Soundtrack To Class of 2022’s Summer


photo by Anna Nguyen

This playlist was curated for Cypress’ class of 2022 to enjoy as the school year is ending.

by Anna Nguyen, Staff Writer

Graduation is just around the corner, and so is summer.

Having a wide selection of songs to shuffle through is essential to having the best summer ever. Nothing says summer better than a perfectly curated playlist to capture what this year’s sunshine-filled months will sound like. On your list of “things to do this summer before college” check off having: the ultimate summer playlist.

Here are 22 songs for Cypress’ class of 2022 to represent the summer of our lives–from what the end of the school year feels like, to driving down PCH every day, to pool days, and to the bittersweet end before we start the next chapter of our lives.

Songs best listened to in order…

Section 1: Out With the Old

  1. Hug All Ur Friends – Cavetown (5:35)

Hug all your friends, don’t let them go! With just a few days left, it might be hitting you now that this could be the last time you see your classmates. Make sure to take in and treasure these final moments.

  1. See you Soon – beabadoobee (3:27)

This is also a great time to start over. These last few years may have been the best or worst of your life, but we could all definitely use a break. See you soon, let’s take some time to ourselves and breathe. 

  1. All That’s Left Behind – Greer (4:00)

Say everything you want to say before you lose the opportunity to. Don’t leave anything left unsaid, this is your time.

Section 2: The Lead Up

  1. It Gets Better – Rex Orange Country (3:33)

We’ve come so far. Just look at all the accomplishments we’ve made, and there is lots to be proud of. Look at us now! And there’s still so much to come, it does get better.

  1. Heat of the Summer – Young the Giant (3:31)

Senioritis. It gets the best of us, but with summer just around the corner, you’ll finally be able to do whatever you want. You’re almost there! The future scares me too, but we have plenty of time to figure it all out.

  1. 22 (Taylor’s Version) – Taylor Swift (3:51)

If you asked what one song would describe class of 2022, it would be this one. Let’s forget about the deadlines and ring in summer, a time for us to be happy and free (and probably confused too).

Section 3: This is What Summer Sounds Like

  1. Red Flavor – Red Velvet (3:11)

What I like the most about summer is Red Velvet, the good feelings of summer are more than what I imagined.

  1. Cabin Fever – Jaden (3:15)

Summertime might mean falling in love, and now you have all the time in the world to think about your special someone.

  1. Summer Feelings – Lennon Stella ft. Charlie Puth (2:40)

Sink into a beach chair this summer, there’s nowhere better to be.

  1. Sunroof – Nicky Youre and Dazy (2:43)

Blast your favorite tunes (and maybe this playlist) out your sunroof every night while you’re driving down the freeways.

  1. Tacones Rojos – Sebastian Yatra (3:09)

Get on the dancefloor and dance the night away!

  1. Time of Our Lives – Pitbull and Neyo (3:49)

While you’re working at your summer jobs, don’t forget this is meant to be the time of your life. The summer before starting your first year at college is a memorable one.

  1. Live While We’re Young – One Direction (3:20)

Can you believe we’re adults (or soon to be)?! There are so many memories to be made while we’re still young, go crazy!

  1. Summer – Calvin Harris (3:43)

Summer would not be complete without this song, it’s a staple for our crowd.

  1. Honey In The Summer – PUBLIC (3:20)

Spend quality time with your honey in the summer and all your loved ones.

  1. I’m Good – The Mowgli’s (2:47)

Make the most of this summer and continue finding who you are. Don’t live life with any regrets, you only live once.

  1. Best Friend – Foster the People (4:28)

No matter what, or where you are, be there for your friends, and make some new ones along the way.

  1. Disconnected – 5 Seconds of Summer (3:30)

Untangle yourself from the web of social media and disconnect from the world of technology. Enjoy everything summer has to offer to the fullest.

  1. Summer – Simpson (4:02)

If there’s a perfect time to try new things, it’s summer. Make it an unforgettable one.

Section 4: In With the New

  1. Summer Ending – NEIMY (3:19)

After a great summer, it, unfortunately, does come to an end. I wish summer could last forever.

  1. October – Alessia Cara (4:01)

The weight lifted off our shoulders during summer is something I will miss. Once October hits, summer will be a painted picture in my brain.

  1. Gotta Go My Own Way – Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens (from High School Musical 2) (3:42)

A movie from our childhood, this song represents the different paths we’ll all soon be on. Whether it be trade school, community college, a four year, or something else, we’re all doing what’s best for us. We’re all going our own separate ways.

Running time: 1 hr 18 mins