June 21, 2010, - 11:10 pm

My Fave Summer Songs; What Are Yours?

By Debbie Schlussel

It’s the first day of summer. And these two, below, are my favorite summer songs. They definitely give me the feel of summer. You’ll notice I prefer the modernized Summer Breeze (Tsuper Tsunami Mix Philip Steir). (No, I don’t know who the people in the video are, but I’m jealous–their summer vacation looks fuuuun.)

What are your favorite summer songs and why?

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46 Responses

Summer music is almost anything by the Beach Boys, and almost anything by Tito Puente and the All-Stars.
But listen, I don’t know what you did last Summer, but this Summer I’m planning on tracking down anyone who has anything to do with this “wibiya” toolbar, and I’m going to brutally, painfully execute them, for the good of all mankind.

Honestly, I have this website bookmarked, but if this toolbar is here the next time I visit, I outta here.
I get enough aggravation.

Dr Joey on June 21, 2010 at 11:32 pm

The Endless Summer is one of my all time favorite movies.

I enjoy watching it at least once a year.

Ebayer on June 22, 2010 at 12:38 am

I thought you hate hip-hop but I know you liked “the fresh prince of bel air”.

Matthew on June 22, 2010 at 12:40 am

The Boys of Summer by Don Henley. I can’t really say why other than it is one of my favorite songs from the 80s.

Norman Blitzer on June 22, 2010 at 12:53 am

‘110 in the shade’ by John Fogarty

Lee Welch on June 22, 2010 at 1:00 am

I like Bruce Springsteen’s “Girls in Their Summer Clothes” –


and the Beach Boys’ “Getcha Back” –


and the Bangles’ “Lost At Sea” –

(click on “Audio” for “Lost At Sea”)

ramjordan on June 22, 2010 at 3:09 am

In SoCal we are spoiled in having the endless summer. My favorite summertime songs have to be Sublime’s ‘Summertime’ or any of Bob Marley’s music. Can’t have summer without hearing some Marley reggae.

CaliforniaScreaming on June 22, 2010 at 4:08 am

In Florida, summer is simply when the sweltering becomes unbearable. So my fave songs that I’ve come across recently are:

“Milim”- Harel Skaat
“Si Ti Angel”- Miroslav Kostadinov
“Je Ne Sais Quoi”- Hera Bjork.

Why yes, I AM a Eurovision dork.

Robert on June 22, 2010 at 4:17 am

I have no favorite Summer songs. I have favorite PATRIOTIC songs, that I might recommend for a 4th of July ceremony.

Miranda Rose Smith on June 22, 2010 at 4:52 am

Not to support her political activities in Detroit, but I like Heat Wave and Dancing in the Streets.

Little Al on June 22, 2010 at 5:52 am

I love this one by the Beach Boys


roger on June 22, 2010 at 6:55 am

You want tunage? I have some right here…

Summer of 69 (Bryan Adams); Wave Babies (Honeymoon Suite); My Own Life (Long Beach Dub All-Stars); Why Can’t We Be Friends (War / Smashmouth); True Faith (New Order); Fly (Sugar Ray); Subdivisions / The Spirit of Radio / Free Will… hell, anything by Rush; Walk on the Ocean (Toad the Wet Sprocket); The End of the World as We Know It (REM); Paradise Skies (Max Webster); Kashmere (Led Zeppelin); Cat Scratch Fever / Free for All / The Great White Buffalo (Ted Nugent); Go for Soda / Patio Lanterns / Lager and Ale (Kim Mitchell)…

The list goes on. And Can-Rock rawks the a$$ off anything that moves!

The "Reverend" Jacques on June 22, 2010 at 8:46 am

I am a huge, huge, huge fan of Brian Wilson, so anything by the Beach Boys produced by Brian Wilson is on my list.

“Wouldn’t it be Nice” is one of my all time favorites with the longing for better things. And, the toy sounded like piano opening is too awesome. Nothing beats the Beach Boys harmony. “Good Vibrations” is awesome, too. I could go on and on about the Beach Boys….

“Walking on Sunshine” by Katrina and the Waves. Great up tempo tune. So light and breezy.

“Steal my Sunshine” by Len. Another one hit wonder. I just love the way the gal comes in with the “if you steal my sunshine line” and the one about “my sticky buns in the oven” (or something like that). Great video, if a tad disturbing as the brother and sister appear a little too close.

Eh, why not? Best summer movie? Probably “Grease.” Great musical and I always remember seeing it in the summer and loved the music. I wish they could have left out some of the sexual type elements, but still a great musical.

Jeff_W on June 22, 2010 at 9:11 am


    For those liking Beach Boys, CALIFORNIA GIRLS OF COURSE!

    My favorite 🙂

    As goes Israel - so goes the World on June 22, 2010 at 12:16 pm

Eh, the more I think about it, just put on “Pet Sounds” by the Beach Boys and that’s all you need.

It’s the greatest CD ever. Brian Wilson was a true musical genius.

Jeff_W on June 22, 2010 at 9:14 am

    BS. That album stinks. Didnt even go gold when it was released.
    Beatles’ Revolver was more society changing and after all, The Beatles are the greatest most influentially creative group of the last 200 yrs. They changed the world.

    Pet Sounds? didnt even go gold, so nobody was interested.

    marky e on June 22, 2010 at 1:46 pm

      Hey Marky Mark,
      Just because the public didn’t buy a million, does NOT mean that that album stinks…Most everybody in public is an idiot and couldn’t carry a tune if you paid them and wouldn’t know a true genius, even if they were face to face talking to one. i.e. back about a hundred years ago, the idiot public thought Nikolai Tesla was a mad scientist, but for those with eyes to see and ears to hear, he was a genius, and we would have had wireless electricity grids and gadgets a hundred years ago had we NOT listened to all the idiots who “bought Edison’s album over Tesla’s album”

      Who cares? on June 22, 2010 at 5:13 pm

      Pet Sounds went Platinum, which is twice as good as gold, 1 million units sold.

      JeffT on July 2, 2010 at 11:51 pm

For some strange reason, the Beach Boys never get enough credit than they deserve.

I do have a soft spot for See Emily Play / Interstellar Overdrive / Astronomy Domine (Pink Floyd); White Rabbit / Somebody to Love (Jefferson Airplane); Casey Jones / Truckin’ / Touch of Grey (Grateful Dead); Paint it Black / Sympathy for the Devil (Rolling Stones); Smoke on the Water / Hush (Deep Purple).

There. I can’t post any more tunage. A summer song is what you make of it.

The "Reverend" Jacques on June 22, 2010 at 9:27 am

I also love Shaw-Blades’ version of “Summer Breeze”. And after just watching The Pope of Greenwich Village again on cable, I have to add Sinatra’s “A Summer Wind”. Also The Drifters “Under the Boardwalk”.

Marc on June 22, 2010 at 10:21 am

“Sunshine On My Shoulders” by John Denver

Another song that I reminds me of summer is “How Can You Mend A Broken Heart” by the Bee Gees, only because I was staying with my grandparents during the summer of 1971 and that song played and played and played. I couldn’t get enough of it.

Rick on June 22, 2010 at 10:25 am


The reason why Schlussel liked “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” is that it was a VERY conservative show. The show was a conscious rejection of everything that rap music at the the time promoted, and was an embrace of conservative values in its place (i.e. Smith’s mother sends him to be raised by a father figure in the mostly white suburbs rather than trying to “keep it real” and raise him on her own in a bad mostly black neighborhood and blaming “the system” if she failed, and this father figure was – I kid you not – a conservative Republican who enrolled both Will and his own son in private school and refused to allow them to associate with criminals; further “The Fresh Prince” was one of the few sitcoms of the time that was absent vicious male-bashing feminism).

Actual rap music fans of the time mostly hated “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”, regarded Will Smith as a “sell-out” and only tuned in from time to time because of the gorgeous (black) women that were on it.

By the way, “Summertime” was almost the perfect rap song for people who don’t like rap music. There is no profanity, the content does not deal with crime, violence, inner city life, sexual escapades or drug use, the music is nearly wholesale-appropriated as opposed to sampled which means that it retains its melody and basic music structure, and most importantly it is absent the angry, in-your-face vocals and drumbeats. Will Smith and Jazzy Jeff admitted that they created the song for the specific purposes of “crossing over” into the mainstream and become the first #1 rap song by a black artist (white artists Blondie and Vanilla Ice had the first #1 rap songs overall). Didn’t succeed though; it peaked at #2 on Billboard.

Gerald on June 22, 2010 at 11:06 am

    As a fan of the show, it did glorify sex outside marriage in several episodes. That doesn’t sound conservative to me.

    Matthew on June 22, 2010 at 11:21 am

    Right. In other words, you’re saying that Will Smith’s always been the White Man’s favorite African American, and most blacks in the hood dissed him and considered him a sell out. I gotcha. Will was the younger version of Bill Cosby. Cosby = most of his fans are white. Richard Pryor = most fans 55-45 black to white ratio.

    Look who went to see Karate Kid 2…think it would’ve been that big a success if it was viewed as simply a “black” film?

    Fair question. Answer is no.

    NWA, Biggie Smalls, those dudes always had more black fans than white. They were always viewed as the legit. voice and representation of urban america as opposed to upper middle class well connected Will Smith.

    Sometimes the full truth has to be told.

    marky e on June 22, 2010 at 1:51 pm

How about “Surfing USA” by the Beach boys?

Anything by Link Wray especially “Hang on” & “Jack the Ripper

Anything by Dick Dale, especially “Pipeline” & “Misirlou”.(aka the Pulp Fiction song)

But the greatest summer song of all time has to be “Wipeout” by the Ventures…

Who cares? on June 22, 2010 at 11:12 am

Gerald! Well done.
I actually was aBeastie Boys fan in 87. Rolling Stones Gimme Shelter, Satisfaction, or anything. Chicago, “Your the Inspiration””Hard to say I’m Sorry”. Sailing, Christoher Cross was huge. Worked out to Cameo, “Word Up” back in the day. Still like some faster beat Pink Floyd when the windows roll down.
Now Drowning Pool, “Bodies” is a sure adrenilene dump in any weather. Indestructible, by Disturbed can instill visions of take downs and smashes.lol

samurai on June 22, 2010 at 11:28 am

I will arbitrarily say this one from 1965:


Daniel H on June 22, 2010 at 11:29 am

    What a talent! Loved Marianne Faithful 🙂

    As goes Israel - so goes the World on June 22, 2010 at 12:19 pm

“Summertime Blues” (Eddie Cochran) but Rush did a half decent remake. Also “School’s Out” – Alice Cooper, “This Aint the Summer of Love” – Blue Oyster Cult, “Paradise City” – Guns N’ Roses, “Magic Bus” – The Who, “Foxy Lady” – Hendrix, “Panama” -Van Halen

It’s too bad there aren’t more metal bands that you can add to the list.

Jarhead on June 22, 2010 at 11:30 am

1- Summer Song (correct title?) – Chad & Jeremy – somewhere around ’66
2-Watermelon man (versions by Mongo Santamaria and also Herbie Hancock)
3-Dancing in the Street
4- Take it Easy (Eagles)
5- Jerusalem of Gold (Chava Alberstein)
6- some fluff piece from the 80’s (Take on Me/Take me On???) – by some Norwegian ‘band’
7-Summer Samba (bossa tune)
8- Girl from Ipanema and a whole lot of tunes by Antonio Carlos Jobim, perhaps the best popular songwriter of the post WWII period (Lennon/McCartney and Stevie Wonder possibly excepted).
9- Yeah, I’ll put Summer Breeze in there too…the Seals and Crofts version…..if I lapse into a granola stae of mind…’lapse ‘ being the operative word

Not Ovenready on June 22, 2010 at 12:08 pm

There are so many that hold a great memory from the mid to late 80’s. There are some from the 1970’s in there too.


“Walking on Sunshine” because no matter how bad I felt it always turn my frown into a smile.
“Boy’s of Summer” by Don Henley. I guess because it reminded me of my summers on Long Island
“Girls of Summer” by Aerosmith
“Summer Nights” performed by the cast of Grease
“Born in the USA” by Bruce Springsteen
“Saturday In The Park” performed by Chicago
“Take it Easy” by The Eagles
Soak Up the Sun” by Sheryl Crow

“Til Summer Comes Around” by Keith Urban
“Summer Nights” performed by Rascal Flatts
“Just Another Day In Paradise” By Phil Vassar
“Six Pack Summer” By Phil Vassar
“Sweet Home Alabama” By Lynyrd Skynyrd

Ireland on June 22, 2010 at 12:28 pm


Yes, “Saturday In The Park” by Chicago is a good one.

Rick on June 22, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    Boy you people here today are really really OLD.

    Nothing of THIS decade? Cause its oh so eevill and not “conservative? enough? What up with that?

    For Old School: How come no NWA, Biggie Smalls? Eminem? How come no The Black Keys?

    Billboard rap: How come no Jay-Z?
    For the girls: How come no Justin Beiber? Beyonce? Katy Perry’s California Gurrls? That’s on the top three RIGHT NOW.

    Name what’s on the charts RIGHT NOW. And mix the old school stuff up with more real, more relevant things that speak to urban as well as suburban (according to fans at concerts)

    Or are ya’ll that old? Someone brake out the geritol.

    marky e on June 22, 2010 at 1:57 pm

Somewhere around high school cemented summer songs for me, for one reason or another. And a few others have come down the way too.

Theme from Star Wars

Two Tickets to Paradise and Trinidad, Eddie Money.

Emotional Rescue, Rolling Stones.

The Diver Down album by Van Halen.
Dance the Night Away, Van Halen.

Wouldn’t it Be Nice, Beach Boys.

Anything by Bruce Springsteen with the exception of I’m On Fire which strikes me as an early Spring song.

These Are the Days, 10,000 Maniacs.

Whisper to a Scream, Icicle Works.

Don’t You Forget About Me, Simple Minds.

Cliffs of Dover, Eric Johnson.

John on June 22, 2010 at 3:50 pm

Couple more; Summertime by Billy Stewart, and a really great one, Graduation Day by the Rover Boys; they’re not great singers, but the arrangement is out of this world; does anyone know who the women are who sing one or two phrases in the song? They sound a little like the McGuire Sisters.

Little Al on June 22, 2010 at 7:09 pm

For this summer…
2nd Summer of Love by Danny Wilson
Bizarre Love Triangle – New Order
I remember by Deadmau 5
Tick Tock by KeSa
It’s So Loud in Here
Until my head falls off by They Might Be Gaints

Pete Bone on June 22, 2010 at 7:24 pm

Lovin’ Spoonful – “Summer in the City”
Robin Ward – “Wonderful Summer”
Beach Boys – “Surfer Girl”

But, wait! There’s more!

Alice Cooper – “School’s Out”
Sly & Family Stone – “Hot Fun in the Summertime”
Eagles – “Take It Easy”
Brian Hyland – “Sealed With a Kiss”
Looking Glass – “Brandy”
Procol Harum – “A Whiter Shade of Pale”
Righteous Bros – “Unchained Melody”
Scott Mackenzie – “San Francisco”
Happenings – “See You in September”

Graty Slapchop on June 22, 2010 at 7:44 pm

Can’t forget this one from the summer of 1968:


Daniel H on June 22, 2010 at 8:19 pm

Yo Marky e, I’m really happy for you, I’ma Let you finish, but Beyoncé has one of the most overwrought videos of all time!

Graty Slapchop on June 22, 2010 at 8:35 pm

I love some of the songs listed by Ireland at 12:28 pm.

Walking on Sunshine” by Katrina and the Waves (I presume that’s the one Ireland was referring to)
“Summer Nights” performed by the cast of Grease
“Born in the USA” by Bruce Springsteen
“Saturday In The Park” performed by Chicago
“Take it Easy” by The Eagles

Also, one listed by Graty Slapchop at 7:44 pm:

Eagles – “Take It Easy”

JeffE on June 22, 2010 at 8:49 pm


I listed Eagles – “Take It Easy” twice.


JeffE on June 22, 2010 at 8:53 pm

I’ve gotta add another one – “Lakeside Park” by Rush.

Jarhead on June 22, 2010 at 8:53 pm

Pretty sure Disturbed and Drowning Pool are from this decade.

samurai on June 22, 2010 at 10:27 pm

Seriously, PEOPLE! Below the woirds you are reading is this fucked up toolbar thing. That doesn’t bother anybody else???
It TOTALLY pisses me off. I guess this is my last visit to this otherwise great site, cause I can’t take the aggravation.

And just BTW, I would go with: “California Nights” by Leslie Gore, Beach Boys “I Get Around” “Darlin'” “We’ve Been Having Fun all Summer Long” Drifters “Upon The Roof” I 2nd the motion on Alice’s “School’s Out” and as a kid I LOVED “V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N” by I don’t remember who.

I think The BB’s tune “We’ve Been …etc. All Summer Long” deserves some particular mention for the fact that it contains the rather singular lyric:
“Sittin’ in my car outside your house,
‘Member when we spilled Coke all over your blouse?”

(Yeah kids, it was Coke, with a capital “C” and an R in the circle, that kind of Coke. It was a different time, but by no means a more innocent time. What do you think they were doing sitting in the car there, huh? Connect the dots, youngins’; the name of the tune is “We’ve Been Havin’ Fun All Summer Long” …”Miniature golf and Hondas in the hills,
When we rode a horse we had some thrills…”
Sez Old

Dr Joey on June 23, 2010 at 3:17 am

It’s hard to believe that these two have not yet been mentioned:


Daniel H on June 23, 2010 at 11:56 am

“Disco Duck” by Rick Dees. Blaring from my car, it always helps turn chicks on to me.

Truth on July 19, 2010 at 12:33 pm

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