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2011's hottest festival tracks: Ultimate tunes to set as your ringtone
This summer’s festivals have an amazing selection of music on offer, with massive pop acts Beyonce and Rihanna on various bills beside rock giants U2 and Coldplay. Of course, there are the usual festival indie favourites The Strokes and Arctic Monkeys too, but which should you set as your ringtone?
To celebrate the summer of big tunes, why not choose a suitably awesome track to sound off whenever somebody calls? We’ve rounded up a selection of tracks from this year’s biggest festival bands that’d sound grand as your summer ringtone. Read on for our choices and share your own in the comments section.
Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) – Beyonce
Headlining Glastonbury just as her hubby Jay-Z did back in 2008, Beyonce will be bringing fistfuls of pop hits to sprinkle over the mud-covered crowds of Pilton. While Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) is an old song given the short attention span of modern pop, it’ll be one of the biggest tracks on the night with men, women and children busting out that dance routine, while wearing wellies.
Lose Yourself – Eminem
As Single Ladies is to Beyonce, so Lose Yourself is to Eminem. Thankfully free of his more extreme lyrical content, Lose Yourself, the track that summed up his movie debut 8 Mile and was recently revived in a Chrysler commercial. This Eminem track gives you a family-friendly ringtone which also captures the feeling you’ll hopefully get watching him headline this summer.
Elevation – U2
Finally appearing at Glastonbury after last year’s unfortunate no-show when Bono was injured, U2 have promised a huge show encompassing their 35 year career. As the kings of stadium rock they’re certain to deliver, and Elevation is one of the best tracks to celebrate that. It’s a massive singalong with a great riff that sounds grand as a ringtone.
Umbrella – Rihanna
Pleasing the pop contingent even further, Rhianna has the perfect secret weapon in her back pocket in case the British weather doesn’t hold up. It’s handy that Umbrella also happens to be a great singalong track and has a chorus that’ll act as killer ringtone.
Vida La Vida – Coldplay
The purveyors of anthemic pop will go down a storm on Glastonbury’s Pyramid stage and Vida La Vida is one of their most epic tracks. Those slicing violins in the intro would make for an ace ringtone on their own even before the soaring vocals come in.
Juicebox – The Strokes
The Stokes have a knack for writing songs so catchy they should come with a health warning. Juicebox, from the band’s third album First Impressions of Earth, has a huge bass-line that’ll sound brilliant emerging from the speaker stacks at the Reading and Leeds festivals, but is equally suited to a repurposed life as your ringtone.
Teddy Picker – Arctic Monkeys
The ringtone of choice from the Arctic Monkeys’ fourth album, Teddy Picker is a bold selection. The nagging guitar line will get stuck in the heads of the crowd at festivals and also encourage you to pick up your phone whenever it begins blaring.
Mistaken For Strangers – The National
Headlining at the more righteously indie Latitude festival, The National will sound glorious as night falls. Mistaken For Strangers from their critically-acclaimed fifth album, Boxer, is an ideal ringtone thanks to its massive, marshall drum beat.
Disco 2000 – Pulp
While its title is now distinctly anachronistic, Disco 2000 is one of Pulp’s greatest songs and a brilliant ringtone choice to celebrate the band’s return to gigging. You can catch them at Reading and Leeds festivals.
Where to download them:
iPhone: Head to iTunes on your phone, and look under the Ringtones section. Once you’ve downloaded one, you can set it as a ringtone under Settings.
Android: You’re spoilt for choice, try downloading songs from Amazon MP3 or 7 Digital, then set them as your ringtone.
BlackBerry: Check out the 7 Digital Music Store app for BlackBerry and download tracks direct to your phone, then select them as your ringtone.
Symbian: Tap into the Ovi Music store and download to your heart’s content, then set it as a ringtone under settings.
Tell us what you make of our choices. What songs or sounds are you rocking as your current ringtone? Hit the comments and share your selection.