The Sound of Swimming
Surf tunes and beach songs may be subgenres unto themselves, but when it comes to summertime activities, swimming seems to get the short end of the stick. It's not that there aren't any swimming songs out there -- from Peter Gabriel's "I Go Swimming" to R.E.M.'s "Nightswimming," there are certainly plenty to pick from. It's just that the swimming soundtrack as such has never really become a fully codified phenomenon … until now. So whether you want to strap on a waterproof MP3 player and wade into the water or you just want a stack of songs to evoke the idea, you're all set. Country, indie pop, classic rock -- they've all got their share of songs ostensibly about jumping in the water flapping your limbs, and now the best of them are sharing the same beach umbrella.