It's inevitable. You hear a certain song, and it takes you back to a lazy afternoon at the beach or a muggy night drinking beer on the front porch. Whether you're driving to the shore, grilling on the patio, or trying to soften the blow of working late (i.e., after five!) on a Friday in June, these old standards-and their newer counterparts -- will let you turn on summer with the press of a play button.

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Old Classics

Tracey Chapman, "Tracey Chapman"

The Commodores, "The Commodores: Anthology"

Led Zeppelin, "Led Zeppelin II, III, or IV"

The Grateful Dead, "American Beauty"

Jimi Hendrix, "Are You Experienced?"

Newer Classics

Lenny Kravitz, "Are You Going to Go My Way?"

Ben Harper, "Diamonds on the Inside"

I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness, "Fear Is On Our Side"

Mercury Rev; "The Secret Migration"

The Cult, "Love"

Jane's Addiction, "Ritual de lo Habitual"

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Old Classics

J. Geils Band, "Freeze Frame"

Prince, "Purple Rain"

Deee-lite, "World Clique"

James, "Laid"

Earth, Wind, & Fire, "Greatest Hits"

Newer Classics:

Justin Timberlake, "Sexy Back"

Nikka Costa, "cantneverdidnuthin"

Nelly, "Nellyville"

Scissor Sisters, "Scissor Sisters"

Various Artists, "Boogie Nights Original Motion Picture Soundtrack"

Hot Child In the City


Old Classics

The Replacements, "Tim"

Ramones, "Ramones"

New York Dolls, "The Best of New York Dolls"

Blondie, "Greatest Hits"

Newer Classics


Stellastarr*, "Stellastarr*"

The Kooks, "Inside In/Inside Out"

The Strokes, "Is This It"

The Rakes, "Capture/Release"

Razorlight, "Up All Night"

Sand Between Your Toes

Old Classics


Jimmy Buffett, "Son of a Son of a Sailor"

Go-Go's, "Beauty and the Beat"

Bob Marley & the Wailers, "Exodus"

Jimmy Cliff, "The Best of Jimmy Cliff"

UB40, "Labour of Love"

Newer Classics


Jack Johnson, "On and On"

Bell X1, "Music in Mouth"

The Magic Numbers, "Those the Brokes"

Peter Bjorn and John, "Writer's Block"

Skye, "Mind How You Go"

Backyard Barbecue

Old Classics


The Black Crowes, "The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion"

Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, "Greatest Hits"

Lynyrd Skynyrd, "All Time Greatest Hits"

The Allman Brothers Band, "The Fillmore Concerts"

Newer Classics


Kings of Leon, "Aha Shake Heartbreak"

Rhett Miller, "The Believer"

Wilco, "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot"

Whiskeytown, "Strangers Almanac"

Camping Out

Old Classics


James Taylor, "Greatest Hits"

Creedence Clearwater Revival, "Chronicle: The 20 Greatest Hits"

Neil Young, "Harvest"

Fleetwood Mac, "Rumours"

Marvin Gaye, "What's Going On"

Newer Classics


Travis, "The Invisible Band"

Dixie Chicks, "Wide Open Spaces"

Guster, "Ganging Up on the Sun"

Jose Gonzalez, "Veneer"

Alexi Murdoch, "Time Without Consequence"

by Kerstin Czarra


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