The ultimate summer 2014 playlist

summer headphonesNewsflash – summer is FINALLY HERE! And what better way to kick start the long summer holidays than with a fresh new playlist for your iPod?

If you can’t be bothered making your own, don’t worry – we’ve got the soundtrack to your summer sorted right here. Whether you’re spending your summer working here in Scotland, you’re heading off on an international adventure or you’ve got a wild holiday planned with your mates, we’ve got the songs for you. Check out our pick of the best tracks for the sunshine months…



Example – One More Day (Stay With Me)

There’s a reason why we put Example on the cover of our summer issue – he makes a total banger of a dance track. This 90s-inspired anthem will be huge on the club scene this summer.


Ed Sheeran – Sing

Pharrell produced it. What more do you want?


Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea – Problem

Somebody somewhere decided that this would be the summer of the sax – and this Ariana Grande smash makes us glad that they did.


5 Seconds of Summer – Don’t Stop

They’re hot on the heels of 1D for the title of Most Likely to Invoke Teen Girl Hysteria, and Aussie quartet 5SOS’s Don’t Stop proves why. With a catchy chorus, big guitars and a fun video, this is summer pop at its best.


Foster the People – Best Friend

If you thought Foster the People couldn’t better the success of Pumped Up Kicks, think again. Try not to screech along to the chorus.


Bombay Bicycle Club – Feel

It’s Bombay Bicycle Club at their experimental-indie best. Feel sounds like it’s strolled in from the soundtrack of Aladdin and it’s magnificent. Catch them on the festival circuit this summer if you can – phenomenal live.


Twin Atlantic – Heart and Soul

They’re the hottest Scots on the music scene – and Heart and Soul proves that the three-year wait for album two has been worth it. Anthemic shout-along rock perfect for blasting in your headphones in the sun.


George Ezra – Budapest

His face doesn’t match his voice AT ALL, but who cares when you’re dishing up summer sizzlers like this?


The Vamps – Somebody to You

Say what you like about boy bands, this is infectious. And look! They’ve teamed up with US starlet Demi Lovato! Great work, Vamps. All I wanna be, yeah, all I ever wanna be yeah, yeah…


Ella Henderson – Ghost

While her early exit from the X Factor in 2012 was a shock, it’s paid off – the sultry-voiced songstress has had time to work on her sound and suss out her direction without the talent show pressure. The result? Brilliance.


Sia – Chandelier

It sounds like a big Rihanna summer stormer, but BETTER. Round of applause for Sia, guys.



Lauren Mayberry’s haunting vocals teamed with electro beats – another perfect track from Glasgow’s CHVRCHES.


Calvin Harris – Summer

Because summer wouldn’t be summer without a Calvin Harris track. Called Summer.


Don’t want to download them all? We’ve popped them all in a Spotify playlist for you. Now stick on your dancing shoes and get ready for a summer to remember…

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