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Hard Rock Hotels: Crafting the Perfect Summer Playlist

May 15, 2018
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Amp Up your Summer Playlist

Now that summer is officially here, it’s time to lather up the sunscreen, break out the headphones, and start crafting a sizzling summer playlist.

Hard Rock music curator, Jeff Nolan, suggests building your playlist from scratch—mixtape style. No, not your cousin’s old mixtape from 1990, but rather a curated list of music that will set the right vibe for the crowd.

Your iPod on shuffle won’t cut it.

How to Make a Playlist

Striking the right balance for your summer soundtrack can be tricky, especially when it comes to playing music everyone in the crowd will enjoy. Trying to please everyone usually winds up pleasing almost no one, so stick to a point of view. If it excites you, it will resonate with your friends.

Here are some helpful tips to get you started. Whether you’re planning an all-day pool party or bonfire-and-s’mores at the beach—your list of summer songs is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

  1. Start off at a Chill Vibe

Give the crowd (or just yourself) a chance to warm up to the vibe. Don’t blow all your fire songs up front.

  1. Go Deep

Leave the massive hit tracks behind (everyone knows them) and pick some lesser-known songs from hit artists.

  1. Pepper in a Few Throwbacks

Nostalgia is great but wandering into “Sweet Caroline” territory might bring the crickets out. Include a few familiar throwbacks and look for really vintage songs. For summer playlists, classic surf instrumentals go down great. Try “Miserlou” by Dick Dale or “Pipeline” by the Chantays.

  1. Maintain the Mood and Tempo

Songs with a similar beat, even if separated by decades, create a smooth transition from one musical generation to the next.

  1. Don’t End on a Screeching Halt

A sudden, dead-stop is bad, but no one wants any tear-jerkers creeping from the speakers either.

Something chill. Think Reggae and beachy, or songs that inspire a relaxed mood and positive atmosphere.


Your Personalized Playlist at Hard Rock

At Hard Rock Hotels, guests can rock out to free tunes through Tracks® or enjoy timeless vinyl classics through Wax®, our latest component to The Sound of Your Stay® program.

Your Exclusive Hard Rock Hotels Audio Experience

Get up close and personal with the best summer songs or fine tune your playlist with Hard Rock Hotels and The Sound of Your Stay® program.


Enjoy access to expertly curated playlists, listen to songs from your favorite artists, and experience new songs by upcoming musicians.

WAX® –

Presenting the newest addition to the program’s music amenity, WAX® offers guests the opportunity to experience a carefully curated collection of iconic vinyl records from the comfort of their room or suite.

Plus, if you’re looking to freshen up your summer workout playlist, check out The Sound of your Body®.

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