By Santiago Brion | August 22, 2022
As summer comes to a close and the fall semester begins, we fondly can look back on these past couple of months. Whether it consisted of going to the beach, lake, vacation or even clubbing, the songs in this playlist will remind you of the good times.
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Taylor Swift- “august”
Taylor’s song August from her acclaimed album, Folklore, is sure to make Swifties weep. Originally recorded by Taylor while she was quarantined, “august” is not only a song that reminds you that the month of August is the “Thursday” of the summer but tells the story of an ill-fated romance. The lyrics “And I can see us twisted in bedsheets August slipped away like a bottle of wine cause you were never mine” cuts deep into men and women who have had their hearts broken. The song resurges in popularity every August and peaked at No. 23 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2020.
Haim- “Summer Girl”
Haim is a sister group consisting of Danielle, Este and Alana Haim. Alana had a co-starring role in Licorice Pizza, a movie about a young teen befriending a 25-year-old woman in the summer of 1973. Naturally, you get a summer vibe when you listen to this bonus track from Women in Music, Pt. III. The song was recorded for Danielle’s partner, who had cancer at the time. Summer Girl evokes a positive vibe and sunny feel so you can always have summer on your mind.
While I could’ve picked any iconic song from the most iconic Swedish band on the planet ABBA, “Angeleyes” had to be the one. This is another song about a romance that was never meant to be. The chorus epitomizes the fond memories you’ve had with your former spouse, but still hurt to think about. Angeleyes peaked at No. 3 in the UK singles chart in 1979 and was released as a double A-side for Voulez-Vous. However, it grew popular on Tik Tok in 2022.
Dr. Dog- “Where'd All the Time Go?”
From a band mostly influenced by rock from the 60s, this song bears the question, “where’d all the time go?” Recorded and released in 2010, Philly’s psychedelic rock band’s most notable song has a very nice beat that you can dance to. The song also means that time’s moving fast and should be turned back for a moment to relive a lot of memories, specifically summer memories.
Simon & Garfunkel- “Cecilia”
The decade-defining duo of the 70s makes this list with one of their iconic songs, “Cecilia.” Written by Paul Simon, the song is as it suggests, it’s about a woman named Cecilia who causes anguish to the singer. The song is also argued as a reference to St. Cecilia, the patron saint of musicians in Catholicism. But what makes it special is the use of traditional percussion instruments like drums which have an island vibe to them. The song makes the listener look back on a vacation to the Caribbean. “Cecilia” peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1970.
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