Kate Rice


I shared this playlist at the beginning of summer. While the rest of the U.S. has been surfing a crazy heat wave, Wyoming’s recent August temps have given us the sultriest weather we’ve had all year. Just in time to say goodbye summer, hello fall…sigh…

While I love autumn, I wanna hold onto summer as long as I can (I mean, the calendar says we have a few more weeks!) Brief Wyoming falls usually lead to loooooong, insufferable winters. So here’s that summer list once again, just waiting for you to wring every last ounce of hot weather fun out of the season…

“In the Summertime” – Mungo Jerry 

Just a laid-back bit of fun, with a sweet steady beat that’ll get your (hopefully bare or sandal-clad) toes tapping…(Love the song. The “fashion” in the video? Not so much…) 

“Summer in New York” – Sofi Tukker 

OK, sure, I’ve never been there. But the song’s catchy and the video makes me wonder what it’d be like to worship the sun in such a legendary setting… 

“Summer Nights” – John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John 

Wanna get folks to sing along with your summertime tunes? This song from Grease is practically guaranteed to reel ‘em in! 

“Summertime Rolls” – Jane’s Addiction 

Here’s proof that you don’t need drugs to get high…trippy music can get you buzzed as well. This song just feels like lying around in the grass on a bright summer day; the only thing hazy’s your mind…music is the drug, yo. (Thanks for coming to my TED Talk…) 

“Summer of ‘69” – Bryan Adams 

It may not take me back to the summer of ’69, but it does take me back to a few sun-soaked summers in the mid- to late ’80s. My friends and I packing up coolers and SPF 2–4, (low SPF NOT recommended; I slather on SPF 30 these days) driving out to the lake and lazing about all day long… 

“Summertime Blues” – Alan Jackson 

We’ve all been there — all you wanna do is hang with your friends on a perfect summer day, but you can’t, cause you’ve gotta go to work…  

“Summertime Thing” – Chuck Prophet 

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My absolute favorite summer anthem. Barbeques, long drives, more time spent in/on/around the water (I so crave the water!) — it is, indeed, a summertime thing… 

“Dirty Black Summer” – Danzig 

Not everyone loves the chilled, laid-back summer music — Metalheads, this one’s for you! (The older I get, the more I dig Danzig — is that weird?) 

“Summer Samba (So Nice)” – Astrud Gilberto, Walter Wanderley  

You know who else deserves a summer song? Parents. Grandparents. Great-grandparents! If you enjoy “The Girl from Ipanema” (if you know, you know), you’ll probably like this one, too. 

“Boys of Summer” – Don Henley 

This one’s everyone’s summer anthem. Here’s to summer love that doesn’t end when mother nature cools the air (even if it’s one-sided…). 

Hope you’ve found a song or several to add to your summertime grooves — for the tail-end of this year’s season, or ready to go for next year (yep — I’m already dreaming of next summer!) Prefer to listen on Spotify? Click the link below for my expanded “Summer” playlist! Or, find these tunes and more on Vinyl and/or CD at downtown’s Sonic Rainbow. 

SUMMER – playlist by Katie Sue | Spotify