What I’m Listening To this Month: Memphis in June

This month I decided to look at some fun summer-themed songs. Here are my top five songs that celebrate summer!

"School's Out" - Alice Cooper (School's Out)

Nothing starts the summer off right as student than when school is done for the year. I remember that feeling as a kid when you knew it was the last day, and just how excited I was. Alice Cooper really hit a homerun with this track. It has a great grunge aesthetic, and you will most definitely be rocking out to this in your car as you speed off towards the local hangout. 

School's Out

"Summer Nights" - Olivia Newton John (Grease)

When the movie Grease came out, it was an instant hit. The songs were catchy and the actors gave great performances. One such musical number was called "Summer Nights," which featured Olivia Newton John and John Travolta singing about their budding romance to their friends. Both had their own takes on how it had gone when the two had met during the summer before school started up. You never know who you will meet during the summer!


"Doin' Time" - Sublime (Sublime)

Sublime was one of the most easy going bands of the early 1990s. Hailing from Long Beach, California, Sublime was a band that was considered an American reggae rock and ska punk band. Some of their biggest hits are on this album, such as "What I Got" and "Santeria," but I like "Doin' Time" as it pertains to the theme. The music calmly comes in as the song begins, until it starts with "Summertime, and the livin's easy." I love playing this album while sitting on the patio having a nice refreshing drink with the sun on my face.

Sublime (10th Anniversary Edition / Deluxe Edition)

"Steal My Sunshine" - Len (The Big Hits 1999 Vol. 3)

I knew within thirty seconds into this song that I was gonna love it. Len was a one-hit-wonder band out of Canada who came out with this track in 1999. The song is about not giving into letting others stealing your happiness, and that it is up to you to prevent that and thrive instead. The instrumentals are great as most late nineties songs were at the time. Even if you don't know the lyrics, you can really groove along to this with the window down.

The Big Hits 1999 - Vol. 3

"The Boys of Summer" - Don Henley (Building the Perfect Beast)

I have always enjoyed this song. I don't know if it's the raspy voice of Don Henley or the guitar riffs, but I can definitely rock on to to this one. The song itself tells about a love that happened in the summer, but just like how summer lasts, neither did the love. The singer reflects on this past relationship and wants it to be the way it used to be, but it's over. Although the content may be a bit mournful for a summer song, I think it honestly fits.

Building the Perfect Beast