Executing the perfect summer playlist

Anthems for summer 2023


Abby Meisler

As the 2023 summer approaches, people are starting to make their playlists with their anthems for this summer. These five songs are key to have a great summer playlist.

“42.26” by Childish Gambino

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This song is my anthem for this summer. With its lyrics that reference summer, the sun and instrumentals, it makes the perfect start to every summer playlist. I love how chill it is and perfect for every occasion.

“Ex-Factor” by Ms. Lauryn Hill 

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This song is another favorite of mine for spring and summer. There’s no bad option when it comes to Lauryn Hill, and this track paired with her voice has such a good feel to it and is the perfect song for a summer drive with the windows down.

“Nice for What” by Drake

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“Nice for What” by Drake samples “Ex-Factor” by Ms. Lauryn Hill and is a classic. It’s catchy, upbeat and gets you pumped up for summer. This song reminds me of being with my friends by the lake with our speaker having fun. Whether it’s for a summer drive or boating on a lake, it fits the vibe of every summer activity. 

“Tears Dry On Their Own” by Amy Winehouse

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“Tears Dry On Their Own” by Amy Winehouse is an anthem for anyone going through a breakup this summer. Specifically one lyric, “I should just be my own best friend” is her recognizing that she has to focus on herself and her own happiness. The track is focused on her growth which is important for everyone to reflect on over the summer. It’s also perfect for a summer drive with friends.

“Cocoa Butter Kisses” by Chance the Rapper

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This track by Chance has always been a go to summer song for me. It gives you an endorphin rush and is perfect for those summer drives with the volume all the way up. It’s catchy and has a happy and summery vibe.