Summertime Sounds

Summer, like many things, is best enjoyed with good music. Whether you’re at the beach, road tripping or just hanging out, some great sounds are a must. Here are five albums from different genres to amplify your summer vibes.

40 Oz. to Freedom

First, I present to you a tried and true summer classic, “40 Oz. to Freedom” by Sublime.

Hailing from Long Beach, California, Sublime is the perfect band to go along with any beach day. Sublime’s punk rock and reggae fusion perfectly capture the feeling of a hazy summer day.

40 Oz. to Freedom” contains a healthy blend of hard-hitting punk tunes and mellow acoustic songs, making it highly re-playable.

The Cars

What would summer be without classic rock?

No band makes me feel more like I’m at the cabin than The Cars. Their self-titled album has numerous hits, including: “Let the Good Times Roll,” “Just What I Needed” and “Moving in Stereo.”

The Cars were masters of the late ’70s sound and are a must for a day at the lake.

Be As You Are

Maybe you’re like my roommate and actually enjoy country music. Not my thing, but I’m told Kenny Chesney is the best of country for summertime.

His 2004 album Be As You Areincludes “Somewhere in the Sun” and “Guitars and Tiki Bars.”

Kenny Chesney is apparently the man for when you’re cruising in your truck. Yee yee!


Summertime boredom can be very real. When it’s 80 degrees and all you want to do is sit in a dark basement and wallow, you need a good punk album.

To treat the angst, I recommend Dookie” by Green Day. With classics such as “Longview” and “When I Come Around,” “Dookie will bring you right back to junior high — the good parts.


Classic hip-hop and summer nights go together like movies and popcorn. Fire up your ghetto blaster and pop in Doggystyle” by Snoop Dogg.

Doggystyle” is, frankly, awesome — containing hilarious lyrics and great features. Doggystyle” is perfect for summer house parties and hangouts.

Summer is the best time of the year, so keep on jamming and have a great time.

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