Summer is the magical season when beachside barbecues turn into sweltering nights in the city, and a nap in a hammock can become an all-day activity. But, as great as all the lounging, grilling, and dancing can be, you know you can't enjoy any of that without the right soundtrack.
With that in mind, we curated a playlist that covers all the moods of summer, from chilled-out to beach disco-ready. We’ve got Swedish sirens, the Fresh Prince, West Coast gangstas, and well, all the jams that will soon define summer '12 for you. Of course, we couldn’t fit every great summer song into our player, so use these tracks as a jumping-off point, and tell us what your favorites are in the comments!