Summer is finally here – seriously, what took it so long? – and with people across the UK bracing themselves for a behemoth heatwave, which could see temperatures soaring into the 30s, we’ve decided to make a list of our favourite summer soundtracks to help get you in the mood for the hot days and nights ahead.
What makes a good summer soundtrack? There isn’t one definitive formula, but, for us, it’s those albums that manage to put a spring in your step before you’ve even opened the curtains.
So, let’s cut the stalling and get down to business. Here are four soundtracks that need to be on your summer playlist.
Aside from being a smart coming-of-age story featuring stand out performances from Ellen Page, Jason Bateman, and J.K. Simmons, Juno also happens to have one of the best summer soundtracks known to man.
Okay, that might have been a slight exaggeration, but given the delicate subject matter of the movie itself the soundtrack is surprisingly chirpy, with upbeat acoustic riffs from Barry Louis Polisar, The Kinks, Belle & Sebastian, and Kimya Dawson capturing the warm, naive melancholia of those troublesome teenage years.
Much like the film itself the Napoleon Dynamite OST lacks any obvious identity. Refusing to pick a genre and stick with it, the soundtrack features The White Stripes alongside the likes of Cyndi Lauper, Westlife, and even the Backstreet Boys. Of course, what this really means is that there’s going to be a little something for everyone.
Sure, it’s a wonderfully bizarre listen, but I challenge anyone to not crack a smile when Jamiroquai’s Canned Heat fades in.
C’mon now, you all know this boogie is for real.
American Pie (Series)
Anyone who grew up in the 90s will have fond memories of the American Pie series. Filthy, funny, and hilariously frank, the franchise is perhaps best known in the UK for giving British teens a skewed view of what American house parties are actually like.
Perhaps more memorable than any of the franchise’s explicit gags, however, is the series’ prepubescent punk-rock soundtrack, which introduced a generation to the timeless teen anthems of Blink 182, Green Day, Sum 41, and Alien Ant Farm – much to the annoyance of parents and neighbours around the world.
Guardians of the Galaxy
Whether you’re a comic book fan or a goat that’s somehow gained self-awareness and the ability to read, I’m just going to go right ahead and assume you’ve seen Guardians of the Galaxy.
As well as being one of the best movies we saw last year – hell, it’s probably one of the best movies we’ve ever seen, period – Guardians also has one of the most infectious soundtracks in recent memory.
Handpicked by director James Gunn himself, Guardians’ punchy retro offering did the impossible by ensuring millions of viewers were belting out Hooked on a Feeling and Come and Get Your Love for the rest of the year.
Bursting with funk, jazz, and copious amounts of soul, the Guardians OST is the perfect companion for those crisp summer evenings.
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