Ten Top Tunes for Summer Listening


For music-loving polyglots, this is a summer listening list for you.

Everyone else — steer clear of falling stars. 


by Fred Roberts
Ragazine Music Editor

Category: Best song in the highly competitive category of Hasidic surf
Song Title: Gimel 2222
Artist: Alte Zachen
Year: 2012
Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWtpzhQCL7Y

Category: Surf tunes from countries without a beach (Austria)
Song Title: I go Surfing
Artist: Beach Girls and the Monster
Year: 2013
Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isLHSubP3zA

Category: Best summertime song in a foreign alphabet
Song Title: Летом
Artist: Oleg Kostrow
Year: 2018
Link: https://soundcloud.com/oleg-kostrow/letomin-the-summer-time

Category: Best risqué lyrics in a non-English language
Song Title: Cluburlaub
Artist: Schnipo Schranke
Year: 2015
Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDNmw31UrzY

Category: Nostalgic summers on the Baltic Sea
Song Title: Historia Jednej Znajomości
Artist: Czerwony Gitary
Year: 1966
Link: https://youtu.be/JtY-p2Esg1w

Category: Friendliest summer doo wop ever
Song Title: Be Nice
Artist: Kristy and the Kraks
Year: 2015
Link: https://totallywiredrecords.bandcamp.com/track/be-nice

Category: Amazing summer soundtracks
Song Title: Our Place
Artist: Maia Vidal
Year: 2015
Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E53d163fCNw

Category: Summer reggae, R.I.P. Robert Brylewski
Song Title: Równe Prawa
Artist: Izrael
Year: 1985
Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KeTbhFTlt70

Category: Because summer months are filled with sunlight
Song Title: To the Light
Artist: Mary Ocher
Year: 2017
Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIxiF7AeYOs

Category: Summer in the desert
Song Title: Keine Oase in Sicht (No Oasis in Sight)
Artist: Datashock
Year: 2014
Link: https://youtu.be/ub8La2L4FaA



About the playlister:

Fred Roberts is a native of Cincinnati living in Germany since 1987 who enjoys subverting the arbitrary commercial process in which great works often go unrecognized. He has a dual B.S. in Computer Science and Psychology from Northern Kentucky University (1984) and a Masters in Psychology from Bielefeld Universität (1999). He contributed short stories to the early ezine “D A D A RIVISTA CULTURALE E/O TELEMATICA” (1995/96), and later to the short-lived Greenbeard Magazine, in 1997 receiving a Google Blog of Note citation for his Weblog indeterminacy.blogspot.com where he wrote 428 “one-minute short stories” inspired by found photos. Fred is also creator and designer of Elbot.com, an award-winning AI system. His interests include literature, film, photography and discovering all the well-kept sounds Europe has to offer.