What’s your favorite summer song?

What’s your all time favorite summer song?  Why is it your favorite? Does it remind you of a special summer in your life?  A summer romance?  Or does it just conjure up the feel of summertime for you whenever you hear it?
For me there are so many, but being a 70s kid it’s got to be “Summer” by War.  Enjoy!

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42 Comments on “What’s your favorite summer song?”

  1. Rob Says:

    I’m a 50s kid, so how about “Summertime Summertime” by the Jamies. You can listen at:

  2. Carrie Says:

    “Summertime” by DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince is my fave summer song!

  3. Lisa Lavoie Says:

    I will probably have to comment more than once, but “It’s a Beautiful Morning” by the Young Rascals is my first thought…

  4. Carolyn Says:

    The boys are back in town!

  5. Tom Lavoie Says:

    “See You in September” is my summer song — 1966 — there is danger in the summer moon above!

  6. Tom Lavoie Says:

  7. Lisa Lavoie Says:

    My facebook friends added the following favorites:

    Feelin’ Groovy, Walking on Sunshine, Hot Fun in the Summertime, and I am adding another fave of mine: Grazing in the Grass (baby, yeah baby can you dig it?). I can almost taste those frozen Milkyway bars!

  8. Rachel Says:

    How could I have forgotten “In the Summertime” by Mungo Jerry? That’s really my favorite summer tune.
    “We’re always happy. Life’s for Livin’, yeah that’s our philosophy”

  9. Chris Says:

    Hollywood Nights by Bob Seger

    To really be appreciated, you have to listen to it in the car, with the windows rolled down, doing 75, with the volume cranked all the way up. God I love that song!

  10. Summer Breeze is definately the ultimate summer song for me. I can picture all the fun days spent at the beach……..

  11. Amy Feest Says:

    Okay, so I’m a product of the 80s! But Summer Nights from Grease always takes me back to the drive-in and summer vacation as a teen!!!!

  12. Barbara Says:

    Without a doubt, Kinks “Sunny Afternoon” and the Roslyn Duck Pond… oh, those glorious days of youth in the 60s!

  13. Susan S. Says:

    Almost anything by the Beach Boys or this one- “Sealed With A Kiss” by Brian Hyland.

  14. Jody Says:

    Summertime Time – Janis Joplin with Big Brother and the Holding Company

  15. susan Says:

    Definitely with Rachel here; Mungo Jerry. Otherwise, Otis Redding’s “Sitting on The Dock of the Bay”.

  16. susan Says:

    Or Joplin. Just listened and you gotta love Joplin.

  17. susan Says:

    Then again, the Mungo Jerry video reminded me why I always dated older men.

  18. Lisa Lavoie Says:

    If I want to re-live the 8th grade dances outside on the blacktop — it’s “Dancing in the Moonlight.” Everybody there was outta sight. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMc8naeeSS8

  19. Bryan Bonina Says:

    Epicenter by Manic Street Preachers

  20. Kacy Says:

    I’ve got two: “Baker Street” by Gerry Rafferty, and “Late in the Evening” by Paul Simon. Someone with more technical ingenuity than I possess can feel free to post a link. Please? 🙂
    I love summer!!

  21. Lisa Lavoie Says:

    Baker Street! So true! This must have played a thousand times a day in the late 70s!

  22. Lisa Lavoie Says:

    Paul Simon!

  23. Bob Brown Says:

    “I’ve Been Hurt” by Bill Dea1 & the Rhondels. These guys aren’t much remembered today, but they were big in the late ’60s and early ’70s.

    They were from Virginia Beach. I heard them dozens of times at a club called Rogue’s Gallery that was located on the waterfront. I’d say they perfected “beach music” in its proper sense, which is music played live in bars and clubs located just off the beach where people could drink and dance until the weather got too cold.

    Here’s a link to “I’ve Been Hurt,” as well as links to their other hits: “May I,” and “What Kind of Fool Do You Think I Am.”

    Also here’s one to a brief live performance from a reunion show in the mid-1980s, as I recall, when they called themselves the Sheiks of Shag. (Gotta love the sensibility. The Rhondels where shagadelic way years
    Austin Powers showed up.)

    The Rhondels actually had their own national tour in 1970. They were the featured act. The opening acts included Deep Purple and Neil Young & Crazy Horse. So they really were on their way. When it came time to step onto the national stage for good, however, they decided to step in a different direction.

    Bill Deal said this: “You travel from town to town, different room every night. When you have children back home, that’s something that’s important. We decided to pull off the road and stay home. It worked out well.”

    Aamon Tharp, the drummer and (most of the time) lead singer, said: “We were like stars, but after a while we just figured out we could do better going back home, dressing the way we dressed, and playing our stuff.”

    They had made it in the music world, but decided that they’d rather be a really good regional band. I love the fact that they got to make the decision themselves.

    A footnote: The Beach Boys were a pioneering group in the 60s, of course, and they’re legendary today, with good reason. Brian Wilson’s harmonies are some of the best ever written by anyone in any genre. Their name notwithstanding, however, they really didn’t do classic beach music. The closest they came was “Kokomo,” and that was released a quarter-century after they got their start.

  24. Rachel Says:

    Thanks, Bob. “What Kind Of Fool Do You Think I Am” is one of my favorites! I’ve been waiting for the original version to show up on iTunes for years.

  25. Bob Brown Says:

    Here’s a link to an actual video of “I’ve Been Hurt.” I believe this was taped and shown on American Bandstand in 1970.

  26. Bob Brown Says:

    A typo (dropped word) in the original post: The shagedalic reference should have read “years before Austin Powers showed up.”

    Apologies to all.

  27. Lisa Lavoie Says:

    Bob! Fabulous post! I am loving this video.

  28. Carianne Says:

    “Hot Hot Hot” is the first one that comes to mind for me… Buster Poindexter is typically out-of-control in this great video.

  29. Alison McCarthy Says:

    For the summer working crew,
    “It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere”
    by Alan Jackson

  30. Helen Says:

    Speaking of driving along on a hot summer night – my fav has always been ‘Radar Love’ by Golden Earring –
    and ‘Brenda Lee coming on strong…’

  31. Bob Brown Says:


    I truly love this song and the video that goes with it. I’m not a parrot head, but I’m pretty close, and I’ve admired Alan Jackson ever since the song that he performed after September 11.

    Besides, they’re right. It really is 5 o’clock somewehre, and that means something good.


  32. Bob Brown Says:

    Here’s another one: “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me” by Mel Carter.

    Solely in terms of summertime emotions for me, it’s not quite on a par with the Rhondel hits. But “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me” is a soul classic.

    There are a couple of versions on YouTube, but I like this one because he’s so clearly feeling the joy of his song. Here’s the link:

  33. It has to be Dancing in the Moonlight by King Harvest. Still makes my heart leap after all these years http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMc8naeeSS8

  34. What a great way to spend a summer–thinking of the ones past. I have spent much time listening to all of you who know how to put the music up here into the blog. Thank you thank you thank you.

    My favorites have to be (so far) “Feeling groovy” and “The Sloop John B” Which got me through the summer before college and the first year. I think it is by the Beach Boys. If somebody could put it up that would be groovy.


  35. Rachel Says:

    Here’s “Sloop John B” for you Linda!

  36. Bob Brown Says:

    For Linda,

    Here’s a link to “Feelin’ Groovy,” the title of which is actually “59th Street Bridge Song.” (That’s apparently the name that New Yawkuhs gave to what is more commonly known as the Queensboro Bridge.)

  37. Teddy Says:

    For Teddy: Ted votes for “Racing in the Street” by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. And he’ll even sing for you if you ask him! (Teddy, not Bruce). Close enough.

  38. pete Says:

    Doo Wop. Drivin around, windows down, warm, See the pyramids along the nile….

  39. Paul (from Security) Says:

    It would have to be something by the Beach Boys. Either “Surfer Girl” or “Surfin’ Safari.”

  40. Fran Coan Says:

    Below please find a link to a strange but beautiful piece of music entitled Evensong that reminds me of a summer evening—not one in Connecticut, or even one in the United States, but rather from an evening eight or nine centuries ago in some rural portion of England.

  41. Wish I could find this on YouTube, but the versions there weren’t as good as the studio recording of Daisy by Stone Temple Pilots. I posted a ripped copy on my web site just for sampling: http://james.revillini.com/2010/06/30/the-perfect-summer-song/

  42. Chris Boulay Says:

    Better late than never!
    Moths by Jethro Tull

    here are the lyrics:

    The leaded window opened
    to move the dancing candle flame
    And the first Moths of summer
    suicidal came.
    And a new breeze chattered
    in its May-bud tenderness —
    Sending water-lilies sailing
    as she turned to get undressed.
    And the long night awakened
    and we soared on powdered wings —
    Circling our tomorrows
    in the wary month of Spring.
    Chasing shadows slipping
    in a magic lantern slide —
    Creatures of the candle
    on a night-light-ride.
    Dipping and weaving — flutter
    through the golden needle’s eye
    in our haystack madness. Butterfly-stroking
    on a Spring-tide high.
    Life’s too long (as the Lemming said)
    as the candle burned and the Moths were wed.
    And we’ll all burn together as the wick grows higher —
    before the candle’s dead.
    The leaded window opened
    to move the dancing candle flame.
    And the first moths of summer
    suicidal came
    to join in the worship
    of the light that never dies
    in a moment’s reflection
    of two moths spinning in her eyes.

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