martin Garrix, “Summer Days (feat. Macklemore and Patrick Stump)”

DNCE, “Cake By The Ocean”

Picture This, “Winona Ryder”

Bryan Adams, “Summer of ‘69”

Doja Cat, “Say So”

R5, “Smile”

Jawsh 685 and Jason Derulo, “Savage Love”

Alan Walker, Sabrina Carpenter, and Farruko, “On My Way”

SG Lewis, “Chemicals”

George Ezra, “Paradise”

George Ezra photo by Emma Swann

Murray Head, “One Night in Bangkok”

Michael Bublé, “It’s a Beautiful Day”

Kygo and Miguel, “Remind Me to Forget”

Eric Church, “Springsteen”

Oh Wonder, “Without You”

Oh Wonder photo by Emma Swann

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, “Dance Off (feat. Idris Elba & Anderson .Paak)”

Coldplay, “Vida La Vida”

Regard and RAYE, “Secrets”

John Williams, “Hedwig’s Theme”

Frank Ocean, “Pyramids” 

Lil Xxel, “LMK”

Loud Luxury, “Cold Feet”

Tai Verdes, “Stuck in the Middle”

Jonas Brothers, “Cool”

Joji, “Gimme Love”


Lonely God, “Malboro Nights”

Bazzi, “Young & Alive”

Andy Grammer, “Back Home”

Clean Bandit, “Solo (feat. Demi Lovato)"

Jukebox The Ghost, “Fred Astaire”

Dirty Heads, “My Sweet Summer”

Neon Trees, “Everybody Talks”

ROSALIA, “TKN (feat. Travis Scott)”

Kane Brown, “Short Skirt Weather”

Pedro Capo and Farruko, “Calma – Remix”

Lord Huron, “The Night We Met (feat. Phoebe Bridgers)”

Alan Jackson, “Chattahoochee”

Ding Dong Feat. Chevaughn Claton, “Holiday”

Aya Nakamura, “Djadja (feat. Maluma)”

Dj Antoine and Akon, “Holiday”

OneRepublic, “Wanted”

Elvis Presley, “In the Ghetto”

Circa Waves, “T-Shirt Weather”

Cuco, “Dontmakemefallinlove”

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Zac Brown Band, “Let It Go”

Kane Brown, “Homesick” 

Frank Ocean, “In My Room”

Phil Good, “Everything’s Good”

Luke Combs, “Six Feet Apart”

Photo (c) 2019 David Bergman for Sony Records Nashville -- Luke Combs photo shoot near Nashville, TN on May 1, 2019.

Coldplay, “Paradise”

SWMRS, “D’You Have A Car?”