Being on holiday has made me wonder, what is it that makes a great holiday track? Is it a summery feel to the music? Is it the content of the lyrics? Or is it some other mysterious quality that can't quite be defined?
I can think of quite a few tracks that have a summery feel to them. There are songs about summer (like Summer in the City, Summer Night City and California Dreaming), There are reggae, African and Latin tracks that ooze the heat of summer. Chilled out music like Air also has a summer's day feel to it, as do songs with great vocal harmonies like those of Simon and Garfunkel and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.
But there are other tracks that for some reason I always feel like hearing in the summer although I don't really know why and this is my top 10 of those tracks...
Top 10 Summer Holiday Tracks
1) Acres Wild - Jethro Tull
"I'll make love to you,
in narrow side streets,
with shuttered windows
and crumbling chimneys..."
2) Ramble On - Led Zeppelin
3) Lucretia My Reflection - The Sisters of Mercy
" Hot metal and Methedrine..."
4) The River - Bruce Springsteen
5) Over the Hill - John Martyn
"Been worried about my babies,
been worried about my wife,
There's just one place for a man to be
when he's worried about his life..."
6) Cat People (Putting Out Fire With Gasoline) - David Bowie
Am I Wrong - Love Spit Love
7) Maybe Tomorrow - The Stereophonics
8) Coffee and TV - Blur
9) Knocking On Heaven's Door - Bob Dylan
10) Don' Let Me Down Again - Fleetwood Mac