Ultimate summer playlist - 60 sun-kissed songs

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Ultimate summer playlist - 60 sun-kissed songs

Our ultimate summer playlist kicks off with Icona Pop – I Love It. The popularity for Swedish duo Icona Pop's 'I Love It' continues to snowball through airings on the TV shows 'Girls', 'Glee' and every car radio this side of Stockholm. Spotify Playlist: NME's Best Summer Songs.

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Ultimate summer playlist - 60 sun-kissed songs

Wiley – Heatwave Wiley's number one single 'Heatwave' is as summery as fainting on the tube. The outspoken grime artist told NME that his grandfather inspired him to make the record. Hear it now.

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Ultimate summer playlist - 60 sun-kissed songs

Janelle Monae – Dance Apocalyptic The Atlanta-based auteur's 'Dance Apocalyptic' might just be her most dynamic yet. It's impossible not to dance to its 'Hey Ya' breaks and head-nodding chorus. Hear it now.

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Added: 16 Jul 2012

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Ultimate summer playlist - 60 sun-kissed songs

Get Lucky – Daft Punk With vocals from king of cool Pharrell and wicka-wacka guitar from disco don Nile Rodgers, ‘Get Lucky’ is old-school, 1978 D-I-S-C-O with a gut-rumbling Daft Punk bassline. Hear it now.

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Ultimate summer playlist - 60 sun-kissed songs

Ikonika – Beach Mode Ikonika described new album 'Aerotropolis as"Finding escape routes and fantasying about moving to the offshore colonies', which sounds like a description of the summer if ever there was one. Jessy Lanza's smooth vocals on 'Beach Mode' are pure sun and surf. Hear it now.

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Jagwar Ma – The Throw We've been enjoying this Jagwar Ma opus all year round but it really comes into its own in the heat. Try and catch them live this summer. Hear it now.

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Ultimate summer playlist - 60 sun-kissed songs

Katy B – What Love Is Made Of Katy B's on a mission to be an all-round legend - and it's working. This track is a slinky house number with an irresistibly pouty hook and will have you doing gun fingers before the first chorus. Hear it now.

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Ultimate summer playlist - 60 sun-kissed songs

Disclosure – When A Fire Starts To Burn When a fire starts to burn, right? And it starts to spread. She gonna bring that attitude home. The Brothers Nu-Garage bring home the jewels with their debut album 'Settle' and this sunny opener.Hear it now.

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Ultimate summer playlist - 60 sun-kissed songs

Jake Bugg – Lightening Bolt 'Lightning Bolt''s swaggering indie-skiffle is just the thing for an evening drinking cider in the park with your mates. Hear it now.

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Added: 28 Jun 2013

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Ultimate summer playlist - 60 sun-kissed songs

Jon Hopkins – Open Eye Signal This magnum opus from the London producer rises and falls with exquisite beauty and energy. Hear it now.

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Ultimate summer playlist - 60 sun-kissed songs

Miguel and Mariah Carey – Beautiful Isn't it great to have Mariah back? This soulful number with sexy crooner Miguel suggests good things are to come.

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Ultimate summer playlist - 60 sun-kissed songs

TLC – Unpretty The sound of 1999's summer, this track by TLC took the trio to number one after 'No Scrubs'. Did you know the video cost $1.6million to make? Hear it now.

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Sky Ferreira – Everything's Embarrassing The only embarrassing thing about this slinking, sultry, Dev Hynes-produced slice of sun-bleached pop is how good it is. Hear it now.

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Ultimate summer playlist - 60 sun-kissed songs

Solange – Losing You Another banger produced by Dev Hynes and his midas touch, Solange's 'Losing You' has gotta be on your summer playlist. Hear it now.

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Ultimate summer playlist - 60 sun-kissed songs

Fleetwood Mac – The Chain Listen to the wind blow. Watch the sun rise. Always raises a goosebump even on a 30 degree summer's evening. Hear it now.

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Ultimate summer playlist - 60 sun-kissed songs

The Kinks, 'Sunny Afternoon' - If the taxman's taken all your dough or your girlfriend's run off with your car, fret ye not, as you'll always have a sunny afternoon and an ice cold beer "in the summertime". Hear it now.

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Ultimate summer playlist - 60 sun-kissed songs

Arctic Monkeys, 'The Hellcat Spangled Sha La La' - They may be better known for kitchen sink dramas and dancefloor posturing, but the Monkeys created a perfect balmy evening track with this. Hear it now. Spotify Playlist: NME's Best Summer Songs

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The Beach Boys, 'Surfing USA' - Well, it would hardly be a summer songs countdown without it. Who cares if they couldn't surf themselves? Hear it now.

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Ultimate summer playlist - 60 sun-kissed songs

Canned Heat, 'Going Up To The Country' - Ever since they played Woodstock, and this track made it onto the soundtrack and DVD, 'Going Up To The Country' has been synonymous with heading to grassy fields to get free. Even if it does usually piss it down when we get there. Hear it now.

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Ultimate summer playlist - 60 sun-kissed songs

MGMT, 'Time To Pretend' - Four years on and MGMT's best track is still one of THE post-millenial summer songs, a gloriously widescreen ode to abandon that will already be on your playlist unless perhaps you're dead inside. Hear it now.

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Ultimate summer playlist - 60 sun-kissed songs

Warren G, 'Regulate' - The late, great Nate made this tune what it was - one of the ultimate low riding cruising tunes for a sweltering afternoon. Hear it now. Spotify Playlist: NME's Best Summer Songs

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Ultimate summer playlist - 60 sun-kissed songs

Wham, 'Club Tropicana' - There's a time and a place for stripping to your Speedos and shaking your ass to Wham, and that time is upon us. Membership to the place is just a smiling face. Hear it now.

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Jamie T, 'Chaka Demus' - Most of Jamie T's output practically commands you to crack open a Red Stripe and head to the sun but this one is particularly potent. Hear it now.

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Lovin Spoonful, 'Summer In The City' - Another classic jam-packed with the hot, dusty and chaotic sounds of a city in the summer. "Come on, come on and dance all night / despite the heat it'll be alright" indeed. Hear it now.

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Yeasayer, 'Sunrise' - It doesn't matter if you're waking up in the jungle or a semi-detached house, few songs conjure images of summery promise like this. One of the best bass lines in the last decade too. Hear it now.

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Ultimate summer playlist - 60 sun-kissed songs

Temper Trap, 'Sweet Disposition' - Of course a series of triumphant festival performances didn't harm this track's summer status, but it would make the shortest December day yearn for some sun. Hear it now.

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The Beatles, 'Here Comes The Sun' - One of the most joyful tracks about the emergence of the sun ever written, particularly so when played (as on 'Abby Road') just after the ominous 'I Want You (She's So Heavy)'. Hear it now.

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Ultimate summer playlist - 60 sun-kissed songs

Janis Joplin, 'Summertime' - Janis Joplin's take on the smoky Gershwin swing track fizzes and crackles with latent energy throughout. They don't make larynxes like that anymore. Hear it now. Spotify Playlist: NME's Best Summer Songs

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Ultimate summer playlist - 60 sun-kissed songs

The Velvet Underground, 'Who Loves The Sun' - Assuming you're not currently suffering from heartbreak, this is a good one. And if you are, well, let Lou and co help ease the pain. Hear it now.

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Ultimate summer playlist - 60 sun-kissed songs

Weezer, 'Island In The Sun' - Oh, Weezer. Not only do you make cheery hit songs, but you guys look so darn cute playing with the animals. Take a look at Spike Jonze's music video for the track to see the guys frolic with chimps and bears on a quiet hill. Hear it now.

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Vampire Weekend - 'A-Punk' - Perhaps the most upbeat music video ever? We'll have some of whatever they're having. Hear it now.

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Ultimate summer playlist - 60 sun-kissed songs

Paul Simon, 'Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard' - There's been so much debate over what this song's about, and what mama saw. Heck, even Paul Simon doesn't know. But all that aside, you can't help but whistle along as you listen. Hear it now.

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Supergrass, 'Sun Hits The Sky' - Every summer needs a bit of Britpop, no? Wouldn't you like to see this one being performed on a beach? The music video will have to do for now, though. Hear it now.

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Ultimate summer playlist - 60 sun-kissed songs

Sublime - 'What I Got' - This ska-infused punk anthem celebrates love, weed and living life to its fullest. What more could you need for a perfect summer? Hear it now. Spotify Playlist: NME's Best Summer Songs

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Ultimate summer playlist - 60 sun-kissed songs

Snoop Dogg, 'Drop It Like It's Hot' - Pretty much any Snoop song can be deemed worthy of a summertime playlist, but we'll go with this one. After all, it was his first Number One on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Go on, drop it and pop it like it's hot. Hear it now.

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Phoenix, 'Lisztomania' - The video kicks off with them flying a kite (well, a huge Phoenix balloon...). Who doesn't love a bit of kite-flying on a warm summer day? Hear it now.

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Ultimate summer playlist - 60 sun-kissed songs

Nelly, 'Hot In Herre' Because the song's so cool, it deserves an extra "r". Because it started a bizarre trend of bandaging your cheek. Because it was pretty much the official 2002 summertime anthem. Because it's a surefire way to get any party started. Hear it now.

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The Libertines, 'Don't Look Back Into The Sun' - Here's another song with useful summertime advice. At least if you do look at the sun, make sure you're wearing sunglasses. Hear it now.

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Frank Sinatra, 'Summer Wind' - Every summer playlist needs some Sinatra. Aren't we lucky that he's got a song set aside just for this season? Hear it now.

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Ultimate summer playlist - 60 sun-kissed songs

Bryan Adams, ' Summer Of '69' - Whether you think the '69' refers to the year or the sex position, it doesn't change the fact that this is one of the best summertime rock hits - perfect for an afternoon of fond reminiscing. Hear it now.

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Ultimate summer playlist - 60 sun-kissed songs

Alice Cooper, 'School's Out' - It's the definitive song for anyone who's just wrapped up a year of grueling schoolwork and is ready to throw some textbooks on the floor, snap some pencils in half and go crazy for the short-lived summer. Hear it now.

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Ultimate summer playlist - 60 sun-kissed songs

The Isley Brothers, 'Summer Breeze' - Their cover of the 1972 Seals And Crofts song turned a folk hit into a funky, sexy soul song, perfect for a breezy summer day. Hear it now. Spotify Playlist: NME's Best Summer Songs

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Caribou, ‘Sun’ - Sometimes you might as well just celebrate the bleedin’ obvious. ‘Sun’ praises the, er, sun and gets stuck into a wub-wub groove. Hear it now.

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St Vincent, ‘Cruel’ - The catchiest riff this side of the great barrier Keef and a dreamy cooing turn from the dreamy cooing Annie Clark. Hear it now.

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Cornershop, ‘Don’t Shake It (Let It Free)’ - Big beat meets Sesame Street as Tjinder and Ben service the joyous grooves and Bubbley Kaur sings about… something. Well, we don’t know – it’s Punjabi. Hear it now.

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Gold Panda, ‘Same Dream China’ - Some marimba madness from Derwin Schlecker to sex up that first sunshine beer of the weekend. Hear it now.

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Ultimate summer playlist - 60 sun-kissed songs

The Rolling Stones, ‘She’s A Rainbow’ - The Stones at their most flower-child, skipping gaily along to lovely trilling piano from Nicky Hopkins and strings arranged by Led Zep’s John Paul Jones. Hear it now.

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Eels, ‘Mr E’s Beautiful Blues’ - “Goddamn right, it’s a beautiful day” – that one sentiment is enough, but Mr E’s meandering bassy blues are warm and fuzzy too. Hear it now.

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Brian Eno, ‘Deep Blue Day’ - Kick that Trainspotting toilet sequence out of your mind and instead imagine you’re on an impossibly expensive yacht in the Caribbean. Hear it now.

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Primal Scream, ‘Higher Than The Sun’ - To Bobby Gillespie, the sun’s not as important as the medication that gets you there, but this still glows with blissed-out vacation vibes. Hear it now.

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El Guincho, ‘Hindou’ - More steel drums are replicated on this choice cut from Pablo Diaz-Reixa’s ‘Piratas De Sudamerica’ EP. Hear it now.

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Crosby, Stills & Nash, ‘Marrakesh Express’ - Road trip! Well, rail trip. Grow your walrus ‘tache and hop on board with the kings of West Coast harmony. Hear it now.

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Fred Neil, ‘Everybody’s Talkin’’ - Ideally you need to be heading for New York on a Greyhound bus to properly appreciate this, but anywhere where the sun keeps shining will do. Hear it now.

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Ultimate summer playlist - 60 sun-kissed songs

Pond, ‘When It Explodes’ - Perth’s Pond usher in summer with guitars like lazy sirens cutting through a heat haze, then spend two minutes tripping out on dub. Hear it now.

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Ultimate summer playlist - 60 sun-kissed songs

Here We Go Magic, ‘Collector’ - Top down, breeze tickling the hair, barreling down the freeway to the sound of Paul Simon hooking up with Belle & Sebastian. Hear it now.

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Ultimate summer playlist - 60 sun-kissed songs

SWV, ‘Right Here’ - With the Michael Jackson ‘Human Nature’ sample shimmering away, SWV bring the New Jill Summer Swing. Hear it now.

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Ultimate summer playlist - 60 sun-kissed songs

Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, ‘Round And Round’ - Aural sunstroke with a glorious, disoriented chorus from LA’s finest psyched-out yacht-rocker. Hear it now.

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Cults, ‘Go Outside’ - It’s the only sane thing to do when the sun’s out and Madeline Follin’s warning us not to “sleep the light away”. Hear it now.

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Ultimate summer playlist - 60 sun-kissed songs

A Tribe Called Quest, ‘Bonita Applebum (Why? Edit)’ - The sample from Carly Simon’s Nile Rodgers-penned ‘Why?’ really makes the record, with steel drum synths softening Q-Tip’s leery rhymes about a girl’s behind. Hear it now.

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Ultimate summer playlist - 60 sun-kissed songs

The Avalanches, ‘Since I Left You’ - Get a drink, have a good time, welcome to paradise. The elusive Avalanches announced themselves with the ultimate beach party starter. Hear it now. Spotify Playlist: NME's Best Summer Songs

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