Relaxing to the sounds of spring — Photo courtesy of E+/martin-dm
We here at USA TODAY 10Best have been itching to post a new playlist, and this breakdown of the top Spring Break destinations for 2018 was just the excuse we needed.
We've highlighted some of our favorite performers from those Spring Break getaways, and we've selected songs that are either about springtime or in some way evoke the season.
New York sits atop USA TODAY's list of the most popular Spring Break destinations, and who better to represent the City That Never Sleeps than the twin quasars of rock, They Might Be Giants? This cover of cub's "New York City" tells the story of a romance that blossomed in the spring, endured a bitter winter, and is circling back around to our favorite time of year.
Representing Los Angeles are The Brothers Johnson with "Strawberry Letter 23," a classic that's been sampled so many times that even if you haven't heard the original before, you'll still probably find yourself humming along instantly anyway.
Yeah, yeah, that "It's Gonna Be May" meme is played out by now, but we're letting *NSYNC hold it down for Orlando anyway.
As soon as we saw Las Vegas rank so highly as a popular Spring Break destination, we knew that The Killers would make our playlist. The only question was which song we'd choose, and there's just something about the instrumentation for "I Can't Stay" that makes us think of spring.
Meanwhile, we love Ted Leo and the Pharmacists' "Bridges, Squares" nearly as much as we love the late, great band's hometown of Washington. "The tides are moved by sun and moon / The spring will last from March to June": hey, it's educational to boot!
The greater Phoenix area is a popular Spring Break hot spot, and the banks of synthesizers in Fine China's "The Light of Spring" help to cool down the searing desert heat.
Even with as rich a musical heritage as San Francisco has to offer, we couldn't resist the opportunity to share our love for the power-pop royalty of Jellyfish. "Sebrina, Paste and Plato" is a deliriously catchy song that doesn't directly namecheck spring but certainly seems to fit the time of year.
"I know a place, y'all / Ain't nobody cryin' / Ain't nobody worried..." The Staple Singers aren't necessarily singing about their hometown of Chicago in "I'll Take You There," but wherever they have in mind, that's exactly the type of city where we'd like to spend our Spring Break.
Our playlist draws to a close with Dallas' The Polyphonic Spree and their inescapable 2003 hit "Light and Day." What better time to follow the day and reach for the sun than spring, anyway?
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