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Summer Songs

The Most Requested Summer Music

Summer Songs come in two different varieties:

1. The the classic songs that describe summertime, vacations, beaches and the boardwalk.

2. The songs that were payed in constant rotation on the radio and dance clubs

Included are timeless, obvious songs like Summertime by LFO and Summer in The City by The Lovin' Spoonful and there were songs that were played non-stop on the radio over the summer like Step By Step by New Kids On The Block, Respect by Aretha Franklin and (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction by The Rolling Stones.

The eighties brought Summer Songs to us via movies (Kokomo, Axel F, Flashdance and Eye of The Tiger), Micheal Jackson's songs and more 'sunshine', 'hot' and summer-ready songs.

Don't Speak by No Doubt was released in late 1996, but stayed on the Billboard Charts for over a year, and dominated during the summer of 1997.

We also noted that some of the best-known summer songs did not come out over the summer at all. Miserlou, the song that defines Surf Music, was released in January, 1963. Dancing In The Street by Martha and the Vandellas is widely considered one of the greatest Summer Songs of all time, but it peaked on the Billboard Charts in October of that year.

If a song's title or primary lyrics are about Summer, that usually bumps it in nostalgia value on our lists. Some songs like Hollaback Girl and Poker Face get a bigger nostalgic/retro vote too.

We included both the classic summer songs and songs in different genres that dominated the airwaves during the summer, with our own Pop Culture Madness look at the songs that outlasted other songs from their era.

Summer Songs 2000-2009
1. Hot In Herre - Nelly, 2002
2. Hollaback Girl - Gwen Stefani, 2005
3. Crazy In Love - Beyonce & Jay-Z, 2003
4. Summertime - Kenny Chesney, 2006
5. Yeah! - Usher, 2004
6. Poker Face - Lady Gaga, 2009
7. The Boys of Summer - Ataris, 2003
8. Sweet Escape - Gwen Stefani featuring Akon, 2007
9. I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho) - Pitbull, 2009
10. Summertime - New Kids on the Block, 2008
11. Summer Love - Justin Timberlake, 2007
12. All Summer Long - Kid Rock, 2008
13. Hips Don't Lie - Shakira, 2006
14. I'm A Believer - Smash Mouth, 2001
15. Pocketful of Sunshine - Natasha Bedingdfield, 2008
16. Soak Up the Sun - Sheryl Crow, 2002
17. Bye Bye Bye - 'N SYNC, 2000
18. Love Story - Taylor Swift, 2009
19. Crazy - Gnarls Barkley, 2006
20. Oops! I Did It Again - Britney Spears, 2000
21. Hey Ya! - Outkast, 2003
22. Home - Daughtry, 2007
23. Forever - Chris Brown, 2008
24. The Way I Are - Timbaland featuring Keri Hilson, 2007
25. Don't Cha - The Pussycat Dolls Feat. Busta Rhymes, 2005
1990-1999 Summer Songs
1. Summertime - DJ Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince, 1991
2. Everybody (Backstreet's Back) - Backstreet Boys, 1998
3. All Star - Smash Mouth, 1999
4. Summergirls - LFO, 1999
5. MMMBop - Hanson, 1997
6. That's The Way Love Goes - Janet Jackson, 1993
7. U Can't Touch This - M.C. Hammer, 1990
8. Baby Got Back - Sir Mix-A-Lot, 1992
9. Boombastic/In The Summertime - Shaggy, 1995
10. Macarena - Los Del Rio, 1996
11. The Boy Is Mine - Brandy & Monica, 1998
12. This Is How We Do It - Montell Jordan, 1995
13. I'll Be Missing You - Puff Daddy & Faith Evens featuring 112, 1996
14. Cruel Summer - Ace of Base, 1997
15. Regulate - Warren G & Nate Dogg
16. Step By Step - New Kids On The Block, 1990
17. Waterfalls - TLC, 1995
18. Good Vibrations - Marky Mark and The Funky Bunch, 1991
19. Steal My Sunshine - Len, 1999
20. Don't Speak - No Doubt, 1996
 
1980-1989 Summer Songs
1. Walking on Sunshine - Katrina and The Waves, 1985
2. We Got The Beat - Go Go's, 1982
3. I Love Rock 'N Roll - Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, 1982
4. Kokomo - Beach Boys, 1988
5. 867-5309/Jenny - Tommy Tutone, 1982
6. Boys of Summer - Don Henley, 1985
7. Funkytown - Lipps, Inc, 1980
8. Beat It - Micheal Jackson, 1983
9. Come On Eileen - Dexy's Midnight Runners, 1983
10. Vacation - Go Go's
11. Sledgehammer - Peter Gabriel, 1986
12. The Boys Of Summer - Don Henley
13. Love Shack - B-52s, 1989
14. Axel F - Harlod Faltermeyer, 1985
15. Eye Of The Tiger - Survivor, 1982
16. I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me) - Whitney Houston, 1987
17. Hot In The City - Billy Idol, 1982 (and 1988)
18. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For - U2, 1987
19. Endless Summer Nights - Richard Marx, 1988
20. Flashdance (What A Feeling) - Irene Cara, 1983
1970-1979 Summer Songs
1. Summer Nights - John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, 1978
2. Summer - War, 1976
3. You're The One That I Want - Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta, 1978
4. School's Out - Alice Cooper, 1972
5. Last Dance - Donna Summer, 1978
6. Bad Girls/Hot Stuff - Donna Summer, 1979
7. Afternoon Delight - Starland Vocal Band, 1976
8. In The Summertime - Mungo Jerry, 1970
9. Summer Breeze - Seals and Crofts, 1972
10. Brandy (You're A Fine Girl) - Looking Glass, 1972
11. You've Got a Friend - James Taylor, 1971
12. Live and Let Die - Wings, 1973
13. Got To Give It Up - Marvin Gaye, 1977
14. Saturday In The Park - Chicago, 1972
15. The Morning After - Maureen McGovern, 1973
16. Lean On Me - Bill Withers, 1972
17. Beach Baby - First Class, 1974
18. Band of Gold - Freda Payne, 1970
19. I Can See Clearly Now - Johnny Nash, 1972
20. Get Down Tonight - KC and the Sunshine Band, 1975
 
1960-1969 Summer Songs
1. Miserlou - Dick Dale and the Del-Tones
2. Summer in the City - Lovin' Spoonful 
3. Good Vibrations - The Beach Boys
4. Dancing In The Street- Martha & The Vandellas
5. Under The Boardwalk - The Drifters
6. (Love Is Like A) Heatwave - Martha & The Vandellas
7. Wipeout - The Surfaris
8. Summertime, Summertime - Jamies 
9. Those Lazy Hazy Crazy Days Of Summer - Nat King Cole
10. Summer Wind - Frank Sinatra
11. Hot Fun In The Summertime - Sly and the Family Stone
12. Surfin USA - Beach Boys
13. California Girls - Beach Boys
14. California Sun - Rivieras
15. Surf City - Jan & Dean
16. Girl from Ipanema - Stan Getz and Astrud Gilberto
17. Girl Watcher - O'Kaysions
18. Wildwood Days - Bobby Rydell
19. Respect - Aretha Franklin, 1967
20. Summertime - Billy Stewart
 

1900-1959 Songs of the Summer listed are from the 'Great American Songbook' and the most popular songs of the first pop music era. While a modern song can streak to the top ten on the charts and disappear a few weeks later, songs from this era were often sung (and charted) by several artists, often within different genres and styles. Prior to the Pop/Rock era, where many artists wrote the songs they performed, music was very much controlled by the songwriters and/or copyright holders.

1959 and Older Songs of the Summer
1. Summertime Blues - Eddie Cochran, 1958
2. Take Me Out To The Ball Game - Billy Murray (or many others), 1908
3. We're Gonna Rock Around The Clock - Bill Haley & His Comets, 1955
4. Summertime - Sam Cooke, 1957
5. Sleepwalk - Santo & Johnny, 1959
6. Sh-Boom - Crew Cuts, 1954
7. Heartbreak Hotel - Elvis Presley, 1956
8. Little Darlin' - The Diamonds, 1957
9. School Day - Chuck Berry, 1957
10. When Irish Eyes Are Smiling - Chauncey Olcott, 1913 (later associated with St. Patrick's Day)
11. Summertime - Billie Holiday, 1936
12. Harbor Lights - Sammy Kaye, Bing Crosby and various others, 1950
13. There Goes My Baby - The Drifters, 1959
14. Splish Splash Bobby Darin, 1958
15. Mona Lisa - Nat 'King' Cole, 1950
16. Teenager In Love - Dion and the Belmonts, 1959
17. Little Star - The Elegants, 1958
18. Love Letters In The Sand - Pat Boone, 1957
19. Yakety Yak - The Coasters, 1958
20. Stormy Weather - Leo Reisman or Ethel Waters, 1933
No more pencils....
no more books...
No more teacher's dirty looks!
Out for summer!
out till fall,
We might not come back at all
.... school's been blown to pieces.
-Alice Cooper, 1972


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