Here are 10 summer-ready songs to get us through July!
It's July! The streets are sticky, the subways are sweaty, and, well, it's kind of just really gross and humid out unless you're hanging out poolside. Luckily, there's a slew of summertime jams, both new and old, to keep us moving, grooving, heating up, and cooling off through the month. Gather up all your BFFs, make the trek out to the beach (or your rich aunt's mansion in the Hamptons, NBD), and bump this solid collection of summer jams. (Or, you know, imagine doing that while you spray Hawaiian Breeze air freshener into your desk fan and listen along like us.)
1.) Lady Gaga, Summerboy
Before Born This Way, before "Bad Romance," and even before the meat dress, there was a disco stick-wielding, up-and-coming pop princess named Lady Gaga, who crash-landed onto Earth with a bag full of sequins, studs, and her fabulous disco-pop debut, The Fame. "Summerboy" is one of the album's most joyous moments, as Miss Gaga strips off her bikini top and gets into a summertime fling with a summer boy atop rocky guitar riffs and handclaps. We all know this little love affair won't last forever, but right now, the mood is right. YOLO, Gagaloo!
+ LISTEN TO LADY GAGA, "SUMMERBOY"
2.) Janelle Monáe, "Dance Apocalyptic"
Intergalactic, funkadelic andriod/superwoman Janelle Monáe is constantly tripping up the airwaves with her fresh, genre-bending rhythms. Of course, the Electric Lady's latest single — "Dance Apocalyptic" — is no exception! With all the gleeful sing-along spirit of Outkast's "Hey Ya," Monae's serving up a seriously killer slice of summertime space-pop. Zombies, TVs and rock 'n' roll -- it's the kitchen sink, but it totally works. Freak out!
+ LISTEN TO JANELLE MONAE, "DANCE APOCALYPTIC"
3.) Lana Del Rey, "Summertime Sadness"
Life's not always a beach for Lana Del Rey: On "Summertime Sadness," one of the many brilliant tracks from her masterful debut Born To Die, the Queen of Coney Island finds herself waxing nostalgic across lonesome plucks of surf guitar and a slow-stuttering beat. It's the perfect accompaniment to a pensive late night drive down the coast with your bad baby by your heavenly side. Or, you know, alone works too. Is that sweat dripping down your face, or...?
+ LISTEN TO LANA DEL REY'S "SUMMERTIME SADNESS"
4.) Miley Cyrus, "We Can't Stop"
Whether you can't stand it or simply can't stand to turn it off, Miss Mileybird's divisive comeback track is easily one of the biggest pop songs of 2013. The dizzying Mike WiLL Made It-produced tune (remember: If Mike WiLL didn't make it, it ain't worth your time) sees the Artist Formerly Known as Hannah Montana throwing her hands up, getting turnt up like CiCi, flipping a bird to the haters, dancing with Moll -- err, Miley -- and refusing to stop above a slow-staggering beat and hazy electronica. It's Miley's house, her rules...and very much her summer anthem. Get on her level!
+ LISTEN TO MILEY CYRUS, "WE CAN'T STOP"
5.) Sevyn Streeter, "It Won't Stop"
As the songwriter behind smashes for the likes of Chris Brown, Ariana Grande, and Kelly Rowland, talented singer-songstress Sevyn Streeter knows her way around a mean hook -- and "It Won't Stop" is certainly no exception. Gliding across a lazy summer strum, Sevyn melodically croons her lovey-dovey heart away, even referencing Aaliyah's "Rock The Boat" at one point. The hypnotic track is easily one of this summer's smoothest offerings.
+ LISTEN TO SEVYN STREETER, "IT WON'T STOP"
Check out more songs to get us through July after the jump.