My Summer Playlist |

Hellloooo peeps!

Guys. I don’t know where Spotify has been my entire life but I just indulged and now I’m #ded.

If you have been following my blog from the wee beginning you may recall my ramblings on the importance of music in my life and how it has shaped me as a person. I’ve always wanted to share with you some of my favorite playlists. Let’s get started, shall we?

But first, let’s back up a second here. Disclaimer: I am well-aware that music is very personal for each individual.  I am sure that there are some songs on this playlist that some of you may not like, or heck, have ever listened to before. And that’s totally okay! I’ve said this time and time again, I love ALL genres of music (okay…maybe except for awkward elevator music & 80s pop, no thanks.) Largely what I listen to depends on my mood for the day.

When I think of summertime, the genre always shifts back to country.

I grew up in a safe, beautiful home nestled between farms and wide-open fields, where I frolicked barefoot from dawn to dusk. As a young child I spent many summers reading story books in the grass, jumping on the hay bales, playing Kick the Can with the neighbors, and spending my weekends up north at Lake Metonga. As a teenager, my summer nights consisted huddling around a bonfire with my best friends, many of whom I can still thankfully call my best friends to this day. I can almost taste the lingering stiff stench of smoke on my varsity softball sweatshirt while driving home trying to make that midnight curfew. These songs remind me of working at the icecream drive-in, countryside drives, and Dennis Lasky’s garage parties (Dennis, I don’t think you’re reading my blog, but if you are, those parties were the bomb!) A lot of these songs bring me back to those happy memories.

And then I have included a few songs that are pertinent to this stage of my life that remind me of my recent summer adventures with Trevor; traveling, attending concerts, and experiencing life with the love of my life. I close my eyes and it’s almost like I’m there again; driving for miles through the desert listening to Eric Church and the Rolling Stones, holding hands.

I may be getting older, but summertime never gets old.

This playlist could be described as sweet nostalgia. Each of these songs are special to me and serve as memories from my past. They represent a bittersweet time in my life, summertime; a season of freedom, new beginnings, and change.

As Eric Church so candidly puts it in his Springsteen, “Funny how a melody sounds like a memory.”

What songs make you nostalgic? Leave me a comment below!


  • Trish

    I love your playlist! I am new to Spotify and haven’t learned to make a playlist yet — but want to try (thanks for the inspiration!). You have some great songs here. I especially love Summer of ’69 and Take It Easy. Those would be on my nostalgic summer playlist too!

    • Aw thank you Trish! It’s always comforting when someone has the same taste of music as you :)

  • Loving this playlist! Eric Church is one of my faves too! Can’t forget the boys of summer either! Happy Friday! :)

    • I LOVE Eric Church. I’ve seen him in concert a few times and he never gets old. Happy summer, love!

  • Love love love the playlist girl! I always love having a list of old songs from back in the days to remind me of the good days I had when I was younger.

    • Yes, it always brings back so many memories! Love you!

  • Lauren Norton

    Great playlist and great story behind it! Your summers growing up sound amazing! I grew up down south in a small town as well so most of my songs are country, too! I love this playlist!
    xoxo Lauren | Glitter & Grandeur

    • Aw. Isn’t country music the best?!!

  • I love the memories behind this playlist! Whenever I listen to Rent it always takes me back to senior year of high school and curling my hair in the morning before school. Especially One Song Glory, because I’d always start with that.

    • Awwwwww thank you for sharing that! What a wonderful memory! xo

  • So many great picks! I love Wagon Wheel, it’s one of my all-time favs :)

    • Hahaha good old Wagon Wheel, it’s a classic!!

  • Elizabeth Johnson

    Love all the classic rock on the playlist! You can never go wrong with classic rock. Also, love the dress you are wearing! So fun!

    • No, not at all! I remember you wearing a Beatles shirt so it doesn’t surprise me that you like this playlist!!

  • Summer nostalgia is the best. I absolutely love your playlist! I’m definitely going to listen to it while working! Summer memories are my favorite.

    • I KNEW you would love it, girlfriend!!!

  • This is so reminiscent of the 6 years I lived in Wisconsin (which is where you are if I remember right). If that’s the case, you are a true Wisconsonite, through and through! Love it :)

    • Awwww!! I love that! What area of WI did you live in?!

  • Girl! Spotify is just the best! So glad you discovered it’s wonders! Listening to your playlist now 😉 LOVE Springsteen!

    • Aw thanks love! I love that you can share them with others!

  • Ok first, love me that dress.

    Second, my summer playlists are always a mix of nostalgic classics and new summer jams. The two summer songs that always make this list though: Brown Eyed Girl, and Smooth (Santana and rob Thomas) they were always on my dad’s playlists growing up and they just take me back to family car trips

    Laura @

    • Yes omg I listened to both of those songs growing as well!! Girl, we are twinsies!

  • Love your outfit!! You are so cute! and yes about the nostalgic summers – it is the way to go!

    • Aw thank you so much, Elizabeth!