What We're Listening to This Month: July

What We're Listening to This Month: July

By Thao Nguyen

Summer is halfway over, but the hits keep coming. Here's the latest playlist from Polarity staff, with new bangers and old standards alike, it'll be sure to stave off those "summer is almost over" blues. See what each of us is listening to this week, then be sure to hit "Follow" on our Spotify playlist linked below.


  1. The Man by The Killers
    Brandon Flowers is 100% the man. This rollicking hit will fill you with confidence and give you a chance to shout out “USDA CERTIFIED LEAN.”  

  2. Love Shack by the B52s
    It’s wedding season, which means this oldie will be blasted by wedding DJs all over the place. But this is so much more than a corny wedding song; it’s iconic and wonderful.

  3. You Know It by Colony House
    Colony House are going to blow up any day now, and for good reason. This fun summer anthem will have you dancing all month. If you have a chance to see them live, take it; they’re one of the greatest live acts I’ve ever seen.

  4. Chantaje by Shakira and Maluma
    Shakira is my forever girl crush, and this hit about blackmail (according to Google Translate) makes me fall for her even more. This will keep your hips swinging, whether they lie or not.

  5. The Way I Do by Bishop Briggs
    Everything on Bishop Briggs’ debut album is amazing, but this dramatic rocker about unrequited love is my favorite (because being dramatic about unrequited love is my entire personality. She’s a great live performer, so get to one of her concerts if you can, too!


  1. The Man by The Killers
    See Thao’s explanation :). I’ve been in love with The Killers since their debut. Can never go wrong with a Killers’ song. I think I went a solid day just playing this song on repeat. Now if they can just do a damn tour already!

  2. In Nightmares by PINS
    This band continues to put out some solid songs. This one will definitely make your “He  wasn’t the one” playlist. I can listen to this while chilling on my bed and thinking about any past relationship woes.

  3. The Way You Used to Do by Queens of the Stone Age
    I don’t think I’ve ever hated a QOTSA song. Their new album will sure be one to look out for. It was produced by Mark Ronson, so it’ll be interesting to hear the direction they took.

  4. A Decade Under the Influence by Taking Back Sunday
    My emo heart beats loudly every time I hear these guys. I’ll admit, I haven’t listened to them as much since Fred left…..yeah. I was fortunate enough to see them play live in June, though.

  5. Love Illumination by Franz Ferdinand
    This song is off their latest album. Still waiting for new stuff from them. I was lucky enough to meet them this past June (I have the picture to prove it) and saw them play at BFD. If  you ever get a chance to see them live, trust me, you won’t regret it.


  1. Lay Me Down by The Wreckers
    I really miss the energy and passion that artists like Michelle Branch had. Even though the track was released over a decade ago, it’s lyrics are perfectly pertinent to dating culture today.

  2. Brothers on a Hotel Bed by Death Cab for Cutie
    Despite being a classic Death Cab gem, I’ve only just discovered this beautifully mellow track and am wholly obsessed with it.

  3. Motherlover by The Lonely Island
    In my opinion, this is the best track released by The Lonely Island. I wasn’t even a JT fan until I heard and saw this video.

  4. So Fresh, So Clean by Outkast
    This is one of my favorite Outkast songs to sing along to. It, like most of their music, exudes swagger.

  5. Upside Down by Jack Johnson  
    I re-stumbled upon this semi oldie and it couldn’t have reappeared at a better time since it’s so relevant to my post-grad haze. It’s light and fun and inspires curiosity and creativity.


  1. F*ck Up Some Commas by Future
    Whether you’re trying to prep for your daily routine of adulting, holding back from cursing out your manager (too far?), or even just vibing off the bad*ss in you, then this is a pretty good go-to of mine.

  2. When I See U by Fantasia
    I randomly came across this song after a while and it reminded me of middle-school-crushing or the memories of an innocent, platonic love.

  3. Maybe by Teyana Taylor
    I’ve got to be honest with this one. The lyrics aren’t necessarily the best, but I’m a fan of her voice and the beat of the song. It’s one of my “I just want it in the background” songs.

  4. El Problema by Ricardo Arjona
    If you want a song to give you an “ouch” feeling in every way possible (and you understand Spanish), then this is the one.

  5. Danza Kuduro by Don Omar
    The sun’s out and so is everyone else! This song is perfect for great weather and a few drinks with great people.


  1. Despacito by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee Ft. Justin Bieber
    Totally danceable! You don’t have to know the lyrics or even understand what’s being said because it’s so upbeat and makes you want to swing into the nearest club and get moving!

  2. 24k Magic by Bruno Mars
    Another club-worthy song. Bruno Mars always delivers, so you know you can’t go wrong.

  3. Malibu by Miley Cyrus
    A love song so sweet that it makes you want to fall in love or grab your partner and plant a big kiss on them. Summer isn’t always for summer flings, maybe you’ll find your summer love.

  4. One Dance by Drake
    We put this on repeat every time we take a roadtrip. It helps get everyone in the mood for the long drive ahead. Put the windows down, feel the wind blow through your hair and dance along in the car for the full effect!

  5. Little Things by One Direction
    With summer comes the insecurity of wearing a bathing suit out in public. Put this song on to remind yourself that you are loved and that’s all that matters. Put the damn bathing suit on and go outside!

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