Ask me my favorite types of summer songs and my memory likely won’t trace back to garagey deep cuts or indie gems, but rather to sugary pop anthems of yore. Something about the carefree attitudes of the season has always made the cheese of these radio bangers all the more appealing, even if only for a few months. So this summer, as you bask in the overplayed vibes of Iggy Azalea, remember a more innocent time called the late ’90s and early ’00s, when reality wasn’t a TV show, but a simple and curious place.
OMC – “How Bizarre”
Not only one of my favorite summer jams of all time, but one of my favorite songs. It doesn’t make much sense, the rap isn’t particularly good, and OMC was never heard of again (RIP Pauly Fuemana), but the mariachi samples and the catchy choruses made this one an unforgettable sunny gem.
Third Eye Blind – “Semi-Charmed Life”
This is hard to even describe as a guilty pleasure because basically the entire Third Eye Blind self-titled is gold, but this one in particular received more than a healthy dose of exposure. It still holds up to this day.
White Town – “Your Woman”
This song used to confuse me, but mostly because I wasn’t listening to the lyrics very clearly. Regardless, it sounds completely outdated now, which is perfect for a throwback pop hit.