Summer Songs of the 1960s

Summer Songs of the 1960sSummer Songs come in two different varieties:

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

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

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

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 1964.

We tried to combine both, the classic summer songs and songs that dominated the airwaves during the summer, with our own Pop Culture Madness look at the songs that outlasted others from their era.

The radio hits below are included with the peak year for that summer season. Timeless summer classics from the 1960s have no year listed.

1960s 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 – Riverias
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
21. Up On The Roof – Drifters
22. Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamonds
23. Remember (Walking in the Sand) – Shangri La’s
24. See You in September – The Happenings
25. Sunshine Superman – Donovan
26. Vacation – Connie Francis
27. Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison, 1967
28. A Summer Song – Chad and Jeremy
29. (Sittin on) The Dock of the Bay – Otis Redding
30. Surfer Girl – The Beach Boys
31. Hawaii 5-0 – The Ventures
32. Heat Wave – Martha and the Vandellas
33. Groovin’ – The Young Rascals
34. Summertime – Big Brother & The Holding Company
with Janis Joplin
35. Surfin Safari – The Beach Boys
36. Sealed With A Kiss – Bryan Hyland
37. I Got You Babe – Sonny & Cher, 1965
38. Get Back – The Beatles
39. Summertime – Billy Stewart
40. Happy Together – Turtles, 1967
41. Daydream Believer – Monkees, 1967
42. It’s My Party – Leslie Gore, 1963
43. The Locomotion – Little Eva, 1962
44. Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini
– Bryan Hyland
45. Palisades Park – Freddy Cannon
46. Sunny Afternoon – the Kinks
47. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction – The Rolling
Stones, 1965
48. Surfin’ Bird – The Trashmen
49. Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You – Franki Valli
50. Jersey Girl – Bruce Springsteen, 1984
51. Up-Up And Away – The 5th Dimension, 1967
52. Yellow Submarine – The Beatles
53. Pretty Little Angel Eyes – Curtis Lee, 1961
54. Paperback Writer – The Beatles, 1966
55. House of the Rising Sun – The Animals, 1964
56. Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me – Mel Carter, 1965
57. Barbara-Ann – The Regents, 1961
58. Mr. Tamborine Man – The Byrds, 1965
59. Tossin’ and Turnin’ – Bobby Day, 1961
60. Grazing In The Grass – Friends of Distinction,
1969
61. Hanky Panky – Tommy James and the Shondells,
1966
62. A World Without Love – Peter & Gordon, 1964
63. Little Bit O Soul – The Music Explosion, 1967
64. The Little Old Lady (From Pasadena) – Jan &
Dean, 1964
65. My Cherie Amour – Stevie Wonder, 1969
66. Cool Jerk – The Capitols, 1966
67. Sunny – Bobby Hebb, 1966
68. Time Of The Season – The Zombies, 1969
69. Unchained Melody – The Righteous Brothers, 1965
70. Crystal Blue Persuasion – Tommy James and the
Shondells, 1969
71. The Stripper – David Rose, 1962
72. Wild Thing – The Troggs, 1966
73. Barefootin’ – Robert Parker
74. Limbo Rock – CHubby Checker, 1962
75. Raindrops – Dee Clark, 1961
76. Wooly Bully – Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs,
1965
77. Theme From ‘A Summer Place’ – Percy Faith
78. Where Did Our Love Go – The Supremes, 1964
79. Walk, Don’t Run – The Ventures
80. I’m Hery VII, I Am – Herman’s Hermits, 1965
81. Breaking Up Is Hard To Do – Neil Sedaka, 1962
82. A Beautifil Morning – The Rascals, 1968
83. Let’s Twist Again – Chubby Checker, 1961
84. In The Year 2525 (Exordium & Terminus)
Zager and Evans, 1969
85. Red Rubber Ball – The Cyrkle, 1966
86. Aquarious/Let The Sunshine In – The 5th Dimension,
1969
87. I Can’t Stop Loving You – Ray Charles Singers,
1962
88. G.T.O. – Ronnie and The Daytonas, 1964
89. Cathy’s Clown – The Everly Brothers, 1960
90. Wah Watusi – The Orlons, 1962
91. Stranger on the Shore – Mr. Acker Black
92. People Got To Be Free – The Rascals, 1968
93. Sukiyaki – Kyu Sakamoto , 1963
94. Fire – The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, 1969
95. One Fine Day – The Chiffons, 1963
96. Sunshine of Your Love – Cream, 1968
97. Cara Mia – Jay & The Americans, 1965
98. Party Lights – Claudine Clark, 1962
99. Good Morning Sunshine – Oliver, 1969
100. Alley-Oop – The Hollywood Argyles, 1960
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