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Heat Wave: A Summertime Mix

No season gets romanticized in song quite like summertime: You could be swarmed by mosquitoes on a humid 102-degree day in August, and you'd still want to blare music that celebrates the beach, convertible cars, barbecue, ill-conceived summer romances and long days spent unburdened by school and other responsibilities.

And why not? Summer is when we're most inclined and emboldened to step outside and show ourselves to the world, whether we're exercising outdoors, walking to work or baring our translucent bellies on a family vacation in the Wisconsin Dells. Shouldn't our music reflect that freedom, that rebellion, that so often regrettable element of self-display?

That's where Heat Wave comes in, with hours of summer-themed music to help you soak in the spirit of the season. If your computer has a strong battery (or a long extension cord) and a way to obtain wireless Internet, why not haul it outside and listen while you frolic?

Tell us your favorite songs in the comments.

"Too Darn Hot," Ella Fitzgerald, First Lady of Song [WDUQ]

"Sunny Afternoon," The Kinks, Face to Face [KUT]

"Popsicle," Talking Heads, Sand in the Vaseline: The Best of Talking Heads [KUT]

"Sun Touch," Herbie Hancock, Man-Child [WBGO]

"Buggin'," The Flaming Lips, The Soft Bulletin [KUT]

ID BREAK: Matt Reilly from KUT

"Summertime Thing," Chuck Prophet, No Other Love [WXPN]

"Summer Breeze," The Isley Brothers, Summer Breeze [WXPN]

"That Heat," Sergio Mendes featuring Erykah Badu and Will.I.Am, Timeless [WBGO]

"Astor Piazzolla: Four Seasons of Buenos Aires: Verano Porteno (Summer)," Lara St. John, violin, with the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela, Eduardo Marturet, conductor (Ancalacon ANC 134) [WGBH]

ID BREAK: Brian McCreath from WGBH

"Summer Skin," Death Cab for Cutie, Plans [WXPN]

"George Gershwin: Summertime," Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble (Chandos 24123) [WGUC]

"Summer Wind," Frank Sinatra, The Reprise Collection [KUT]

"Aganju (Latin Project Remix)," Bebel Gilberto, Bebel Gilberto [The Current]

"Sunshine," Atmosphere, Sad Clown Bad Summer [The Current]

ID BREAK: Mark Wheat from The Current

"Rockaway Beach," The Ramones, Rocket to Russia [KUT]

"The Swimming Song," Vetiver, Thing of the Past [WXPN]

"Summer Evening," Gillian Welch, Going Driftless: An Artist's Tribute to Greg Brown [KUT]

"Giancarlo Vulcano: Portrait of Richard Manuel," (Album Velcro on Innova 688) [WNYC]

"Long Hot Summer Days," Sara Watkins, Sara Watkins [Folk Alley]

ID BREAK: Elena See from Folk Alley

"Mario Bauza: Heatwave," (944 Columbus) [WDUQ]

"Everybody Loves the Sunshine," Roy Ayers Ubiquity, Everybody Loves the Sunshine [WBGO]

"Long Hot Summer," The Style Council, Introducing... [The Current]

"Summertime," Billy Stewart, One More Time [WXPN]

"The Stoop," Little Jackie, The Stoop [WXPN]

ID BREAK: David Dye from WXPN

"Strange Overtones," David Byrne & Brian Eno, Everything That Happens Will Happen Today [The Current]

"Vivaldi: Summer - Concerto 3," Sarah Chang, violin; Orpheus Chamber Orchestra (EMI 9443) [WGUC]

"Mendelssohn: Midsummer Night's Dream Overture," Atlanta Symphony Orchestra / Yoel Levi (Telarc 80318) [WGUC]

ID BREAK: Naomi Lewin from WGUC

"Here Comes the Sun," Richie Havens, Resume: The Best of Richie Havens [Folk Alley]

"Alright," Supergrass, I Should Coco [KUT]

"Michael Torke: July," New Century Saxophone Quartet (Channel Classics 17998) [WGBH]

"Summertime Cowboy," Husky Rescue, Country Falls [The Current]

"Hot House," Steffano Di Battista, Parker's Mood [WDUQ]

ID BREAK: Bob Studebaker from WDUQ

"Hotter Than 'Ell," Fletcher Henderson, The Best of Ken Burns Jazz [WDUQ]

"Heat," Kristin Andreassen, Kiss Me Hello [Folk Alley]

"Summer Soft," Christian McBride, A Family Affair [WBGO]

"Summer Babe," James Carter/Cyrus Chestnut/Reginald Veal/Ali Jackson, Gold Sounds [WBGO]

ID BREAK: Josh Jackson from WBGO

"Girls in Their Summer Clothes," Bruce Springsteen, Magic [KUT]

"Summertime Clothes," Animal Collective, Merriweather Post Pavilion [WXPN]

"Joaquin Rodrigo: Concierto De Aranjuez," Soloist Miles Davis (Columbia 40578) [WNYC]

ID BREAK: Terrance McKnight from WNYC

"Soy Califa," Dexter Gordon, A Swingin' Affair [WBGO]

"Summertime," Gabriel Alegria, Nuevo Mundo [WDUQ]

"Vibrations," Zap Mama, ReCreation [The Current]

ID BREAK: Mark Wheat from The Current

"Summer," Michael Hall, The Song He Was Listening to When He Died [KUT]

"Hugo Alfven: Midsummer Vigil," Minnesota Orchestra/Eiji Oue (Reference 80) [WGUC]

"Summertime," Doc Watson, Elementary Doctor Watson [Folk Alley]

"Summertime," John Fahey, Red Cross [KUT]

ID BREAK: Jeff McCord from KUT

"William Grant Still: Summerland," Alexa Still, flute, and Susan DeWitt Smith, piano (Koch 37192-2H1) [WGBH]

"Sunny (Part 2)," Les McCann, Talkin' Verve [WBGO]

"Summer Day Reflections Song," Donovan, Like It Is, Was and Evermore Shall Be [Folk Alley]

"South Wind of Summer," The Flatlanders, Now Again [Folk Alley]

"Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Flight of the Bumblebee," Kennedy, violin; English Chamber Orchestra (EMI 56890) [WGUC]

"Ralph Vaughan Williams: Wasps Overture," English String Orchestra/William Boughton (Nimbus 5208) [WGUC]

ID BREAK: Naomi Lewin from WGUC

"Lemme Take You to the Beach," Frank Vignola Quintet, Kong Man [Folk Alley]

"Damn It's Hot (part 1)," Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Spike's Choice [KUT]

"Around the Bend," The Asteroids Galaxy Tour, Fruit [The Current]

"Mosquito," Mosquitos, Mosquitos [Folk Alley]

"Captain Bacardi," Antonio Carlos Jobim, The Body & The Soul [WBGO]

ID BREAK: Josh Jackson from WBGO

"George Gershwin: Summertime," Kathleen Battle, soprano; Orchestra of St. Luke's/Andre Previn, conductor (DG 437 787) [APM]

"Slow, Hot Wind," Mary Stallings, Live at the Village Vanguard [WDUQ]

"Vivaldi: Summer - Concerto 1," Sarah Chang, violin; Orpheus Chamber Orchestra (EMI 9443) [WGUC]

"Thermo," Freddie Hubbard, Above & Beyond [WBGO]

"Virgil Thomson: At the Beach," Gerard Schwarz, cornet; William Bolcom, piano (Nonesuch 79157) [APM]

ID BREAK: Bill Morelock from APM

"Philip Glass: Monsters Of Grace — In the Arc of Your Mallet," (Orange Mountain Music 0041) [WNYC]

"Windy & Warm," Doc Watson, Southbound [Folk Alley]

"Estate," Enrico Rava/Stefano Bollani, The Third Man [WBGO]

"Summertime," Jesca Hoop, Kismet [WXPN]

ID BREAK: David Dye from WXPN

"Constructive Summer," The Hold Steady, Stay Positive [The Current]

"Magpie to the Morning," Neko Case, Middle Cyclone

"Body Heat," Jazz at the Movies Band, Body Heat, Jazz at the Movies [WDUQ]

"Vivaldi: Summer - Concerto 2," Sarah Chang, violin; Orpheus Chamber Orchestra (EMI 9443) [WGUC]

"Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 - Pastorale," Berlin Philharmonic/Claudio Abbado (Deutsche Grammaphon 471489) [WGUC]

ID BREAK: Naomi Lewin from WGUC

"In the Summertime," Mungo Jerry, Electronically Tested

"Talking Fishing Blues," Joel Raphael, Woodeye: Songs of Woody

"Frederick Delius: Summer Night on the River," Bournemouth Sinfonietta/Norman Del Mar (Chandos 8372) [WGUC]

"Joaquin Rodrigo: Sicilienne, from Concierto de estio," Michael Guttman, violin; Royal Philharmonic/Jose Serebrier, conductor (ASV CD SQ 6114) [APM]

ID BREAK: Bill Morelock from APM

"Thelonious Monk: Misterioso," Marcus Roberts, piano (RCA 3109) [WNYC]

"Hot Fun," Sly & Family, Greatest Hits

"Hot Night Hounds" Annuals, Such Fun [WGUC]

"Libby Larsen: Deep Summer Music," Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Marin Alsop, conductor (Koch 3-7520-2 111) [WGBH]

ID BREAK: Cathy Fuller from WGBH

"Dilermando Reis: Si Ela Perguntar," Alexander-Sergei Ramirez, guitar (DGB 0002125) [APM]

"Wilhelm Friedrich Riese: The Last Rose of Summer," Renee Fleming, soprano; English Chamber Orchestra/Jeffrey Tate, conductor (Decca 458 858) [APM]

"Dimitri Tiomkin: The Green Leaves of Summer," Royal Philharmonic Pops/John Scott, conductor (Denon CO-75740) [APM]

ID BREAK: Bill Morelock from APM