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PCM's List of the Most Popular All-Time Summer Songs and Songs of the Summer

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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. Buy It! Hot In Herre - Nelly, 2002
2. Buy It! Hollaback Girl - Gwen Stefani, 2005
3. Buy It! Crazy In Love - Beyonce & Jay-Z, 2003
4. Buy It! Summertime - Kenny Chesney, 2006
5. Buy It! Yeah! - Usher, 2004
6. Buy It! Poker Face - Lady Gaga, 2009
7. Buy It! The Boys of Summer - Ataris, 2003
8. Buy It! Sweet Escape - Gwen Stefani featuring Akon, 2007
9. Buy It! I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho) - Pitbull, 2009
10. Buy It! Summertime - New Kids on the Block, 2008
11. Buy It! Summer Love - Justin Timberlake, 2007
12. Buy It! All Summer Long - Kid Rock, 2008
13. Buy It! Hips Don't Lie - Shakira, 2006
14. Buy It! I'm A Believer - Smash Mouth, 2001
15. Buy It! Pocketful of Sunshine - Natasha Bedingdfield, 2008
16. Buy It! Soak Up the Sun - Sheryl Crow, 2002
17. Buy It! Bye Bye Bye - 'N SYNC, 2000
18. Buy It! Love Story - Taylor Swift, 2009
19. Buy It! Crazy - Gnarls Barkley, 2006
20. Buy It! Oops! I Did It Again - Britney Spears, 2000
21. Buy It! Hey Ya! - Outkast, 2003
22. Buy It! Home - Daughtry, 2007
23. Buy It! Forever - Chris Brown, 2008
24. Buy It! The Way I Are - Timbaland featuring Keri Hilson, 2007
25. Buy It! Don't Cha - The Pussycat Dolls Feat. Busta Rhymes, 2005
1990-1999 Summer Songs
1. Buy It! Summertime - DJ Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince, 1991
2. Buy It! Everybody (Backstreet's Back) - Backstreet Boys, 1998
3. Buy It! All Star - Smash Mouth, 1999
4. Buy It! Summergirls - LFO, 1999
5. Buy It! MMMBop - Hanson, 1997
6. Buy It! That's The Way Love Goes - Janet Jackson, 1993
7. Buy It! U Can't Touch This - M.C. Hammer, 1990
8. Buy It! Baby Got Back - Sir Mix-A-Lot, 1992
9. Buy It! Boombastic/In The Summertime - Shaggy, 1995
10. Buy It! Macarena - Los Del Rio, 1996
11. Buy It! The Boy Is Mine - Brandy & Monica, 1998
12. Buy It! This Is How We Do It - Montell Jordan, 1995
13. Buy It! I'll Be Missing You - Puff Daddy & Faith Evens featuring 112, 1996
14. Buy It! Cruel Summer - Ace of Base, 1997
15. Buy It! Regulate - Warren G & Nate Dogg
16. Buy It! Step By Step - New Kids On The Block, 1990
17. Buy It! Waterfalls - TLC, 1995
18. Buy It! Good Vibrations - Marky Mark and The Funky Bunch, 1991
19. Buy It! Steal My Sunshine - Len, 1999
20. Buy It! Don't Speak - No Doubt, 1996
1980-1989 Summer Songs
1. Buy It! Walking on Sunshine - Katrina and The Waves, 1985
2. Buy It! We Got The Beat - Go Go's, 1982
3. Buy It! I Love Rock 'N Roll - Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, 1982
4. Buy It! Kokomo - Beach Boys, 1988
5. Buy It! 867-5309/Jenny - Tommy Tutone, 1982
6. Buy It! Boys of Summer - Don Henley, 1985
7. Buy It! Funkytown - Lipps, Inc, 1980
8. Buy It! Beat It - Micheal Jackson, 1983
9. Buy It! Come On Eileen - Dexy's Midnight Runners, 1983
10. Buy It! Vacation - Go Go's
11. Buy It! Sledgehammer - Peter Gabriel, 1986
12. Buy It! The Boys Of Summer - Don Henley
13. Buy It! Love Shack - B-52s, 1989
14. Buy It! Axel F - Harlod Faltermeyer, 1985
15. Buy It! Eye Of The Tiger - Survivor, 1982
16. Buy It! I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me) - Whitney Houston, 1987
17. Buy It! Hot In The City - Billy Idol, 1982 (and 1988)
18. Buy It! I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For - U2, 1987
19. Buy It! Endless Summer Nights - Richard Marx, 1988
20. Buy It! Flashdance (What A Feeling) - Irene Cara, 1983
1970-1979 Summer Songs
1. Buy It! Summer Nights - John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, 1978
2. Buy It! Summer - War, 1976
3. Buy It! You're The One That I Want - Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta, 1978
4. Buy It! School's Out - Alice Cooper, 1972
5. Buy It! Last Dance - Donna Summer, 1978
6. Buy It! Bad Girls/Hot Stuff - Donna Summer, 1979
7. Buy It! Afternoon Delight - Starland Vocal Band, 1976
8. Buy It! In The Summertime - Mungo Jerry, 1970
9. Buy It! Summer Breeze - Seals and Crofts, 1972
10. Buy It! Brandy (You're A Fine Girl) - Looking Glass, 1972
11. Buy It! You've Got a Friend - James Taylor, 1971
12. Buy It! Live and Let Die - Wings, 1973
13. Buy It! Got To Give It Up - Marvin Gaye, 1977
14. Buy It! Saturday In The Park - Chicago, 1972
15. Buy It! The Morning After - Maureen McGovern, 1973
16. Buy It! Lean On Me - Bill Withers, 1972
17. Buy It! Beach Baby - First Class, 1974
18. Buy It! Band of Gold - Freda Payne, 1970
19. Buy It! I Can See Clearly Now - Johnny Nash, 1972
20. Buy It! Get Down Tonight - KC and the Sunshine Band, 1975
1960-1969 Summer Songs
1. Buy It! Miserlou - Dick Dale and the Del-Tones
2. Buy It! Summer in the City - Lovin' Spoonful 
3. Buy It! Good Vibrations - The Beach Boys
4. Buy It! Dancing In The Street- Martha & The Vandellas
5. Buy It! Under The Boardwalk - The Drifters
6. Buy It! (Love Is Like A) Heatwave - Martha & The Vandellas
7. Buy It! Wipeout - The Surfaris
8. Buy It! Summertime, Summertime - Jamies 
9. Buy It! Those Lazy Hazy Crazy Days Of Summer - Nat King Cole
10. Buy It! Summer Wind - Frank Sinatra
11. Buy It! Hot Fun In The Summertime - Sly and the Family Stone
12. Buy It! Surfin USA - Beach Boys
13. Buy It! California Girls - Beach Boys
14. Buy It! California Sun - Rivieras
15. Buy It! Surf City - Jan & Dean
16. Buy It! Girl from Ipanema - Stan Getz and Astrud Gilberto
17. Buy It! Girl Watcher - O'Kaysions
18. Buy It! Wildwood Days - Bobby Rydell
19. Buy It! Respect - Aretha Franklin, 1967
20. Buy It! 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. Buy It! Summertime Blues - Eddie Cochran, 1958
2. Buy It! Take Me Out To The Ball Game - Billy Murray (or many others), 1908
3. Buy It! We're Gonna Rock Around The Clock - Bill Haley & His Comets, 1955
4. Buy It! Summertime - Sam Cooke, 1957
5. Buy It! Sleepwalk - Santo & Johnny, 1959
6. Buy It! Sh-Boom - Crew Cuts, 1954
7. Buy It! Heartbreak Hotel - Elvis Presley, 1956
8. Buy It! Little Darlin' - The Diamonds, 1957
9. Buy It! School Day - Chuck Berry, 1957
10. Buy It! When Irish Eyes Are Smiling - Chauncey Olcott, 1913 (later associated with St. Patrick's Day)
11. Buy It! Summertime - Billie Holiday, 1936
12. Buy It! Harbor Lights - Sammy Kaye, Bing Crosby and various others, 1950
13. Buy It! There Goes My Baby - The Drifters, 1959
14. Buy It! Splish Splash Bobby Darin, 1958
15. Buy It! Mona Lisa - Nat 'King' Cole, 1950
16. Buy It! Teenager In Love - Dion and the Belmonts, 1959
17. Buy It! Little Star - The Elegants, 1958
18. Buy It! Love Letters In The Sand - Pat Boone, 1957
19. Buy It! Yakety Yak - The Coasters, 1958
20. Buy It! 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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