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#MusicMonday: Summertime Edition Part 2

Summer officially starts in just over a week, but with the recent abundance of warm weather and thunderstorms, that summertime feel is already here. As always, we have some tunes for you to add to your iPod for this week’s edition of #MusicMonday. Enjoy these selections — brought to you by Greg Schlosser, Alicia Thomas, Zach Berger, Katie Blitz, and Drew Balis.

DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince — “Summertime”

DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince (aka Will Smith) released this song 21 years ago, but it’s still just as catchy and funktastic today as it was back then. In the song, Will Smith, er, The Fresh Prince raps: “Guys out hunting and girls doing likewise/Honking at the honey in front of you with the light eyes.” While my Chevy Cobalt and I are not attractive enough to pick up girls together, The Fresh Prince at least makes me think I can. Coupled with the typical ’90s beat and endless cheesy rhymes, I’ll be jamming to this song all summer long.

Chromeo — “Night by Night”

You know, Canada gets too much negative attention. This is the land that brought us delicious things like Canadian bacon and Justin Bieber! …Okay, granted, what is essentially ham and a girly pop star may be nothing to brag about, but listening to Chromeo will definitely alleviate some of the cultural tension here. These Canucks come bearing tidings of joy in the form of some seriously catchy beats — the kind of songs so addictive that you play them incessantly to the dismay of all those around you (I’m calling you out, Carly Rae Jepsen fans). “Night by Night” is the perfect song to shake your ass to when your friends promise to beat you to death with the speakers if you try to play “Call Me Maybe” again. Drunkenly sing along to this jam soon in a bar near you.

Tiesto — “Chasing Summers (Miami)”

This song opens up with a bright, happy, playful lead melody that can turn any bad day into a good one. But then comes the drop, the one thing that every stereotypical college student hopes and prays for when they listen to electronic music (no, I’m not talking about you), except instead of what Tiesto fans have come to expect throughout the years, it’s a heavy, rough electro synth-line that takes you by surprise. This is a high energy track that’s sure to get a lot of play at EDM festivals this summer and is a perfect fit for any party playlist that you make over the next few months.

Mika — “Elle Me Dit

The first single off of Mika’s third album, The Origin of Love, “Elle Me Dit” is entirely in French. But you don’t need to know a word of what he’s saying because the song is all about the music. While the song is expected to be released in English on the album as Mika has performed it in English at shows, you just need to enjoy the electropop music which makes you want to do exactly what he says – and that is dance. The synthetic music is not something generic that you would hear from Ke$ha or LMFAO — instead it enhances Mika’s songs that you won’t be able get enough of. If you translate the lyrics, you might find that it reminds you of a less straightforward version of Drake’s “You only live once,” as Mika says in the chorus: “Why are you wasting your life? / Dance Dance Dance / She told me dance.” If you’re looking for a song to get you excited for your night out or you’re sick of sitting around and waiting for something to do, blast this song and get up and do just what Mika tells you to — dance.

Alice Cooper — “School’s Out
This goes out to all high-school seniors who have graduated or are about to graduate. Alice Cooper released School’s Out in 1972, and it ended up being his first hit single receiving great recognition. Upon it’s release, it reached #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart and in 2004 was named the 319th greatest song of all-time by Rolling Stone. The lyrics are upbeat and simple to remember: “School’s out for summer / School’s out forever / School’s been blown to pieces / No more pencils / No more books / No more teacher’s dirty looks.” Okay, maybe school hasn’t really been blown to pieces, and that’s a good thing, but it is out for summer. Enjoy it — courtesy of Alice Cooper.

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