Country newcomer Karissa Ella offers a perfect mix of her influences during her new song "Bad Summer," premiered exclusively on Taste of Country.

The pop-friendly track is an easy addition to any summer playlist, but the hook will stick long past Labor Day. Like one of her heroes, Shania Twain, Ella takes her feel-good vibes a level deeper without sacrificing the mood.

"With those hot country nights like no other / Ain't no thing as a bad summer," Ella sing during a new song she helped write.

“I love this song because it reminds me of all the unforgettable summer nights that I’ve had and makes me excited for the ones in the future. As long as you have sunshine and good times, you just can’t have a bad summer," Ella says.

The Ohio-raised Belmont University graduate is releasing her latest after two three-song EPs and a selection of covers by country greats including Pam Tillis and Dolly Parton. Gretchen Wilson and Carrie Underwood are two more singers Ella calls influences.

"Bad Summer is set for release on Friday (June 11). The song is currently available for pre-order and pre-save from a variety of digital music providers.

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Summer 2021 needs a great soundtrack, and country music's biggest stars and hottest newcomers are supplying. Find songs from Little Big Town, Jon Pardi, Dierks Bentley and Miranda Lambert on this 10 Hottest Songs for Summer 2021 list.

Newcomers Willie Jones and Walker Hayes also make the list with earworms we don't want to quit. Not every hot summer song needs to be a good-time party song, and not every good party song will make a great summer playlist. Our Top 10 embraces a range of emotions and experiences. What would summer be without summer love or summer heartache, or a bit of nostalgia?

Scroll down to see all 10 songs on this list of the hottest summer country songs. It's part of Taste of Country's summer Hot List, an annual report on the songs and artists set to bake this year.

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