As June rolls in, we often think of the beach, warm weather and long days. Whether you plan to spend June chilling poolside, or making an epic road trip, a playlist is always in order. These are 11 of the best songs about the month of June, and with a little something from every genre, everyone should be able to find something to make their perfect soundtrack of summer.
Nicki Minaj's explicit song brings light to June heat with the line "You be yellin boom boom/When yah really pum pum/See my flow hotter than noon in June June." Though not as well known as her newer tracks, this is an early look at Minaj's style.
Shakira's boisterous "Did It Again" and its accompanying well choreographed music video might just deserve a good spot on your summer playlist. In addition to being fun all around, her lyrics "I need you soon, I'll be your groom/This feelin', this vibe, this night in June" take you right to the long summer nights that we all revel in come June.
A more melodic, emotional jaunt for Eminem, this 2010 track features Eminem making allusions to being a space man. The line "Two hundred fifty thousand miles on a clear night in June/And I'm aiming right at you" is the perfect tie in to summer, as well as an ode to what must have been a pretty gnarly breakup.
Train's "Drops of Jupiter" definitely had its time in the sun as a hit pop song, but who remembers the line "Since the return from her stay on the moon/She listens like spring and she talks like June, hey, hey"? Whether you're looking to bring back some 2000s nostalgia, or just enjoy a fun song, "Drops of Jupiter" is a great fit for your summer listening.
Bringing in the feels, Rascal Flatts get right to it with the line "In a line in a song I once heard/In a moment on a front porch late one June." This song is a beautiful ode to someone who's gone now, and everything you wish you'd said to them before they left. When you might be having all the overwhelming feelings on a long June night, Rascal Flatts are there for you.
While technically more about January than the month of June, this Dean Martin classic still covers warm weather and love. Martin croons "I can feel the scent of roses in the air/It's June in January/But only because I'm in love with you." A little old fashioned music is never a bad choice, and Martin is of course one of the best.
Alan Jackson's 2004 song reminds us that not every day in June is sunshine and dandelions. As Jackson says, he's feeling pretty blue missing someone, and the gray skies of a rainy day aren't helping. This touching song is a great choice to cover your more forlorn feelings during the summer's happiest month.
If this one doesn't make you feel like you're swinging in a hammock somewhere tropical, then just nothing might. Van Morrison tackles all of the classic June elements: blue skies, moonlight, sitting by the water, flowers, and of course, romance. The wind instruments are a nice touch in the track, giving it the perfect easy listening vibe.
As June starts to fade away, this Smashing Pumpkins song is the perfect fit. Played acoustically on guitar, the song sees Billy Corgan's voice take on a distinctively calmer feel than his usual screech. Though it lacks the anger and volume of much of the Pumpkins' catalog, this song is a wonderfully refreshing, breezy take on one of the ultimate alternative bands, perfect for summer.
Providing the best California vibes this side of the Beach Boys, this Bright Eyes track takes the listener on a trip through warmer weather, dry breezes, and beaches where the Pacific ocean crashes hard. This song will resonate with anyone who's waded through the feelings of where to settle down and place some roots, forgetting past loves, and dwelling on childhood memories.
The ultimate song of June, The Decemberists' folk-pop "June Hymn" heralds in summer in the most perfect way. Listening to this song will make you want to relax on the front porch, drinking a big glass of cold sweet tea, while reminiscing of your grandma hanging laundry on the line. It's a perfectly sunny, happy song like this which will make you feel so lucky to be alive.