This is a little late, but hey – summer tunes are good for brightening a chilly October day! :) Here is my complete Songs of Summer 2008 playlist! A last-minute addition to the list was “Dégénération” by Mylène Farmer, which I started digging toward the end of summer. I think my two favorite songs of the summer were “Love Is Noise (Radio Edit)” by The Verve and “Disturbia (Main Radio Edit)” by Rihanna.
- Madonna – Give It 2 Me (Original Video Edit)
Love that synth bassline! This shortened version of the album track is a perfect bite-sized bit of electro-Madonna that is guaranteed to heat up your summer.
- Kylie Minogue – The One (Freemasons Edit)
One of the best remixes to come out of the X era, this edit takes the already flawless “The One” and upgrades it for the dance floor!
- Dana International – Bamakom Hachi Namooch Be’e Tel Aviv
A melancholy but ultimately uplifting disco tune!
- Crystal Waters vs. Speakerbox – Dancefloor (Speakerbox Radio Edit)
One of my favorite divas, Crystal Waters, lends her distinctive delivery to this ode to letting it all hang out on, well, the dance floor! This is already one of my “summer anthems”!
- The Verve – Love Is Noise (Radio Edit)
Sounds a bit like it could’ve been on one of Richard Ashcroft’s solo records – and to me that’s super!
- September – Cry For You (Candlelight Mix)
The radio edit of “Cry For You” was on my summer playlist last year, and this summer it returns in a piano- and string-soaked ballad. A beautiful way to cool down on a hot summer day!
- Monica Naranjo – Europa (Radio Edit)
This edit scraps the awesome operatic opening but the song works just as well without it. Can’t get enough of this one!
- The Pussycat Dolls – When I Grow Up (Main Mix)
I never used to like The Pussycat Dolls, but I’m hooked on this song! A great club banger that I can just bet will be played on the boardwalk at the beach.
- Kate Ryan – Ella Elle L’a
Fab synths and fantastic vocals make this an irresistible dance track!
- The Ting Tings – Shut Up And Let Me Go (Haji & Emanuel Radio Edit)
This mix brings the punchy “Shut Up And Let Me Go” to the club!
- Donna Summer – Stamp Your Feet (Jason Nevins Radio Edit)
A fun ode to confidence and attitude!
- Solange – I Decided (Part 2)
The Freemasons mix this Motown-minded track up into something fierce!
- Annie – I Know UR Girlfriend Hates Me (Soul Seekerz Radio Edit)
Ultra-catchy and just plain great!
- Alex Gaudino feat. Crystal Waters – Destination Calabria (Original Radio Edit)
This was also on my summer playlist of 2007, but I think this will become an annual summer anthem for me. LOVE this song!
- Kula Shaker –Tattva (Lucky 13 Mix)
Another song that was on my 2007 summer playlist, but this time it’s this trippy, largely instrumental remix!
- Rihanna – Disturbia (Main Radio Edit)
This has become one of my fave songs of the summer – thanks to Aaron of FABTASTIC! Music for suggesting that I add it to my playlist! :D
- Ofra Haza – Taw Shee
An updated version of one of Ofra’s most energetic tracks!
- Pop Levi – Dita Dimone
Cool, boogie-down-worthy funk!
- Gabriella Cilmi – Save The Lies
A Xenomania-produced pop/rock gem!
- Erin Hamilton – Control Yourself (Solar City Radio Mix)
This underrated dance diva is back with a corker of a dance tune!
- Elisabeth Carew – Destructive
Great beats and nice vocals from this new artist!
- Michelle Williams – We Break The Dawn (Karmatronic Radio Edit)
One-third of Destiny’s Child proves she’s worth listening to, too! :)
- Velvet – Take My Body Close (Radio Version)
Pure dance beats and synths!
- Mylène Farmer – Dégénération (Radio Edit)
Hypnotic and sexy!
- (BONUS) Nat King Cole – Those Lazy Hazy Crazy Days Of Summer
It just wouldn’t be summer without this perennial favorite! Not just a Summer 2008 song, but a summer song, period!