Can you actually believe it? We got sunshine. In Ireland. In June. This unprecedented turn of events has led to a break-out of smiles and ice-cream across the land. With temperatures believed to hit the twenties again tomorrow, be sure to pop these on the iPod for tomorrow morning.
- ‘Mr Blue Sky’- ELO
This song captures the sheer euphoria us northern Europeans feel when we actually see the sun. And the last thirty seconds or so are amazing.
- ‘Here Comes The Sun’- The Beatles
“Little darling, it’s been a long cold lonely winter…” and spring, and autumn… But it doesn’t matter, because the sun’s here!
- ‘Sunny Afternoon’- The Kinks
Title says it all; the louche spirit of the swinging Sixties captured in three and half perfect minutes.
- ‘School’s Out’- Alice Cooper
Even if you’re 90, there’s a part of you that rejoices at the feeling that summer is here… and school’s out!
- ‘Good Vibrations‘- The Beach Boys
Or every other song they ever recorded.
- ‘Cousins’- Vampire Weekend
The New Yorkers who bring a bright African sound to everything they do. ‘Cousins’ is probably one of their more sunny efforts, and it’s catchier than a summer cold.
- ‘Oh Yeah’- Ash
“Oh yeah, she was taking me over, oh yeah, it was the start of the summer…” The typical boy-meets-girl story, made glorious by sunshine and guitars.
- ‘She Bangs The Drums’- Stone Roses
Despite being from rainy Manchester, Ian Brown and co pin down the sound of summer perfectly.
- ‘This Charming Man’- The Smiths
More Mancs, and despite Morrissey’s permafrost gloom, stick this on your car stereo on a hot day and just see how much it’ll make you smile.
- ‘Raspberry Beret’- Prince
The little purple man is guaranteed to make you think of summer days.
(NOTE: Prince has taken down all his videos from the internet so if you don’t know it, ask your mam to sing it to you).
- ‘In The Summertime’- Mungo Jerry
Yeah, it’s cheesy. But it’s as much a part of the summer as 99s and wasps. Also, check out the incredible facial hair in this video.
- ‘Le Freak’- Chic
Nile Rodgers personifies cool, and this song is guaranteed to make you think of good times. Good times=sunny times.
- ‘Summertime’- Everyone
Another cliche, but a gorgeous melody by George Gershwin, sung by everyone from Janis Joplin to Nick Drake to Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald. Here’s Ella’s version.
- ‘The Bucket’- Kings of Leon
This always makes me think of festivals and mud for some reason.
- ‘Summer in the City’- The Lovin’ Spoonful
Ever walked around a sweltering city in the height of summer, the smell of drains attacking your nostrils, heat rising from concrete? This song sums it up perfectly.
- ‘Get Lucky’- Daft Punk
The song of summer 2013.
Enjoy the sun while it lasts!
*Lead image via Wikimedia Commons
How great is the weather? With it set to continue tomorrow, The Daily Shift’s Roisin Peddle suggests some great songs for summer days…
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