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Whether it’s your first kiss, family vacation, a winning basketball game or a road trip with your best friends, a song can have an effect that brings you back to a lot of good and, sometimes, bad memories. Check out our list of the best 15 summer singles and relive those moments.

“Call Me Maybe”-Carly Rae Jepsen
Hey, we just met her and this is crazy, but buy her song, its sure is catchy. Jepsen’s song caught on like wildfire and soon her first single was a billboard hit and an Internet sensation.

“Good Time”-Owl City
Owl City comes back strong this summer with his brand new single featuring Carly Rae Jepsen. The songs infectious and happy vibe cannot help but make you smile and sing along.

“Want U Back”-Cher Lloyd
Ever break up with your boyfriend and then decide you made a mistake? Cher Lloyd did and in her powerful pop song she makes it known she’s ready to fight for him.

“Pound The Alarm”-Nicki Minaj
Minaj came out strong with this follow up single to Super Bass and Starships. With her fierce fashion, strong-headed personality and awesome dance tracks she is taking over the charts.

“Whistle”-Flo Rida
This catchy song was the best rap song this summer. Not only did it make you want to sing along but whistle along as well.

“Cruise”-Florida Georgia Line
One of the best things about summer is hitting the road. This song is the summer anthem for leaving on a road trip with some of your favorite people.

Usher’s latest dance track cannot help but make you want to scream with happiness every time you hear this song on the radio. It’s that good.

“Wanted”-Hunter Hayes
Hayes gets in touch with his sensitive side with this beautifully written track that had all the girls swooning this summer.

“Payphone”-Maroon 5
Maroon 5 shows the world by teaming up with Wiz Khalifa that once again their idea to work on more collaboration is always a great success.

“Give Your Heart a Break”-Demi Lovato
This pop song is a great twist on the idea of relationships and gives Lovato her first radio hit.

“What Makes you Beautiful”-One Direction
The world had been waiting for another boy band. This songs success on radio and the Billboard charts showed the music industry that the world would always have a soft spot for British people and boy bands.

“Drunk on You”-Luke Bryan
Bryan’s unique song becomes such a success with his fans that it instantly became a social networking tagline used with statuses frequently saying, “I’m a little drink on you and high on summertime.”

“Blow Me (One Last Kiss)”- Pink
Pink is back at it again with her latest track. Her strong girl power filled songs, continuously show people she will be sticking around in the music industry.

“She’s so Mean”-Matchbox Twenty
Matchbox Twenty’s song of the moment takes a step back from all the pop dance tracks on the radio and takes everyone back to the older days of alternative rock.

“Wide Awake”-Katy Perry
After Perry’s very public divorce she took pen to paper and wrote a very personal, raw and honest song that had Perry fan in awe of her emotional single.

Tell ME: Which song takes you back to summer 2012?

-Jenna Cusumano

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Ring in this Independence day with these awesoME patriotic songs!


“National Anthem” – Lana Del Rey

Controversy has followed Lana Del Rey since her album “Born To Die” dropped, but that hasn’t stopped her in the slightest. Her latest video, “National Anthem,” surprised audiences as it showcases the life of the Kennedy’s in a more modern fashion. She is known for having many slow songs but this is one of her more upbeat tracks with lyrics that you can sing loud and proud to on the 4th of July. “Red, white, blues in the sky, summer’s in the air, baby heaven’s in your eyes. I’m your national anthem,” Del Rey sings.

“Party in the USA” – Miley Cyrus

After the conclusion of her T.V. show and releasing a couple of albums, Cyrus now dedicates her career solely to acting with movies such as “The Last Song” and “LOL.” She has had many successful singles that gained worldwide recognition but none were as big as “Party in the USA.” It’s catchy, fun and promises an all-around good time. So be sure to get your hands up and nod your head like yeah while you “Party in the USA.”

“American Boy” – Estelle

A catchy song about an attractive American boy AND it features Kanye West? There’s no question why this song was an automatic hit. Raise the volume up and sing about great cities like L.A. and New York, commending the great sights we have to offer and the great men.

“American Honey” – Lady Antebellum

This Grammy award winning band has been accustomed to success as even their debut album became certified platinum. The appeal of the country/pop music comes from the two lead vocalists, Hillary Scott and Charles Kelley. “American Honey” has a sweet melody that gives the feeling of sitting by a fire and swaying along to the sweet lyrics such as “She grew up slow, she grew up good, like American Honey.”

“American Baby” – Dave Matthews Band

Get in the spirit of a true patriot as you listen to Dave Matthews Band’s “American Baby.” It’s a song of hope and faith that will make you remember the true beauty in being an American. Sing with your family and friends, “Stay beautiful baby. I hope you stay American baby.”

“Keep On Rockin’ The Free World” – Bon Jovi

You can’t be in the true American spirit if you don’t have Bon Jovi on your 4th of July playlist. It’s a song to rock out to as the sky is lit with fireworks and the crowds around you cheer with glee. A true classic for a historical day.

“Ragged Old Flag” – Johnny Cash

If you’re feeling truly patriotic then sit down and listen to the wise words of a true American icon, Johnny Cash. Although it’s a song a bit difficult to sing along to because of the overwhelmingly long lyrics, it’s still a great song to celebrate the country’s Independence Day. Pay close attention to his great storytelling with his appealing country twang that he’s revelled for.

“Born in the USA” – Bruce Springsteen

“Born in the USA” is categorized as a nationalistic anthem, and ranked as number 275 on Rolling Stone’s list of “The Greatest Songs of All Time.” The simple chorus makes it an easy song to sing with a crowd, so get everyone together to belt out the repeated lyrics “I was born in the USA.”

“Don’t Tread On Me” – Metallica

The heavy metal band Metallica starts off this song with the recognizable eight bar phrase from “America.” If you’re feeling a bit more angsty and want to prove to the world, or maybe just your neighbors, that you will fight for your country then this is the song to blare on your speakers.

“American Woman” – Lenny Kravitz

Although a cover song, Lenny Kravitz managed to leave his signature sound with the song “American Woman.” The electric guitar solos are iconic and are a sure-fire way to get your blood pumping. Finish off your Independence Day festivities with a bang and don’t leave Kravitz off your playlist.