I haven’t written a “proper” blog post on here in a while so I reckon it’s about time that I get back to doing so a bit more regularly. To begin, I plan on re-starting the musical series of posts that I used to do, which I am renaming “Musical Moments”. In this, I’ll be putting a minimum of 5 songs each post and a brief reason why they should be on your playlist at this moment in time. To kick it off, I’m bringing you my summer essentials tracks.
The Feeling – Set My World On Fire
I’m a pretty big fan of The Feeling. They operate a relaxed, kind of cheesy and happy style of pop but they aren’t afraid to come back with some sadder and more meaningful tracks. The song I’m recommending is from their third studio album “Together We Were Made” and it’s pretty good! The mix of a slow and sedate start to the song, coupled with an extraordinarily catchy chorus which lends itself perfectly to a big sing along on road trips or at barbecues is one of the best reasons to put this on a summer playlist. Plus, it just makes you feel good!
Toby Keith – How Do You Like Me Now?
Country music should be a staple of ANY summer playlist. No exceptions. Toby Keith is one of my favourite country artists as his songs are those perfect mix between guitar, vocals and beers. Toby Keith comes from Oklahoma and makes good on his ‘Cowboy’ background, with songs ranging from lovers, friends and jobs. The song here is perfect for those of you just coming back from uni and seeing those dreaded exes back in your hometown. 😉
Far East Movement – Live My Life (Party Rock Remix ft. Justin Bieber and RedFoo)
Far East Movement are an American hip hop quartet that sprung to fame with “Like A G6” in 2010, though they had already had some successes previously. They are just a happy-go-lucky, modern act that have teamed up with lots of other musicians to date, and on this track in particularly with RedFoo of LMFAO and Justin Bieber featuring! “Live My Life” is pretty much a mantra that we should all live by at some point and what better time than during our Summer?
Train – Drive By
Train are awesome. Enough said. “Drive By” is from their newest album and it’s happy, cheerful, summery and has a road trip in the video. Is there any other reason to love Train? There are, but you don’t need any of them. You should ALWAYS love Train and this is the best place to start if you don’t already!
Alex Clare – Too Close
I first heard of Alex Clare when his song was used on the Internet Explorer 9 advert. Now, that’s not a reason to associate him with IE as a rubbish song being used to sell a rubbish browser (Sorry IE, we all know it…) but no, you should assume that Microsoft used him to sell IE9 because the song is just SO good! The drop into dubstep on the chorus is really well-timed too! If you need another selling point, there are Kendo practitioners in the video! Awesome!
Fun. – We Are Young (ft. Janelle Mon
If you were looking for a song to typify the night spent sat around the fire having a few drinks on the summer camping trip then look no further than Fun. Their track was the first rock/alternative song to top the Billboard Hot 100 since Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida”. The song features the line that “Tonight we are young”, which is pretty much the words that you’ll want to remember what with everyone pushing the idea of jobs and growing up and responsibility onto you. Chill out and chant along!
There you have it, enjoy some music this summer! Any suggestions, please leave them in comments below!