It seems like every year we have an EW.com roundtable discussion about the songs of summer, and they are always in the vein of “Fantastic Voyage,” “Hella Good,” and this year’s “Umbrella.” Those songs are just fine to head-bop to during those steamy months, but this week it occurred to me that maybe we individually have our own summer songs that are not what the Top 40 radio stations are spoon-feeding us.
My official summer song of 2007 is Nicole Willis and the Soul Investigators’ “If This Ain’t Love.” Already popular in Europe (and all over the Internet; watch the video below), Willis’ track has tapped into a mod soul sound (that you may find similar to Amy Winehouse), full of beautiful retro R&B orchestrations and string arrangements. Bonus points for the happy baby coos at the end, a-la Stevie Wonder’s “Isn’t She Lovely.” The lyrics are upbeat and dreamy too; no umbrella or trip to rehab required. I NEED to hear it at least once a day!
PopWatchers, what’s your official song of summer 2007?