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The 10 Best Summer Songs You Probably Haven’t Thought Of

Here's your alternative summer playlist. You're welcome.

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Chris Queen

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June 7, 2014 - 10:00 am
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This time of year, everybody comes out with their list of the best songs of summer, and it seems like most every list boasts the same songs every year. But there’s nothing like discovering new music, especially this time of year. So, here’s your alternative summer playlist.

A quick note: not all of the songs specifically mention summer or take place in summer, but they have a summertime sound or feel. Here we go…

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10. Zac Brown Band, “Uncaged”

With songs like “Toes,” “Jump Right In,” and “Where The Boat Leaves From” in their repertoire, Zac Brown Band just about has the market cornered on summer songs. As latter-day disciples of Jimmy Buffett, they’re the perfect band to kick off our countdown.

The title cut from their most recent full-length record, “Uncaged” extols the virtue of just getting outside and experiencing what the great outdoors has to offer. Who doesn’t want to escape the cages of the daily grind and take part in the excitement of nature? After all, isn’t that what summer is really about?

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The first time I ever heard this song was at New Orleans Jazz Fest in 1998. It was on a then newly released album by Beau Jocque and his Zydeco High-Rollers. For some reason it instantly felt like summer. Beau Jocque sadly passed away the next year. I just love his music. It was unique and this song always makes me feel good. It's called It's So Easy When You're Breezin'

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3d6yORDZgw
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When I think of summer, I want something energetic because the weather is nice and warm, and so you want to go out and have fun.

These are better:

1. Exodus--The Last Act of Defiance
2. Iron Maiden--Aces High
3. ZZ Top--Tube Snake Boogie
4. Rainbow--Tarot Woman
5. Tankard--Zombie Attack
6. Judas Priest--Freewheel Burning
7. Deep Purple--Space Truckin
8. Dio--King of Rock n Roll

12 weeks ago
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Best summer song ever: Here Comes Summer by Jerry Keller - 1959. Listen at
www.youtube.com/watch?v=aY2aj3ba7pA
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The farther back in time the more unique and distinctive the sound. There's a lesson there somewhere.
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Creativity & competition instead of mediocrity were encouraged back then.
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OK, Chris. Here’s a seriously alternative suggestion for all you (relative) Teeny-Boppers out there: from 1969, “First Hymn from Grand Terrace,” Mark Lindsay. Nostalgic, seductive, and lovely. Then there's also "Summer Samba," also from the 60's. Or are these too tame for you youngsters?!
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One of my suggestions to him - surely on his list of songs - is, in fact, "Summer Samba." GMTA, I suppose.
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