This song has made a long journey before ending up with Boney M. It was written in 1966 by Bobby Hebb, when his brother was stabbed to death and president Kennedy was murdered, both happening in 1963 in 48 hours. He then wrote the song. It took some time to release it, but 3 years later it was released and it made him go on tour with the Beatles. In 1976 he updated the song to a disco version. In that same year Boney M. came with a cover of the original version, which was on their debute album. It followed the hit Daddy Cool, and this song became a hit, too. The song has been recorded by many other artists, like Frank Sinatra, Cher, Ella Fitzgerald, The Four Seasons, The Four Tops and many others. Enjoy the Boney M version:
Boney M.- Sunny
There is a connection between the summer and disco music. It is called italo disco, which is disco music, but then a bit more sunny. That seems difficult, but it is not. The song of today could be an example, though some doubt it and say it’s in the stage going towards italo disco. I would say: decide for yourself about that. What I do know for sure is that the song became a hit in 1980 and features a house style piano (which is a great instrument). And I know that it’s a great song to dance on. Enjoy
Azoto- San Salvador
A real nineties dance classic today! And there’s one nice thing which it has in common with Fiesta from the Sunclub.
And yes, if you listen to them, you might say: they are totally different, apart from that they both sound sunny. But what do they have in common? Well, the whistle. And for some reason, this whistle gives an extra dimension to the song. Or at least for me it does. Since I knew Fiesta earlier than this song, I combine the whistle with summer (isn’t this a nice example of Pavlov?) So maybe this is the cause for me to call it a summer hit, although it was a hit in the U.S.A. in November. In Holland, it actually did good in the period before summer, having the highest position in May.
The Good Men- Give It Up
When we returned from Rome to Holland, this song was stuck in my head. Everywhere you go, always take the weather with you.
And I hoped for that, since it was very good weather in Rome! Well, we had some luck, since it was kind of the weather in Holland, too.
The song was a big hit in the nineties, and is really sunny!
So… it’s the song for today!
Crowded House- Weather With You
What shall I say? Just a good song, relaxed and sunny. And it was a big hit.
This is one of those songs which I can sing along every word, a thousand times, but I kept forgetting which band it was. A few weeks I mixed them up with Jimmy Cliff (Reggae Night)! Fortunately, after writing this post, I will know them! (I hope :))
Laid Back- Sunshine Reggae
Italian = sun, summer, and in the nineties dance. Because they made a lot of dance music. Good dance music. Like Playahitty from yesterday and Corona of today.
Corona had a few small hits, but the big success was the Summer song of today. The Rhythm Of The Night was released in 1993, and it was their first single.
It still is a good song, and that’s the reason for place 9!
Number 9: Corona- The Rhythm Of The Night
Oh yes, we’re halfway through. This means two things: we’re entering the zone of better songs, and that the list is coming to an end… 😦
But firstly we have a song which tells us what the summer really is. The sunny sound of Playahitty from the nineties. And they had one other hit, but this was their big hit.
Shall I tell more? No, just listen to the song you put on place 10:
Number 10: Playahitty- The Summer Is Magic
One of my first music memories is Let’s Get Loud. I have known it for as long as I can remember, and I have heard it a lot in my childhood.
And that’s not strange, because it was a hit in 2000: I was three years old, so you start to begin with developing a memory.
And it’s a very big summer hit, one of the best songs by Jennifer Lopez, if you ask me. And you think so, too, because she has a very good number 12!
Number 12: Jennifer Lopez- Let’s Get Loud
Again nineties. It seems like only nineties around here. But this single was made by an artist with several hits. Another hit by Dario G was for example Sunchyme.
So the Carnaval De Paris is the song of the day. A sunny instrumental tune which makes you want to go to Paris, where the sun is shining.
And actually, I’m going to Paris for a few days in the holidays, so I want to know if the feeling is the same as in the song.
Number 13: Dario G- Carnaval De Paris
I quite like this summer song. Not only is it nineties from my birthyear (1997), it’s a cool song, too.
And you can sing along, or at least, I do: Alaaaaaneeeee.
Something like that. But I suppose you don’t want to hear that live. Nobody does.
I am not entirely sure, but I think Wes was one of those one-day flies. One hit and you never hear of them again. Wes had some later singles, but they didn’t end high in the charts.
So, this one hit of Wes, Alane, ended on a good place 14.
Number 14: Wes-Alane
Yes. The Miami Sound Machine, with as lead singer Gloria Estefan, had their first hit single with Conga.
It was released in the eighties (1985, to be precise). It was a big hit all over the world, and it is a real track to dance on.
Enjoy Conga! by the Miami Sound Machine on place 15!
Number 15: Gloria Estefan & the Miami Sound Machine- Conga
Yes, more classics on their way. Again nineties, and this time made by a duo. One of the two is Will Smith, the Fresh Prince.
I did not know this until I was looking for the greatest hits of Will Smith (I wanted a CD with Miami, Gettin’ Jiggy With It, etc.), and there were songs of DJ Jazzy Jeff And The Fresh Prince on the CD!
What? That’s strange, I thought. Well, no, apparently not.
But okay, they have scored a neat 16th place in the Summer Song Of The Day Top 20, with their song Summertime. A real big summer hit!
Number 16: DJ Jazzy Jeff And The Fresh Prince- Summertime
This is a song with some history. Let’s start with the original release of the single in 2001. I suppose, although I’m not sure, that it became no hit.
However, never give up: in 2003 the single was released again, this time with a lot of success. By the way: that’s the reason for the 2003 after Summer Jam.
In the song, the Underdog Project used several samples from the Sunclub, from the hit Fiesta. This song was released in 1997.
And all this history together made it to a big summer hit, which is on number 17 in the Summer Song Of The Day Top 20!
Number 20: Underdog Project vs The Sunclub- Summer Jam 2003
Mmm… the nineties. I love the nineties! And the eighties, of course. And the rest of good music.
Ultimate Kaos is a typical example of a group which had several smaller hits, but one hit which stayed in our minds and which is played more often.
This hit which we remembered has brought them big success, and it is good for a place in the Summer Song of the Day Top 20, number 18!
And yes, I know that they had the song of the day once before, but okay…
Therefore a small fact: it is a cover. The original song is made by LeVert, and they recorded Casanova in 1987!
No. 18: Ultimate Kaos- Casanova
There are songs which stick to mind, and never get out again. Doop is one of them.
The first time I heard it, I thought: it’s a nice song, sounds happy! A real summer song. And it sticked in my mind, did not go out, but the thing is: it’s not an annoying song, so you forgive the song for sticking in mind.
And because it is a summer song, the position it got in the Summer Song of the Day Top 20 is number 20! And it came from the nineties, but watching at the album cover and the clip it could easily be fifties!
Number 20: Doop- Doop
I saw this song appearing on one of the blogs I follow, and thought: that’s a nice summer song! Relaxed, sunny, reggae, a text which is not difficult at all, and you can whistle along!
All a man wants, isn’t it? Let’s make life not too complicated, it already is! So: Don’t Worry, Be Happy! 🙂
You still have some hours left to vote for the Summer Song of the Day Top 20, tomorrow: number 20! >>>>
Let’s put in some sunny reggae to relax a bit! I love this song, since it really brings up the summer in me!
And guess what? Made in 1983, so… eighties music = good music!
I don’t know what I should say about this song, it’s self-explaining!
Listen and enjoy Reggae Night!
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Oh yeah! The song of the day is made by a member of the Eagles, when he was on a solotrip. He had a big hit with a song which was the tune of Beverly Hills Cop, too.
So who am I talking about? Yes, about Glenn Frey, the guitar player of the Eagles. He made a song called The Heat Is On, which is a (hot) sunny song! I especially like the saxophone in the song!
And today it is song of the day! Enjoy The Heat Is On!
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Sometimes you have one sentence from a song, or a bit from a tune, sticking in your mind, but you can’t think of the artist…
That was the problem yesterday with this song. I kept hearing “The only way is up!”. Nothing more, and I thought: mmm… who was that?
Happily we have Google, so I found out that it was made by Yazz And The Plastic Population.
And it is a good song… sunny, happy, sunny and very nice to hear!
Enjoy The Only Way Is Up!
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Today we go back to the beginning of the eighties. That was the time Tainted Love by Soft Cell was released. It actually was a cover of a sixties song by Gloria Jones, but I think it was a bigger hit than the original…
At least it was a good dance track, and it still is. It sounds sunny, and therefore it’s song of the day!
Enjoy Tainted Love, tomorrow another song!
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An (almost) forgotten record, which I did not know until one week ago, when I heard it on the radio. And it was such a nice song, I thought: let’s make it song of the day!
It’s a dance track from the late nineties. It sounds sunny, like the summer, and you certainly want the sun to shine!
Well, enjoy People From Ibiza!
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Relax a bit with these sunny, relaxed sounds of Duke. Or is it dance?
Coming from the nineties, this was his first single when he left a band called One Hand One Heart. It was a big dance hit, and it now is the song of the day!
Enjoy So In Love With You!
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The album Eros by Eros Ramazotti. Some big hits on there, like Cose Della Vita (together with Tina Turner), Musica É (with Andrea Bocelli), but the song of the day is another big hit.
Of course it’s Italian, and mostly Italian = sun! Hot temperatures! Summer! Happy! etc.
This song sounds sunny, happy, and summerlike: it’s Ma Che Bello Questo Amore. I’ve no idea what it means (something like I question love?), but it sounds good.
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Wow! What did I find?
Okay. Let me explain: this is one of the vinyl singles in my father’s box with vinyl singles. He recorded it digitally, and I found it in iTunes as song.
And it doesn’t sound that bad, even a bit sunny, discolike, etc.
Summer is definitively coming, I feel it!
Enjoy Al Martino with Volare!
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Ah! I like this record, although I don’t own it…
That’s because of two things: Firstly the song of the day, which sounds sunny, and you get the feeling that summer is coming. Furthermore, the record is quite impressive, with the melody. I think it’s very good.
Secondly, but that is my own strange thing… I like VW-busses, although I have problems getting in them (I’m round the 1.95 metres…)
All in all, more surf music: Enjoy Johnny & The Hurricanes with Red River Rock!
I’m now looking out my window, and I see a white landscape. By the way, that’s in Holland.
Well, when it’s like this (I hate snow) I start looking for something sunny.
Since I’m doing songs of the sixties, the song of the day is made by the Beach Boys.
All their songs are quite sunny, with as ultimate song: Good Vibrations.
Well, this makes my day!
Here’s another song of the day. the song of today gives a summer feeling, which might be nice in wintertime.
The artists are two brothers, who both went to the music school. They came from Denmark!
No, you don’t know? The brothers are called Uffe Savery and Morten Friis, and the two together make the Safri Duo.
Their biggest hit was in 2001 Played-A-Live (the Bongo Song).
Tomorrow another sunny song!