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Wednesday 20 August 2014

The hottest holiday hits: Lazy, hazy, crazy sounds of summer

Sun, sea, sand and sweaty festivals wouldn't be the same without the right soundtrack.

All Summer Long - The Beach Boys (1964)
With "Girls on the Beach" and "I Get Around", All Summer Long was the Beach Boys ultimate fun-in-the-sun album, issued in July 1964. Written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love, the title track was released as a single in the UK and stiffed. Odd, given that summer 1964 was one of the driest on record.
Sumer is Icumen in - Circulus (2009)
Summer hits began in the 13th-century with this Middle-English round. Here it's given a 21st-century makeover by the south London psych-folk troupe. Issued on their Mythical Cake label and found on the Thought Becomes Reality album. Good for picking fruit to.
Summer in the City - The Lovin' Spoonful (1966)
This summer stalwart began life as a poem by Mark Sebastian. When his brother John read it he heard a song. With a middle eight featuring car horns and a jackhammer, Sebastian's sweat-stained delivery perfectly captures the cool heat of an urban summer.

We do love to be beside the seaside. Or at a festival. Or sitting in a queue of traffic, nudging up the aircon and wondering if anyone remembered to pack the phone charger.

And our summers are invariably soundtracked by the latest radio hit, the club anthem, or sometimes just a random song that will, when the nights start drawing in and we swap flip-flops for long socks, remind us of what we did on our holidays.

>>Click on the image to launch our guide to the Sounds of Summer

"People take pictures of the summer/ Just in case someone thought they had missed it/ And to prove that it really existed," sang Ray Davies in 1968, in the Kinks' "People Take Pictures of Each Other", one of the best songs about capturing that memory of summer before it fades into autumn gold. Summer songs are as abundant and varied as pebbles on the beach. Most tend to come and go with the surf. Others – such as the irrepressibly chirpy "Summer Holiday", the Grease hit "Summer Nights", the Med favourite "Macarena" – seem to reappear year after year, wafting along the prom with a whiff of warm shellfish. But, never mind the cockles, we've gathered 30 pearls to celebrate the ultimate summer sound. Altogether now, "Summer's here and the time is right... "

Source: Independent

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