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The Ultimate Beach Party Playlist

Grab your margaritas and prepare to get *turnt* with these party-rocking recent hits

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DNCE, "Cake by the Ocean"

Joe Jonas' new band scored a Top 10 hit with its debut single, and it's easy to understand why: Its shout-along chorus is perfect for partying, and "Cake By The Ocean" should only heat up as summer approaches and you can eat you-know-what by the you-know-where.

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Calvin Harris, Young Thug, Pharrell & Ariana Grande, "Heatstroke"

Yes, this song is hot and perfect to soak up sun with, but let it also being a reminder to stay hydrated when you're laying out.

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Miley Cyrus, "Malibu"

Get into some California vibes with Miley's nature-friendly anthem.

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LMFAO, "Party Rock Anthem"

Go ahead and let your spring break be ruled by the dominant song of the summer of 2011. Redfoo and Sky Blu may no longer join forces to form LMFAO, but in our hearts (and in the clubs!), we stay shuffling.

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Black Eyed Peas, "The Time (Dirty Bit)"

Black Eyed Peas plus Dirty Dancing? Sold. Drop this one and you'll find that nobody puts Will.i.am in the corner. 

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Kesha, "Die Young"

The easiest way to support Kesha is to appreciate her singles as the exhilarating pieces of pop that they are. Years later, "Die Young" is a total rush.

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Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee & Justin Bieber, "Despacito (Remix)"

Doctors recommend a healthy dose of reggaeton for a perfect beach day. (No they don't, but we don't think they'd argue against it.)

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Britney Spears, "I Wanna Go"

Friends don't let friends overlook the most overlooked single on Britney's Femme Fatale album on his or her beach party playlist. Play this track and you'll be dancing 'till the world ends.

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Avicii, "Wake Me Up"

Never forget the moment that the EDM and country worlds collided, and our lives were changed forever. Avicii's team-up with Aloe Blacc was a radio smash, and a perfect throwback for your playlist.

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Rihanna, "Only Girl (In The World)"

It's more than easy to soak up the sun when Rihanna, and specifically her Loud album, are close at hand. "Only Girl (In The World)" is sun-kissed, shimmering and a party starter.

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Pitbull, "Don't Stop The Party"

Listen to Pitbull, kids! Do not, in fact, stop the party! Pitbull understands these things!

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Nick Minaj, "Pound The Alarm"

Placed back-to-back with "Starships" on Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, Nicki's "Pound The Alarm" represented one-half of a stunning pop showcase for the rap queen. Do not underestimate the gyration that this song can cause.

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Icona Pop feat. Charli XCX, "I Love It"

"I Love It" remains a full-throttle, pissed-off banger, with the Icona Pop ladies providing us one of the most exuberant sing-alongs of the new millennium. Kick it back to 2013 and turn up the volume.

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Will Smith, "Miami"

It doesn't matter if you're partying in the city where the heat is on; with Big Willie's "Miami," it's like you're always taking in the ocean breeze.

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The Notorious B.I.G., "Mo Money Mo Problems"

It's a classic single, but if you can, lug your iPad or laptop to the beach so that everyone can watch the music video along with the timeless track. The Tiger Woods parody is the one thing better than a beach view.

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Calvin Harris, "Summer"

Mr. Taylor Swift has crafted some summertime anthems in the past, but none quite so right for the occasion as... you guessed it... "Summer." Soak in that bass drop!

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Lana Del Rey, "Summertime Sadness (Cedric Gervais Remix)"

Lana's gorgeous single offered zero sadness when remixed by Cedric Gervais; the spruced-up track became a Top 10 radio smash. The perfect cure for any beach blues.

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Demi Lovato, "Cool for the Summer"

Don't tell your mother... but Demi's on fire in her lead single to her 2015 Confident album. Okay, you can actually go ahead and tell your mother that.

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