Whether you’re at the beach, hanging out at the BBQ, or just driving with the top down, every summer activity needs a solid playlist on deck.
For us? It’s got to be about bringing some solid summer nostalgia to the party with the hits that made every summer in the ’90s one to remember. It’s time to move those old mixtapes to your streaming service, and these are the summer hits to start with:
“Summertime” – DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince (May 1991)
The dynamic duo was made for hot weather hits, but this one has to be our all-time favourite summer jam. It’s not just on our nostalgia playlist – it’s on every summer playlist! #sorrynotsorry
“Baby, Baby, Baby” – TLC (1992)
A TLC joint that didn’t feature a rap by Lisa “Left Eye” Lopez? We couldn’t believe it when it came out either. After all, TLC was known for its upbeat beats. But this smooth, slow jam turned up the heat anyway, and we couldn’t have been happier.
“Unbelievable” – EMF (May 1991)
OK we literally didn’t know this until, well, right now, but – did you know that this song’s most memorable lines are actually samples of Andrew Dice Clay shouting his signature expletive? “Oh!”
“Baby Got Back” – Sir Mix-A-Lot (May 1992)
Need we say more? Whether it’s at a backyard pool party, or at a wedding, or even the “lullaby” you sing to your sleep-starved baby (like Ross and Rachel on Friends did).
“Ghetto Supastar (That Is What You Are)” – Pras featuring Ol’ Dirty Bastard & Mýa (June 1998)
First, can we just say thank you to Pras for introducing us to Mýa? But really, we blasted this jam from the car to the bar and it’s just as good today as it was back then.
“Step by Step” – New Kids on the Block (June 1990)
You either loved them or loved hating them, but either way you can’t deny that the Beantown boys were known for blowing up summer with bubblegum hits that made you want to dance.
“Where Do You Go” – No Mercy (May 1996)
Though they had a lot of original hits, it’s this cover of the La Bouche song that we remember No Mercyfor the most. The acoustic strumming, the castanets, those drum beats! Da-da-da-da-dee-da-da…
“Boombastic” – Shaggy (June 1995)
Shaggy has the summeriest voice ever, and this steamy banger is Exhibit A.
“Don’t Take It Personal” – Monica (April 1992)
Even though Monica was only 14 when she sang it, we couldn’t have written a better tune to describe all of our teenage feelings.
What songs would you add to this summer nostalgia playlist?