A multicolored Memorex 90-minute cassette mix tape. (Flickr user Austin ampersand Zak (cc: by-nc-sa)/flickr)

Every Friday morning this summer we'll embark on the quest for the perfect summer song.  What makes a great summer anthem?  We're asking musicians, artist and music thinkers like MTV's SWAY, Pat Benatar and SNL's Fred Armisen.  They're giving us their version of the ultimate summer play list.  What's on your summer mix tape?

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Summer Music: 8675309/Jenny!

Friday, July 16, 2010

We had to put "867 5309" down on our summer music play list. Jim Keller was the man behind the song that got stuck in everyone's head back in 1982. Thank you Jim Keller. Thank you.

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Summer Music: Margaret Cho's Play List

Friday, July 09, 2010

This week Margaret Cho, comedian and star of the Lifetime series 'Drop Dead Diva,' weighs in on our Summer Mixed Tape series.

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Summer Music: Pat Benatar's Mixtape

Friday, July 02, 2010

We've been compiling a summer soundtrack for The Takeaway. We're calling this our summer mixed tape series. Who has given us their summer jams so far? MTV's Sway, and SNL's Fred Armisen, who used to play drums in the punk band Trenchmouth. This week, we've got a guest who surely can hang with the best mixtape auteurs: Grammy-winning 80's rocker Pat Benatar.  

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Listeners Respond: Top Summer Song Picks

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Each Friday morning this summer, we're asking musicians, artists and music lovers to weigh in on what makes a perfect summer song. Last week we spoke with "Saturday Night Live's" Fred Armisen to get his picks. For him, summer music has to be either really upbeat or slow enough to elicit memories of long hot summers of the past. The Takeaway listeners evidently have strong opinions about the topic, as well. Many have called in or written to us to share their ultimate summer songs.

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Summer Music: Fred Armisen's Mixtape

Friday, June 25, 2010

All summer long we'll be asking thinkers, artists and musicians about what makes the quintessential summer song. This week, SNL's Fred Armisen gives us his idea of the ultimate summer playlist. (You've probably seen Armisen play President Obama in SNL sketches, though you might not know he is also the former drummer for the punk band 'Trenchmouth.')

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Summer Music: Sway's Hip-Hop Picks

Friday, June 18, 2010

We'll be talking periodically about music this summer, and kick off the series by examining what makes a classic summer song work. MTV's Sway dissects what makes a summer hit and talks about some of the tunes that make him the most nostalgic. Listen to Sway's summer classics playlist, after the jump.

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