All of us at TQS are beyond ready to finally lose the bottom half of our zip-off pants and trade in the old socks-and-boots combo for the more superior socks-and-sandals look. And everyone knows that the way to make spring weather come more quickly is by welcoming it in with song. To achieve this, we have each selected three (3) of our favorite songs that combine to create the ultimate warm weather playlist. Mother Nature, if you’re listening: Please, hurry. Please. Also, enjoy the music. Also, please.
“Don’t Worry, Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin
With an upbeat, melodious tone, one can’t help but “think spring” when hearing this song.
“OPP” by Naughty by Nature
Recently I saw that they were coming to town for a concert in June, as part of a 90s tour with New Kids on the Block, Tiffany, Debbie Gibson and Salt N Peppa. You could imagine my excitement. While thinking about how much I’d like to go, I realized June is just around the corner, just after spring. And thus, OPP and spring will be forever connected in my mind. And now yours, too.
“Me Too” by Megan Trainor
On one of our family vacations, my kids listened to this song in the car no fewer than a dozen consecutive times. That vacation was not during the spring, but it does make me think of other vacations, which have happened during the spring.
“Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles
Probably the best song ever written specifically about springtime. It’s just so uplifting, and, well—nice. That’s nice.
“Crosstown Traffic” by Jimi Hendrix
Not about spring, or even traffic really, but makes me think of all of the construction that slows me down while driving across town to get to and from work when spring comes around.
“The First Day of Spring” by The Gandharvas
This might also be about spring (at least according to the title)—I’m not totally sure—I’ve never really listened to the lyrics close enough to know. It’s pretty rockin’ and they’re Canadian. So, there’s that.
“Spring” by Vivaldi
The hipster that knew seasonal musical before you did; only 1700s kids can relate, sorry.
“Spring in Manhattan” by Tony Bennett
I couldn’t find any songs about Buffalo, so New York City will have to do, and “Spring in Manhattan” is perfect classic to put on a playlist when it’s finally thawed enough to enjoy the outdoors for more than a couple minutes.
“Jump” by Kriss Kross
Spring is the season of Easter, and nobody puts the “hop” in hip hop quite like the backwards-wardrobe kids of 90s fame, Kriss Kross.
“Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey
Everyone loves a good power ballad. I specifically suggest playing this song as motivation to keep believing spring is on the way even when it’s still snowing out!
“Pocketful of Sunshine” by Natasha Bedingfield
Everyone also loves a good tune to sing in the shower. This song is one that is guaranteed to annoyingly be stuck in your head forever but hey, at least you’ll have a “pocketful of sunshine” everywhere you go!
“April Come She Will” by Simon and Garfunkel
What’s a playlist without a romantic slow song where all the singing is done in a gentle whisper?
“Three Little Birds” by Bob Marley
This song makes me SMILE! We all need a little Bob Marley at times...am I right?
“Just Like Music” by Eric Sermon ft. Marvin Gaye
This song makes HAPPY! It’s a favorite amongst my group of friends.
“Joy & Pain” by Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock
This song makes me want to DANCE! This is an oldie but a goodie!
“The King of Carrot Flowers, Pt. 1” by Neutral Milk Hotel
I put this whole album on heavy rotation when it gets warmer than 50 degrees outside – a weather event typically associated with spring.
“Mr. Tambourine Man” by Bob Dylan
Because what’s spring without a little Bobby Z?
“What’s The Buzz?” – Ted Neeley and the cast of Jesus Christ Superstar (1973)
The 40 days leading up to Easter is known as “Jesus Christ Superstar Season” in my house. To say my husband, Mike, is passionate about the 1973 film featuring Ted Neeley is an understatement. In fact, rather than me trying to portray his enthusiasm on the subject, I’ve decided to go directly to the source:
Don’t you mind about the future and try to enjoy spring while it’s here with this classic! For further reading and theories on Jesus Christ Superstar’s cultural landmark status, please see my thesis titled: Jesus Christ, Super Stars, and the Rousing Rabbles of Followers, Deadbeats, and Jealous High Priests.
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