When planning a summer party, a proper playlist is essential not just for setting the tone, but for filling in the inevitable awkward pauses in conversation when you run out of ways to describe what you do for work.
But putting together a playlist takes time, and if you've made your way to this page, chances are high that you're short on it. So we've put together the ultimate summer cookout playlist, filled with American artists that will give your 4th of July party (or any other summer gathering) the kind of life and energy you desire. Most popular genres are represented, so you'll be certain to please the country, rap, '90s, and pop fans at your party.
"Doesn't Spotify already generate summer playlists, both of the generic variety and based on my listening history?" you might ask yourself. Sure, Spotify has all kinds of playlists you could throw on -- you'll be just like everyone else who does the same thing, lazily accepting the cheap collection of times some algorithm picked for you.
Do you really want to live that way? Do you want to be a serf to the algorithm, serving its needs? Or do you want hand-picked smash-hit songs, chosen by top online editors, that will make your barbecue the talk of the summer?
The choice is obvious; red pill, blue pill. Wake up, put on this playlist, start streaming, and stop worrying about what song will come next. You've already freed yourself from the algorithm's embrace.