My all time summer favorite.....Billy Preston's version of "Summertime" from Porgy and Bess...no one sings it better!
by Zee Gregerson edited by Eric Ringham, MPR News8/17/2012 4:44:06 PM
Scott on the phone: Jack White is a ray of sunshine in a sea of mediocrity. He has a dedication to expanding and putting out new and interesting things every time he releases an album.
Zaleski: He has an all-girl band and an all-male band he tours with, so his live shows are different every night.
by Molly Bloom, MPR News8/17/2012 4:44:13 PM
Going back to my high school days in the mid 60's the song that I still hear today is the Patula Clark's " Down Town" ....I still hum it to myself as I drive around town. Great songs last forever. Dave
by Dave From Sioux Falls8/17/2012 4:45:07 PM
Jon on the phone: Graffiti6's "Stare into the Sun" is the song of the summer. We saw them at the Basillica Block Party and they were great.
by Molly Bloom, MPR News8/17/2012 4:46:29 PM
Hands down: "Nightswimming" by R.E.M.
by Chad8/17/2012 4:46:47 PM
Rudimental - Feel The Love ... an amazing song ...
by Malek Khnissi8/17/2012 4:46:52 PM
The first posthumous single by Aaliyah since her death in 2001 came out this summer and features Canadian hip hop artist Drake:
by Molly Bloom, MPR News8/17/2012 4:47:46 PM
Gerrick Kennedy: Aaliyah along with other artists like Missy Elliott changed the landscape of hip hop and urban pop. There is a lot of turmoil around this single because it's not produced by original collaborator Timbaland. This single is bittersweet.
by Molly Bloom, MPR News8/17/2012 4:49:04 PM
Brandi Carlile at the Zoo concert, on my iPod, in my car, on my CD player. She speaks to me and gets me moving!
by mick8/17/2012 4:50:22 PM
Matt on the phone: A great song for the summer is "California Stars" recorded by Billy Bragg and Wilco. They released an album called "Mermaid Avenue" of songs written by Woody Guthrie, but never recorded.
by Molly Bloom, MPR News8/17/2012 4:50:29 PM
Zaleski: Music is very emotional, specific and personal. Music is very good at evoking specific memories.
by Molly Bloom, MPR News8/17/2012 4:51:38 PM
Caller from Ely: "Tonight We Are Young" by Fun. is the song of the summer for me. Also, "Easy Like Sunday Morning" by the Commodores. I can still see myself on the dock at Isle Royale.
by Molly Bloom, MPR News8/17/2012 4:52:57 PM
Brian in Plymouth: I'm listening to a band called Lake Street Dive out of Boston. They have a throwback style with an acoustic bass and an amazing singer. They released a cover of "I Want You Back" by the Jackson 5:
by Molly Bloom, MPR News8/17/2012 4:54:13 PM
Zaleski: "Ho Hey" by The Lumineers is a great song of the summer:
by Molly Bloom, MPR News8/17/2012 4:55:17 PM
My summer has led me to Reggae. It is upbeat, laid back, makes me feel happy, and reminds me of the Islands. I just ordered the album Reggae Legends by Johnny Osbourne.
by Chris8/17/2012 4:58:47 PM
Got goose bumps when I heard Ho Hey! Heard it in Chicago LAST summer and fell in love... For those who also fall in love, be sure to follow it up with some These United States! Tons of good summer time tunes :)