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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Summer 2011 Song Anthems


For me, there are songs that always remind me of certain summers (I'll always associate Katy Perry's "California Gurls" with Summer 2010). And now that the summer of 2011 is coming to an end, I wanted to put up some of the quintessential songs that I will always remember Summer 2011 by {these aren't necessarily the biggest hits of the summer, just my fave songs of this summer :) }.

{Update: I added a playlist at the bottom of the post to help you get your dance on better.  And below each track I have 2 options for you to play the song -- whichever one works for you.  :) }
  1. Katy Perry - "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)"
    Does Katy Perry know the secret formula for a summer hit or what?  I didn't think it got any better than "California Gurls", but this one proved me wrong. 

  2. LMFAO - "Party Rock Anthem"
    This song will get you dancing all night long.  Guaranteed.

  3. Foster The People - "Pumped Up Kicks"
    The buzz around this new band is ridiculous.  That being said, this is my number one song to jam to when out driving.  Or just hanging around the house.  Heck, it's pretty much the best feel-good song ever.  Just don't go analyzing the only sounds like a happy song. 

  4. Young Blood - "Naked and Famous"
    Definitely listen to the lyrics on this one:
    The bittersweet between my teeth
    Trying to find the in-betweens
    Fall back in love eventually
    Yeah yeah yeah yeah
    Makes you appreciate how magical yet fleeting our youth is...

  5. Empire of the Sun - "Walking on a Dream"
    The airy falsettos and unique sound remind me a bit of Passion Pit. 

  6. Two Door Cinema Club - "What You Know"
    Love the electric guitar in the background.  I could listen to this all day.  And maybe I have. 

  7. Martin Solveig (featuring Dragonette) - "Hello"
    "I just called to say 'Hello' ".  Fun, punchy beat and totally cute lyrics.  This is my new favorite running song too. 

  8. Lupe Fiasco - "The Show Goes On"
    This song is pre-dates the summer, but I didn't really get into it until a couple months ago.  Love this snippet:
    Go on and put your hands up
    When times are hard you stand up

  9. Young The Giant - "My Body"
    A song that will get your body swaying for sure! 

  10. One Republic - "Good Life"
    At almost every wedding I went to, this song was played.  It's the quintessential feel-good song to end the summer on. 

Meanwhile, even though a part of me wishes I could hold on to the carefree days of summer forever, I am really looking forward to cooler weather and the changes that fall brings.  But at least I can always listen to these songs again to relive my summer memories!  :)

Me looking ridiculous as I blare my car stereo and have my own little dance party.  
Dance like no one's looking, right?  :)
Jammin'.  You gotta make the face. 

Readers: What are some of your Summer 2011 song anthems?  Share in the comments!


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Cel said... [Reply]

Is it bad I only recognize Katy Perry in all those artists? And don't even know those songs? I kind of live under a rock though. And in the past. My summer songs have been Cheap Sunglasses by ZZ Top, Could Have Been a Lady by April Wine and Never Look Behind by Sun Project (random electronic amidst the old) aaand In the Evening by Led Zeppelin.

Cel said... [Reply]

And that little dancing mash-up is cute. Dance like no one is watching indeed!

Kileen said... [Reply]

thanks for the songs recs! i'll have to check those out!

and my taste in music has veered more towards the indie stuff in recent years, some of which isn't really played on the radio. no worries if you don't recognize!

Read watch relax said... [Reply]

Martin Solveig!! yay!! My summer song (and fall and winter) is Martin Solveig (featuring Thomas Mars) The Night Out...if you like hello you'll loooove this!!  I'm loooving the indie scene right now, there's some great stuff out there! Have you checked out Phoenix??

Kileen said... [Reply]

Oh yes, totally love Phoenix!! 1901 and Lisztomania are constantly on my iPod. :)

Kileen said... [Reply]

OMG, i'm listening to The Night Out right now and this is probably my new favorite song. Thanks so much for the rec!!

eclecticflair said... [Reply]

Great picks, Kileen! I specially like Walking on a Dream and Naked and Famous! And you CAN'T beat Party Rock  in the dancing jams department!! Hmm, what to add, MGMT has some good ones too and being hispanic myself, I can't not dance to any Pitbull song, they're so rhythmic!

  Lidi @ Eclectic Flair

Kileen said... [Reply]

oh i totally love MGMT and Pitbull!! great selections, Lidi!

Pheobe at pballoonjournal2 said... [Reply]

This was a super cute post! I'm especially loving the action shots of you dancing (blare on that car stereo! You go Kileen!). I agree with you, Last Friday Night is THE summer anthem for 2011 :) Great picks of the other songs as well.

Kileen said... [Reply]

glad you enjoyed! :D

Cecilia Oviedo said... [Reply]

This is the cutest music post ever! You've done a lovely one, can't believe our playlists are so similar, haven't heard 4 and 9 but I'll give them a listen! You look adorable!

Cess O. <3 The Outfit Diaries

John Marine said... [Reply]

How silly you are in that animated picture!  :)  Cool (and hot!) post!

Kileen said... [Reply]

lol, good music will do that to me.  gotta let loose, ya know?  :)

Cee said... [Reply]

Cutest post EVER! Please show us more of this side of you! I'm not very good with songs and their titles, but listen to the radio quite often. I'm easy and anything in the top 40 works for me :) Did Katy Perry's Teenage Dreams come out this summer? Though I do prefer the Glee version more. Blaine FTW! Or any Britney songs. Love that girl.

Kileen said... [Reply]

haha, so glad you like the silly animation! i'll definitely try to include more fun stuff like this in the future.

and Teenage Dream is definitely one of my fave songs (I love almost everything Katy Perry) -- i played it at my wedding reception and it was a huge hit too! And I almost always like the Glee version of songs more. Blaine is so cute!! :)

Alamodeetplus said... [Reply]

THIS. IS. AWESOME!! Love your dance party :) the first three songs are amazing running songs, too. get you really pumped up. 

AUBS* said... [Reply]

cool animation!

Kileen said... [Reply]

totally agree!! they're on my running playlist too. :)

Kileen said... [Reply]

thanks! it was my first time doing it in Photoshop. getting better with that program slowly but surely, lol.

Courtney said... [Reply]

Kileen, as a music teacher, can I tell you how much I love this? I only recognize have of the songs you selected so I'm excited to go home and check out the rest I haven't heard! Great idea post! Sadly, my playlist would probably consist of my daughter's car playlist of Kindermusik songs and the wiggles butt I love that LMFAO and Katy Perry tune. I laugh every time I hear Peacock from that album. So naughty. The bridge of it cracks me up!! Cute post!!!

Katherine said... [Reply]

I love seeing the dance animation very cool :) Fav song gotta be party rock anthem :)

Cynthia @ Go Chic or Go Home said... [Reply]

This is awesome, Kileen.  Foster the People was playing while I looked at your it!! 

Kileen said... [Reply]

omg, i just listened to that Peacock song. naughty indeed!! but definitely funny. and i hope you do discover some new great songs through this post! :)

Kileen said... [Reply]

haha, how perfect!! :D

Petite LG said... [Reply]

hahah..Such a fun post, Kileen! Looks like you had so much fun taking your dancing photos =) Katy Perry is one of my favorite singers. Thanks for sharing!

VanC said... [Reply]

I love rocking out to music in the car and in my living room (with the Hubs and kiddo). We let our son pic the music off the ipod and he is actually a jazz guy. One of his fave is Herbie Hancock's, "Head Hunters" (his funky jazz period). True story. Many of what you posted here are my current faves for shaking that booty! Especially love your moving picture, reminding me that I've not done one in a while on my blog. The black and white outfit against a blank wall looks so stylish! It's wonderful to see a "lighter" side of you!

Van // The Clothes We Wear // Wearing motherhood with style.

Fashion Imperative said... [Reply]

So young, so chic and so beautiful. I'm lovin' it!
Great choice!

hugs and kisses by Mani.

Blue Vanilla said... [Reply]

HA! You're SO cuteee!!! You have some good songs going! Love the GIF!
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Michelle said... [Reply]

#2 & 3 are definitely my summer favorites!  I went to a Weezer concert and they sang the "Pumped Up Kicks" song! Very fun!  I heard it on the radio once with "gun" and "bullets" bleeped out! 

Your dancing image is the cutest!!

Pretty Quirky Pants said... [Reply]

I definitely love Empire of the Sun - "Walking on a Dream".
What I've been listening to recently is Maroon 5's "Misery" and "Moves Like Jagger" and for some reason a LOT of 80s music. It's just so happy and boppy!


Caroline Goldingham said... [Reply]

I am SO excited to see Naked and Famous on your list! To be honest, I didn't know that they were known outside of New Zealand. 

It's always interesting to see what kind of music people are interested in - Thanks Kileen

I did tell you

Alisha said... [Reply]

I like this post!!  Mostly because of the face.  I make that face too, lol.

- Alisha

Pam L said... [Reply]

<3 your dancing gif and the last pic - "You gotta make the face."  LOL

Dawn March said... [Reply]

That face is priceless, and the EXACT face everyone makes when jammin' :)

Good Girl Gone Blog said... [Reply]

OMG this is probably my favorite post ever! I love it!

Shasie said... [Reply]

Oooh I love that dancing image. Great list of songs. I just love Katy Perry's last friday night
of Live Life in

Urban Jungle Fashion said... [Reply]

I think this is my favorite post from you to date!  The song choices were amazing and I LOVE the  gif!  Amazing girl!

Kileen said... [Reply]

Thanks! :)

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