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Summer is always a time with friends, partaking in various summer activities and jamming to the “songs of the summer.” This year shall be no exception and the Life Backstage staff has worked together to create the ultimate playlist for you to enjoy of the best “songs of the summer” from every genre. Check it out below and let us know what your favorite tracks are right now.


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Here’s why our genre experts deemed each of their picks worthy:

Alex picked our rap song of the summer, read her blurb on why: “Summer ’16… Man what a time, to be alive. Drake and Future have monopolized summer 16 with their collaboration. But the song of summer 16 didn’t come from drake or future… Although at first we were convinced it did. “Panda” was put out by Desiigner and instantly shot it’s way up to the top of the charts and everyone’s playlist. With vocals that have been mistaken for Futures, the young New York rapper has a style that’s all too fresh for the east coast, and Panda has a sound that’s all too new for hip hop”

Nate picked our indie song of the summer because, “Fitz and The Tantrums “HandClap” is the first single off of Fitz and the Tantrums new album, due out June 10. The song’s pop beat will make you dance and is complimented with the 1960s soul prevalent throughout Fitz’s earlier music. This irresistible catchy track is the perfect addition to any playlist and will keep you clapping all summer long.”

Austin chose the country song of the summer, here’s his reasoning- “H.O.L.Y” by Florida Georgia Line is the leading single off their upcoming album, Dig Your Roots. It hit number one right away on Billboard’s Hot Country. It’s a tender ballad that makes religious allusions out of carnal desires. You probably won’t get it out of your head until August.

I picked the electronic song of the summer and I decided Slushii’s remix of Wiwek and Skrillex’s “Killa” would be it this summer. It’s easy to determine why. Immediately after its release, Skrillex showed Slushii support by dropping it during one of his shows. After that, the rest of the electronic community followed suit and I have personally already seen it live by a variety of artists- Flosstradamus, The Chainsmokers, Zeds Dead. The remix is a bit of a multi-genre hit that is easily incorporated into a variety of sets because of its versatility.

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