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
3White Cliffs of Dover Vera Lynn1940
4The Things We Did Last Summer Jo Stafford1946
5Love Letters in the Sand Pat Boone1957
6Oh, Baby Doll Chuck Berry1957
7One Summer Night The Danleers1958
8Summertime Blues Eddie Cochran1958
9Summertime, Summertime The Jamies1958
10Gotta Travel On Billy Grammer1959
11Here Comes Summer Jerry Keller1959
12See You in September The Tempos1959
13Theme From A Summer Place Percy Faith And His Orchestra1959
14On the Way to Cape May Cozy Morley1960
15You Don't Want My Love Roger Miller1960
16Let's Twist Again Chubby Checker1961
17School Is Out Gary US Bonds1961
18Coney Island Baby The Excellents1962
19Once Upon A Time Tony Bennett1962
20Palisades Park Freddy Cannon1962
21Remember Then The Earls1962
22Sealed with a Kiss Brian Hyland1962
23Vacation Connie Francis1962
24Pipeline The Chantays1963
25Surfer Girl The Beach Boys1963
26Surfin' USA The Beach Boys1963
27That Sunday, That Summer Nat King Cole1963
28The Lonely Surfer Jack Nitzsche1963
29Those Lazy Hazy Crazy Days Of Summer Nat King Cole1963
30Wildwood Days Bobby Rydell1963
31Wipeout The Safaris1963
32All Summer Long The Beach Boys1964
33California Sun The Rivieras1964
34Dancing in the Streets Martha and the Vandellas1964
35Girls on the Beach The Beach Boys1964
36Summer Song Chad and Jeremy1964
37Under the Boardwalk The Drifters1964
38Yesterday's Gone Chad and Jeremy1964
39Summer Sounds Robert Goulet1965
40April Come She Will Simon and Garfunkel1966
41Bus Stop The Hollies1966
42Paint It Black Rolling Stones1966
43Summer in the City The Lovin' Spoonful1966
44Summer Wind Frank Sinatra1966
45Summertime Billy Stewart1966
46Sunny Afternoon The Kinks1966
47The Girls in Their Summer Dresses Harry Belafonte1966
48If You're Going to San Francisco Scott McKenzie1967
49Ode to Billy Joe Bobbie Gentry1967
50Summer Rain Johnny Rivers1967
51First of May Bee Gees1968
52Indian Lake The Cowsills1968
53Hot Fun in the Summertime Sly & the Family Stone1969
54In the Summertime Mungo Jerry1970
55Theme From Summer Of '42 Michel Legrand1971
56Saturday in the Park Chicago1972
57School's Out Alice Cooper1972
58Summer Breeze Seals & Croft1972
59 4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy) Bruce Springsteen1973
60Summer (The First Time) Bobby Goldsboro1973
61Beach Baby First Class1974
62Night Moves Bob Seger1975
63More Than a Feeling Boston1976
64Summer War1976
65The Boys Are Back in Town Thin Lizzy1976
66You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth Meatloaf1976
67Rockaway Beach The Ramones1977
68Scenes from an Italian Restaurant Billy Joel1977
69Daylight Katy Gordon Lightfoot1978
70Summer Lovin' John Travolta, Olivia Newton John1978
71Summer Night City ABBA1978
72Fire Lake Bob Seger1980
73Jersey Girl Tom Waits1980
74Our Last Summer ABBA1980
75Suddenly Last Summer The Motels1983
76Twisting by the Pool Dire Straits1983
77Boys of Summer Don Henley1984
78Cruel Summer Bananarama1984
79Desert Moon Dennis DeYoung1984
80Magic The Cars1984
81Summer Of '69 Bryan Adams1984
82Love at the Five & Dime Nanci Griffith1986
83Copperline James Taylor1988
84Endless Summer Nights Richard Marx1988
85Turn the Radio Up (Make Me Lose Control) Eric Carmen1988
86Summertime DJ Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince1991
87Fields of Gold Sting1993
88That Summer Garth Brooks1993
89How Bizarre OMC1997
90Summer Girls LFO1999
91Graduation (friends forever) Vitamin C2000
92Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me) Train2001
93Summer Skin Death Cab for Cutie2005
94All Summer Long Kid Rock2008
95Girls In Their Summer Clothes Bruce Springsteen2008
96For the Summer Ray Lamontagne & The Pariah Dogs 2010
97Gone in September Mike Posner2010
98Someone Like You Adele2011
99Summertime Sadness Lana Del Rey2012
100Waiting for 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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