Summer Music Pop Extragavanza.
May 23, 2011 1:34 PM   Subscribe

I'm looking to expand my "happy music" collection for summer. I'm thinking pop music that is fun to sing along to and scream that is catchy as hell. Suggestions?

I seem to have too much indie/emo/folk music that I love. But it is summer. And it is time to cheer up with catchy fun pop music.

My background: love Katy Perry. Love Ke$ha (yes I know. What can I say it is catchy), Lady Gaga.

It doesn't have to be right along those lines or anything. Just super fun music that is loud and fast and is catchy. Above all catchy. Bonus if it's a whole album. Thanks!
posted by lakerk to Media & Arts (37 answers total) 44 users marked this as a favorite

i have a million ideas, but i'll leave it at mika for now.
posted by anya32 at 1:51 PM on May 23, 2011 [2 favorites]

Probably as old as you are, but check out Katrina and the Waves' "Walking on Sunshine" Happiest song EVER, and very shoutable "and don't it feel GOOD!" lyric and a tempo that keeps accelerating. Sounds like summer. Have fun.
posted by kate4914 at 1:55 PM on May 23, 2011 [2 favorites]

Love Shack
posted by panaceanot at 2:03 PM on May 23, 2011 [2 favorites]

Here are two I've been listening to a lot lately. I made a playlist. I'll add more as I think of them!

Cut Copy - Take me Over
Bebe Manga - Ami O
posted by austinlee at 2:07 PM on May 23, 2011

The Flatmates: I Could Be in Heaven
The Ramones: Rockaway Beach
The Undertones: Here Comes the Summer
Tullycraft: How to Stuff a Wild Bikini
posted by ryanshepard at 2:10 PM on May 23, 2011

The soundtracks to Pulp Fiction and Go make me think of summer. Lots of catchy, singable stuff on there.
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 2:11 PM on May 23, 2011

Cee Lo Green: F*** You (or Forget You, in the clean version, though much shoutier in the original)
posted by Dragonness at 2:15 PM on May 23, 2011

Pretty much anything by Lily Allen should fit your bill. She has got a wicked sense of humor but her songs are extremely poppy.
posted by Leezie at 2:18 PM on May 23, 2011 [1 favorite]

posted by Lutoslawski at 2:19 PM on May 23, 2011

posted by waitangi at 2:42 PM on May 23, 2011

You can't not bop to this. I blare it when I'm at the gym and need a good, fast, fun groove. I think I just saw a movie trailer that uses it for about 3 nanoseconds.
posted by HeyAllie at 2:47 PM on May 23, 2011

When people use words like "summer" and "fun" and "catchy" and "pop," my mind goes to only one song in the last decade and a half: Steal My Sunshine.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 2:59 PM on May 23, 2011

Grace Kelly - Mika
In A Big Country - Big Country (still holds up!)
posted by Glinn at 3:00 PM on May 23, 2011

Just super fun music that is loud and fast and catchy

Why not just listen to The Ramones?

Here, here are 20,000+ Ramones videos. I'm sure you'll find something you like.
posted by BitterOldPunk at 3:01 PM on May 23, 2011 [1 favorite]

Dragonette - Our Summer
posted by saveyoursanity at 3:31 PM on May 23, 2011

Me First & The Gimme GImmes is a punk cover side band/supergroup. They do themed albums - 60s, 70s/80s, country, showtunes... My personal favorite is their "black artists" album, Take a Break. Can't link, but check out their versions of "I'll Be There" and "Nothing Compares 2 U" on Youtube.
posted by TheSecretDecoderRing at 3:32 PM on May 23, 2011 [1 favorite]

Mother's Milk by the Chili Peppers
posted by Splunge at 3:40 PM on May 23, 2011 [1 favorite]

And if you're not a Beatles fan (yet), their "1" singles collection probably has the highest concentration of upbeat instant-gratification songs.
posted by TheSecretDecoderRing at 3:45 PM on May 23, 2011

8tracks (Search happy).

You're welcome.
posted by penguinkeys at 3:46 PM on May 23, 2011

I asked this question last year and got a whole shitload of awesome responses. Enjoy!
posted by Rory Marinich at 3:49 PM on May 23, 2011

Of course Summer in the City, but also Billy Stewart's sublime version of Summertime. You can't not sing to that song.
posted by frobozz at 3:55 PM on May 23, 2011

Wow. Are you me? Here is my list:

Taylor Swift's Love Story and Mine (other songs in album also good, but might not be what you are looking for)

Pink's Raise Your Glass (or the Glee version, and you should get the whole album while you are at it as they also have covers of Katy Perry)

Taio Cruz's Dynamite

Flo Rida's Club Can't Handle Me Right Now

Shrek 1 and 2 soundtrack albums (I especially love Accidentally in Love)

Click Five's first album

Jonas Brothers's first album (I know what you are thinking, but it so incredibly cheesy fun pop)
posted by moiraine at 4:43 PM on May 23, 2011

The Breeders' Last Splash is my go-to summer driving album. Even the maudlin songs have kind of a raw shouty energy. :)
posted by epersonae at 4:48 PM on May 23, 2011

Matt & Kim
posted by neroli at 5:03 PM on May 23, 2011

Beach Baby
posted by Poet_Lariat at 5:36 PM on May 23, 2011 [1 favorite]

Junior Senior: Move Your Feet
Junior Senior: Can I Get Get Get
Junior Senior: Take My Time

MC Miker G and DJ Sven: Holiday

Yolanda Be Cool: Afro Nuts (DCUP Remix)

Carpenters: We've Only Just Begun
posted by circular at 5:40 PM on May 23, 2011

posted by OmieWise at 6:16 PM on May 23, 2011

My bet is on this song being the jam this summer - Nicki Minaj's Super Bass bumping out of every car bumping at the stoplight, rising like a bubblegum cloud above every pack of girls laughing down the street.

SO and I've been bouncing around the apartment like big-eyed pink-haired maniacs nonstop all week. Boomboodoomboom baby!
posted by sestaaak at 6:28 PM on May 23, 2011

And I've posted about this song before, but recently we drove - with the windows down, at night, by the beach, over an arcing bridge - with this Starf*ckers De La Soul remix blasting - and we went back and forth over the bridge a couple times just to listen to it again and again coming over the hill. DIY summer roller coaster. This song has the shimmer of heat rising from the pavement.

Also burly old-school hip-hop purist SO is not afraid to admit that he is singing Taylor Swift's Mean at the top of his lungs at this very moment.
posted by sestaaak at 6:46 PM on May 23, 2011

NKOTBSB by New Kids on the Block & Backstreet Boys is right up your alley. You want catchy pop, you've got it.

Destiny's Child
posted by SisterHavana at 7:08 PM on May 23, 2011

Dog-Eared Summer by Brite Futures.
posted by brainwane at 5:21 AM on May 24, 2011

Also, The Hold Steady.
posted by OmieWise at 5:58 AM on May 24, 2011 [1 favorite]

Michael Franti's ">Sound of Sunshine

Lily Allan
Lady Sovereign
posted by Heart_on_Sleeve at 6:30 AM on May 24, 2011

Also, The Hold Steady.

Er, most of it doesn't really fit the OP, but Constructive Summer is closest

Meet Me By The Water - Saturday Looks Good To Me

anything by Best Coast or Wavves fits this

When I'm With You - Best Coast

King of the Beach - Wavves

all their songs are like this

The New Pornographers are my go to power pop indie band. here's Sing Me Spanish Techno and Electric Version

on the same note, Fountains of Wayne:

Mexican Wine
Red Dragon Tattoo
Survival Car

Aussie indie pop:

Crayon Fields

The Hummingbirds

Architecture in Helsinki have a few:

Do the Whirlwind
Contact High
Heart It Races
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 8:53 PM on May 24, 2011

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