Chosen by Alex Kapranos, Franz Ferdinand
"Why? Simple really. It repeats the word "summer" several times in the song and talks about things being hot."
Chosen by Liam Fray, The Courteeners
"I'd go with anything from their first record. It's not exactly summery or breezy, but it reminds me of a good time."
Chosen by Frank Turner
"I may have been swayed subliminally by the fact I've just seen them play at Latitude, but this song always puts me in a summer mood, makes me want to go outside and drink beer."
Chosen by Daniel Kessler, Interpol.
"Spacemen 3 are one of my favourite bands and this always reminds me of the sweltering New York City summer.”
Chosen by Torbjorn Brundtland, Royksopp.
"The key word is ‘fluffy’. Summer for me is seeing a cute girl blocking the glaze of the sun with her head, a corona of gold embracing her big, blonde, fluffy hair. Then we both run in slow motion across fields, playing, laughing, not having a care in the whole world. This song captures all that.”
Chosen by Mark E. Smith, The Fall
“I never go out in the summer. Once April starts, people go out like dogs, so I stay in. Summer is hell. There are a few songs that remind me how horrible summer is. Like The Velvet Underground’s ‘White Light/White Heat’. It says it all in under three minutes.”
Chosen by James Murphy, LCD Soundsystem
"It’s a really summery, happy sounding record, but it’s actually one of the saddest songs I’ve ever heard. The chorus goes on about how ‘that summer feeling’s gonna haunt you the rest of your life’, it talks about all the great things about summer, but how nothing in your life will ever compare to them."
Chosen by Har Mar Superstar
“It has a groove that is impossible to match, and the lyrics make you feel like you’ve started peaking on the best X ever. Shuggle Otis is the beast for hot, sweaty fuck sessions.”
Chosen by Tom Morello, Rage Against The Machine
“We were on tour with Tool for Lollapalooza ’93. They were one of my favourite bands in the world and we played them every day. We were on first and RATM was just beginning to break in the States, and we had loads of adventures. Every day I would go see Tool’s set from the side of the stage ‘cos I thought they were just awesome.”
Chosen by, er, Tom Jones
"When I think of summer songs I think of the big holiday hits, the kind of songs people hear on holiday, then buy when they get home. I was lucky enough to have one of those with 'Sex Bomb', a big hit for me that people still request to this day. Although I'm not playing it at the moment."
Chosen by Pink Eyes, Fucked Up
"I hate summer time. I am 300 pounds, not the ideal weight for fun in the sun. This song makes me think of cold desolation, ie paradise."
Chosen by Gareth, Los Campesinos!
"The first time I heard it I couldn't believe I hadn't heard it at every party I'd ever been to. It's just an incredibly sincere but sexy R'nB song that's out of this world good and reeks of summer."
Chosen by Harry Hill
“One big summer tune was ‘Happy Hour’ by The Housemartins. Me and my best friend went on a tour in my old car, my Maxi, and that single was on the radio all the time. Must have been about 1986. We made a great film, a road-movie type thing, as we went along, and in one of the scenes that’s on the radio. It’s a good, fun driving song.”
Chosen By Karen O, Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
"It's nostalgic for me, I used to rollerskate to it at the local rink. Now as a 23-year old grown woman I still can’t unlock the mysterious maze-like groove that get’s me goin’, if you know what I mean.”
Chosen by Jade Jagger
"I really love ‘Summertime by DJ Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince, but I chose this because it evokes some great memories for me. I first heard it when I was on holiday about ten years ago. It has a light, breezy, sexy feel to it, like all good summer tunes should.”
Chosen by Stephen Malkmus, Pavement
“'Wasting away again in Margaritaville…’ This reminds me of going to Florida with my parents in the ‘70s. Those were great times. They would leave me at the pool while they’d go to the bar and drink mai tais. They had kids already so they couldn’t really live up to the wild, swinging ways of Jimmy Buffett. He’s got a thing going, Buffett. He’s pretty cheesy.”
Chosen by: School Of Seven Bells
"This is kind of embarrassing to admit to, but we all love Bananarama. It's the vocals, there's something so attractive about the way those women sing. This song makes me think of summer every time."
Chosen by Carlos D, ex-Interpol
“I used to go for long drives in the suburbs and on a beautiful summer day I would roll down the windows, speed up and put this song on. For its duration there’s no wrong in the world.”
Chosen by Dave Grohl, Foo Fighters
“I remember being on the beach in Ocean City, Maryland, drunk as all hell, sitting on a lifeguard chair at 3am and singing that song at the top of my lungs.
And realising that it actually felt good to sing and release like that."
Chosen by Alec Empire
“There is one that I think about – and it is maybe not too cool now – and it’s The Velvet Underground’s ‘Heroin.’ That was when I was 16 and I was in south of France hitchhiking, and all my stuff got stolen and I just had my guitar and this tape.”