This morning I was driving to work and a local radio station was talking about favorite summer songs, and they listed some great ones like The Thong Song, Summer Girls, and Crazy. I wanted to share my own personal list.
So, here are my ten favorite summer songs. They are more or less in order, but not completely. I think most of them are equal.
1. Do You Realize—The Flaming Lips
I don’t think you could have summer without The Flaming Lips. The next three songs are from such great albums—that the albums themselves are almost the embodiment of summer for me. However, Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots is my favorite album for summer.
2. Float On—Modest Mouse
I bought this album the summer before my senior year of college. I lived in Siloam Springs that summer. I was very lonely. Spring was in Tulsa, and Holly was working all the time and spending time with her boyfriend. I remember thinking about how great the lyrics were, and my favorite line is:
“Well, a fake Jamaican took every last dime with a scam
It was worth it just to learn some sleight-of-hand
Bad news comes don't you worry even when it lands
Good news will work its way to all them plans”
3. Sail to the Moon—Radiohead
This album came out before or during the summer of my junior year of college, and I was in a horrible place. I had just been broken up with, and my clothing was permanently stained red because of my openly bleeding heart. My parents had planned a trip to Phoenix, AZ that summer because my father had a conference there, and we took a road trip. I remember laying out by the pool with my sister, and listening to this CD on loop. What I love about Sail to the Moon is the lullaby affect it had one me. The romantic melody but the lyrics do not match up.
4. No Surprises—Radiohead
My ex-boyfriend turned me onto Radiohead, and one summer I house sat for his family. I had just learned how to rip music from a CD and burn it onto another CD. I made my first mixed CD the summer of 2001, and I never looked back. This song and one other Ex-Factor by Lauryn Hill was on that first “Sweet Tunes.” I remember Sheena and I were listening to the song and she said, “You know he sings about how crappy everything is all the time, but he makes it seem okay.”
5. These Days—Nico
I have listened to this song every summer since I first discovered The Royal Tenenbaums (which is also a great summer movie). “Please don't confront me with my failures, I had not forgotten them.” Need I say more?
6. Big Girls Don’t Cry—Fergie
This song has to be mentioned because Mary-Beth and I spent all summer listening to it last year. We drove all around Dallas, and would sing it at the top of our lungs. I even sang it karaoke at a pool party once.
7. Rush of Blood to the Head—Coldplay
I have always argued that this song is about Forrest Gump (another great summer movie), but I have always been told that, “No, no it is about President George W. Bush.” I think that in summer time people usually do more impulsive things than usual, and I think that typically it gets blamed on a rush of blood to the head.
8. Ex-Factor—Lauryn Hill
I love this song. This is one of the best break-up songs every written. I discovered this song while purusing my then boyfriends cd collection, and even from the beginning of our relationship—I knew that this song was about this person and myself. I think of this song and I think my home town in Grove, Oklahoma. I would drive around in the summer, college looming ahead of me, and with new love found. Yet I could not shake the truth in Lauren’s words:
“See I know what we got to do
You let go and I'll let go too
'Cause no one's hurt me more than you
And no one ever will”
9. Somewhere Only We Know—Keane
I heard this song on a Victoria Secrets commercial, and I could not believe I had never heard the song before. I spent the rest of the week doing internet research until I found it on a forum. It was a song by a band called Keane. The song reminds of a short story I wrote once about a cliff that over looked a ravine with a bench, and it was summer time when I wrote the short story.
10. Jesus Freak—DC Talk
This song reminds me of the best parts of summer in middle and high school—church camp. I loved church camp, and I used to attend Falls Creek in the summer. It was this huge hilly camp ground near Turner Falls in Oklahoma that was hot as hell (or not), and we would spend all our free time in the cabin playing cards and listening to Christian pop music.
What do you think your favorite summer songs are?