Kevin Rudolf’s Top 5 Summer Anthems

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Kevin Rudolf is pretty much a one-man anthem factory. Whether he’s writing and producing them for the likes of Lifehouse, Cobra Starship, Selena Gomez or Lil Wayne, or making them himself, as a solo artist with hits like “I Made It,” the Cash Money rocker is pretty much an authority on the kind of songs that make you want to roll the window down and sing at the top of your lungs.

Because Rudolf is already an expert on the subject — and given his new album, To The Sky, drops today — we couldn’t think of anyone better to give us their top 5 favorite summer anthems. Take it away, Kev:

1. LL Cool J “Around The Way Girl” — Best New York City summertime video ever! LL walks up to random girls all over the streets of New York with a video camera.

2. Tom Petty “Free Fallin’ “ — It’s one of those universal summer songs you have to love.

3. Cobra Starship, “Good Girls Go Bad” — I produced and co-wrote this with the guys, and we had a lot of fun on this one.

4. Jackson Browne, “Somebody’s Baby” — “Fast Times at Ridgemont High.” Best summer movie of all time. Need I say more?

5. Kanye West, “Good Life” — I loved this song from the first time I heard it. It has a real feel good summer vibe. It has one of my favorite lines in it ever – “money ain’t everything that not having it is.”

+ Check out Cobra Starship’s “Good Girls” below.