Wednesday, 19 August 2009

16 Classic Songs that sound better in the summer

Whilst listening to SWV’s ‘Anything’ on loop all morning I became further convinced that there are certain songs that sound better when the sun is shining. I have no scientific evidence to prove this theory, but I sent BlackBerry messages to a few of my contacts and they all agreed, so it must be a bit true.

Considering I’m a musician before a writer (not that I think I’m a writer, but enough people think I am that I need to deny their assertion or state their assertion then qualify myself) I should really write about music more. However music’s in such a pitiful state, it’s no exaggeration to say it grieves my heart thinking about it.

This could be a rant where I outline what’s wrong with the music industry, but I’m trying to give up stating the obvious and making it seem profound. Ergo I won’t write a rant trying to convince you all that the mainstream music industry is about as healthy as a cancer patient.

Sidebar: On the flip side the UK underground music scene is thriving and full of incredible talent. I could reel off about 20 UK acts that I know personally who are amazing. At the moment I’m heavily endorsing (in no particular order) Jessie, Vula, Tawiah, Tafari Rose, Cherri V, Clement Marfo and the Frontline and The Pangs.

However, what I will do is list 16 classic songs that according to my biased and unsubstantiated research findings sound better that bit better when played on a sunny day.

16 Classic Songs that sound better in the summer

Note: The songs are in no particular order and my list is in no way exhaustive. There are so many other songs I’d love to include, so feel free to make your additions in the shout box/comment section.

1)Skee-Lo ‘I wish’

I wish I was little bit taller, I wish I was a baller, I wish I had a girl if I did I would call her….

Need I say more?

2)Lauryn Hill ‘Doo Wop that thing

The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill is my favourite album of all time. This isn’t even my favourite track on the album (I’m still torn between ‘Tell Him’ and ‘Miseducation) but I listened to it about two minutes ago and it just felt like musical perfect.

3) Will Smith and Jazzy Jeff ‘Summertime’

Do I really need to explain why this is included?

4) Backstreet Boys ‘Everybody’

I still have a thing for AJ…….

5) Shalamar ‘A night to remember’

Sheer 80s genius!

6) Hanson ‘Mmmmbop’

I still cannot get over how brilliant this song is. A pop masterpiece. Anyone that disagrees try and write a chorus that so cleverly blends onomatopoeia and melody.

7) Sugababes ‘Overload’

In my eyes the Sugababes can do no wrong and it’s because of this song they will always hold a special place in my life.

8)Avril Lavigne ‘Sk8r boi’

I love privileged teenagers who are angry and tormented for no apparent reason

9) Goapele ‘Closer’

Goapele is an underrated singer that most people reading this will probably have never heard of. I stumbled across her music whilst in LA a couple summers back and have had her album ‘Change It All’ on loop ever since.

10) Jill Scott ‘Golden’

Jill Scott is another underrated musical genius. I pray it doesn’t take her death/losing half her body weight and wearing next to no clothing for the world to wake up and really acknowledge the depth of her talent.

11) Nat King Cole ‘Love’

Nat King Cole = Flawless.

12) Stevie Wonder ‘All I do’

I couldn’t compile a list of songs that sound better in the summer and exclude this Stevie joint. Ironically today is actually ‘Hotter than July’, good times.

13) High School Musical ‘We’re all in this together’

I love Disney, I love pop, and I love cheesy dance routines and more than anything I love films that shamelessly promote traditional American values that no one beyond the Bible belt believes in.

14) Jay Z ‘H to the Izzo’

This song contains my favourite Jay Z lines ever …..‘I do this for my culture..’.

Sadly since the Blueprint Jay-Z is yet to release a body of work that even comes close. I heard ‘Kingdom Come’ LP and died a little. ‘American Gangster’ was unable to rectify the damage done to my soul. Nevertheless, crank this joint and reminisce. * Pours some liquor for all the great rappers who have gone astray *

15)Whitney Houston ‘I wanna dance with somebody’

In my head Whitney never met Bobby or did that infamous Diane Sawyer interview. In fact the only thing Whitney did in the last decade that I choose to remember is the ‘My Love is Your Love’ album, in my head she’ll always be perfect.

16) Bunny Mack 'My Sweetie'

African disco classic that reminds me of my childhood!

Honourable Mentions

S Club 'S Club Party'

Michael Jackson 'Off the Wall'

Mary J Blige ‘Real Love’

Oasis 'Wonderwall'

Peace, Love and Sloane


1 comment:

  1. I've got to co-sign #16, jeeez, infact a lot of that list minus avril lavine and high school musical (my sister ruined any chance of me appreciating that song by abusing my ears with it for a year)
    And Sugababes' 1st album was their best album in my opinion