20 Songs For The Summer

1119 20 Songs For The SummerToday is the first day of summer, so how about twenty of my favorite songs to bring our favorite season in with a very loud stereo. Here are 20 of my favorites, in no particular order. Be sure and share yours!

1) The Undertones – Here Comes The Summer

One of my faves it’s either the first or 2nd song I hear on the 1st day of Summer. Great summer anthem from these punks from Northern Ireland

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2) Jonathan Richman – That Summer Feeling

If The Undertones isn’t the first one I listen to on the first day of summer, then it’s Jonathan Richman. This year he was the first choice.

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3) Sly And The Family Stone – Hot Fun in The Summertime

Got to have hot funk with the hot fun in the summertime.

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4) Husker Du – Celebrated Summer

And you’ve got to turn it way up.

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5) Tom Tom Club – Under The Boardwalk (Love The Drifters too)

Absolutely adore the Tom Tom Club’s version of The Drifters classic.

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6) Billie Holiday – Summertime

Billie Holiday’s version of the Gershwin classic, just makes me imagine sipping martinis poolside.

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7) Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood – Summer Wine

Evan Dando from Lemonheads did a version of this with Sabrina Brooke for a Lee Hazelwood tribute, but the original is 60’s pop at it’s finest.

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8) Bananarama – Cruel Summer

From 1983 when gas was 1.49 a gallon, no matter how hot it was, you danced to this

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9) Desmond Dekker – Intensified

Can’t have a summer party without some old school ska

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10) The Motels – Suddenly Last Summer

The Motels homage to Elizabeth Taylor’s film Suddenly Last Summer

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11) The Beach Boys – Surfin USA

Beauty of The Beach Boys in this era everyday was the first day of summer

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12) Eddie Cochran – Summertime Blues

No Dice Son, You Gotta Work Late…

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13) DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – Summertime

The only thing I ever enjoyed from Will Smith

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14) The Ramones – Rockaway Beach

When my job moved me to NYC back in the 90’s, first place I visited was Rockaway Beach!

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15) The Go-Go’s – Vacation

The girls who put the pop in the punk or did they put the punk into pop?

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16) Katrina And The Waves – Walking on Sunshine

You can’t help but sing and skip along!!

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17) Thin Lizzy – Dancin In The Moonlight

I remember the first time I heard this song, I was a teenager listening to XRT loved it!

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18) Frank Sinatra – Summer Wind

One of those songs you heard growing up in an a Chicago Italian home every summer

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19) Nat King Cole – Those Lazy Hazy Crazy Days of Summer

Nat King Cole records I took from my parents collection, he was amazing

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20) The Shangri Las – Remember (Walkin in The Sand)

we all remember our summer loves

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One Comment

  1. Doug Dahlgren says:

    Wow….Shows how old I am. The only “Here comes Summer” I remember was at hit in ’58 or ’59 by Jerry Keller.

    1. Marc Alghini says:

      The “Doug Dahlgren?” if so very cool.

  2. Nancy Bucket says:

    Gas was cheap, hair was big, and everyone dressed like Mario and Luigi! Great songs, but sadly missing a little jug band music…YOU know the one. Thanks for posting.

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