Summer Guide 2013: Songs for Your Fourth of July BBQ

DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, "Summertime"
Even if your barbecue ends up shrouded in a veil of San Francisco fog and mist, this classic hip-hop jam will warm up the crowd.

Washed Out, "It All Feels Right"
The latest single from the Southern chillwave sensation features doses of jangly guitar pop and properly nerdy electronic beats, perfect for conjuring up a new summer of love.

Rod Stewart, "Young Turks"
"Young hearts, be free tonight" is a perfect mission statement for a night of frivolity. The lyrics still resonate, even if just with the young of heart, and the beat still puts pep in a step. This is also good to reignite the old debate as to why Rod didn't just call this one "Young Hearts."

Creedence Clearwater Revival, "Born on the Bayou"
The East Bay rock greats may have been the first to propose the notion of streaking at an Independence Day party when John Fogerty sang, "I can remember the Fourth of July, running through the backwood, bare." If your guests take it literally, you've got yourself a party.

Stevie Wonder, "Master Blaster"
Wonder's classic is perpetually "hotter than July" and has a special magical quality — it never fails to elicit smiles and happy bouncing.

Nocera,"Summertime, Summertime"
Nostalgia for '80s Latin freestyle music is heating up in the Bay Area this summer, and this little ditty by Sicilian singer Nocera has retro charm.

A$AP Rocky featuring Skrillex and Birdy Nam Nam, "Wild for the Night"
This song jumps back and forth from a halftime hip-hop beat to something approaching clubby dubstep territory, perfect for a bit of a backyard boogie. Fair warning: It's got some naughty lyrics, including an F-word cameo in the hook.

Girl Talk, "Triple Double"
Throw on this song from the electronic mashup king and you'll take care of your party's Ice Cube, Rolling Stones, Phoenix, Devo, Neil Diamond, Beyonce, Van Halen, and Lil Wayne needs in one efficient six-and-a-half minute package.

Disclosure, "When a Fire Starts to Burn"
Get ready for those explosions in the sky with this UK dance act, which cheekily uses a looped sample from what sounds like a church sermon as the basis for this song.

Kelis, "4th of July (Fireworks)"
A holiday ode from the lady who once upon a time made that addictive "Milkshake" provides a festive way to close your Independence Day set.

 
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