Your Summer Playlist @MCLS

Disclaimer: Even though this is a blog post focused on music that is being written in New Jersey, there will be no Bruce Springsteen references.

This is the welcome thing
Many things say "summer," albeit some more welcome than others. One thing is for sure though, whether it is a barbeque, beach, back yard, or road trip day music is always, or should always be, in the background. Some of the best music of the year comes out around summertime as artists vie to be the soundtrack for that summer. It is important stuff. You do not believe me? Check out this Billboard list of the Top-10 songs from every summer, 1985-2014. That is 30 years of summer memories there. Remember what you were doing in the Summer of ’96? You do not need to look. I can tell you. You were listening to "Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)" by Los Del Rio.

Rolling Stone and Billboard each have lists of the top summer songs ever recorded. You can even vote on what song you think will rule the Hot 100 this summer. Using these lists and MCLS you should have no problem creating a soundtrack for your summer that is so good you will be happy to have it randomly shuffling all summer long.

Freegal Music
Here are seven songs to help get you started. To make this list each song had to have the word "summer" in its title. Some of these songs you can find in the MCLS physical collections but all are available in either Freegal Music or hoopla. You can access these services through our Virtual Branch.

"Boys of Summer," by Don Henley. Released in October 1984. You might not want this song in heavy summer rotation until August starts winding down.

"Cruel Summer," by Bananarama. Released in April 1983. If you were around when this was released you got it worked into your brain endlessly via commercial radio and MTV. You know, when MTV still played music videos…..

"Suddenly Last Summer," by The Motels. Released in August 1983, just when people had gotten that Bananarama song out of their heads.

"Summer Breeze," by Seals & Crofts. Released in August 1972. “Blowing through the jasmine in my mind?” I have no idea what that means but I do know that this is one Stone-Cold-Summer-Classic.

“Summer Girls," by LFO. Released in June 1999. In a song notorious for its lyrics, these stand out: “Fell deep in love, but now we ain't speakin'/Michael J Fox was Alex P Keaton.”

"Summertime," by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince. Released in 1991, back in the day when Will Smith was still known as The Fresh Prince.

"Summer Nights," The version everyone knows was released in August 1978 with John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. Summers, and karaoke, have not been the same since.

What will be on your summer playlist?

-James D.


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