[Summer Guide 2016]

The Weekly playlist: DJ Mike Pizzo dials up some all-time summer songs

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• DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, “Summertime” Will Smith’s pubescent vocals finally matured in 1991, marking his finest moment as a rapper.

• Roy Ayers, “Everybody Loves The Sunshine” It could be winter and this soulful 1976 classic will still have you instantly basking in sunbeams.

• Bananarama, “Cruel Summer” Memories of Daniel-san meeting Allie in the original Karate Kid will make you wanna sweep the leg on the dancefloor.

• Ice Cube, “It Was a Good Day” Expert use of an Isley Brothers sample backs Cube’s tale of a perfect afternoon.

• Bob Marley, “Is This Love” Famously opening the reggae icon’s best-selling Legend compilation, the breezy tune transports you to a faraway island.

• Beyoncé, “Crazy in Love” (featuring Jay Z) Queen Bey’s ubiquitous smash was a summer mainstay in 2003—and every year thereafter.

• John Mellencamp, “Jack & Diane” This 1982 slice of Americana is heartland rock at its finest, inspiration for young lovers to run off and hide behind a shady tree.

• Calvin Harris, “Summer” Sir Calvin aimed for the song of the summer in EDM-peaking 2014—and hit it.

• Daft Punk, “Get Lucky” (featuring Pharrell) Skateboard P and the robots make no excuses for their intentions on this transformative 2013 anthem.

• Sisqo, “Thong Song” Blissfully stupid, ridiculously catchy and memorable for the platinum-haired singer’s refrain of “Thong, th-thong thong thong.”

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