Summer Aesthetic + Playlist

Hello, dears!

You guys seemed to really enjoy my last playlist post, so here’s another one! This time I chose 18 summery, fun, upbeat songs that are perfect for road trips, outings with friends, or just for putting yourself in a summery mood. πŸ™‚Β 

Since these songs tend to be more focused on happy melodies than deep lyrics, I’m not going to share my favorite lines this time – you’ll just have to discover some yourselves! Instead, I’ll tell a little bit about the song, accompanied by a link to a YouTube music/lyric video and a summery “polaroid” picture that (sometimes) goes with the song. You can find all the songs on Spotify as well. (Check the end of this post for a link to my full summer playlist!) And just so you know, all these songs are clean and family-friendly. πŸ™‚

Now then! Unwrap that ice cream sandwich, put on your sunglasses, and let’s get listening.Β 

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to the ocean – VOCAL FEW // We’ll start off with a very summery, beach-themed song. I just discovered Vocal Few recently; their music has a unique kind of folk-y sound to it.

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here we go – DREW HOLCOMB & THE NEIGHBORS // This one is just plain fun! I kinda want to listen to it on repeat but then I’d get tired of it, especially because the tune is so catchy.Β 

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compass – SHAWN MCDONALD // This is a good exploring or hiking song. πŸ™‚ Shawn McDonald has some other great Christian music as well if you want to look him up.

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horizon (a new day) – TOBYMAC //Β  A very bouncy, upbeat song from TobyMac’s most summery album. (The one with snow on the cover. πŸ˜› )

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you take me places – JAMIE SLOCUM// This isn’t my top favorite, but I had to put it on because it was the song that first inspired me to make a summer playlist. It’s a simple, pleasant little song that’s great for listening to while driving.

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good to be alive – JASON GRAY// This song makes me want to count all my blessings and run around outside with bare feet.

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we’re gonna be alright – SWITCHFOOT// A happy, hopeful song by my favorite artist. πŸ™‚

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jig – DOGWOOD & HOLLY// Sorry, guys, I couldn’t find a video for this one; you’ll have to look it up on Spotify or Amazon Music, or see more of their songs here. Dogwood & Holly is a tiny Christian folk/bluegrass band with interesting music and unique lyrics. If you like folk Christian music, I definitely recommend you check them out!

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borrow (one day at a time) – JOSH WILSON// I LOVE these lyrics! And the tune too: it’s extremely catchy and will probably get stuck in your head. πŸ˜› Enjoy!

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along the way – THE HUNTS// Pretty much all of The Hunts’ music could be on a summer playlist. πŸ™‚ The band is composed of seven siblings, which I think is really neat.

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everything at once – LENKA// A fun, slightly nonsensical pop song with a bright, light feel.

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the heart – NEEDTOBREATHE// I think this is one of the most classic NEEDTOBREATHE songs. We like it because of the line “gotsta make hay when the sun is shining.” XD

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dream small – JOSH WILSON// Another Josh Wilson song. πŸ˜‰ I’ve been listening to and enjoying a lot of his music lately! The lyrics are so authentic and thought-provoking. This song is an excellent reminder to remember the little things in life.

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gone – SWITCHFOOT// This song has a little more rock in it like a lot of Switchfoot’s older music. The music is upbeat and playful and the lyrics are thought-provoking as well as fun.Β 

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diamonds and gold – THE GRAY HAVENS// This song is super fun to sing along to in the car. πŸ™‚

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cat – RELIENT K// We shall end with this amusing and delightfully carefree song by Relient K. If I could pick just one album to be a summer playlist on its own, I’d chose “Air for Free,” which is what this song is from.


I hope you guys enjoyed those! Click here to see my entire summer playlist if you’d like to check out more music like the songs in this post.

Favorite song from this post? Favorite photo from this post? Favorite summer song from your own playlist?

Thanks so much for reading, dears, and have a lovely day!


P. S. Photos taken with my Nikon D3400 and my 50mm + 35mm lenses. Edited with


27 thoughts on “Summer Aesthetic + Playlist

  1. EEEP HOW LOVELY. I love how you did this post with the editing and the polaroids and yeah, nicely done, my friend! I pretty much like all of these, but especially WE’RE GONNA BE ALRIGHT because it gets stuck in my head. XD Also you’re much more into folk music now than you used to, hmmm!?


    1. AWW THANK YOU. I’m sure glad you like it because SHEESH, it took forever to put together. :’D Ah yes, good choice. *nods* Yeah, I suppose so! I’m much more into a large variety of music than I used to be.


  2. Ooh great idea Allison! I love how they turned out, and how creative they are! I absolutely love NEEDTOBREATHE and Switchfoot. I agree, Shawn McDonald does have some great Christian songs! πŸ˜€


  3. Those polaroid pictures are so beautiful!! πŸ˜€ I loved your playlist! πŸ˜€ I made a Spotify account, and I will be sure to listen to the whole playlist! πŸ˜€ Beautiful post!! πŸ™‚

    -Laura ❀ πŸ™‚


  4. Such a fun post idea! This definitely broadened my playlist. πŸ˜‰ A few songs I’ve been loving lately: I’d Rather Have You (Tommee Profitt and Brooke Griffith), This Life (The Afters), Spend a Life (David Dunn), and Never in a Million Years (Andrew Ripp).


  5. Hehe, I loved the aesthetic of this post! I’ve heard several of the songs and really like them! πŸ™‚ I just loved how you did the photos πŸ˜‰


  6. Oh my goodness, I love how you edited the photos in this post! They have such a wonderful summery feel. πŸ™‚ I’m off to listen to the songs you recommended. πŸ˜€ Have you listened to The Hunts’ new single, Life Is Good? It’s great!

    -Clara ❀


  7. I checked out all the songs! The most catchy/interesting ones to me were Good to Be Alive and The Heart. What’s funny about the latter is that I have heard the first couple lines of the song in an ad, so I recognized it right away. I had no idea it was that group, though! The chorus of You Take Me Places was kind of fun, but I didn’t think the verses were as good.
    Lately I’ve been listening to a song by Jamie Grace that is quite out of my general style of music, but I like it because we sang it at the Joni and Friends Family Retreat. It’s called Do Life Big, and it’s very upbeat and fun, though I’m not sure that it’s your style either. Here’s the link:
    Another quirky, up beat song I like somewhat is Baptize Me in the Rain by Mark Bishop:


    1. Wow, really?? Good for you, Sassafras! Ah yes, I quite like those too (well obviously πŸ˜‰ ). Ha! I had no idea that “The Heart” was in an ad! That’s neat.
      Oh, I used to listen to Jamie Grace a lot! That IS a fun song. I don’t listen to her much anymore, but her songs are enjoyable and summery. πŸ™‚ I listened to the Mark Bishop song (while it was raining outside, heh), and I liked it! πŸ˜€

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