Summer is here! School is letting out, and the next few months mean sun, splashing, backyard BBQs, and of course, the summer vacation.

In honor of that annual car trip to the beach, the lake, or wherever you might be headed, I’ve put together a little playlist of my favorite summertime tunes. It’s a pretty eclectic mix, and I love them for all kinds of different reasons. Some have absolutely nothing to do with summertime. But they all have one thing in common: they make me think of summertime and smile. So put the key in the ignition and crank it up!

Not all of these are good for the kiddos’ ears.

Iron and Wine – Grace for Saint and Ramblers

Conor Oberst – Moab

Banarama – Cruel Summer

Andrew Bird – Two Way Action

DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince – Summertime

Here We Go Magic  How Do I Know?

David Bowie and Mick Jagger – Dancing in the Street (also voted best video)

Ella Fitzgerald-  Too Darn Hot

Daft Punk –  Get Lucky

Ike Reilly – Hail! Hail!