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  • 25 More Summer Songs

       April 05, 2010

    People keep finding our lists of 25 essential summer songs and since I've noticed a lot of people searching for great summer songs this time of year (and it's Opening Day!) it seems like the perfect time for the 2010 edition of the list. As a reminder, for summer songs, we're looking for something upbeat, something that mentions summer fun or at least something that would be great to listen to with the windows rolled down. Here we go!

    1. Raindrops, by Basement Jaxx: A sexy, but still kinda sweet, song that conjurs up the feeling of a summer storm breaking a heat wave.
    2. If I Had No Loot, by Tony! Toni! Tone!: This is a just a cool, laid back tune that's the perfect background music for a day in the backyard with your friends.
    3. You Never Even Called Me By My Name, by David Allan Coe: You're still listening to this song in your backyard with friends, but wait until after everyone's had a few Summer Shandys so they'll be ready to sing along.
    4. And We Danced, by The Hooters: Just a happy, upbeat summer love song - nothing too serious or angsty here.
    5. Southern Cross, by Crosby, Stills & Nash: The irony, of course, is that if you're seeing the Southern Cross in summer, it's actually winter. In any case, there's always a place for a great song about the sea on any of my musical lists.
    6. The Beat Goes On, by Sonny & Cher: I associate this song with Paul Molitor's 1987 39-game hit streak - it makes me think of the daily summer rhythm of baseball.
    7. California Love, by 2Pac: Even though this song has a classic post-apocalyptic video, I always associate slow West Coast rap songs like this with summer - they just have that kind of coolness to them.
    8. Home, by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros: Oh sure, they're damn, dirty hippies, but this song is just about joy.
    9. Lights Out, by Santigold: I hate that someone as cool as Santigold is associated with Bud, but still, they were right to pick this song as the soundtrack to drinking beer on the beach. Santigold's vocals are just like a cool breeze coming off the ocean and are just as refreshing as a cold beer.
    10. School's Out, by Alice Cooper: A classic summer song that I've tragically overlooked in past lists.
    11. Exception Of Love, by The Truth: The Truth were a mid-80s British mod band that should have been huge. This song is a slice of pop heaven best served under blue, blue skies.
    12. Luckenbach, Texas, by Waylon Jennings: This song doesn't scream summer, but it does make you think of the joys of the simple things in life and how summer fun isn't always about some big trip, it can be about just playing in the sprinkler.
    13. My Sweet Lord, by George Harrison: While Barry Manilow may have written the songs that made the whole world sing, George Harrison writes the songs that the whole world secretly loves because they're so damn happy. Think about it, could anyone else write a popular song mentioning Hare Krishnas and get away with it? Of course not!
    14. Drumsticks, by Doomtree: Not only is this the perfect song to blast with the windows down, it also references Cletus the Slack-Jawed Yokel's theme song. No really! It's amazing: "Some folk'll never lose a toe, but then again some folk'll"
    15. Mountain Music, by Alabama: I remember sitting around campfires as a kid and when this song would come on my drunken aunts & uncles would start with the "Yee Haws!" and knee slapping. I still think of camping with them whenever I hear this song.
    16. Sweet Potato, by Cracker: When a song actually references dancing around a campfire, it's gotta be a summer classic.
    17. Jambalaya (on the bayou), by Hank Williams: Another down home song that just sounds better when you're outside.
    18. Rock And Roll Band, by Boston: I love all of Boston's music (as an aside, it occurs to me that Boston belongs to a subgenre of corporate rock which I will dub "Spaceship Rock" based soley on their awesome album covers) but this song fits because it expresses the summery exuberance of the band when they started to make it: "Signed a record company contract!"
    19. Doreen, by Old 97's: The Old 97's are always good for some fun & sweaty songs (really, I love Rhett Miller, but the boy sweats a lot). This one reminds me of reckless summer nights in the city.
    20. There She Goes, by The Las: A gentle, happy summer song that just makes you hum along rather than think about anything. There's no thinking in summer!
    21. When You Walk In The Room, by Fyfe Dangerfield: Summer's the time for positive music and I love the lyrics to this song, which are basically about not apologizing for being happy
    22. Take It Easy, by The Eagles: The ultimate laid back summer song that's equally perfect for a road trip or a BBQ.
    23. Funkytown, by Lipps Inc.: Funkytown is more of a summer destination. It's hard to get funky if you're weighted down by a parka, you know?
    24. Under The Bridge, by Red Hot Chili Peppers: If you came of age in the 90's, this is one of your definitive summer songs. It makes me think of late Sunday afternoons, when there's a haze in the air, but the streets are empty.
    25. Kick Drum Heart, by The Avett Brothers: I can't stop listening to Laundry Room by these guys, but this is the better summer song, if only because it's impossible not to bang along with the kick drum!

    Posted by kris at April 5, 2010 10:50 AM

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