Adeli’s Music Blog

Summertime

Posted in music by adeli on June 21, 2009

Ah, summer! ugh, humidity! Whether you love the summer sun and fun or you suffer from the summertime blues, there’s a song for it. It seems that of the four seasons, summer, and its related activities, is the subject of the most songs. This theory excludes the genre of holiday songs, where winter is often mentioned. I’ve chosen some off the top of my head and welcome more suggestions from you.

We’ll begin with the California group that sang extensively about summer fun and named themselves after the number one place to spend summer days – The Beach Boys.

Surfin’ USA

Good Vibrations

Kokomo

Surfin’ Safari

The Mamas & The Papas
John, Michelle (who epitomized the California girl), Mama Cass, and Denny needed no instruments. Their harmonies were angelic. The foursome’s greatest success came with the anthemic California Dreamin’. Check it out below.

Dancing in the Street

Creeque Alley

Other summer songs:

Summer in the City – Lovin’ Spoonful

Hot Fun in the Summertime – Sly & The Family Stone

In The Summeritme – Mungo Jerry

Heatwave – Martha & the Vandellas

Summer Nights – John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John

Summer Breeze – Seals & Croft

4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy) – Bruce Springsteen

Girls In Their Summer Clothes -Bruce Springsteen

Summertime – Janis Joplin

Summer of ’69 – Bryan Adams

Summertime – Sublime

Summer Love – Justin Timberlake

Summertime – Fresh Prince & DJ Jazzy Jeff

Summertime Blues – Eddie Cochran

Please send me comments with more suggestions, and we’ll make this list longer throughout the summer.

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  1. Sheronda Gipson said, on June 22, 2009 at 10:47 am

    Hi Adeli! California Dreaming is one of my favorite songs! Thanks for sharing!

  2. caroline said, on June 24, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    Great job, Adeli! But I couldn’t pass up the chance to mention the Boss!

    Probably due to his Asbury Park beach roots, Bruce Springsteen has always written songs about the summer — from early in his career (The E Street Shuffle, 4th of July Asbury Park
    (Sandy), Racing in the Street) to just last year (Girls in Their Summer Clothes).

  3. caroline said, on June 29, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    Thanks for the add, Adeli! I prefer Bruce’s 1975 live version of Sandy found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZ314hldal4


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