Welcome to Friday Fives, my Friday meme where I post a list of five things. I had writer’s block this morning trying to come up with a topic for today, so I asked on Facebook with a simple “what would you like me to list?”. Since I had already started a draft post about my favorite Summer songs, I went with Suzanne’s suggestion to list five songs that instantly make me think “summer” when I hear them. Here they are!
1. “Summertime” – DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince (Will Smith)
THIS SONG, you guys. From the first time I heard it (the video premiered on MTV back in the olden days when MTV showed videos), it instantly said “summer” to me. I like listening to it on a warm evening while driving with the windows rolled down
2. “Jump” – Van Halen
Released in January ’84, by summer that year this song was everywhere. I was at Interlochen that summer and it seemed every cabin had at least one Van Halen cassette to pop into a boom box. One morning we took a bus ride to the beach and sang this song at the top of our lungs the whole way there.
3. “Hold On” – Wilson Phillips
When Wilson Phillips released their self-titled debut album in 1990, “Hold On” shot to the top of the charts and was played on the radio every day for months. Years, maybe. By summer it was everywhere, and it became another of my roll down the window and SING favorites. I can harmonize like a boss to any Wilson Phillips song
4. “Surfin’ Safari” and “Surfin’ USA” by The Beach Boys. Really, no explanation necessary here, once school gets out, radio stations start playing Beach Boys songs, and when the kids go back to school, the songs disappear. The Beach Boys = Summer!
5. “Blurred Lines” – Robin Thicke feat. T.I. and Pharrell Williams
I love this song so much I play the YouTube video a couple of times every day. I would download it but my phone is ancient and music sounds terrible coming out of it. Anyway, Blurred Lines is my JAM, and I’m positive that I will forever associate it with the beginning of Summer 2013. There are both unrated and clean versions, I mostly listen to the clean version they performed on The Voice, not because I’m a prude or anything, but because it’s the best live recording I’ve found. Take a listen!
Whether the song has “summer” in the title or not, what songs instantly remind you of summer?