Get your fans and ACs ready and drink plenty of water: Boston is bracing for a severe heat wave this week, officially ringing in the summer season with a bang.
Temperatures are expected to reach near or over 100 degrees in Boston and all over New England beginning on Wednesday, giving us all no choice but to find a way to escape the heat.
But maybe you like the heat and would rather embrace it than cool off? These burning hot songs will help you do that. Here’s our playlist to help you get through this week’s ridiculous heat. And be sure to check weather updates from CBS Boston for the latest news on the latest Boston heat wave.
AC/DC – “Heatseeker”
AC/DC certainly fall into the category of bands who not only won’t hide from heat, but will use it to their advantage. Makes sense for a band that always features plenty of fire and explosions in their live shows. Lyrics like “I’m gonna turn up the heat/I’m gonna fire up the coal” can make you sweat just by reading them.
KISS – “Hotter Than Hell”
Another band with a penchant for fire in their live performances, KISS unsurprisingly turn up the heat in a lot of their songs. Though “Hotter Than Hell” is actually about an attractive woman, we can all relate to being “burned by the midday sun” in any situation, literally or figuratively.
Billy Idol – “Hot in the City”
Instead of the daytime, Billy Idol’s “Hot in the City” is more about those hot summer nights we can relate to in the humidity-packed areas of Boston and New England. Again, we’re urged not to avoid the heat as he belts “Don’t be afraid of the world we made.”
Glenn Frey – “The Heat Is On”
The distinctive saxophone riff of this Glenn Frey song, made more famous by its use in the opening credits of Beverly Hills Cop, certainly sounds like summer. The heat is literally on this week with triple-digit temperatures, so if you’re going to break out the saxophone to play this song make sure you’re drinking plenty of fluids.
UFO – “Too Hot to Handle”
When thinking about this week’s oppressive heat, this classic by UFO could be sung directly from the perspective of the sun. It’s clear what the song is really about, but the chorus line “And I’m too, too hot, baby/Too hot to handle” still sounds like Mother Nature taunting us.
Judas Priest – “White Heat, Red Hot”
This burner of a Judas Priest song off Stained Class helped the album garner a bad reputation due to the band’s scandal surrounding a teenage fan who committed suicide after listening to the record. There are some clear satanic themes at work here, but the main issue is avoiding the “white heat” that “burns so bad.” Sort of how we’re all going to feel this week.