Friday Five: Summer

Top 5 songs to help you end the summer

  I’m unsure of how to approach this. Do I want summery songs or songs signifying the end of summer (“Boys of Summer,” in that case, wins). Hmm.
1. “Fast & Slow” by The All-American Rejects. I guess because it’s a fun, sexy song, and the band just did a nice, acoustic, beachy reworking of it.
2. “One Love” by Bob Marley. Its gorgeous and relaxing, the way those late summer days feel.
3. “Leave the Bourbon on the Shelf” by The Killers. It’s gritty with a great riff and deals with drinking bourbon alone. That’s pure end-of-summer depression right there (if you ignore the romantic subtext and the woman he’s pleading with).
4. “There Goes the Fear” by Doves. It’s alternately light and heavy and always struck me as one of those driving-with-the-windows-down-perhaps-at-sunset songs.
5. “There Is a Light That Never Goes Out” by The Smiths (or Anberlin). The most twisted, depressing love song of all time? Probably. Perfect for summer? Yes. Wanting things to go on forever, wanting to stay with a lover forever and being happy just to be with them, driving, going out, that idea of and desire for something endless–these are all summer.

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