Your summer playlist is here! Be sure to crank this one up while you’re outside working or grilling up some tasty treats.  You’re going to love it – I promise.



Andrea Francois

Galantis – “Peanut Butter Jelly”

This song has popped up on my radar a few times since June, and each time my reaction is the same. It’s definitely the song of the summer, in my opinion.

Amy Winehouse – “(There Is) No Greater Love

With the release of Amy, I have been revisiting the late singer’s first album Frank, which, if you couldn’t guess, is named after Frank Sinatra. I won’t get into the social stigmas surrounding her death, but regardless of your thoughts toward her or her demons, her voice was a welcome addition to the entire music industry. It’s heartbreaking tracks like this one that allow her talent to be heard.


Rene Rodriguez

Pierce The Veil – “King for a Day (feat. Kellin Quinn)”

For the longest time I didn’t listen to bands like Pierce The Veil and even still I only like a few songs in that niche, but this song happens to be one. I really enjoy the energy of this song along with the way Vic fuentes and Kellin Quinn seamlessly mix their vocals. This song has a flow that’s easy to jam to and great to blast from your speakers, though I will admit I’m a bit sad that it’s the only PTV song that has this effect on me.

McBusted – “Hate Your Guts (feat. Mark Hoppus)”

A fusion of two British boy bands from the 2000’s, McBusted is a megaband that does pop punk pretty well. While usually they lean more towards the pop side, they’ve created a nice punk song here that is fun and easy to sing along to. Plus they have pop punk legend Mark Hoppus join in which only adds to the feel of this great jam.


Matt Brier

Hanni El Khatib – “Come Alive”

Having recently been shown the trailer for Slow West this song was playing in the background. I had to find it immediately. Blues, fuzzy, and driving like a cross between the White Stripes and the Black Keys.

Wilco – “Random Name Generator”

One of the, in my opinion, standout tracks from Wilco’s new album Star Wars. The album is a welcome surprise, especially for the price, with a lot of good numbers. This one is quintessentially Wilco though.


Kali Sluyter

Miguel – “Hollywood Dreams”

Miguel might be the most consistent R&B singer in the game right now.  His new album, “Wildheart”, is full of Prince-like jams, and this song is my fave.  Plus, his voice is absolutely sick.

Oingo Boingo – “Private Life”

I really love Danny Elfman, and I really love new wave.  Shrug.


Jonathan Francois

Chvrches – “Leave A Trace”

On top of Ratata releasing a new album, now I learn that Chvrches is too? Be still my heart. This song is friggen amazing and I love it. It reminds me of something that would be playing in the background of a “summer romance” flick.

Ryn Weaver – “The Fool”

Speaking of sounds that are resemblant of “good times summer memories”, this song is up there on that list for me. Perhaps it was because I first heard it in the summer as the sun set behind me with a drink in hand. Maybe. Whatever, it’s a great song.


Zander Riggs

C2C – “Someday”

Anyone who listens to DTC’s I Read Comic Books Podcast knows I’ve been on a hip hop/jazz/funk kick for a while now.  So, this song by C2C fills a lot of my music needs. A little bit of old mixed with a little bit of new. Add a beat and remix.

Gramatik – “I’m Doin’ My Thang”

I’ve used Gramatik repeatedly on the podcast, and with good reason. They have a certain something. Straight. Up. Funk. Great for cooking in the kitchen on sunny summer mornings.



Mike Rapin

Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! – “Playing Dead”

I’m in a easy-core/pop-punk mood with this summer heat. Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! is one of my go to bands, and their latest album, Get Lost, Find Yourself, is a fantastic addition to their discography. “Playing Dead” is the first song on the album and it is incredibly great.

Nothing to Prove – “Pop Punk Destroyed My Life”

I discovered this band on a curated playlist from Google Music and they reminded me that pop punk is still alive and kicking. I wish I could just use this entire album as my pick, but I think the title track from their album will suffice for an example of the greatness of this band.

About The Author

Andrea is currently the Site Administrator and Music Editor at DestroyTheCyborg!, and in real life works as a corporate drone for a mid-west retailer. Like most people, she did not go to school for any of those things. In her spare time, she plays her musical things, video games, and occasionally goes outdoors. She loves beer and wine, and avoids dirtying dishes at all costs.
Andrea is the wife of video game and comic reviewer, Jon Francois, and together with their cats, have a life goal of ruling the world (or just sort of hanging out, whichever proves to be easier).

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