It's that time of year -- time to trade in those stinky wool sweaters for T-shirts and tanks. Time to toss off those boots, slip on your sandals and start prepping for the sunshine. Bust that picnic basket out of the basement, air out the old blanket and wash the plastic stemware. It's fucking springtime, bitches!
Winter weather can be fun, but we've been sick of it since February. Face it, ski bums: Snow-gray skies can be depressing and gloomy, so when the sunshine starts peeking through the clouds, be grateful. And what better way to show gratitude for spring than to sing its praises? Spring deserves a solid soundtrack, so we went to work and brought you some of our favorites.
10. Amelie Soundtrack We couldn't choose just one song, so we went with the entire collection. This is the perfect album to download and do your spring cleaning or...just lift a glass. Composed by Yann Teirson, this 2001 French soundtrack is an eclectic mix of piano, accordion, vibraphone...and even a bicycle. (Don't judge -- bikes are spring-y, too!) It may not get your April barbecue party hoppin', but it will definitely put you in a springtime mood and inspire you to not only watch the film, but learn French. Ecouter, Mesdames et Messieurs!
9. Your Cloud - Tori Amos Okay, this one is a bit depressing, what with all the clouds, rain, and relationships...but what do you expect from Tori Amos? This song poses the age-old question: Can we be a "we" and still be ourselves? Is the individual inevitably lost upon entering into a romantic relationship? Is that the price we al must pay for looooove? Oh, stop thinking so fucking much. It's springtime, and life is too short. And anyway, Tori makes it seem like there is an answer. Or at least she's able to play the piano so it sounds like raindrops, which is almost as good as an answer.
8. Here Comes the Sun - The Beatles Thank you, George Harrison, for writing this amazing, bright and shiny song back in 1969. It totally has been a long, cold, lonely winter. Vitamin D deficiency causes depression, and this song just might be the cure. Some people aren't huge Beatles fans (it's true, shut up), but this particular song has something special. Maybe it's the fact that it keeps calling us "little darling," or maybe it's the happy "doo-doo-doo-doooo" Whatever. It works. We deem this THE perfect springtime, lift your spirits Monday morning song. Turn this baby up and rock out! Sun. Sun. Sun...here it comes!
7. Spring Fever - Elvis This ditty appeared in the 1965 movie Girl Happy, and it brings out the innocence in all of us. (Not really, but we can hope.) The scene in which the song is sung features some hoppin' guys and gals singing while driving in convertibles. Cheesy as it may be, the song brings its listeners back to a time when all they had to worry about was what boy liked them and what they were going to wear to the sock hop. Unrealistic and lame, but give it the ol' blue-suede-shoe try. You may like the way it harks back to a time that never really happened, but it's fun to pretend that it did.
6. Sunshine - Atmosphere We've all had those mornings after a wicked bender when all we can do is vomit and fall. This song glorifies and inspires such hard-core drinking episodes. Although Atmosphere refers to summertime in the song, it screams spring. The protagonist falls down and sees a bike he hasn't ridden in a while, and BOOM! Once he gets on it, his hangover is cured. Unrealistic, sure (believe me, I've tried it), but it's got a sunny, fabulous beat that will bring any alcoholic troll out of his apartment into the sunshine, where even the birds are bumpin'. And for that, we trolls thank you, Atmosphere.
5. Spring Love - Stevie B The king of freestyle brings us a springtime love song from 1988. The '80s were filled with shitty love ballads, but Stevie B rocks this mutha out hard. He's dreaming and pining over his ex, and we all know the pain of experiencing heartache - only to be reminded of it by birds chirping and flowers blooming. Stupid birds and flowers! There's nothing shittier than being all alone in the spring. Sorry, but it's true. Unless you're cool with that. And then...you're lying. We guarantee after six rooftop beers you'll be singing "Spring loooove come back to meeee."
4. The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly) - Missy Elliot Roll your windows down and turn this shit up. Missy Elliot's 1997 hit samples Ann Peebles's 1974 jam "I Can't Stand the Rain." And that's aces our in our book. This strangely empowering song is all about chillaxin, and even though it pretty much just repeats itself for the duration of the song, it's still effin' good. The video is even cool, but is it just us, or did Missy seem more approachable and smiley when she was bigger? Just asking.
3. You Can Never Hold Back Spring - Tom Waits This is one of the most perfect springtime date songs ever written, as long as that springtime date is either in New Orleans or an abandoned amusement park. But if you play this for your special lady friend and she doesn't feel the need to give you some sweet, sweet lovin'? Dump that horrible bitch. Waits's gritty voice cuts through the winter blues and brings you right into the fabulousness of an open heart and a perfect spring day.
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2. It Might as Well Be Spring - Ella Fitzgerald Rodgers & Hammerstein wrote this song for the 1945 movie State Fair. And Ella knows how to sing it so you can hear the nightingales and feel that cool spring air. This breezy tune gives people the hope of what the possibilities of spring bring, and there's nothing wrong with a little cheesy optimism. Feel melancholy and enjoy it, damn it! Because really, there's nothing better than Ella Fitzgerald when she turns that voice loose.
1. 1970's Sesame Street Theme song If you don't get why this song is springy...well, then, blame your parents for not raising you right.