On the Beach Mix

I’ve been spending the past week at the beach, mixing and matching music to the sparkling sand n’ sea. I’ve whittled down the 135+ song list to 29, quite a cumbersome process given the excess of very fine summery songs from practically every year since the birth of music. I would’ve loved to include Will Smith’s “Summertime” and Aaliyah’s “Rock the Boat,” two of my favorite summer singles from the ’90s, but they stick out like sore thumbs amongst the bossa nova, Beach Boys, and Polynesian-styled J-pop. Somehow the ’80s summer hits offer a smoother blend. I’ve spared you “Careless Whisper,” Carribean Queen,” and “Cherish” (Kool & the Gang, not the Association) although they’ve been beach-tested and I can assure you they sound brilliant amidst the palms. As per usual with my mixes, I don’t like to restrict myself to only songs with beach/ sea/ sand titles and themes, so I’ve chosen the Beach Boys “I Do” and “I Can Hear Music” instead of the more obvious surf hits and “All Summer Long” just because they work so damn well in a tropical climate. Have a wonderful summer!

1. Marc Eric: Move With the Dawn
2. Brigitte Bardot: Je Danse Donc Je Suis
3. Solveig: Mon Ami de L’Ouest
4. Tommy James & The Shondells : Crystal Blue Persuasion                       
5. The Surfer Girls: Draggin’ Wagon                                   
6. The Beach Boys: I Do                                   
7. Annette: Beach Party Tonight
8. Nara Leão: Malvadeza Durao
9. Dolly Parton & Kenny Rodgers: Islands in the Stream
10. Peter Antell: Warm Smoke
11. Mongo Santamaría: Watermelon Man
12. Midori Tashiro: On The Beach At Bali Bali                       
13. Marion Ryan: An Occasional Man
14. Smokey Robinson: Being With You                                   
15. Walter Wanderley: Summer Samba (So Nice)                                   
16. Coralie Clement: Samba De Mon Coeur Qui Bat           
17. The Honeys: He’s A Doll
18. Brian Hyland: Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini                       
19. Lindsey Buckingham: Holiday Road
20. Marcos Valle: Pepino Beach           
21. Phil Phillips & The Twilights: Sea Of Love           
22. Annette: Luau Cha-Cha-Cha                                               
23. Cynara E Cybele: Pelas Ruas Do Recife
24. The Beach Boys: I Can Hear Music           
25. Mieko Hirota: Vacation
26. Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66: Roda                       
27. Toto: Africa                       
28. Chantal Kelly: Le Chateau De Sable            
29. Piero Piccioni: Aspetto Ancora

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