Saturday 26 March 2016

50 jams to blast this Bank Holiday

Spring's sprung but I'm eager for the blossom to bloom out and for the sunflowers to sprout. I couldn't resist setting out a soundtrack of songs that have harmonised many of my previous summer's and no doubt will be doing the same this summertime. Bank holiday's are made for good music and hey! It's Easter which is my favourite holiday, so I thought I'd share some of my favourite music. Here are my top 50 summery jams, I promise that I will totally play them all one day if ever I host a blogger BBQ, anyone up for that? I had so much fun putting this post together so I hope you guys enjoy. Music seems to be more magnetic and mesmerising throughout the hotter months, maybe it's just me. Who knows. Anyway, these are my precious sure fire bank holiday blasters, rain or shine, they still sizzle! Jam away!

SUMMER BREEZE by The Isley Brothers (sure fire favourite)
God, I can't even tell you how much I love this song. So utterly mesmerising, so blissful and chilled. For me nothing can ever come close in melody or tune or soul. That intro tho! The opening harmony speaks for itself on that one! It's my favourite summer song of all time, and I love how throwback it is: 1974!

California Love - Tupac feat Dr Dre 
Feeding off the love of the land - Stevie Wonder 
Make Sure You're Sure - Stevie Wonder 
People Make The World Go Round - The Stylistics 
All Along the Watchtower - Jimi Hendrix
La Isla Bonita/Everbody - Madonna 
Can't Stand It - Steel Pulse 

This is just the definition of "windows down, driving to a barbecue, song on the radio slammin". Graham and I have had this on full blast many a sunny summer's day and it just puts you in the most uplifted mood. Such. A. TUNE. And of course, any reference to strawberry bubblegum reins supreme. 

Maybe Tomorrow - Stereophonics 
Have A Nice Day - Stereophonics 
Flowers in The Window - Travis 
Ain't Nothing But A G Thang - Dr Dre
Calling All Hearts - DJ Cassidy 
American Girl - Bonnie McKee
One More Time - Daft Punk 
Butterfly - Crazy Town 
Get Lucky - Daft Punk 
Last Night - Craig David 
The Roof - Mariah Carey 
High School -Nicki Minaj 
Lucky star - Madonna 
Ciara - Click Flash
Ciara - Got Me Good 
Up Down - T Pain 
Whatever - Oasis 

POWER TRIP - J. Cole feat Miguel (currently on repeat, love, love, love this so bad)
Reminds me of a train journey from London to Paris and from Paris to London back again, I played this tune on repeat with nothing else in between. And now, about 3 years later I'm still so addicted! Something about this song really gets me, it's really deep, yet really relaxed & smooth at the same time. I've also been listening whilst thinking about (surprise, surprise) my story and characters. It really gets me motivated. It's just addictive, like I said. I can easily listen to it a million and never get bored.

Another Round - Fat Joe ft Chris Brown 
Fall For Your Type - Jamie Foxx ft Drake
Love & War - Tamar Braxton 
Unpredictable - Jamie Foxx 
I Need A Dollar - Aloe Blacc
The Man - Aloe Blacc 
Melody - Ray J 
Thank you - Dido
Stay - Rihanna

Arguably one of her best albums, Daydream boasts diamonds and gems in the form of Long Ago, Fantasy, One Sweet Day, Forever and of course, the gorgeously good Underneath the stars. 

Crooked Smile - J. Cole ft TLC 
Blood on the leaves - Kanye West 
Guilt Trip - Kanye West 
Strange Fruit - Nina Simone 

JASMINE - Jai Paul
Obviously I've chosen five favourites out of my 50, and I have to say this one is on repeat RE-PEAT it's just so damn catchy, so utterly enchanting. I can't stop listening to it. It's just the 

What are your favourite songs for spring/summer?
Do you like any of these tunes?
Happy Easter to you babes! 


  1. I loved reading this and it was amazing how you singled out some of your favourites and hearing the memories behind them. Music really is amazing how it has that ability to bring back associated memories. I love so many of your choices! And totally agree that I tend to listen to a lot more in the summer time, I don't know why but the nicer the weather the more I listen to. This was a great post idea so thank you for sharing, and I hope you're having a lovely Easter! Katie xx

  2. Please tell me you have a Spotify account that I can follow and you have these playlists made? Haha. I need them now! They all sound amazing and perfect for spring time. Thanks for sharing babe!


  3. This post makes me super happy! I love listening to music & always love discovering new & old songs. Thankyou so much for this babe!

    I hope you had a wonderful Easter <3 xxxx

  4. Aaw! I hope you had a wonderful Easter! <3 The weather was so glorious on Friday, perfect for listening to these songs in the garden :) The rest of the weekend was a bit of a wash out though - at least up north haha. At least we got a little glimmer of summer sunshine. <3 xxx

  5. I love how you divided up the different song vibes haha, so many good choices here! I am partial to a bit of Summertime xx

  6. This is such a good idea for a post! So many songs I need to listen to for sure! There's so many here I haven't heard, and I love getting new music recommendations. :D


  7. Ahh amazing post! There are some brilliant tunes here! x

  8. Summer Breeze by the Isley Brothers is definitely the perfect bank holiday soundtrack - it's such an easy listening tune and perfect for this fresh, sunny time of year!

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice

  9. You have picked some good music, Sophie. Most of them I know and love. You've a good taste in music. Definitely great for Summer. :)

  10. Ok you have made my day by putting Craig David on this list! He is literally childhood haha! I have to admit that I am yet to listen to many songs on this list, but I'll have to check them out, especially the car jams- they are always so uplifting! I adore how you've portrayed the songs visually through the photos too. Awesome post babe

    Rachel xx

  11. GREAT songs! I still love Will Smith's 'Summertime' so much!

  12. I see you have a great taste in music Sophie!I love all your picks :)

    xx Jamie | With Love, Jamie

  13. I love reading posts like this as I love poaching other people's music recommendations. Pleeeease do a blogger BBQ, that'd be amazing!

    Kirstie | Behind The Scent

  14. This blogpost is literally the best, thank you so much for sharing Sophie! Love so many of the songs you listed here, love Justin Timberlake, and I've got California Love stuck in my head now hehe! A blogger barbecue sounds like such a marvelous idea, would love to attend if you ever host one ;) I can't wait for summer days, barbecues, bikini times and all that comes with the good weather! Love and kisses from Belgium!

    XO IMKE | Pastellics

  15. Old school Mariah - simply cannot be beaten! A blogger bbq sounds epic! x

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