Hello! I’m excited to announce the first of at least one guest post from Valerie Burn. I have had top-of-my-lungs sing-alongs to her high school mixtapes after being well into my twenties, and thus am very pleased that Ms. Burn has been kind enough to share with us her hottest and slowest summer jams.
Everyone loves a good, hot, summer jam. Everyone. This is science. However, sometimes you need to roll it back. Slow it down a bit. And that is precisely what slow jams are for.
But what, dear readers, would it mean if a song could be both? Simultaneously a hot jam and a slow jam? Before your head explodes, allow me to explain.
Sometimes musicians, usually white ones in indie rock bands, take an amazing hot jam and slow it down – with the tempo, acoustics, or otherwise. It’s like Columbusing
, but way cooler and hopefully less offensive. Certainly, some (many) covers are awful, which is why I conveniently made you this list. You’re welcome.
These hot’n’slow jams are the perfect music to listen to at the end of a long night. Party’s over, but everyone’s got time for one last singalong.
01| Are You That Somebody – Gossip
02| Umbrella – Marie Digby
03| Crazy – Emily Asen
04| Hey Ya – Obadiah Parker
05| Hot in Herre – Jenny Owen Youngs
06| Heartless – Virender Singh
07| Whatever You Like – Anya Marina
08| Cry Me a River – Glen Hansard
09| Single Ladies – Pomplamoose
10| Bitches Ain’t Shit – Ben Folds
11| Whatcha Say – Princess
12| Grenade – Julia Sheer & Tyler Ward
13| 99 Problems – Hugo
14| Pursuit of Happiness – Lissie
Honorable mentions (i.e., songs not on Spotify or they might be on this list):
Valerie Burn is a very cool adult who writes things sometimes and is always looking for new and innovative ways to listen to pop music.