Summer is >> in full effect and everyone has songs that remind them of summer. Every season I continue to manipulate a playlist that I created with my first intro to iTunes almost a decade ago and while it changes slightly every solstice, it remains one of my top summertime soundtracks. Feel free to use this as a guide for your own playlist or you can just straight up jack it via Spotify [subscribe: marcdzb].
Every track has the word 'summer' in the title. I limited it to roughly 20 tracks so that it fits onto a CD [I'll explain in a later post why I'm still a big fan of CD's]. In that same vein I've scrubbed duplicate artists [ie, 311 and ATB who have a bunch of songs that fit the theme] and lengthy tracks [sorry, Ferry Corsten, but I just don't have room for 7-minute cuts]. The original versions of Don Henley's 'Boys Of Summer' and 'Cruel Summer' by Bananarama are superb but I really like 2 obscure electronic covers in particular so those versions made the cut.
The order of the songs is also precise according to genre/tempo: first old school followed by indie/electro, alternative, hip-hop, electronic/dance and capped off with a few chillaxatives. So without further ado and in the famous words of his royal majesty...DRUMS PLEASE!!
DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince 'Summertime'
Nocera 'Summertime Summertime'Dino 'Summer Girls'
YACHT 'Summer Song'
Neon Indian 'Deadbeat Summer'
The Bravery 'Swollen Summer'
Interpol 'Summer Well'311 'Summer Of Love' Taking Back Sunday 'You're So Last Summer' AFI 'Summer Shudder' Deftones 'My Own Summer' The Dove Shack 'Summertime In The LBC' Lil Rob 'Summer Nights' Justin Timberlake 'Summer Love' Girl Talk 'Summer Smoke' Ace Of Base 'Cruel Summer' ATB 'Summer Rain' DJ Sammy 'Boys Of Summer' Leonid Redenko 'Summerfish' Coconut Records 'Summer Day' Blonde Redhead 'Spring And By Summer Fall'
Death Cab For Cutie 'Summer Skin'