Ten favourite summer songs

Tara and I decided that now we're firmly in Summer it was time to collate our ten favourite summer songs. I've happily managed to coincide writing this with a really warm day so I'm feeling very summery! Whether you agree with us or disagree we'd love to hear your thoughts, it was very hard to only pick five tracks from all the great summer tracks on offer.

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KASEY

Sunshine & Whiskey - Frankie Ballard
One of the first songs I'd heard of Frankie's, Sunshine & Whiskey has an incredible catchy melody that makes you want to turn it up loud and sing along. Frankie's distinctive tone is helped by the great melody, vocals, melody and lyrics all come together to deliver a great track.

Barefoot Blue Jean Night - Jake Owen
This is one of those tracks where the melody, production and lyrics come together to make a truly summery track. As with Sunshine & Whiskey, every time I hear this it makes me want to turn it up loud. Barefoot Blue Jean Night airs unashamedly on the 'party song' side of summer songs and it does it very well.

Give It Away - Michaelis
The opening track of Michaelis' debut album, Give It Away is instantly reminiscent of the type of track listeners would have heard on Kristian Bush's album. The sisters deliver an unexpected, yet very impressive track that, whilst not full of summer time lyrics, is perfect for listening to during a lazy sunny evening.

My Somebody - Gloriana
Sneaking onto the end of Gloriana's newest album, My Somebody is very different to what you'll find on the rest of the album. With a relaxed, reggae influenced production makes for completely comfortable listening.

A Lot To Learn About Livin' - Easton Corbin
I love the sentiment in this track, an interesting (and heartfelt) look at a summer vacation. Paired with the soft production and the story the lyrics tell (lines like "our biggest problem's deciding what fish we're having, does it go with Tequila or Beer" are brilliant) A Lot To Learn About Livin' deserves to have a place on anybody's summer playlist.

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TARA

Water - Brad Paisley
I have an incredibly soft spot for Brad and this song always reminds me of summer. Really, on a beautiful summer day what more do you need other than friends, a pair of shades, ice cold beer (or in my case Jack Daniels) and somewhere to sit near the water. Plus it has Brad’s killer guitar skills and his signature humour.

Good One Comin’ On – Blackberry Smoke
These guys are Southern rock perfection. A song for the end of a long work week or the summer months; skinny dipping, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Patron and Shiner beer mentions….what more do you need?

Long Hot Summer Day – Turnpike Troubadours
Love.This.Song. (and band) I guarantee you if you don’t know them, after this song you will dive into their music. One of the best live bands I have ever seen. Real music, talent and energy. Their new self- titled record releases in September.

Summer of ’75 – Chris Knight
Definitely not your typical summer song, but a lovely story song from one of America’s best songwriters.

Nothing But Summer – Dallas Smith
Jumped Right In, the first country record from Canadian Dallas Smith is different from what U.S. audiences have heard from him (“Wasting Gas,” “Tippin’ Point”). It contains twelve songs including this country rocker which pairs summer and romance.“Get on your mark, set/Baby get your feet wet/Dive in, head first let it take you under.”

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