Going outside at all this weekend? Unlikely, given the current heat wave sweeping the country. Despite temperatures expected to hit 100 degrees here in New York, it is the weekend, giving us reason to celebrate the fact that we won't be sweating as soon as we exit the shower, only to stick to the subway seats on our way to work, for at least two whole days. But in order to properly survive in these conditions one must be properly equipped with good music. Below, a collection of songs that will likely represent how you're feeling at this very moment (nothing brings out the complainers like the weather) and how cool things down. Turn these tracks up— along with your AC—and if you're in a part of the country that isn't sweating its collective face off right about now, we guess you'll enjoy these songs as well.
1. ADELE FEATURING KANYE WEST -- MELT MY HEART TO STONE (URBAN NOIZE REMIX)
2. WALE -- WORLD TOUR
Off the DC native's 2009 debut Attention Deficit brings hip-hop to the District of Columbia. The chorus samples A Tribe Called Quest's "Award Tour" with a breezy Jazmine Sullivan hook that will have you singing da-da-da-da-da-da-da-da through Monday morning.
3. SUGAR RAY -- SOMEDAY
Blame the heat, but our late '90s nostalgia was raging this week, leading us to reminisce about the plentiful number of hits that Mark McGrath, his frosted tips and band Sugar Ray were responsible for. While there is a unifying sound among every Top 10 track the band had from approximately 1997-2001, we like "Someday" for its utter effortlessness. McGrath never tries too hard on the vocals, and as a result, we are comfortably transported to those sticky, lazy summer days without the threat of heatstroke.
4. JAY-Z AND KANYE WEST FEAT. OTIS REDDING -- OTIS
Sampling its namesake Otis Redding’s legendary “Try A Little Tenderness,” the track flows with an infectious coolness, partly because Redding’s signature growls and grunts hang around, flirting in and out of our aural consciousness while Jay and ‘Ye drop cocky, self-referential rhymes that serve as both a look back on their careers (“I made “Jesus Walks” I’m never going to hell,” “Jay Jay is chillin’, ‘Ye is chillin’/ What more can I say? We killin’ ‘em”) and describe their current lavish lifestyles (“They aint see me cause I pulled up in my other Benz / Last week I was in my other other Benz”).
5. 98 DEGREES -- BECAUSE OF YOU
The name of the third-most popular boy band of the late '90s also accurately describes the temperature outside right this very moment. But really we're choosing this mostly for the video, which features an incredible collection of awful clothing choices (jeans and sneakers) however, Nick Lachey never did meet a v-neck sweater he didn't like.
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6. COLDPLAY -- SHIVER
"Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall" is the great, standard anthemic fare we've come to expect from Chris Martin and Co. but nothing like the Parachutes track can actually have us start to feel cooler down into our bones.
7. OMARION -- ICE BOX
Aspirational lyrics like "I'm so cold, I'm so cold, I'm so cold" make it the perfect cure to those "perfectly normal" hot flashes. Listen, sing, repeat. It's all in your head after all.
8. KATY PERRY -- HOT 'N COLD
2011 has definitely been good to Katy Perry. And while Teenage Dream has no shortage of hits, we are still partial to her silly descriptions of an ambivalent boyfriend, and her less than scholarly choices for examples of dichotomy. Plus, on weekends like this, anything with "cold" in the title is something we can get behind.
9. KURTIS BLOW -- THE BREAKS
It's not easy to overcome the nagging sense of lethargy these temperatures tend inflict upon us. But that doesn't mean sitting around has to get you down. Take a trip back in time with a dose of early hip-hop, recommended by Justin and Jimmy themselves.
10. ARROW -- HOT-HOT-HOT
So how are you feeling this weekend? If you're a resident of Planet Earth, chances are it's hot, hot, hot.
Think you have some better choices for the soundtrack to your summer? How on Earth are you keeping cool? Post a comment and let us know!