Songs That Sound Like Summer

Memorial Day Weekend is upon us, and while here in New York the sequester has managed to cancel Fleet Week, the long weekend still marks the unofficial start to the season of Summer. The season of barbeques, and ice cold bottles sweating in the shade, sandy sandwiches and the sweet smell of tanning lotion, and of course, music. Yes. There is no season more fit to be tied with the sounds of obnoxiously loud outdoor music than the summer…though some songs no matter what time of year you hear them just make you think of summer. It may be that they are actually about summer…or it may just be that they evoke that sense of heat, weariness, and freedom that we all associate with the summer. In the spirit of those songs, I’ve created a list that I invariably connect with the season. This is by no means my ultimate top picks of the summer, but rather just a list that comes to mind with Barbeque season upon us (to be honest any one of these songs makes me think of at least a dozen other songs each). It’s a limited but pretty awesome playlist if I do say so myself.

(Disclaimer- This list may contain songs with “Summer” in the title, which you may construe as cheating. Forget you. Also, some of these songs due to the nature of covers and sampling may be the same song or variations on the same theme, melody, or actual recording)


After you check out my summer songs, feel free to share…what are yours?


Kool and the Gang- Summer Madness

Lovin’ Spoonful- Summer in the City

RJD2- June (feat. Copywrite)


DJ Shadow- Six Days Remix (feat. Mos Def)

Traffic- Low Spark of High Heeled Boys


Linkin Park- In the End

Parliament Funkadelic- One Nation Under A Groove

Seals and Croft/ The Isley Brothers – Summer Breeze

Seals and Croft Version

The Isley Brothers


Metallica- For Whom the Bell Tolls

Miles Davis- Summer Time

Sublime- Doin’ Time


DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince- Summertime


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