24 Songs To Add To Your Fourth Of July Playlist This Year

For a different kind of Fourth of July, you need a different kind of playlist. This year’s backyard BBQ might be a wee bit less festive and a lot more intimate than years past due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the music doesn’t have to be. What this year’s July 4th needs is music that speaks to the moment. So instead of recycling last year’s playlist full of the usual suspects, we’ve given the Fourth of July party playlist a much needed upgrade for these socially distant times. Sure, we all love hearing Bruce Springsteen’s “Born In The U.S.A.,” but let’s give the Boss a rest and let Megan Thee Stallion score your (responsible) holiday weekend.

Along with the new songs, you've got to mix in a few Independence Day staples. Honestly, did Fourth of July even happen if you don’t hear Katy Perry sing “Firework”? The answer is no, especially in a year where you may prefer not to hear any fireworks at all. But this playlist is dedicated to the best songs of summer 2020, which sound just as good with a mask on


More than a few will have you dancing on your own until we can party safely again like Bad Bunny’s "Yo Perreo Sola," which translates to "I twerk alone." We admit that may be a little too on the nose if it wasn’t so good. Of course, Zoom is always an option for those who want to turn their low key July 4th into a virtual dance party soundtracked by Lady Gaga, Charli XCX, and Chloe x Halle’s TikTok stunner “Do It."

It’s a playlist that has Taylor Swift crooning about how cruel this summer feels and The Chicks, who dropped the "Dixie," taking bad men to task. Along with future warm weather classics like Harry Styles’ “Watermelon Sugar,” which doubles as a poolside snack. Some of these selections even have summer in the title — the smooth jazz of Haim’s “Summer Girl,” the Scooby-approved “Summer Feelings” by Lennon Stella and Charlie Puth — because there’s no shame in needing a friendly reminder of what season it is after all your quarantining. And of course, no playlist celebrating America would be complete without Beyoncé. Nothing but respect for our president! 

So in the wise words of Rina Sawayama, we’re so confident that no matter how you choose to celebrate the Fourth this year, this playlist will turn it into a party. Even if it's a party for just one or two.

Beyoncé "Black Parade"

Trust me, they gon' need an army 
Rubber bullets bouncing off me 
Made a picket sign off your picket fence
Take it as a warning 

Haim "Summer Girl"

Lightning in your eyes, you can't speak
Falling from the sky, down to me
I see it in your face, I'm relief
I'm your summer girl

Harry Styles "Watermelon Sugar"

Tastes like strawberries on a summer evenin'
And it sounds just like a song
I want more berries and that summer feelin'
It's so wonderful and warm

Surfaces "Sunday Best"

Hey, feeling good, like I should
Went and took a walk around the neighborhood
Feeling blessed, never stressed
Got that sunshine on my Sunday best

Natti Natasha "Que Mal Te Fue"

¿Qué pasó? ¿Qué pasó?
Probaste con otro culito pero al final no te resultó
¿Qué pasó?
Ahora la vuelta se te cayó

Taylor Swift "Cruel Summer"

The shape of your body, it's blue
The feeling I've got
And it's ooh, whoa oh
It's a cruel summer

Megan Thee Stallion feat. Beyoncé "Savage" Remix

Queen B, want no smoke with me
Then turn this motherfucker up eight hundred degrees
My whole team eat, chef's kiss, she's a treat
Ooh, she so bougie, bougie, bon appétit

Rina Sawayama "Commes Des Garcons (For The Boys)"

Yeah, oh, girl, it's okay
You should never be ashamed to have it all
Yeah, yeah it's gonna be okay
Yeah, you've come a long way

Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande "Rain On Me"

I didn't ask for a free ride
I only asked you to show me a real good time
I never asked for the rainfall
At least I showed up, you showed me nothing at all

Dua Lipa "Don't Start Now"

Don't show up, don't come out
Don't start caring about me now
Walk away, you know how
Don't start caring about me now

Bad Bunny "Yo Perreo Sola"

Yo perreo sola (hmm, ey)
Yo perreo sola (perreo sola, jaja, hmm, muah)
Yo perreo sola (jaja, ey)
Yo perreo sola (okay) (perreo sola) (okay)

100 gecs "Ringtone (Remix)" feat. Charli XCX, Rico Nasty, Kero Kero Bonito (2020)

My boy's got his own ringtone
It's the only one I know, it's the only one I know
My boy's got his own ringtone
It's the only one I know, it's the only one I answer

Lennon Stella "Summer Feelings" feat. Charlie Puth

Yeah (good), I'm in my summer feelings
And I'm trying to keep it cool
Wait (up), here in my summer feeling
And I found a piece of me that I never knew

The Chicks "Gaslighter"

Gaslighter, denier
Doin' anything to get your ass farther
Gaslighter, big timer
Repeating all of the mistakes of your father

Charli XCX "anthems"

I want anthems
Late nights, my friends, New York
I sleep, wanna wake up brand new
I sleep, wanna wake up with you

Melanie Martinez "Play Date"

I don't give a fuck about you anyways
Whoever said I gave a shit 'bout you?
You never share your toys or communicate
I guess I'm just a play date to you

Hailey Whitters "Dream, Girl"

Oh and some get you high, and some leave you low
Make you feel like you can fly, spin you out of control
Well, don't ever lose your shine, no, wherever you go
'Cause you're someone else's dream, girl

Best Coast "Everything Has Changed"

Everything has changed
I like it this way
Everything has changed
I'd like for it to stay

Diet Cig "Who Are You"

Who are you to say I'm sorry, when
We both know, you'd do it all over again?
Who are you to say I'm sorry, when
We both know, you'd do it all over again?

Rosalía feat. Ozuna "Yo x Ti, Tu x Mi"

Somos dos cantantes como los de antes
El respeto es en boletos y diamantes
Se me para el cora' solo con mirarte
Porque a ti te canto

Chloe x Halle "Do It"

It's a homies only kind of mood
And tonight we on a hundred
One hundred
No drama, no baby mamas, keepin' it cute

City Girls "Jobs"

I don't work jobs, bitch, I am a job (Period)
You don't like it, take a hike

Childish Gambino "Summertime Magic"

You feel like summertime (oh, yes you do)
You took this heart of mine (you know you did)
You'll be my valentine (valentine) in the summer
(In the summer) In the summer

Whitney Houston "The Star-Spangled Banner" feat. The Florida Orchestra - Live From Super Bowl XXV

If you're going to include "The Star-Spangled Banner" in your playlist, make sure it's this version.
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