Nothing can beat the great British summer: an eccentric mix of 99 ice-creams (which actually cost £1.20), kids with real guns instead of super-soakers, and countless holiday romances - usually resulting in a trip to the 'clinic'.
Whether you're basking in the tepid sunshine or sheltering under a tree whilst Mother Nature empties her bladder all over your disposable BBQ this summer, there's always one thing guaranteed to bring a smile to your face: the joy of the summer anthem. Like a barbecued steak, the humble summer sizzler often varies in quality but never fails to evoke that spine tingling (or spine shuddering) sensation that only certain tunes deliver.
Unlike Christmas party-starters, which nowadays consist mainly of Simon Cowell's latest money-spinning Snow Patrol cover, summertime jams can juxtapose those bleak drizzles, popped dinghies and blotchy sun tans with unadulterated jollity and mirth. Despite their countless radio airings and repetitive hooks, a true summer anthem can salvage even the most downhearted of souls.
As a present to your ears this July, we've compiled a list of our top ten summer sizzlers to enjoy this summer - so sit back, relax, and get your Spotify at the ready as we count you down from 10 to one...
10. BaHa Men – Who Let the Dogs Out?
A question on all of our sun-stroked lips? Probably not.
9. Stardust - Music Sounds Better With You
Packs the perfect pool party punch.
8. Spiller – Groovejet (If This Ain't Love)
"...why does it feel so good!?"
7. Duran Duran – Rio
We don't know who she is, but we know she'll be hot hot!
6. Shakira feat. Wyclef Jean – Hip's Don't Lie
The sound of sangria-soaked nightclubs.
5. The La's - There She Goes
A beautiful track. Unlike the caravan you've ended up staying in.
4. Bob Sinclair – Love Generation
Makes you want to run through a fire hydrant, naked!
3. Sixpence None The Richer – Kiss Me
The only real way to kick-start the holiday romance.
2. Wham – Club Tropicana
You've ended up in a shocking B&B, but this makes you feel like you're basking on a Brazilian beach.
1. Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – Summertime
The epitome of summertime cool.
If you fancy winning a few free beers to take down the park next time the sun makes an appearance, check out our Singha beer competition (closes 31st July).