As we trudge through a chilly spring, many of us may be looking forward to the heat of summer. We all know that Missouri weather is mercurial, and that the sweltering, sticky heat is right around the corner. Come July we may look back fondly on this unseasonably cool spring, but for now let’s look forward to some warmer weather with a selection of summer songs:
Summertime Rolls, opens a new window, Jane’s Addiction, opens a new window. From their breakout album Nothing’s Shocking, Summertime Rolls is a sweet love song in Perry Farrell’s unmistakable style. It conjures up images of lazy shoeless days with that special someone. You can almost smell the freshly cut grass of a romantic picnic in the park.
In the Summertime, opens a new window, Mungo Jerry, opens a new window. From their 1971 album Electrically Tested, this is the classic summer jam. I dare you not to start tapping your toe and bobbing your head once that ‘ch-ch uh, ch-ch uh’ starts up. This song is best listened to driving lazily down city streets with the top down or windows open.
Summertime, opens a new window, Ella Fitzgerald, opens a new window. This slow sultry classic perfectly captures those long, languorous summer days when it’s too hot to do anything but make a batch of lemonade or your favorite cocktail and just sit on the porch watching the world go by. Never mind the butchery it suffered at the hands of a certain 90s alt/ska band.
Summertime, opens a new window, DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, opens a new window. From the 1991 album Homebase. Remember those days when nothing was too serious, and your only real concern was that “parents just don’t understand?” You will when you pop this hip-hop classic into your discman.
Summer in the City, opens a new window, Lovin’ Spoonful, opens a new window. I don’t know about you, but any time I start seeing those heat waves coming off the parking lots and asphalt of downtown this song never fails to lodge itself in my brain and then hit ‘repeat’. Come to think of it, maybe we’d be better off not listening to this infectiously catchy tune too frequently.
Honorable mention, Most annoying summer earworms: