Here are 10 summery songs to get us through August!
Happy August! Wait, can we say "happy" when this month technically marks the hottest, sweatiest, grossest, need-to-take-10-showers part of summer? Well, even though we're deep into the dog days, that doesn't mean we can't cool off with a well-curated collection of breezy summer jams! That's right, we're talking about a playlist that includes every feel-good track from VMA pre-show performer Ariana Grande's "Right There" to industry vet Katy Perry's explosive "Roar." So, set your A/C to turbo, mix up some organic piña coladas, and bump these songs loud enough for your neighbor to either think you've got the BEST music taste or are the worst person ever for interrupting her transcendental meditation sesh. Also, who cares about the latter -- LISTEN UP!
1.) Pink Featuring Nate Ruess, "Just Give Me A Reason"
Aside from Gwen Stefani, Pink may be the only mama on the block who's down to get covered in body paint and hate dance with a hot bro! (We're referring to her "Try" video, keep up!) But just because she's not doing any AGGRO dance moves in her "Just Give Me A Reason" video doesn't mean we haven't spent the entire summer spinning this song on repeat. In fact, the vulnerable power ballad, featuring fun. frontman Nate Ruess, has ruined our afternoon mascara so many times that we've literally had to switch to that cakey waterproof kind. Also, don't think we forgot about that random scene in the video where Pink's floating on a raft and snuggled up to a scary teddy bear with glowing eyes! That's one-third of the reason why this song made our list in the first place!
+ WATCH PINK FEATURING NATE RUESS' "JUST GIVE ME A REASON" VIDEO
2.) Janelle Monáe featuring Erykah Badu, "Q.U.E.E.N."
You and I both know that the intergalactic, black-and-white-wearing Janelle Monáe's upcoming disc, The Electric Lady (dropping Sept. 10), is bound to be one of the year's best releases. And here's why: On top of the trippy "Dance Apocalyptic," the album will showcase a bevy of star-studded collaborations (Prince, Solange, Miguel, Cee Lo Green, Big Boi, and Esperanza Spalding). And that's not even including our favorite track, "Q.U.E.E.N.," which features a fierce cameo by urban-soul goddess Erykah Badu. (Er, excuse me, I mean "Badula Oblongata.") Laden with fierce bass lines and lush harmonies, "Q.U.E.E.N."'s video has the Bust Covergirl nailing a chair dance so well that we personally believe it's the slightly cooler cousin to Britney Spears' epic chair routine in "Stronger."
+ LISTEN TO JANELLE MONAE, "Q.U.E.E.N."
3.) Ariana Grande, "Right There"
If Mariah Carey had a younger sister who could sing and just so happened to have access to Justin Bieber's lips, it'd be Ariana Grande. The costar of Nickelodeon's "Victorious," Ariana has hit the ground running this year with instantly addicting singles like "The Way" featuring Mac Miller, "Baby I," "Almost Is Never Enough" featuring The Wanted's Nathan Sykes, and our personal favorite, "Right There" featuring Big Sean. (BTW, all of those tracks will appear on Ariana's debut disc, Yours Truly, dropping Sept. 3!) Fun fact: Ariana has said that her latest breezy, pop-R&B jam is kinda like "the sequel" to "The Way." Only with less FULL-ON FLIRTATIONS with Mac Miller, because don't think we forgot about that sexual tension, you two!
+ LISTEN TO ARIANA GRANDE FEATURING BIG SEAN, "RIGHT THERE"
4.) Lissie "Further Away (Romance Police)"
Honestly, don't even fret if you didn't score tickets to Fleetwood Mac's recent tour (OK, fine, fret a little). We've got the next best thing to ease your Stevie Nicks cravings, and it comes in the form of California songstress Lissie's brand-new jam, "Further Away (Romance Police). Our immense obsession with Lissie developed during her organic "When I'm Alone"-era (off Lissie's 2010 disc, Catching A Tiger) and continued with her Covered Up With Flowers EP, which dropped in 2011. That said, "Further Away," a track off her Back To Forever disc (dropping Sept. 10), sees the singer on her '80s synth vibe, which pairs perfectly with her gritty vocals. Or, in other words, our Lissie obsession has been kicked up a notch.
+ LISTEN TO LISSIE, "FURTHER AWAY (ROMANCE POLICE)"
5.) Katy Perry, "Roar"
After teasing us until we had actual pain coursing through our bodies (OK, maybe that's a tad dramatic), Katy Perry has finally released "Roar," the lead track off of her upcoming album, Prism (due Oct. 22). Now, we know everyone's more or less in a state of panic over the fact that "Roar" dropped around the same time as Lady Gaga's "Applause," but we're not here to play favorites! We love Katy's bold and bouncy song about carpe-ing-that-effing-diem just as much as Gaga's drag-themed anthem. And while we're forced to wait patiently for the official "Roar" video to drop, we'll just let the emoji-heavy "Roar" lyric video keep us company. Besides, it won't be long before we see Katy straight demolish the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards with the debut live performance of "Roar"! Oh, one last thought: WHY hasn't anyone done an "Eye Of The Tiger" + "Roar" remix?!
+ WATCH KATY PERRY'S "ROAR" LYRIC VIDEO
Check out more songs to get us through August after the jump.