Turn up the Volume this Summer

Listen to "Our Summer Tunes" playlist on our Spotify account, featuring the library staff's favorite songs of summer. You can also "get to know" a staff member by listening to their playlist too, or listen to study music to help you focus. Interested in podcasts? Our previous post provides some podcast recommendations.


Song and ArtistStaff MemberWhy we love the song
Cruel Summer by BananaramaLisa ThornellBack in 2002 I really liked the movie, Blue Crush.
Island in the Sun by WeezerLisa ThornellPerfect for easing into a nap on the beach.
Summer Girls by LFOMatt Schirano‘Nuff said. It is arguably both the apex and rock bottom of boy band pop songs.
Summerboy by Lady GagaEmily Porter-FykeThis one came out when I was 19 and now I feel old.
Sugar We’re Going Down by Fall Out Boy Barbara GhilardiIn the summer of 2005 my friends and I were playing this song, and the album for that matter, non-stop. 
Summer by Calvin HarrisBarbara GhilardiWhether I’m sipping a drink by my pool or out for a run this song gets me in a happy mood.
This summer: Ooh La La by Run the Jewels. Curtis FerreeThis has been my jam so far this year.
Every summer: Fireworks by Animal Collective
Curtis FerreeCaptures the wistfulness of summer campfires and late night drives with the windows down. 
The Sound of Sunshine by Michael Franti Elise BochinskiAlways cheers me up!
Sunny Afternoon by the Kinks Elise BochinskiGuaranteed to make me smile.
Don’t Worry, Be Happy by Bobby McFerrinElise BochinskiAlways good advice. Really.
That Summer Feeling by Jonathan RichmanMat BlaineSlow and stripped down, much like the season.
I Love Hot Nights by Jonathan RichmanMat BlaineOkay, I’ll just be listening to Jonathan Richman all summer
Summertime by Orville PeckMat BlaineOrville Peck is a really interesting character, staking a claim for the LGBTQ community in the modern country genre. Helluva stage presence too.
Say Something by Bidget Kearney & Benjamin Lazar DavisMat BlaineA collaboration with Bridget Kearney (of Lake Street Dive) and Stevo Atambire, a Ghanaian multi-instrumentalist.
Long Hot Summer by Keith UrbanGrace BissendenThis one gets me singing (be afraid!) and dancing.
Summer’s End by the Foo FightersGrace BissendenDave Grohl, enough said.
Summertime by Billy Stewart RenditionGrace BissendenJazzy, funk version. LOVE!
Vacation by The Go-Go’sGrace BissendenTeen angst memories.
Yellow Ledbetter by Pearl JamNicole MarinoThis is my go-to for a late summer afternoon driving home from the beach with a sunburn and knowing you’re going to sleep well that night.
Ice Cream and Sunscreen by MarthaNicole MarinoIt speaks for itself!