Celebrate warm weather with ‘Boys of Summer’ playlist
Summer is all about rolled down windows and cranked up speakers. For some reason lately I seem to only be listening to male artists, so here are a few of my favorite summer songs from a few of my favorite men. Superhero The Script I have long been a fan of The Script, an Irish pop/ rock band that is known for its catchy choruses and bleeding heart confessions. With this song, the band has turned a new leaf. Rather than being about a break up, it tells the tales of those who let the hard things in their life make them stronger: “Every minute, every hour / Turn that pain into power/…That’s how a superhero learns to fly.” Play it for the comic book or graphic novel-lover in your life. Got to Give It Up
Marvin Gaye This was a recently rediscovered track I dug out of the depths of my music collection. I can’t listen to it without it bringing a smile to my face. It’s a great song for a party – funky, soulful and just a bit over-the-top. Classic Marvin. You Are the Best Thing
Ray Lamontagne Does anyone else love Lamontagne too? I love his gravelly voice and folksy tunes. His songs have a timeless quality to them; like you could listen to them in any era and they would belong. He has done a great job bridging the gap between folk and classic Motown sound (complete with backup singers). It’s a sweet tribute for the one that you love. Impress them by putting this on and asking them to honor you with a dance.
I Lived OneRepublic Ever since this song came out a couple of years ago, I have wanted to include it in a music column. It’s the ultimate “Carpe Diem” anthem. OneRepublic has proved resilient in an industry of evershifting tastes and moods. Much of that is due to the amazing voice and songwriting talent of their lead singer, Ryan Tedder, who has penned songs for a veritable who’s who in the music world. This one is best blasted loud out open windows on your summer road trip.
Eric Hutchinson Hutchinson has yet to really hit it big in the charts, which is a shame because he is so talented. I got the opportunity to see him live when he opened for Kelly Clarkson last summer. He was so fun and personable – just like his songs. This is my get up and get going in the morning song. Leave the Night On
Sam Hunt I felt like I had to throw at least one country song in, since the fellas of that genre are such handsome hunks of summer. Hunt is one of those hunks, who is fast becoming a country/ pop crossover. This tune is pure fun: “It’s still early out in Cali, baby, don’t you wanna rally again…/ We’ll be rolling down the windows, I bet you we’re catchin’ our second wind/ We don’t have to go home, we can leave the night on.” This one is for the kids and teens in your life who just want to stay up “five more minutes.”