Forget the "song of the summer." With so many new releases coming out over the next three months, you shouldn't feel like the season has to be defined by a single track that just happens to be playing every time you walk into a store, head to the park, or go to a bar. The soundtrack to your summer is something you control -- and this is the place to start.
Whether you're escaping your job for a vacation or just taking a break from the misery of your social media feed, music is here for you. With plenty of new releases from artists who have dominated summers in the past -- and some records from groups you've probably never heard of -- there's something here for even most sun-averse among us. Dive in.