Songs for sunny days



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.

  1. 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.

  1. ‘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!

  1. ‘Sunny Afternoon’- The Kinks

Title says it all; the louche spirit of the swinging Sixties captured in three and half perfect minutes.

  1. ‘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!

  1. ‘Good Vibrations‘- The Beach Boys

Or every other song they ever recorded.

  1. ‘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.

  1. ‘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.

  1. ‘She Bangs The Drums’- Stone Roses

Despite being from rainy Manchester, Ian Brown and co pin down the sound of summer perfectly.

  1. ‘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.

  1. ‘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).

  1. ‘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.

  1. ‘Le Freak’- Chic

Nile Rodgers personifies cool, and this song is guaranteed to make you think of good times. Good times=sunny times.

  1. ‘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.

  1. ‘The Bucket’- Kings of Leon

This always makes me think of festivals and mud for some reason.

  1. ‘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.

  1. ‘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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