It may be the beginning of August, but have no fear! There are still 7 glorious weeks of summer left to soak up the sun (with plenty of SPF, of course) and get your beach reading on — and we have the perfect summer playlist to last you until well after Labor Day! Check out some favorites of Adults & Teen Services staff below:
Paradise City — Guns N’ Roses: Appetite for Destruction (Tony)
A classic hit from one of the greatest rock bands of all time, ‘Paradise City’ is just one song from the album that has shaped, and continues to shape, the adolescence of many. Also, you’re a liar if you say you’ve never air-drummed the intro.
It’s OK — The Beach Boys: The Warmth of the Sun (Brian & Lynnette)
It’s impossible to create the best summer playlist of all time without at least one Beach Boys tune. After all, they’re an American icon with hit after hit that scream summer. The Warmth of the Sun presents a broad view of their musical legacy, with It’s OK reminding us to “play and enjoy it while it lasts.” Hear, hear.
Girl — Beck: Guero (Debra)
With an NES symphony prologue, ‘Girl’ gives off a Cali-rock vibe that is a perfect addition for The Ultimate Summer Soundtrack. The entire album of Guero, in fact, is highly recommended for reveling in Beck’s eclecticism.
Pumped Up Kicks — Foster the People: Torches (Christine)
Foster the People’s ‘Pumped Up Kicks’ was their breakthrough single that landed on Billboard’s Alternative Songs chart at #1 in 2011 – and we’re still loving it two years later!
Hideaway – Passion Pit: Gossamer (Zach)
The synth-pop symphonies presented on the sophomore album of Passion Pit delve into some heavy topics. Hideaway, however, gives listeners the warm fuzzies with its soft Eurodisco pastiche.
Beast of Burden – The Rolling Stones: Grrr (Andrea)
This year marked the 50th anniversary of the Rolling Stones, and in my humble opinion, Mick Jagger has still got it! Grrr is a 3-disc set that includes some essential hits including ‘Beast of Burden’, the perfect laid-back jam for lounging poolside.
Life’s a Beach – Django Django: Django Django (Andrea)
No relation to the new Quentin Tarantino flick, Django Django is a rock group that hails from Edinburgh and played at Bonaroo, Central Park Summerstage, and Firefly this summer. Couldn’t make it to the fests? No worries. Check out their self-titled album at the library or place a hold by clicking the link below!
What are some of your essential summer tunes? Share in the comments below!
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