It's hotter than hell in Tucson right now and the heat makes all of us locals feel exhausted without doing anything. We also constantly feel sluggish and drive like total assholes on the road. Not an exaggeration.

I have a few coping mechanisms that help me get through this Southern Arizona summer (i.e. the reason this city still has low rent) and they include but are not limited to:

  1. Covering my bedroom windows in tinfoil and then working on my bed in the dark from 12-3pm every day
  2. Doing killer cannonballs in a pool
  3. Living in a perpetual state of denial that it's always 106° during this time of the year and I actually choose to live here
  4. Buying Otter Pops in bulk
  5. Praising whoever invented air conditioning and
  6. Blaring my favorite songs while using my living room as a dance floor

I highly recommend #1 for those who try not to cry when their electricity bill comes (it may look tacky but damn if it doesn't make a difference!) but even if you're not suffering from Sonoran Desert heat, everyone can benefit from listening these rad tunes.

So at the risk of having the entire internet making fun of my music choices, I'm going to share the songs I 've been listening to. Yes, on repeat.

My recommendation for your summer? Get up. Make a playlist that includes these 14 songs. Hit shuffle. Make coffee and then kick some serious ass.

Got them thunder thighs 
Boom clack they smack when I stride.

Guys, if this isn't the perfect summer anthem I DON'T KNOW WHAT IS.

Still walking and still laughing
I do what I want and die trying
And don't worry If you don't approve when they criticize you
Just say
Only me
It's me It's me It's me
It's me

  1. Dance your heart out to this. 
  2. Shake it all to this. 
  3. Jiggle everything you've got to this.
  4. Throw your hands in the air and spin in circles to this.
    or, at the very least-
  5. Play this song over and over and over again.
You're welcome.

Claire of Copper Union Apparel played this on repeat while road tripping through Washington and I can't recommend blaring this in your car enough.

There's something seriously special about loud music in a tiny vehicle.

I'm not crying, YOU'RE CRYING.

If you want to cry even harder, watch the mind-blowingly talented Jayna Brown perform this on America's Got Talent (starts at 1:58) and just know that you'll have puffy eyes for the rest of the day.

Totally worth it.

Lizzo has me worshiping her like the goddess she is every day. Of. My. Life.


My Basic Bitch self knows all the words, feels no shame about this and dances with my cats every time it comes on.

They definitely hate it.
I definitely love it.

My #1 karaoke go-to.

Pro tip: there's a really good chance that when you get to karaoke someone else will have already requested it. Ask them if you can sing a duet with 'em... it doubles the magic.


Jill Scott FOR LIFE.

My partner despises this song because my iTunes says I've played it 82 times. It's hard to blame him, but it's even harder to not make it 83.

I'm a fan of both Wicked AND Mika so to mix both together with better lyrics? I can't believe I'm going to say this... but I'd take this over Taylor Swift's "Mean" any day.

Never shall I tire of Sara Bareilles OR this video.

Sing the lyrics as loud as you can. The catharsis is real.

Gabifresh is brings the witch, Jacob Tobias is brings the glam and goddamn it if Mary Lambert makes it impossible to NOT GRIN while watching this.


Cheers to kick-ass music that keeps me going, rocking out and occasionally being productive. These choices even make house cleaning kinda fun... which is no small feat.

ETA: I made a YouTube playlist just for you so you can click play and just keep dancin'!

Any recommendations that I should add to the list? Lay 'em on me!

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