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Creating a Summer Playlist for Poolside Relaxation

Hey friends,

Summer is in full swing, and there’s nothing quite like lounging by the pool with your favorite drink in hand and some great tunes playing in the background. Music has this magical ability to enhance our moods and make those sunny days even more enjoyable. Whether you’re planning a pool party or just looking to unwind solo, creating the perfect summer playlist is key to setting the right vibe. Let’s dive into how you can curate the ultimate poolside soundtrack!



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1. Start with the Classics

Every great summer playlist needs a few timeless hits that everyone loves. Think of songs that instantly bring a smile to your face and make you want to move. Here are a few classics to get you started:

  • “Under the Boardwalk” by The Drifters – A nostalgic tune that perfectly captures the summer vibe.

  • “Kokomo” by The Beach Boys – No summer playlist is complete without this iconic beach anthem.

  • “Summer Breeze” by Seals & Crofts – This one is perfect for those lazy, hazy afternoons by the pool.

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2. Add Some Modern Hits

Mixing in some contemporary hits keeps your playlist fresh and exciting. Look for songs that have a fun, upbeat tempo. Here are a few modern tracks that are sure to keep the energy up:

  • “Levitating” by Dua Lipa – A catchy, feel-good song that’s perfect for poolside dancing.

  • “Blinding Lights” by The Weeknd – This track has a great beat and is perfect for any summer gathering.

  • “Watermelon Sugar” by Harry Styles – A sweet, summery tune that everyone loves.

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3. Incorporate Some Chill Vibes

Balance out the high-energy songs with some laid-back, chill tracks. These are great for when you’re just lounging and want to relax. Here are a few to consider:

  • “Sunflower” by Post Malone & Swae Lee – A mellow track that’s perfect for those sunset moments.

  • “Peach” by Broods – Smooth and relaxing, this song is ideal for unwinding.

  • “Electric Feel” by MGMT – A cool, psychedelic vibe that fits perfectly with a poolside setting.

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4. Don’t Forget the Reggae and Tropical Tunes

Nothing says summer quite like reggae and tropical music. These genres are perfect for creating that beachy, vacation-like atmosphere:

  • “Three Little Birds” by Bob Marley – A reggae classic that instantly puts you in a good mood.

  • “Island in the Sun” by Weezer – A light, breezy tune that’s great for poolside relaxation.

  • “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee – This one brings a lively, tropical feel to your playlist.

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5. Include Some Instrumentals

Instrumental tracks can add a sophisticated touch to your playlist. They’re great for background music when you’re reading, napping, or just enjoying the water:

  • “Sunset Lover” by Petit Biscuit – A beautiful, calming instrumental that’s perfect for any summer day.

  • “Weightless” by Marconi Union – Known for its relaxing properties, this track is great for unwinding.

  • “Feel Good Inc. (Instrumental)” by Gorillaz – A chill, laid-back instrumental that’s perfect for lounging.

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6. Customize for Your Audience

Tailor your playlist to your crowd. If you’re having a family pool party, include some kid-friendly tunes. If it’s an adults-only gathering, maybe throw in some nostalgic 90s hits or some smooth jazz for a more sophisticated vibe.

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7. Keep It Fresh

Don’t be afraid to update your playlist throughout the summer. Add new hits, discover lesser-known artists, and keep things exciting. Music streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music have great recommendations and curated playlists that can give you new ideas.


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Creating a summer playlist is all about capturing the spirit of the season and enhancing your poolside experience. So grab your sunscreen, dive into your music library, and start crafting the perfect soundtrack for your summer days. Share your favorite summer tracks in the comments below—I’d love to hear what songs make your summer special!

Happy listening and happy swimming!


Jordan Ott At Aquatic Creations.

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