We all need a good summer playlist.
But what makes the perfect summer song?
The beat doesn't need to be complicated or involved
invoke some thoughts of nature and of being outside
tuning out the environment and enjoying friends and the moment.
heard of the song
"Pacific Theme" - Broken Social Scene
Instrumental tracks can be great for the summer. They don't ask too much of us, which is key. Sometimes I find myself overly absorbed with an artist's accent, or songwriting and forget to just enjoy the song. Instrumentals are kind of just there, and that's perfect. I dare you to stay angry at the weird guy eating a banana in the car next to you, who you are just positive is responsible for the traffic, while listening to this one.
"Sea Legs" - The Shins
It's kind of cheating, because The Shins are appropriate for any time. They're that good. I don't really need an excuse to listen to them, but it doesn't hurt to have one. "Sea Legs," with its funky bass and captivating vocals, belongs on the list.
"Bouncing Around the Room" - Phish
Phish, so famous for their ridiculous fanbase and crazy touring schedule, rarely fail to impress with the actually quality of the music. Take it or leave it: they know how to jam, and it's really easy to get behind a track like this one. The spontaneous piano, the harmonies, the repetition of the title - it all gives you hardly any choice but to follow it's command and start dancing.
"My Doorbell" - The White Stripes
There we have it. Four songs to get started.
Let's not forget the most important part about a summer song: it has to be enjoyable! The guidelines are just basic ideas, but there's nothing that says that a song that contradicts any or all of those can't be great. These songs should be fun, above all. Stay tuned for more songs to add to the playlist!