It is not quite summertime yet, but soon enough it will be here, sending all memories of the snow covered winter to the recesses of our minds. And what’s the best way to get into that summer spirit? Tailor your media accordingly. Enough summer movies and summer songs, and the long, hot days will be upon us in no time.
Summer Movie Marathon
This movie never gets old. Sure, it takes place during the school year, but just try not to sing along during “Summer Nights.”
Quote: “Peachy keen, jellybean.”
Weekend at Bernie’s
This movie has quite a ridiculous concept, but it works. You know you are committed to having the ultimate summer vacation when carting around your dead boss just becomes part of the fun.
Quote: “What kind of host invites you for a weekend and dies on you?”
The Parent Trap
Forget Lohan, the original Hayley Mills classic is where it’s at. Long lost twins find each other at a summer camp and scathingly brilliant hijinks ensue.
Quote: “We can do it. We’re twins, aren’t we?”
The Great Outdoors
John Candy and Dan Aykroyd joined together for this ultimate summer vacation movie that proves you can’t pick your family.
Quote: “Bear…bear…big bear…big bear chase meeeee.”
Can a summer go by without watching this classic? It has it all: dancing, singing and Patrick Swayze.
Quote: “Oh come on ladies, God wouldn’t have given you maracas if he didn’t want you to shake them!”
Working at a theme park for a summer? Seems like a bucket list item right?
Quote: “I think somebody was trying to write ‘Satan Lives’ on that wall, but they spelled it ‘Satin Lives.’”
Do the Right Thing
You can actually feel the heat emanating from the television when you watch this movie that takes place over one hot, hot day in Brooklyn, New York.
Quote: “My people, my people, what can I say? Say what I can. I saw it, but didn’t believe it; I didn’t believe what I saw. Are we gonna live together, together are we going to live?”
The movie that made millions scared to go swimming in the ocean is of course, a summer classic.
Quote: “It’s a carcaradon carcharias. It’s a Great White!”
Touring with a band and writing an article for Rolling Stone? It’s a pretty great way to spend summer vacation.
Quote: “The only true currency in this bankrupt world is the moments we share with one another when we’re uncool.”
Stand by Me
Hanging out with your best buds while searching for a dead body? It’s the perfect summer adventure!
Quote: “I never had any friends later on like the ones I had when I was 12. Does anyone?”
The Way, Way Back
It’s interesting to watch Steve Carell play a not-so-nice guy in this 2013 comedy-drama that centres around Duncan, a shy kid who gets a job (and a whole lot of new friends) at the local waterpark.
Quote: “You’ve got to go your own way, and you, my friend, are going your own way.”
Enjoy some musical sunshine
“Island in the Sun” Weezer
“Blister in the Sun” Violent Femmes
“Saturday in the Park” Chicago
“Walking on Sunshine” Katrina and the Waves
“Cruel Summer” Bananarama
“Steal My Sunshine” LEN
“Rock Lobster” B-52’s
“(Love is Like A) Heat Wave”-Martha and the Vandellas
“In the Summertime”-Mungo Jerry
“Under the Boardwalk”-The Drifters
“Summer in the City”-Lovin Spoonful
“California Girls”-Beach Boys
“Summertime Blues”-Eddie Cochran
“The Boys of Summer”-Don Henley
“Bubble Toes”-Jack Johnson
“Hot Fun in the Summertime”-Sly and the Family Stone
“All Summer Long”-Kid Rock
“Summertime” by DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince