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Top 12 Summer Songs

Updated on July 7, 2011
Summer sunset / E. A. Wright
Summer sunset / E. A. Wright

Summer songs evoke the best of long days spent on the beach. Those are the days when melodies and memories linger until long past the time when the sun has set over the waves.

The Perfect Summer Playlist

Escape — from daily routines, from goodbyes, from sadness, from time itself — is an inescapable urge in the summer. Escape is also a vibe that runs through the very best in summertime music.

When the days are longest, the nights are warmest, and the steamy evening air calls out for its own soundtrack, it's time again to listen to these 12 summer songs. All perfectly capture the season's essence: a sense of longing for all that is bright, airy and carefree.

Dreams of holidays and happiness fill the songs on this list.

Sun, sand and perfumed breezes are to be savored, as brilliant days become golden nights. Music is food. Love is a place. California is a state of mind. And late September is the only threat to the good life.

In this spirit, throw down a beach blanket and break out a picnic. Catch a wave. Let the sun shine in, set the playlist to repeat, then chill out with these sounds of summer.

Here's to July, now and forever.

The Top 12 Sounds of Summer: Sunshine, Islands, Dancing, Dreaming

 1) "Island in the Sun," Weezer
One moment of summer, defined: "We'll run away together, we'll spend some time forever, we'll never feel bad anymore."

2) "Summer Song," Chad & Jeremy
One moment of summer, defined: "Trees, swaying in the summer breeze, showing off their silver leaves."

3) "Good Vibrations," The Beach Boys
One moment of summer, defined: "I'm picking up good vibrations, she's giving me excitations."

4) "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In," The Fifth Dimension
One moment of summer, defined: "No more falsehoods or derisions, golden living dreams of visions."

5) "Dancing in the Moonlight," King Harvest
One moment of summer, defined: "Everybody feeling warm and right, it's such a fine and natural sight."
6) "Save Tonight," Eagle-Eye Cherry
One moment of summer, defined: "Fight the break of dawn."

7) "Holiday From Real," Jack's Mannequin
One moment of summer, defined: "We'd waste our weeks beneath the sun, we'd fry our brains and say it's so much fun out here."

8) "This Kiss," Faith Hill
One moment of summer, defined: "It's a feeling like this, it's centrifugal motion, it's perpetual bliss."

9) "Here Comes the Sun," The Beatles
One moment of summer, defined: "The smiles returning to the faces." 

10) "Closer to Fine," Indigo Girls
One moment of summer, defined: "It's only life, after all."

11)  "Let's Live for Today," The Grass Roots
One moment of summer, defined: "Let others plan their future, I'm busy loving you."

12) "Sweet Rose," Matt Costa
One moment of summer, defined: "Nothing stays the same, but you and I, we will remain."

E. A. Wright 2009
E. A. Wright 2009


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    • funmontrealgirl profile image

      funmontrealgirl 6 years ago from Montreal

      I love summer and I appreciate this list. I especially love the #1. =)

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      MaZer 8 years ago

      without any doubt Summercat-Billie the Vision and the Dancers !!!

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      Susan Keeping 8 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

      This is a great list :) I agree about the Grass Roots, that is a perfect song for summer. Dancing in the Moonlight also brings back summer memories.

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      Candie V 8 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      I'm particularly fond of the Grass Roots.. being a child of the 60s and 70s.. that said, they are all great and excellent choices! Well done!