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Single & Sauced: Swipe Right In 30 Songs

Stay sauced up and bossed up.
Eslah Attar & Samantha Clark
Stay sauced up and bossed up.

Happy hours with your crew that last until first light. Summer Fridays observed on Tuesdays. Staggered text threads with unsaved numbers. Fizzy, incessantly-sugared libations. Awkward tan lines in the name of an intricate beach slay. BYOB house parties (and sappy, inconsequential flirtations at said parties). Dance-offs at open-air bars. Egregious swipe-rights in the name of carpe diem. And wine. So much wine.

Summer has long since been synonymous with freedom. But being single in the summer months comes with a tart, refreshing sense of independence that can inspire an ostentatious level of fun. There's just something about increased temperatures and the end of cuffing season that tips the scale deep into IDGAFville to the point where any opportunity is greeted with smirk and a shrug, no matter what you thoughtyou had planned tomorrow.

Single & Saucedis the playlist to be reckless, confident, open-minded, carefree, ruthless, sexy, fearless, introspective, funky, selfish and savage to. Bubbly dance-break bops by Cosha, Poppy Ajudha and Sudan Archives offset brash, boastful rap verses by Cardi B, Offset and Rico Nasty. Steel drums and glittery synths flow together.

Pop a bottle of rosé on a neighbor's rooftop, celebrate finally investing in A/C, play DJ at the pre-game when you're the first one of the group ready or drown out the competing with the noise of a beer garden to debrief with friends about bad first dates with these roséwave selects. Transitioning a springtime breakup into a summer of singlehood might be the best thing that happens to you this year. Just don't get lost in the sauce.

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Sidney Madden is a reporter and editor for NPR Music. As someone who always gravitated towards the artforms of music, prose and dance to communicate, Madden entered the world of music journalism as a means to authentically marry her passions and platform marginalized voices who do the same.