I've actually resided in the greater Charleston area for my entire life and this is the longest period of time in my adult life that it's been this cold in the Holy City. The big snowstorm that hit us happened back on January 3, and we are still trying to get the city back to normal because our temperatures have not allowed for a lot of the melting of the snow and ice. Needless to say, I've been spending a lot of time at the computer trying to stay warm and haven been trapped inside my house and getting a severe case of cabin fever. The snow was pretty for about 10 minutes and has really created some iconic Charleston pictures, but it's time to move on with 2018 and starting planning another incredible wedding season and meeting with recently engaged brides and grooms. As a professional wedding DJ, I jotted down 20 songs that should warm us up here in Charleston as we wrap up this cold wave and melt all this snow. Enjoy this list of songs that are sure to conjure up throughts of warmer weather, those hot Charleston summers, and more "Charleston-wedding-worthy" weather.
Photo Credit: Matthew Fortner: The Post & Courier
1. "Heat Of The Night" | Bryan Adams |1987
Bryan Adams was one of the biggest artists of the 80s. Following up his multi-platinum record "Reckless", this track off his album "Into The Fire" released in the spring of 1987 and went all the way to Number 6 on the Billboard charts.
2. "Too Hot" | Kool & The Gang |1979
Sexy and hot and full of sax, this song was the follow-up to "Ladies Night" back in December of 1979 and went all the way to the top 10 on the Billboard charts in early 1980.
3. "Heatwave" | Martha & The Vandellas | 1963
One of the first all girl groups on the Motown label went all the way to number 1 on the R&B charts and Number 4 on the Hot 100 charts in the summer of 1963. The song was later covered and made a hit again by Linda Ronstadt in 1975.
4. "Some Like It Hot" | The Power Station | 1985
Power Station was a super group formed in the mid 1980s from Andy & John Taylor from Duran Duran, Robert Palmer, and Tony Thompson of Chic. They also covered the classic TRex song "Get It On Bang A Gong", but this was their biggest hit coming in at Number 6 on the Hot 100 singles chart.
5. "Heat Of The Moment' | Asia | 1982
This was the first song to break off their self-titled album in 1982 and went all the way to Number 4 on the singles charts. The song also saw a resurgence in popularity when the movie "40 Year Old Virgin" was released in theaters in 2005.
6. "Hot Fun In The SummerTime" | Sly & The Family Stone | 1969
It was the one of the biggest songs of 1969, climbing all the way to Number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100.
7. "Hot Blooded" | Foreigner |1978
The summer of 1978 saw this song all over the radio as it finally reached Number 3 in September of 1978 on the Hot 100. It's now a staple on classic rock radio all over America.
8. "The Heat Is On" | Glenn Frey | 1984
It's hard to believe we're approaching two years since the passing of this Eagles founding member. Back in 1984 during his successful solo career, he wrote this song for the Beverly Hills Cop soundtrack.
9. "Hot Child In The City" | Nick Childer | 1978
This is a song that should be on your Top 10 list of the greatest 70s one-hit wonders. It went to Number 1 on October 28, 1978 in in the United States.
10. "Suddenly Last Summer"| The Motels | 1983
If you were watching MTV during the summer of 1983 (at one time they did play videos), you saw this in August, and by November of 1983, it broke into the Top 10 on the Hot 100.
11. "Drop It Like It's Hot" | Snoop Dog | 2004
Topping the Billboard Hot 100 in December of 2004, it was Snoop's first Number 1, and is still heating up dance floors all over at Charleston wedding receptions.
12. "Hot In Herre" | Nelly | 2002
Released back in the spring of 2002 off his album "Nellyville", this song was ranked Number 36 on VH1's Greatest Songs of Hip-Hop.
13. "Hot Stuff" | Donna Summer | 1979
Released during the height of disco, it was the first single off her record "Bad Girls" and easily broke into the Top 10 during the summer of 1979. Sadly, this queen of disco left us back on May 17, 2012.
14. "Canned Heat" | Jamiroquai | 1999
Here's a great upbeat dance track to get you warmed up. You might have remembered it in the movie "Napoleon Dynamite". It was also the second Number 1 song for Jamiroquai on the dance charts.
15. "Summer Breeze" | Seals & Crofts | 1972
Reaching Number 1 in 1972, this song has me thinking about those pleasant summer breezes at wedding receptions all over Charleston, like right on the water at the Historic Rice Mill or out at Middleton Place.
16. "Summertime" | DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince | 1991
The summer of 1991 was an incredible summer of music that featured this song. It went all the way to Number 4 on the Billboard charts, and Number 1 on the Hot R&B charts.
17. "Summer In The City" | The Lovin Spoonful | 1966
The Number 1 song in America for 3 weeks back in August of 1966. Ranked #401 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs.
18. "In The Summertime" | Mungo Cherry | 1970
The first single to be released by Mungo Cherry was one of the biggest songs of 1970 for Mungo Cherry. The song reached Number 3 on the Hot 100 charts, as well as #1 on the Hot R&B charts. This single became one of the biggest selling of all time, moving over 10 million copies.
19. "Cruel Summer" | Bananarama | 1983
One of my favorite all-girl groups from the 80s scored a Top 10 hit in the UK, as well as the Billboard Hot 100 during the summer of 1983. It went on to be covered quite nicely by Ace Of Base.
20. "Endless Summer Nights" | Richard Marx | 1988
Released exactly 30 years ago around January 5, 1988, this was the 3rd track of his self-titled debut album from 1987. It went on to peak at Number 2 on the Billboard charts in March of 1988.
And there you have it, 20 of the greatest songs to warm you up as we get over this major cold wave in Charleston. Looks like as I finish up this blog post, we won't be reaching 40 for the 7th straight day. That's something that has never happened before in Charleston. These past few days have been awesome for newly engaged couples to throw another log on the fire and begin to think about their upcoming Charleston wedding. As one of Charleston's top wedding DJs, I am looking forward to meeting with new couples in the coming weeks. I know you are probably really excited about your engagement. click HERE to tell me some more about it.