Thursday, June 3, 2010

Ten Favorite Summer Jams

Summer's almost upon us again, so I thought I'd make a list of my ten favorite summer jams.

1)"Summer" - War

For me, this is the ultimate summer jam. It has a nice breezy vibe goin' on. It's a really soothing jam, one you can just kick back and listen to while drinking a beer or just chillin'. It's also a great song to listen to while cruising on a warm summer day. Beautiful song.

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2)"Hot Fun In The Summertime" - Sly & The Family Stone

Whenever I hear this song, it takes me back to when I was a kid visiting my relatives in Ohio during the summer. Really cool song.

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3)"Best of My Love" - The Emotions

This song always reminds me of a bright summer day when I hear it. It's a timeless pop/soul classic penned by Maurice White and Al McKay from Earth, Wind & Fire, and The Emotions' voices are in top form on this song.

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4)"In The Summertime" - Mungo Jerry

This song has an irresistible, goofy charm to it. It was the British folk/jug/rock/blues band's biggest hit. The song never gets old.

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5)"Mr. Blue Sky" - Electric Light Orchestra.

This song always puts me in a summer mood, no matter what time of year it is. It's one of the happiest jams I've ever heard and is my favorite ELO cut.

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6)"Master Blaster (Jammin')" - Stevie Wonder

I like how Stevie fuses reggae with his own unique sound on this song. An excellent summer jam and a great addition to Stevie's massive catalog of hits.

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7)"Good Vibrations" - The Beach Boys

This brilliantly crafted pop song sounds like hordes of people hitting the beaches in Southern California during the summer. Brian Wilson's stellar songwriting chops are in clear evidence on this classic.

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8)"Holiday Road" - Lindsey Buckingham

This joyful jam was used for the 1983 hit comedy Vacation starring Chevy Chase. The song fit perfectly for the fun summer film.

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9)"California Love" - Tupac Shakur

Rap legend Tupac Shakur collaborated with beat maestro Dr. Dre and funk master Roger Troutman for this prodigious rap anthem. In 1995 people all over Los Angeles were bumpin' this track in their cars. It sort of became the LA theme song of '95. It's a great song to blast out of your car while cruising, especially during the summer.

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10)"Summer in The City" - The Lovin' Spoonful

An infectious, hook-filled summer classic. In my view, a list of great summer tunes wouldn't be complete without this song on it. The song pulls the listener in from the very first note.

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1 comment:

Larissa Supleve said...

http://mrshuffleupagus.blogspot.com/2010/11/cover-to-cover-mr-blue-sky.html

But who does the best ELO cover?