Ultimate Summer Playlist

Wednesday, June 05, 2013 | Things We Love

by guest blogger Mara Davis

Does your ipod need a summer refresher? These songs from the past year are sure to do the trick.  From big names to rising stars—here are the hottest sounds of summer 2013.


Natalie Maines (from “Mother”)

Her cover of Eddie Vedder’s “Without You” is fantastic. Her version of Patti Griffin’s “Silver Bell” is scathing. I love a feisty rock chick.



These guys are like a modern day Jackson Browne. Their new album “From A Window Seat” is perfect for a warm summer night.


Fitz and the Tantrums

A super fun party band from LA. Think of them as a less campy B52s.


Daft Punk

I dare you to not want to dance to “Get Lucky”. This WILL be the biggest song of the summer.


Avett Brothers

Mumford & Sons and the Lumineers are just trying to copy the Avett’s. These guys just get better with age.


Justin Timberlake

What more can you say? “Suit and Tie” is a masterpiece. How can you not be in a good mood after hearing it?


Elle King

She has a unique voice and is just starting out. I love her gritty edge and look.


Emeli Sande

In the UK, she’s like the new Adele. If she comes to your city this summer, see her in a small venue while you still can.


Jack White

He may look and act weird, but you can’t deny his talent. “Blunderbuss” was my favorite album last year.


Michael Kiwanuka

English singer songwriter with a voice and vibe that will remind you of Van Morrison.  Minus the crankiness.


Glen Hansard

There’s something heartbreaking about this Irish singer-songwriter’s “Love, Don’t Leave Me Waiting”, but it’s so sad it’s great.



About Mara Davis

Mara Davis is a radio/TV host, blogger, podcaster and pop culture fanatic. She is an event emcee, voiceover talent and contributor for HLN TV, CNN and TNT/TBS. Mara currently lives in Atlanta with her husband Mike, son Charlie and dog Brogie.