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Songs for Summer Entertaining

Chill out this summer with this mix of breezy songs.

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  • “Agua de Beber,” Astrud Gilberto
  • “Baile Como Es (Mambo),” Tito Puente
  • “Beanbag Chair,” Yo La Tengo
  • “Groovin’,” the Young Rascals
  • “Here Comes the Sun,” Peter Tosh
  • “Pressure Drop,” Toots & the Maytals
  • “The Way We Get By,” Spoon
  • “Time Is on My Side,” the Rolling Stones
  • “Twilight Time,” the Platters
  • “What Light,” Wilco

The iMix

To sample and purchase these Summer Solstice songs, head to the Real Simple–generated iMix on

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