By Rita Kokshanian
Updated May 25, 2014 @ 11:30 am
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Barbecuing, going to the beach, hanging out by the pool, taking a road trip—these are all quintessential summer activities. And every summer activity needs the perfect playlist to go along with it. Since tomorrow is Memorial Day, also known as the unofficial start of the season, we put together a summer playlist with our favorite new artists. Take a vacation from the Top 40 with these standout new singles from music's most intriguing up-and-comers. Whether you're lazing in the backyard or pumping up the party, here's all you need to be the perfect sunny-day DJ.

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This feature originally appeared in the June issue of InStyle, available on newsstands and for digital download now.