Sadly it’s that time of year again, folks. The remnants of sun are being chased away, and shops are filled with work outfits and white school blouses. The majority of us aren’t too happy about the fact that summer is coming to an end, so we thought we’d try to remedy that the only way we know how. We’ve gathered three of our top pick-me-up anthems to brighten the grey of the current season!
OWNING YOUR OKAYNESS – MILK TEETH
The title says it all, really, doesn’t it? While ‘Owning Your Okayness’ by the up-and-coming alt-rockers Milk Teeth is technically romance-centred, it’s pretty much universally applicable. If the prospect of going back to a more competitive environment after the summer season is beginning to get you down, this upbeat track, with its pump-up anthemic chorus and singer Becky Blomfeld‘s fierce vocals, might be a welcome remedy.
LET’S DANCE TO JOY DIVISION – THE WOMBATS
Considering its appearance on school or work-centred comedy series such as The Inbetweeners, this 2007 indie hit has well earned its place in the alternative hall of fame. From the introductory guitar bars, it’s clear that you’re listening to a well-written jam, ideal for accompanying a celebratory night out after surviving the daily grind of returning to work. The lyrics fit this atmosphere by carrying a little melancholy with them despite the happier tone of the music, making ‘Let’s Dance To Joy Division’ feel like a ray of sunshine through the dreary northern setting.
(JEAN CLAUDE) VAN MANN – YOUTH KILLED IT
This underrated Britpop gem is perhaps the best suited track for this list, as its lyrics explicitly refer to a group of lads struggling through dull jobs to get to the end of the week, where they can do what they truly love; play music. Combine these relatable lyrics with endlessly catchy guitar riffs and a pretty great sense of humour for good measure, and you’ve got the perfect song to cheer you up for your commute to work or school. If the sing-along final chorus doesn’t have you mouthing the words silently to the chagrin of your colleagues, we don’t know what will!