Whether your reading this while listening to the sounds of the ocean waves nearby or on a cold December night by the fire, these songs will transport you to summertime and the memories of the beach, the lake, and vacation (and ice cream…lots and lots of ice cream!).
“On the beach, in the Summertime” – 5th Dimension. A great summer song complete with seagull and wave sound effects.
“Hot fun in the summertime” – Sly and the Family Stone. A county fair in the country sun. What more could you ask for?
“Rum and Coca Cola” – The Andrew Sisters. A classic WW2 song about the area in and around Trinidad often visited by the GI’s on leave. It has a great Caribbean beat.
“Summer Nights” – John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John.
“Summer in the city” – The Lovin’ Spoonful. There doesn’t seem to be a shadow in the city! The car horns and jack hammer sound effects really add to the song.
“In the summertime” – Mungo Jerry. In the summertime you can reach right up and touch the sky!
“Summertimes calling me” – The Catalina’s. One of the best beach songs of all time.
“V-a-c-a-t-i-o-n” – Connie Francis. No more school. We’re on VACATION!
“Cool Change” – Little River Band. A great song about the ocean and the title helps one cool off in the hot summertime.
“Keep your hands in your pockets” – The Playmates. A cute little song about a girl with such a bad sunburn she can’t stand for her boyfriend to touch her. This is the same group that did “Beep Beep”.
“Summertime, Summertime” – The Jamies. It’s Suuuummmmmmmmmeeeeeeeerrrrrrrtime!
“Catch a wave” – The Beach Boys. There are several Beach Boys song I could pick, but this one is my favorite.
“Summer Samba” – Astrud Gilberto. The 1960’s Brazilian jazz sound just makes me think of relaxing by the ocean or the lake. And Astrud has that laid back type of voice, just perfect for the genre.
“Sweet Summer” – Diamond Rio. This song brings back memories of the ice cream truck, cookouts, and staying outside as late as possible until your Mom called you home. (Why did Dad’s never call the kids home. It was always MOM!).
“I love beach music” – The Embers. A nice tribute to the beach groups and songs.
“Saturday in the Park” – Chicago. What more can you ask for in a song- the 4th of July, ice cream, and singing. A real celebration.
“Under the Boardwalk” – The Drifters. It doesn’t get any better than this.
“Beach Baby” – First Class. Tony Burrow’s fantastic tribute to the 1960’s beach sound. He was also the voice of Edison Lighthouse, The Pimpkins, and Brotherhood of Man.
“Summertime” – Various Artists. This song has been done many, many times by artists like Billie Holiday, Billy Stewart, Sara Vaughn and most recently by Lynda Carter (which is my favorite version).
“A summer place” – Percy Faith. This great instrumental was #1 for 9 weeks in 1960.
“Afternoon Delight” – The Starland Vocal Band. This was a HUGE summertime hit in 1976. I was 10 at the time and loved the song – mainly due to the skyrocket effects.
“Picnic” – The McGuire Sisters:
A picnic grove was our rendezvous
You and I in the sunshine
We strolled the fields amd farms
At the last light of evening,
I held you in my arms
So when days grow stormy
And lonely for me
I just recall picnic time and you
“Hawaii Five-O” – The Ventures. The best TV theme song of all time.
“Laughter in the rain” – Neil Sedaka. “I get a shiver up my spine, I feel the warmth of her hand in mine”. A forgotten gem that makes one reminisce about young love
“Palisades Park” – Freddy Cannon. You can’t have summer without amusement parks and roller coasters. And giving your girl a hug in the tunnel of love, of course. And I love the roller coaster sound effects on this song (and the people screaming as they come down the big hill).
“Summertime Blues” – Eddie Cochran. If you’ve got ’em, there ain’t no cure for them!
“Summer” – War. “In Atlantic City or out in Malibu or any where between, I’m telling you when you feel those balmy breezes on your face summer time is the best time any place!”