Get summer ready with 10 feel good summer songs.
“Summertime” by DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince
The ultimate 90’s nostalgia summer jam, the American hip-hop duo released this hit in 1991. The song’s instrumental samples “Summer Madness” by Kool & the Gang.
Cue up this classic from soul man Bill Withers, released in 1977. Fun fact: Near the end of the song, Withers holds a single note for 18 seconds, which is purportedly the longest note in a U.S. Top 40 single in history.
“Sunny Afternoon” by the Kinks
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“Now I’m sitting here, sipping at my ice cold beer, lazing on a sunny afternoon” released in 1966, The Kink’s Ray Davies sings of how we’d all like to spend our summer days. The song references the high levels of progressive tax taken by the British Labour government of Harold Wilson.
“Everybody Loves the Sunshine” by Roy Ayers
If this doesn’t get you in the mood for summer I don’t know what will! Released in 1976 this vibrant sweet summer song by jazz soul sensation Ray Ayers always gets the crowd up dancing with their mimosas. Even if you don’t think you know this classic tune, you’ve heard it sampled by Mary J. Blige, Common, P.M. Dawn and plenty of others.
“Steal My Sunshine” by Len
One hit wonder Canadian band ‘Len’ released “Steal My Sunshine” in 1999. Put your cap on backwards, get some 90s shades and stick this on and you’ll be ready for summer in no time. The backdrop is based on a sample of a short instrumental portion of the “Andrea True Connection’s” 1976 disco single “More, More, More,”
“Sun is Shining” by Bob Marley and the Wailers
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Mellow, chilled out beats, just what we want to hear in the summer sunshine; “Sun is shining, the weather is sweet / Make you want to move your dancing feet,”
Bob Marley and the Wailers “Sun is Shining” from 1971.
“Walking on Sunshine” by Katrina and the Waves
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Upbeat and a right toe tapper, if you’re not walking on sunshine, is it even summer? The song was released in 1985 and although the music video is shot in rainy England, it’s an instant warming song.
“Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles
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It’s difficult not to sing along to “Here Comes the Sun” written by George Harrison for The Beatles’ 1969 album ‘Abbey Road’.
The song was written at the country house of his friend Eric Clapton.
“Get Lucky” by Daft Punk
The summer jam of 2013 is a disco inferno full of bright guitar shimmer and a beat that keeps you up having good fun until you see the sun.
“Summer Breeze” by Seals and Crofts
Nothing says summer like Seals and Crofts singing “Summer breeze, makes me feel fine”. Released in 1972, the track has since been covered by artist such as The Isley Brothers, Type O Negative and Three Tenors.
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