Summer Songs Mixtape – Barcelona, Flaming Lips, Jimi Hendrix, Joan Jett, White Wires, The Pass, Art Brut, Film School, The Church


It’s still kind of hard to believe that summer will turn to autumn in the next few weeks. For many kids and teens, the first day of school marks the end of summer.

For adults, Labor Day weekend usually marks the end of summer. Whatever the case, it has gone by way too fast. Remember when you were a kid and summer felt like it lasted forever?

For millions of people, music is as symbolic of summer time as baseball, hot dogs and trips to the beach. No matter your age, music has always been part of the culture of summer – whether it means spinning golden oldies of summers past at a barbecue; sharing new, but lesser-known, summer-theme tracks from obscure artists with others; listening to a radio station countdown of the top 200 songs of all time;  going to a concert or festival with friends.

As you may know, we put out quite a few summer mixes this summer (see below), and currently working on a couple of others, in addition to today’s mix. The future mixes will include one more generic summer songs mix, plus a mellow summer songs mix to symbolize the waning energy of the summer sun.

2011 Summer-Themed Playlist Mixes

Songs for Summer Mix – Blackbird Blackbird, Brian Wilson, AM Syndicate, Apples in Stereo, Kinks, Beach Fossils

Best Beach Songs Mixtape – Wavves, The Vaccines, Best Coast, Com Truise, Mazes, Triptides, Film School, Kinks, Radiohead

Songs For Fourth of July, Vol. I – Songs for 4th of July Mixtape, Vol. I – The Stills, Pavement, The Shins, Elliott Smith, Tragically Hip, Animal Collective, Ray Charles

Songs For Fourth of July, Vol. II – Paul Simon, Titus Andronicus, Johnny Cash, Neil Young, Iron & Wine, Otis Redding, Sufjan Stevens

“Summer Songs”Barcelona from Simon Basic (2006)

“Facing The Sun”Trees Fight for Sunlight from A Collection of Vibrations for Your Skull – Nov. 8th

“It’s Summertime”Flaming Lips from Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots (2002)


“Long Hot Summer”Jimi Hendrix from The Ultimate Experience (1968)

“Let’s Go to the Beach”White Wires from WWII (2010)

“You Let Me Down (I Do Not Care for the Summer Sun)”Sweet Lights for s/t 7″

“Treatment Of The Sun”The Pass from Burst (2010)

Mungo Jerry - In The Summertime

“In The Summertime”Mungo Jerry from Mungo Jerry (1972)

“Summer Job” Art Brut from Art Brut vs. Satan (2009)

“Don’t Steal Our Sun”The Thrills from So Much For The City (2003)

“Sun”Caribou from Swim (2010)


“Summer House”Brothertiger from Vision Tunnels (2010)

“Hello Sunshine”Super Furry Animals from Phantom Power (2003)

“Black Sunbeams”The Spruce Campbells from Mosques, Museums, and Mausoleums (2010)

“Sunshine”Keen Shay from Keen (2009)


“Summers”Loney Dear from Dear John (2009)

“The Sun Always Shines On TV”Tribeca from Kate-97 (2002)

“Sunburn Kids”Admiral Radley from I Heart California (2010)

“Holidays In The Sun”Sex Pistols from Kiss This (1992)


“You Stole The Sun From My Heart”Manic Street Preachers from Forever Delayed (2002)

“Rainy Day” APB from Something To Believe In (1985)

“Sunny Day”Film School from Fission (2010)

“Maximum Sunshine” Lynnfield Pioneers from Everything Is Nice: The Matador Records 10th Anniversary Anthology (1999)

“Summer Heart”Blackbird Blackbird from Summer Heart LP (2010)

“Rainbow Silhouette Of The Milky Rain”Deerhoof from Milk Man (2004)

“Summertime Blues”Eddie Cochran from Rolling Stone Magazine’s 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time (1958)

“Summertime Blues” (Eddie Cochran) –  Joan Jett from Bad Reputation (1988)

“Summersong”The Decemberists from The Crane’s Wife (2006)

“The Waves At Night”Phosphorescent from Pride (2007)

“Double Summer”The Chills from Heavenly Pop Hits: The Best of the Chills (1995)

“Hot Hot Hot” (94′ Goodmen World Carnival Mix) – DJ Arrow from DJ Companion Vol.02 (1990)

“Summer Cum”Avi Buffalo from Avi Buffalo (2010)

“All Summer”Kid Cudi, Best Coast and Rostam Batmanglij of Vampire Weekend from 7″ inch (2010)

“Summer”The Church from Forget Yourself (2003)

“Christmas All Summer Long”Deertick from Holy S**t It’s Christmas (2009)

“I Don’t Need No Steam Heat”John Lee Hooker from Endless Boogie (1974)

“Summer On The Westhill”Kings of Convenience from Quiet Is The New Loud (2001)

“Here Comes The Sun” Wise Blood from + (2010)

Last summer, we compiled and published a massive summer songs mixtape series that still generates a bunch of traffic every month.

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