“Hot enough for you?” This week’s playlist might make it better–or not.

Summer officially arrived less than a week ago and already we’re wondering “when will it end!” Remember back in March when we couldn’t wait for warmer weather? Basically Mother Nature has told us so. Now staring at your closet trying to figure out how you survived this time last year and only walking on the shady side of the street is the new normal–just like we wanted, right? This week we asked WPGC’s DJ Heat (naturally) to cement our collective winter wish fulfillment with a hot playlist.

1. “Hot In Herre” — Nelly

“‘I am getting so hot, I want to take my clothes off!’ This is the first song that always comes to mind when the weather is too darn hot! And the song samples D.C. legend Chuck Brown’s go-go hit, ‘Bustin Loose.’”

2. “Heat Wave” – Martha Reeves & The Vandellas 

“You can’t resist this song in a scorching week. It’s no surprise that this song burned up the charts during the Summer of 1963.”

3. “Summer in the City” — The Lovin’ Spoonful

“This song was written in 1966 and still applies. Mentions of people walking around the sidewalk looking half dead during the day, but coming alive at night. It reminds me of K Street.”

4. “Hot, Hot, Hot” — Arrow 

“Arrow’s version is the biggest selling Soca song of all-time. It was even the theme song of the 1986 World Cup.”

5. “Fight the Power” — Public Enemy

“Spike Lee’s ‘Do the Right Thing,’ which featured ‘Fight the Power,’ showed us what happens when tensions rise doing a major heatwave. Plus when people get their Pepco bills, they are going to literally want to fight the power.”

6.  “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)” — C & C Music Factory

“It may be too hot to dance, but the this dance hit about sweating was actually released in the winter. So here’s hoping that it can send us some cool vibes.”

7. “Cruel Summer” — Bananarama 

“This 80′s pops hit sums up the misery on everyone’s face too well.”

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Helena Andrews is the co-author of The Reliable Source. Follow her on Twitter @helena_andrews, and send your hot tips, sightings, and gossip to reliablesource@washpost.com.
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