It’s funny how the music we listen to changes with the seasons. In the winter I find myself listening to slow folk and acoustic songs that make me feel cosy on the inside. But in the summer it’s all about dance, soul and R&B. The kind of music that has me moonwalking my way to the back garden with a cold beer in my hand despite the fact that it’s a rainy Monday evening.
When we were growing up my Mum would play music in the kitchen in the evenings especially in the summer when the back door would be thrown open and the music would filter in to the garden. She had a big influence on my taste in music and introduced me to artists I’m still in love with today; Prince, Marvin Gaye, Bill Withers, Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone, KC & the Sunshine Band. We listened to songs that taught us how to move and that allowed us to lose ourselves in the rhythm. Songs that taught us soul and about things we were too young to understand (singing along to Prince lyrics as an eight year old is a little disturbing looking back).
I thought I might share a few of my favourites that have become my summer anthems over the years. These are the tunes that I play loudly after a shitty day at work and are guaranteed to lift me up and remind me that it’s summer and there is no call for being sad. They are the summeriest of summer songs and you have my total permission to use them for your own summer soundtrack. I recommend being barefoot and having all the windows open. Just don’t blame me if the neighbours get at ya!!
Say what you will about MJ but this song is a classic disco tune that will have you moonwalking your slippers.
Ugh, Fleetwood Mac and their friggin’ melodies get me everytime.
“Smell the sea and feel the sky; let your soul and spirit fly in to the mystic”. Lyrics that floored me as a teenager.
Because you can’t have a summer party without Queen B.
This song reminds me of a trip I took around SE Asia with two of my best friends. We got matching tattoos of three birds on our ribcage and every time this song comes on we have a knowing look between the three of us.
The second this song is on I slow down and smile.
I love trying to sing along to this song, especially in my car when I know I terrify all other drivers.
Probably his least filthy song so you can play it a family party.
Makes me want to have a glamorous poolside party in California.
Cheesy but so so good!!
An oldie but a goodie.
Despite this being played on every day the sun shines in Ireland I still love it.
The guitars, the drums, the vocals. An Irish classic.
Brings the tempo down for sure but this brother/sister duo melts my summer hear.
To be played loudly preferably with some couch dancing.
This was my ringtone in Uni I loved it that much.
I defy you not to dance to this song!!
The happiest of summer songs that has me stamping my little hooves with sheer glee.
No one can do 90’s beach chic like All Saints
This is my summer bath tune. Yes that is a thing.
A song that will never go out of style. Never.