Summer Song Jukebox
Vacation
Growing up, it seemed like every summer had its own signature song. Some lucky summers had several, due to either some really good experiences or just some really good music.
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1In the Good Old Summertime Julien Neel trudbol1902
2Harbor Lights Frances Langford1937
3The Things We Did Last Summer Jo Stafford1946
4Love Letters in the Sand Pat Boone1957
5Oh, Baby Doll Chuck Berry1957
6One Summer Night The Danleers1958
7Summertime Blues Eddie Cochran1958
8Summertime, Summertime The Jamies1958
9Gotta Travel On Billy Grammer1959
10Here Comes Summer Jerry Keller1959
11See You in September The Tempos1959
12Theme From A Summer Place Percy Faith And His Orchestra1959
13On the Way to Cape May Cozy Morley1960
14You Don't Want My Love Roger Miller1960
15Let's Twist Again Chubby Checker1961
16School Is Out Gary US Bonds1961
17Coney Island Baby The Excellents1962
18Once Upon A Time Tony Bennett1962
19Palisades Park Freddy Cannon1962
20Remember Then The Earls1962
21Sealed with a Kiss Brian Hyland1962
22Vacation Connie Francis1962
23Pipeline The Chantays1963
24Surfer Girl The Beach Boys1963
25Surfin’ USA The Beach Boys1963
26That Sunday, That Summer Nat King Cole1963
27The Lonely Surfer Jack Nitzsche1963
28Those Lazy Hazy Crazy Days Of Summer Nat King Cole1963
29Wildwood Days Bobby Rydell1963
30Wipeout The Safaris1963
31All Summer Long The Beach Boys1964
32California Sun The Rivieras1964
33Dancing in the Streets Martha and the Vandellas1964
34Girls on the Beach The Beach Boys1964
35Summer Song Chad and Jeremy1964
36Under the Boardwalk The Drifters1964
37Yesterday's Gone Chad and Jeremy1964
38Summer Sounds Robert Goulet1965
39April Come She Will Simon and Garfunkel1966
40Bus Stop The Hollies1966
41Paint It Black Rolling Stones1966
42Summer in the City The Lovin' Spoonful1966
43Summer Wind Frank Sinatra1966
44Summertime Billy Stewart1966
45Sunny Afternoon The Kinks1966
46The Girls in Their Summer Dresses Harry Belafonte1966
47If You’re Going to San Francisco Scott McKenzie1967
48Ode to Billy Joe Bobbie Gentry1967
49Summer Rain Johnny Rivers1967
50First of May Bee Gees1968
51Indian Lake The Cowsills1968
52Hot Fun in the Summertime Sly & the Family Stone1969
53In the Summertime Mungo Jerry1970
54Theme From Summer Of '42 Michel Legrand1971
55Saturday in the Park Chicago1972
56School's Out Alice Cooper1972
57Summer Breeze Seals & Croft1972
58 4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy) Bruce Springsteen1973
59Summer (The First Time) Bobby Goldsboro1973
60Beach Baby First Class1974
61Night Moves Bob Seger1975
62More Than a Feeling Boston1976
63Summer War1976
64The Boys Are Back in Town Thin Lizzy1976
65You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth Meatloaf1976
66Rockaway Beach The Ramones1977
67Scenes from an Italian Restaurant Billy Joel1977
68Summer Lovin' John Travolta, Olivia Newton John1978
69Summer Night City ABBA1978
70Fire Lake Bob Seger1980
71Jersey Girl Tom Waits1980
72Our Last Summer ABBA1980
73Suddenly Last Summer The Motels1983
74Twisting by the Pool Dire Straits1983
75Boys of Summer Don Henley1984
76Cruel Summer Bananarama1984
77Desert Moon Dennis DeYoung1984
78Magic The Cars1984
79Summer Of '69 Bryan Adams1984
80Copperline James Taylor1988
81Endless Summer Nights Richard Marx1988
82Turn the Radio Up (Make Me Lose Control) Eric Carmen1988
83Summertime DJ Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince1991
84Fields of Gold Sting1993
85That Summer Garth Brooks1993
86How Bizarre OMC1997
87Summer Girls LFO1999
88Graduation (friends forever) Vitamin C2000
89Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me) Train2001
90Summer Skin Death Cab for Cutie2005
91All Summer Long Kid Rock2008
92Girls In Their Summer Clothes Bruce Springsteen2008
93For the Summer Ray Lamontagne & The Pariah Dogs 2010
94Gone in September Mike Posner2010
95Summertime Sadness Lana Del Rey2012
96Waiting on the Summer VHS Collection2016
A prized few of these songs endure just as long as memory does, bookmarks of a fleeting, critical moment in our lives. Just as often as not, intertwined around some captivating, or at least entirely comfortable, creature of the opposite sex.

For me, such a summer relationship could make time seem to stand still—for a week or two at a time anyway.

This list may not capture all the high notes of your summer youth, but you can fix that. Just drop us a line. We'’ll endeavor to incorporate your (musical) experiences, within reason.

And if, perchance, the song left out was one high note you thought you and I had shared together, then my sincerest apologies. My memory is not what it used to be.

No guarantees this list will carry you all the way to next summer. There’s only 90 some songs here. But used judiciously—no point in excessive reminiscence anyway; it can be painful—you'll make it thru the fall and into the cold, lonely nights of winter.

At which point you will be on your own. Alone with your memories. Just as you were before.

So, hey, enjoy.
Bonus Selection: The power of sight plus the power of sound. MTV's premier broadcast, when the music channel debuted at 00:01am, Saturday, Aug. 1, 1981. The VO intro played over rocket-launch and moon-landing imagery coupled with an animation of the soon-to-be globally recognized MTV logo: "Ladies and Gentlemen, Rock and Roll." The first cut played was "Video Killed the Radio Star" by The Buggles (The Age of Plastic, rel. 1979, Island Records.)



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