Guest blogger: Miranda of 101 Things To Do Before You Die

I always was a fan of Johanna’s blog and the amazing finds and lovelies she posts, but I knew we were going to be great blog friends when I found out we had similar music tastes. I mean anyone who has a post titled ‘Tweedy Friday’ is aces in my book.

So while Johanna is busy imparting her great musical taste to Ms. Olivia, I thought I’d come up with a great playlist to listen to on the beach, in the car, on vacation, or wherever you may be spending your time this summer.

1. You are a Tourist – Death Cab for Cutie
The obvious choice of a Death Cab summer song would be “Summer Skin”, but this song is so great I can’t stop playing it on repeat.

2. The Wavves – King of the Beach
As someone who gets a sunburn just by thinking of the sun, I still kind of want to “let the sun burn my eyes, let it burn my back”.

3. California Sun – The Ramones
Two minutes and eight seconds of pure summer fun.

4. Summer – Modest Mouse
Contains one of my favorite lyrics of all time: ‘Just the smell of the summer can make me fall in love”.

5. Big Wave – Pearl Jam
I am a horrible klutz and believe if I tried to surf I would probably die. However, listening to this song makes me want to take the risk.

6. Summer Teeth – Wilco
I couldn’t create a summer playlist for Johanna without including some Wilco or Tweedy. It helps that I love this song!

7. In the Sun – Joseph Arthur and In the Sun – She & Him
These two songs could not be more different, despite sharing the same name. Luckily they’re both amazing.

8. Fireflies in a Steel Mill – The Elected
While spending my childhood summers in Illinois, I spent a lot of time catching and chasing these lovelies.

9. I Was Made For Sunny Days – The Weepies
As much as I love my rain apparel, I agree wholeheartedly with The Weepies. I was totally made for sunny days.

10. On the Beach – Neil Young (or Radiohead)
I’m a sucker for a good cover. And Radiohead does such amazing cover of this Neil Young song. I can’t be forced to pick my favorite.

What are you perfect summer songs? I'd love to know the ones I missed!

Thanks Johanna for letting my share my summer playlist for you and can't wait to see what you and Olivia have in store for your first summer together.

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