The Greatest Hits of Summer: Turn Up the Heat, Turn Up the Volume
The boys are cruel but we had hot fun in the summertime of ‘69. These are five of the greatest hits of summer. What is your favorite summertime song?
These songs weren’t all hits during the summer, but they are about the warmest months of the year. Surprisingly, summer ranks third among favorite season of the year at 25% behind spring (36%) and fall (27%). Old man winter ranked dead last.
If Summer is your favorite time of year, it might mean that you love getting out and living an active lifestyle. The warm months of summer are a time to travel and enjoy the outdoors. You probably tend to be on the outgoing, extroverted side, and people likely describe you as upbeat, personable, and assertive.
We're not going to guess what your favorite music says about you, because there are so many things to love about it. Here are some of our all-time favorite summer songs.
Hot Fun in the Summertime | Sly and the Family Stone
"Hi, hi, hi, hi there. Them summer days, those summer days." Sly and the Family Stone gave us two and a half minutes of sunshine in 1969 that is an eternal summer favorite.
Summer of '69 | Bryan Adams
Unless he was a prodigy, this song is not autobiographical as Bryan Adams was only 9 years old in the summer of 1969. Some say it has a naughty connotation.
In the Summertime | Mungo Jerry
Although this song went to #1 around the world in 1970, and sold 30 million copies, "Mungo-mainia" never materialized. This band is one of the biggest one hit wonders of all time.
Cruel Summer | Banarama
Despite its dark, sad subject, the bouncy music and vocals make this song about a romance that never was a great summer song. The girls had always wanted to go to New York City, so that's where they shot the video.
The Boys of Summer | Don Henley
Can you imagine Tom Petty singing this? Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell wrote the music as they were finishing up an album, but it wasn't the right fit. Don Henley loved it, wrote the lyrics and it became one of his signature songs.
These five songs are only the beginning of your summer playlist. What would you add?
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