imaAaron Smith feat. Luvli – “Dancin’ (KRONO Remix)” – (2013)

This song actually came out in 2005 and there was a remixed version of it at the time that was the popular version. This is a new (okay, four years old… so… newer) remix. Even though the remix is more modern than the track itself, you can still tell it was written more than a decade ago. Electronica does not have a long shelf life.

artworks-000114484341-g041w0-t500x500Zwette feat. Molly – “Rush (Sam Feldt Remix)” – (2015)

This one might seem, once the bass kicks in, to be a bit heavy and all about the bounce, but Sam Feldt’s touch helps reign it in a bit. There is a little bit of brass which helps… I don’t know. By the end of the song I’m pretty into it. If your summer includes Miami or Ibiza, this should be right up your alley.

Lany-Ilysb-300x300LANY – “ILYSB (Ferdinand Weber Remix)” – (2014)

“ILYSB” is the abbreviation for “I Love You So Bad” and LANY is a band from L.A. Their song was remixed by Ferdinand Weber to create a really smooth, faster version of the already smooth song. I guess it’s the tempo of the remix that really sets it apart.


cover326x326Sir Sly – “Gold (Betablock3r Remix)” – (2013)

Sir Sly is actually an indie band from L.A. and the original version of this song is much more of a rock song. But the remix replaces the darkish music with a nice, beachy beat. I can’t really compare the original versus this because they’re really two different songs. Apples and oranges. But this one makes me happier.

Mr Probz feat. Robin Schulz – “Waves (Robin Schulz Remix)” – (2014)

Mr Probz is a Dutch singer/rapper and his song “Waves,” which was originally released in the Netherlands in November 2013, was remixed by German DJ Robin Schulz – catapulting this version of the song up the charts in more than a few countries. It was a #1 in more than 10 European countries and a top ten in nearly all of them. It never charted in the U.S. on the Hot 100 (or even the dance chart). That said, it was one of the biggest European hits in the early part of 2014. It’s good for summer because it’s laid back and about waves (and the beach is a very summer thing).

#81 – R. Kelly – “Ignition (Remix)” – (2003)

Before we get to R. Kelly, I want to say something real quick: Lady Gaga does not appear on this list. “Bad Romance” probably would have, but I featured it elsewhere. Oh well. Now: “Ignition.” This is one of my favorite hip-hop (yeah, it’s R&B, I know but it’s close enough to hip-hop for me to call it hip-hop) songs ever – I can sing most of the lyrics. It’s R. Kelly’s best song he’s ever done. “So baby give me that toot, toot!”… “It’s the remix to ignition – hot and fresh out the kitchen. Mama rollin’ that body got every man in here wishin’. Sippin’ on Coke and rum – I’m like ‘So what? I’m drunk.’ It’s the freakin’ weekend baby I’m about to have me some fun.” This went all the way to #2 on the Hot 100 and rightfully so (considering the Hot 100 during the 2000s was almost dominated by hip-hop).

Richard Grey and Nari & Milani feat. Alexandra Prince – “Mas Que Nada (Bimbo Jones Remix)” – (2012)

Long enough artist/song combo for you? This is the song I began every summer afternoon when I went swimming last year. The song is glorious. “Mas Que Nada” is a Brazilian song with near-anthem status that was first recorded in 1963 and made famous a few years later by Sergio Mendes. It has been covered and sampled to death but this is the primo version as far as I am concerned. The lyrics are gentle and extremely Brazilian and the music is the perfect complement. This is the final song I’m doing with “Songs for Summer 2013” and it is the best. Whenever I think of it I will always picture clear-blue water and, even though I’ve never been yet to go there, it will remind me of a bright Brazilian beach full of beautiful women (see video). It’s only 60 degrees today as I write this – but come one, 85 and sunny. I’m ready for summer!

Ricky Martin – “Más (Ralphi Rosario Spanish Radio Remix)” – (2011)

Here’s something a little more upbeat than yesterday. “Más” is a song from Ricky Martin’s 2011 album Musica + Alma + Sexo. There were a bunch of remixes released shortly after this came out as a single. The Ralphi Rosario Spanish Radio Remix is, I think, better than the original – if for no other reason than its pumping beat. It turned the song into a dance hit – a top ten on the dance charts. If you’re idea of summery music involves club music or Latin music – then this has you covered.

The Four Seasons – “December, 1963 (Oh, What A Night) (Ben Liebrand Remix)” – (1993)

Yeah, I don’t have a link to purchase this song because it is really hard to find. If you’re creative, you can get it from the link to the YouTube video above. “December 1963” was a big hit for the Four Seasons when it was originally released in 1975, hitting #1 on the Hot 100 in March of 1976. In 1988 it was remixed by Dutch DJ Ben Liebrand and remixed again in 1993. This 1993 remix was a huge radio smash, reaching #14 on the Hot 100 and extending the songs all-time weeks on the Hot 100 to 27 weeks, a then record. This remix is the version you most often hear on Adult Contemporary radio stations today. So yeah, decade confusion all over the place here. The remix has some added beats in the background but there are some people who, without hearing them back to back, couldn’t tell you which one was the original.