I don't know about where you live, but here it's a sweltering 96 degrees with 1,000,000 percent humidity today. Oh summer.
Entertainment Weekly has a cool gallery of the 100 Greatest Summer Songs. 100-76 and 75-51 are already up; more coming tomorrow. The best thing is that no matter when you grew up, you'll see a song on there to make you think of summers past.
I'm not ashamed to admit thinking 'aw yeah' when I saw Ricky Martin's "La Vida Loca" on the list. Takes me back to high school. I think JB got me that CD for my 17th birthday.
But have no fear, there are lots better songs on there. "Gangster's Paradise" totally made the list and makes me think of riding the bus home in middle school and singing along to someone's walkman. We suburban white kids could really relate, yo. And Nelly's "Hot in Herre" is so, so sophomore year of college. Fingers crossed that Usher's "Yeah" will make the list because I don't care how old or overplayed it is: that is a Good Song.
I bet you do this too: a song comes on and makes you remember the funniest details about a specific time. I've been doing this nonstop recently after losing my iPod for a couple of days and having to listen in my car to the Top 40 radio station in my hometown ("Today's! Hottest! Hits!") which is a little too fond of the 90s.
So: what song makes you think of summer? Or a special time? Y'know, like the bus in middle school?
*UPDATE: Reading back over this post, I realized it looks like my music loves trend toward R&B and they really don't. Yet the really popular R&B hits oddly define random growing-up moments. Like how Boyz II Men songs always make me think of slow-dancing like five feet away from a boy during a middle school dance.