Sounds of the Summer: a playlist of songs from cinema soundtracks

Summer is often an exciting time to be a cinema lover but it can, unfortunately come with its downsides.

For starters, it can be hard to get your group to hang out in a dark room and watch the newest Swedish Arthouse film when all the rest of them want to do is soak the sun in the nearest pub garden. And as much as it would be great to take the barbecue staples of a nice corn on the cob or a saussie bap (whether that be local butchers or Linda’s finest) with you, other audience members may not appreciate it as much as you do. Often leading to the very British ‘ahem’ or even worse ‘a stern word’.

But all is not lost, as much as I hear you cry about this very particular problem. For the next time you’re hanging with your friends and they pass you the aux cable, why not pop the following playlist of summer soundtrack vibes on to get people itching for the silver screen. Or use it as your own personal travel playlist as you head your way to the cinema; giving you all the summer vibes but without the need to bring in that hot food stank that curdles the audience’s appreciation for the latest Celine Sciamma.

Plus they’re also bops so they suit both a good golden sunset picnic dance party or as is more appropriate for myself, a solo kitchen dance break.

Now, to paraphrase the words of Rob Gordon and Robyn ‘Rob’ Brooks of Championship Vinyl, the making of a good mixtape is a very subtle art, so without further ado - let’s get to the tracklist.

  1. Montage by Andy Hull and Robert McDowall - With the Daniels’ follow up Everything Everywhere, All at Once in UK cinemas, what better to get you moving than this tune from their last corpse farting blockbuster Swiss Army Man.
  2. Stars are Blind by Paris Hilton - Whilst there is much to discuss once you’ve watched Promising Young Woman, what is agreed by everyone is how much this Paris Hilton song slaps!
  3. Modern Love by David Bowie - Run, don’t walk to your nearest Screen like indie darling Greta Gerwig in Frances Ha.
  4. Get Down Saturday Night by Oliver Cheatham - Before Alex Garland terrifies us with his film ‘MEN’, why not tear up the dancefloor like Oscar Isacc in Ex Machina to this disco throwback.
  5. Got to Give it Up by Marvin Gaye - And then carry on getting your groove on like Da 5 Bloods to this classic.
  6. Uptown by The Chamber Brothers - I mean, what even would be the point of a Summer Playlist without this absolute jam from Questlove’s game-changing documentary Summer of Soul?
  7. Once in a Lifetime (Live) by David Byrne - Speaking of classic songs getting a second wind, here's another from the experience that is Spike Lee and David Byrne’s American Utopia.
  8. A Little Party Never Killed Anybody by Fergie - With Baz Lurhman’s Elvis coming out finally in May, worth revisiting this underrated dancefloor hit from The Great Gatsby.
  9. Nobody Speak by Run the Jewels - Olivia Wilde’s Booksmart soundtrack is a whole genius move much like the movie itself (which is why you’ll be seeing more of it later!).
  10. Level it Up by The Coup - Sorry to Bother You, another Boots Riley film soon please?
  11. Slip Away by Perfume Genius - Another Booksmart choice from Olivia Wilde. We can’t wait to see what she does with Don’t Worry Darling in September this year!
  12. She’s Not There by The Zombies - Titane is still messing with my head, and this song is still stuck in it as a result!
  13. Got to be Real by Cheryl Lynn - Whether it be Paris is Burning or Boogie Nights, no Summer Playlist is complete without this icon!
  14. Live Your Life by T.I and Rhianna - Another icon and another bop, this time from the incredible animation The Mitchells vs the Machines.
  15. Diamonds by Rhianna - It’s not Summer without more than one song by Rhianna and what a song from the seminal coming of age film by Celina Sciamma, Girlhood.
  16. Oh Sweet Nuthin by Velvet Underground - Since I’ve mentioned them so much, we’ve got to have from High Fidelity and what better to cool down from all the dancing than this gentle slice of 60’s cool.
  17. Just in Time by Nina Simone - Save on the air miles like Jesse and Celeste and chill in Norfolk Park to this drop from Before Sunset.
  18. God Only Knows by The Beach Boys. What else could we end on? But with another Paul Dano Bookend from Love and Mercy.

And if you liked this or have other suggestions for the Playlist, let us know @showroomcinema or personally @fallsoveralot and also if you want to invite me to your parties or barbecues please, there’s only so many times I can sing to Paris Hilton by myself.


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