With August already here, it’s essential to make the last moments of summer count. Whether it’s going out with a group of friends or just exploring the roads on your own, night drives are a great way to make the most of those perfect summer nights.
With so many different artists and songs to choose from, it’s hard to find the music that best suits the tone of your summer night driving playlists, and if you’re like me, popular suggested songs and overplayed artists don’t make it easy to find. .
Here are some lesser-known and underrated suggestions of must-have music to add to your late-night summertime playlist.
- Bad Dream-Canons
Nothing sets the tone for a night drive more than a song that makes you feel euphoric, and with this song on your playlist, you’ll no doubt feel happy. The indie pop group Cannons formed in 2013 in Los Angeles and released their very first EP (up all night) one year later. Michelle Joy (lead singer) made her way into the band through a Craigslist job posting created by childhood friends Ryan Clapham (guitarist) and Paul Davis (keyboardist), who were looking for a vocalist who would bond the band members .
Ironically, their very first album, released in 2017, was named night driving. You can recognize guns unique sound, like their song fire for you appeared on the Netflix original series soundtrack I have never.
“Bad Dream”, released in 2021, is a necessary addition to a late-night summer playlist; If you’re looking for a song that makes your night cruises feel fresh and carefree and makes you want to put your hands out the window, this one’s for you.
2. Lifetime Swedish House Mafia (Feat. Ty Dolla$ign & 070 Shake)
If you plan on hitting the highway or back roads for your nighttime commutes, this song is for you. Swedish house mafia, known as a DJ supergroup formed in 2008, created a variety of popular hits such as “Save The World” and “Don’t You Worry Child”. More recently, the trio (Axwell, Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso) reunited to produce Moth To A Flame, one of the best-known artists, The Weeknd’s latest singles. They also created an album this year named Heaven againwhich included a variety of featured artists.
The song lifetime from their album Heaven again well worth a place in your playlist. It features Ty Dolla $ign and 070 Shake, who add to the song’s already energetic beat with catchy lyrics and signature vocals. “Lifetime” is a definite song choice if you want something to explode while merging on the freeway or rolling down side hills.
3. Good news – Classifieds (Feat. Jann Arden) [Acoustic]
Are you feeling more emotional? “Good News” is one of those choices for those who drive to clear their heads. Canadian rapper Classified, also known as Luke Boyd, began his music career in 1995. You may recognize the rapper from his single, “Inner Ninja”, featuring guest vocalist Olly Murs, which was released in 2013. Classified has also released another popular hit the following year. , “Higher”, featuring BOB as the song’s feature.
“Good News, featuring Jann Arden”, found on his latest album (Retrospective (Acoustics)), showcases the rapper’s more emotional side and his love for acoustic music. If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed with a summer job or endless summer planning, Good news is one of those songs that gives you a sense of calm. The song’s catchy melody and easy-to-understand lyrics are perfect for a slow-paced evening stroll at sunset when you need a break from your busy summer days.
4. About You-G Flip
Let’s be honest, we all love a song we can sing along to all the lyrics to while cruising through neighborhoods and side streets, but sometimes those overplayed radio tunes just aren’t quite the same. About you by G Flip gives you that feeling of “freedom” paired with easy-to-learn lyrics. G Flip is one of the more unique artists on this list.
The talented 27-year-old non-binary singer, started making music from the comfort of their bedroom, later worked with independent record label Future Classic, and released their debut single, “About You,” in 2018. With only one album to their name (About Us), this dynamic and anthemic pop artist is just beginning his journey to well-deserved stardom.
If you’re looking for a song that makes you feel weightless on your summer night commutes and makes you want to roll down all the windows, “About You” definitely deserves a spot on your playlist. . However, try not to wake your neighbors when you shout the lyrics to the song through the rolled down windows of your car.
5. Finders Keepers – Mabel (Feat. Kojo Funds)
Late evening summer trips are perfect for driving with friends; nothing makes the ride more memorable than a song that makes you want to jiggle in your seat. If you’re in a groovy mood, this song is for you. 20-year-old R&B-pop artist My beauty joined the music industry in 2015, releasing her first single, “Know Me Better”, on SoundCloud. Although you might know her from this viral hit, 2017’s ‘Finders Keepers’ featuring Kojo Funds topped the UK charts and led to her nomination for the BRIT Critics Choice Award.
If you’re hitting the road with friends, “Finders Keepers” is the perfect song to play, especially if you find yourself parking at a viewpoint during your night cruise. The song’s groovy tone and smooth vocals will definitely have you turning up the volume and leading you to some fun car dance moves with friends.
6. Cool It – Claudia Bouvette
Are you the type of person who likes to find unique and original music that often goes unnoticed? So consider adding this quirky anthem to your summer night playlist. Claudia Bouvette from Montreal, Canada, launched his musical career in 2019, releasing his very first EP refresh it (different from his single).
Known for her particular but captivating style, the singer offers a modern version of electro-pop combined with a variety of instrumental rhythms. his album paradise clubreleased May 20, 2022, is a must-have for those dealing with the ups and downs of relationships.
If you’re looking for a song with an authentic, funky beat to play on your late-night travels or be a real conversation starter, “Cool It” is the song for you. The song’s simple lyrics are also a bonus for those who like to sing along.
seven. Girl at Coachella-Matoma & MAGIC! (Feat.DRAM)
The last but not the least suggestion on this list will surely get you feeling the summer vibes, especially the late night ones. We all know the MAGIC group! from their single “Rude”, released in October 2013.
The Canadian reggae fusion band began producing music in 2012, releasing their debut album (Don’t kill the magic) in 2014, with the song “Rude” reaching number one on the global music charts. MAGIC! albums released later such as Primary colors in 2016 and Expectations in 2018. “Girl at Coachella” is one of the group’s many song collaborations with other musical artists. For this song, MAGIC! worked alongside DJs matoma and artist DRACHMA.
“Girl at Coachella” is a perfect addition to your late-night summer playlist if you want to play to a feel-good beat that reminds you of the laid-back times of summer. This song will undoubtedly have you soaking up the last moments of your summer nights, whether you’re cruising with friends or riding solo into the sunset.