Summer is a time that conjures up images of the sun, the beach, and fun. Over the years, countless songs have been released to honor that season. To me, the songs featured here are some of the best to capture the season of summer.
The Beach Boys – “Surfin’ USA”: While the band recorded a number of songs during their career about summer and the beach, this one, in my opinion, really captures the essence of the season. The song is a call to the listener to go to the beach and enjoy the waves. When I listen to this song, I can visualize young people having fun at the beach, with the surfers getting their boards ready for surfing.
DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince – “Summertime”: This song was a hit during the summer of 1991, and it really captures a summer day. Musically, there’s a light and airy sound that evokes the laid-back feel of summer. Lyrically, the rap depicts various activities that are associated with the summer season.
First Class – “Beach Baby”: This 1970s hit has the light and airy sound one would expect from a “summer song.” Lyrically, the song is set at the end of the summer, and the speaker is looking back at all the fun they had during the season.
The Go-Gos – “Vacation”: While this song may not specifically be about summer, it has the musical sound one would expect from a “summer song.” Also, vacations tend to be more typically associated with the summer season than with any other time of year.
The Jamies – “Summertime, Summertime”: This song was originally released in the late 1950s, and then was re-released in the early 1960s. In the lyrics, the song talks about various things associated with the summer season. Musically, the song incorporates a doo wop vocal sound combined with pop versions of sacred harp styles. This combination makes this an upbeat, fun song that evokes the feeling of the summer season.
The Lovin’ Spoonful – “Summer in the City”: This 1966 hit is an upbeat song that talks about some of things that take place in the city during the summer nights. The speaker of the song is looking for a girl to spend some time with during the summer evenings.
Mungo Jerry – “In the Summertime”: This classic has the light and airy sound associated with “summer songs.” In the song, the speaker talks about how laid back their summer is and about the various things they’re doing.
Seals and Crofts – “Summer Breeze”: This is another song that captures the light and airy sound associated with “summer songs.” It’s a song about how the summer breeze makes the singer “feel fine,” and they come home to their significant other, who is waiting for them at home without a care in the world.
The Surfaris – “Wipeout”: While this song may not specifically be about summer, the song evokes images of surfing. And surfing, in turn, tends to evoke thoughts of the summer months. Plus, the upbeat sound of this song would fit in perfectly with any summer-themed playlist.
The Underdog Project – “Summer Jam”: This song was released during the summer of 2001, and it’s a dance song with the light and airy sound of summer to it. The speaker of the song evokes images associated with summer, intertwined with pining for a girl that they like.