Rejoice! With Fourth of July 2017 upon us, it's the signal that summer really is here.

While toasting our nation's independence is ample cause to celebrate, for music fans there's so much more to look forward to this summer with the plethora of festivals and concerts on the horizon.

Of course, the Fourth also serves as a tacit reminder that the year is halfway over — which means it's time to take stock of the great music that has been released in 2017 (so far).

Whether you're hitting the beach, chilling and grilling with the barbeque, or heading out on a road trip with friends, we've curated a playlist of 15 songs that will fill in the grooves not only on July 4th but all summer long.

Styx, "Gone Gone Gone"

Styx have released a new concept album about a mission to Mars. Is it 1977 or 2017? Heavy subject matter on The Mission aside, this frantic, up-tempo number packs a sizable punch in the form of singer Lawrence Gowan's energetic vocals and swirling synths, the dual guitars of James "JY" Young and Tommy Shaw, and the backbeat of Todd Sucherman. "Light it up and get this show on the road," indeed.

Check out the full playlist HERE