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We asked Swallow Hill staffers to help us compile a Summer Songs Playlist thinking that everyone would provide two to three songs tops. Well, we should have known better as we were provided with a list of 79 songs! At first we thought we’d whittle it down to 20 songs or so, but where’s the fun in that? To that end, we have compiled all of them on one Spotify playlist, Swallow Hill Summer 2022.

There’s something for everyone, and hopefully you’ll discover some new favorites. The playlist is organized in alphabetical order by title, but we suggest playing it on shuffle for a different listening experience each time you play it.

Please note: Some songs on this playlist contain explicit language, please keep that in mind while you listen!

LISTEN HERE: Swallow Hill Summer 2022 Playlist

While it’s hard to pull a unifying theme out of these tunes beyond the shimmering idea of Summer, it’s fun to note a few threads:

  • 10 songs have the word Sun in their title. We’ve got the exuberance of “Walking on Sunshine” by Katrina & The Waves, the darkness of Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun,” the hopefulness of George Harrison’s Beatles classic “Here Comes the Sun,” and more.
  • 8 songs have the word Summer in their title, including Bananarama’s “Cruel Summer,” “Feels Like Summer” by Childish Gambino, and “Hot Fun in the Summertime” by Sly and The Family Stone
  • California makes an appearance in 3 titles – “California Dreamin’” by The Mamas and the Papas, “California Love” by Tupac ft. Dr. Dre, and The Rivieras’ classic “California Sun” as covered by The Ramones.
  • As for activities, there’s always time for “Cruisin’ to the Park” with Durand Jones & The Indications, or “(Sittin’) On the Dock of the Bay with Otis Redding. Go “Nightswimming” with R.E.M., get “Hooked on a Feeling” with Blue Swede, make a big splash when you “Cannonball” with the Breeders, or simply go on “Vacation” with The Go-Go’s. Whatever you do, don’t “Steal My Sunshine.”
  • If you’re feeling thirsty, Sublime’s here with “40oz. to Freedom,” and G. Love & Special Sauce are happy to offer you a “Cold Beverage.”
  • 2 songs ask essential questions: Tribe Called Quest asks “Can I Kick It?” While Bonnie & The Clydes want to know “Do I Ever Cross Your Mind?”
  • And speaking of Colorado artists, joining Bonnie & The Clydes, we have Bear and the Beasts with “Asian-American,” “Colorado River” by Trout Steak Revival, “Hard Out Here For a Gimp” by Wheelchair Sports Camp, and “Geraniums #2” by Bellhoss.

Whether you’re traveling or staying close to home, eating out or grilling in the backyard, we hope these songs help soundtrack your summer. Happy listening!

LISTEN HERE: Swallow Hill Summer 2022 Playlist


If you’d rather not click over to Spotify, here is a listing of the songs:

21 by Makeout City

40oz. to Freedom by Sublime

A Better Place, A Better Time by Streetlight Manifesto

All That by Oliver Tree

As It Was by Harry Styles

Asian-American by Bear and the Beasts

Bidi Bidi Bom Bom by Selena

Black Hole Sun by Soundgarden

Blister in the Sun by Violent Femmes

Boys of Summer by Love Canon

Bring The Pain by Method Man

Brunch at the Bodega by Flamingosis

California Dreamin’ by The Mamas and the Papas

California Love by Tupac ft. Dr. Dre

California Sun by The Ramones

Can I Kick It? by Tribe Called Quest

Canary Islands by Goth Babe

Cannonball by The Breeders

Cold Beverage by G. Love & Special Sauce

Colorado River by Trout Steak Revival

Cruel Summer by Bananarama

Cruisin’ To The Park by Durand Jones & The Indications (Y La Bamba version)

Cumbia de los Muertos by Ozomatli

Después De La Playa by Bad Bunny

Do I Ever Cross Your Mind? by Bonnie & The Clydes

Doo Wop (That Thing) by Lauryn Hill

Emit Remmus by Red Hot Chili Peppers

Everybody Loves The Sunshine by Roy Ayers

Everybody Loves the Sunshine by Takuya Kuroda

Feels Like Summer by Childish Gambino

Four Seasons by Vivaldi

Freeze Tag by Terrence Martin, Kamasi Washington, Robert Glasper, 9th Wonder, ft. Phoelix

FYE FYE by Tobe Nwigwe & Fat Nwigwe

Geraniums #2 by Bellhoss

Gold Soundz by Pavement

Good Day by Nappy Roots

Happy Feelings by Maze

Hard Out Here For a Gimp by Wheelchair Sports Camp

Heatwave by Martha & The Vandellas

Heatwaves by Glass Animals

Here Comes the Sun by The Beatles

Hooked on a Feeling by Blue Swede

Hot Fun in the Summertime by Song by Sly & The Family Stone

How Bizarre by OMC

I Can’t Tell by Flume

I Don’t Wanna Talk by Glass Animals

In Bloom by Neck Deep

King’s Dead by Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar, Future & James Blake

Lovely Day by Bill Withers

Mable by Goldfinger

Money Tree by Kendrick Lamar

Mute by The Raja Kumari

Nightswimming by R.E.M.

Nowhere Again by The Copper Children

Ocean Man by Ween

Oye Como Va by Santana

Palmetto Rose by Jason Isbell

Pamlico Sound by Jon Stickley Trio

Rich Girl Mood by Dounia & Kehlani

San Francisco Knights by People Under the Stairs

(Sittin’ On) the Dock of the Bay by Otis Redding

Solar Power by Lorde

Steal My Sunshine by Len

Suavecito by Malo

Summertime by Janis Joplin

Summertime by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong

Summertime by DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince

Summertime Thing by Chuck Prophet

Sunny Afternoon by The Kinks

Sunshine of Your Love by Cream

Surf Wax America by Weezer

Swimmer’s Delight (SOS) by Oliver Tree

The Science of Selling Yourself Short by Less Than Jake

Time Bomb by Rancid

Tints by Kendrick Lamar

Vacation by The Go-Go’s

Walking on Sunshine by Katrina & The Waves

Witchoo by Durand Jones & The Indications

Your Love by The Outfield