We were rocking out to [lastfm]M.I.A[/lastfm]’s “XXXO” featuring [lastfm]Jay-Z[/lastfm] the other day, and it got us thinking about what other kinds of summer jams we could groove to at our next beach party. [lastfm]Katy Perry[/lastfm]’s “California Gurls” featuring [lastfm]Snoop Dogg[/lastfm] is an obvious choice, but for those who might not be into cupcake bras, Radio.com’s Top 10 has dug up the 10 Best Summer Party Songs. They include all kinds of fancy footwork from ’80s nostalgia groups ( [lastfm]The Go-Go[/lastfm]’s, [lastfm]Bananarama[/lastfm]) to bands with a modern pop-rock beach twist ([lastfm]Vampire Weekend[/lastfm], [lastfm]MGMT[/lastfm]). And, if that’s not enough to get your beach party rocking, we can’t say we didn’t try.
10. [lastfm]Bananarama[/lastfm] – “Cruel Summer”
We’ve all had our share of cruel summers, and what better song to comfort you under melancholy times this very poppy and infectious dance track from the ’80s.
9. [lastfm]MGMT -[/lastfm] “Electric Feel”
With styles ranging from caffeinated electronic-pop to psychedelic-rock moments, one can always find cheer in MGMT especially in the song “Electric Feel” which makes us feel, well–very electric.
8. [lastfm]Vampire Weekend[/lastfm] – “Horchata”
It’s not summer if you’re not holding a summer-themed drink like “Horchata!” As heard on their sophomore effort Contra, this summer pop song is altogether fresh and joyous (just like the drink itself!).
7. [lastfm]LCD Soundsystem[/lastfm] – “Drunk Girls”
With humorous lyrics like “drunk girls wait an hour to pee,” and “drunk boys, we walk like pedestrians” there’s a possibility you might want to adventure outside to prove the contrary. Though, we’d like to encourage you to play outside responsibly!
6. [lastfm]Radiohead [/lastfm]- “High and Dry”
This is specifically for the nostalgic who just want to hermit inside and cozy up to the warm sounds and fragile vocals of [lastfm]Thome Yorke[/lastfm]. “High and Dry” was the first single released from their second album, The Bends (1995).
5. [lastfm]New Young Pony Club[/lastfm] – “Ice Cream”
Quirky, swirly, and delightfully coy, the members of New Young Pony Club serve up an electronically flavored blend of minimal guitars and sexual innuendo. If that’s not enough flavor to push you outside, then we highly suggest you consider Door Number 4.
4. [lastfm]The Go-Go[/lastfm]’s – “Vacation”
With all those smiling skies outside and long weekends still fresh in our heads, we couldn’t help but also add a timeless track by the Go-Go’s to remind us to take vacation if we haven’t. If you’re in need of a break, bust out your swim wear and head out to the beach because “Vacation all I ever wanted, Vacation had to get away…”
3. [lastfm]Justice [/lastfm]- “D.A.N.C.E.”
If there’s one thing you can count on Justice to do for you, it’s making you “D.A.N.C.E.” From the release †, alternatively known as Cross, the sounds produced by this French duo pop with hipster-tastic techno fire. Perfect for any outdoor summer fun!
2. [lastfm]B-52s [/lastfm]- “Rocklobster”
If there’s one song on the planet we’d like to have on our side while sunbathing under the hot sun, it’s “Rocklobster!”
1. [lastfm]Beach Boys[/lastfm] – “California Girls”
If there’s any band out there in the music world that knew how to party all summer long, it’s Wilson’s crew (well, maybe back in the day–beach style!) Never appearing as more than suave and savvy surf bums, the Boys harmonic feats always seemed to get the girls. So, grab your favorite pair of beach shorts, and “Wipe-out”!
Had enough fun and sun? For more great lists, be sure to visit Radio.com’s Top 10.