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The Warmth of the Sun

The Warmth of the Sun…and 49 other beach blanket musical masterpieces both major and minor.

Beach reads and beach music share some common elements. Beach reads are all
about pacing, plot and structure. Beach music is all about pacing and
simplicity. Whether it’s the sad drone of Springsteen’s Racing in the Streets or the beachy bounce of last year’s Get Lucky, the songs of the summer don’t
get too complex. They go for your inner kid. They move your feet and maybe
leave the heaviness of winter in the rearview of a convertible. We picked 50. The only list that really matters is your own. But we’ll bet on this playlist all summer long.

THE BEACH BOYS
The Warmth of the Sun, Beach Boys
Surfer Girl, Beach Boys
The Girls on the Beach, Beach Boys
Your imagination, Brian Wilson
This Little Girl, Gary US Bonds
Racing in the Streets, Bruce Springsteen
The Girls in their Summer Clothes, Bruce Springsteen
Blurred Lines, Robin Thicke
Get Lucky, Daft Punk

JAZZ
Summer, Dave Brubeck
Summertime, Miles Davis
My Favorite Things, John Coltrane

JIMMY BUFFETT
Son of a Son of a Sailor, Jimmy Buffett
Margaritaville, Jimmy Buffett
The harder They Come, Jimmy Cliff
The Boys of Summer, Don Henley

HIT THE ROAD
Summer Wind, Frank Sinatra
Summertime Blues, Eddie Cochran
Ridin in My Car, NRBQ
Vacation, Go-Gos
Summer Days, Bob Dylan
US Blues, Grateful Dead

SAMBA
Summer Sun, Koop
The Girl From Ipanema, Astrud Gilberto
Desafinado, Stan Getz

SUMMER DAYS
The Lazy Song, Bruno Mars
All Summer Long, Kid Rock
Suddenly Last Summer, The Motels
Summer, Highland Falls, Billy Joel
Beautiful Day, U2

POP SIXTIES
Beggin’, The Four Seasons
It’s Too Late, Carole King
Dancing in the Streets, Martha and the Vandellas
Hot Fun in the Summertime, Sly and the Family Stone
Under the Boardwalk, The Drifters
Dock of the Bay, Otis Redding
See you in September, The Happenings
The River Gets Wide, The Grass Roots
Heat Wave, Martha and the Vandellas
In the Summertime, Mungo Jerry

FUN
Girls Just Want to Have Fun, Cyndi Lauper
Soak up the Sun, Sheryl Crow
Smoking Gun, Robert Cray
Lowdown, Boz Scaggs
American Pie, Don McLean
School’s Out, Alice Cooper
Drift Away, Dobie Gray
Miss You, The Rolling Stones
Hey Pocky Way, The Neville Brothers
Take Your Drunken Ass Home, Big Al Carson

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