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Summer Songs

20 of the Best Songs for and About Summer

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11. Summer Nights

This memorable song from the musical Grease was written by Warren Casey and Jim Jacobs. It was recorded by John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John and released in 1978. Here's a scene from Grease featuring the song "Summer Nights" courtesy of YouTube.

12. Summer Of '69

This very popular tune was written by Bryan Adams with co-writer Jim Vallance. Adams recorded it in 1984 and was released the following year in his album Reckless. Watch the music video of this song courtesy of YouTube.

13. Summertime Blues

This song was written by Eddie Cocheran and Jerry Capehart and released in 1958. "Summertime Blues" became a huge hit during the late 1950s and was covered by various performers including Buddy Holly, The Beach Boys and The Who. Watch this vintage clip of Eddie Cochran performing this song courtesy of YouTube.

14. Summertime USA

A song from the 1960s that was made famous by The Pixies Three, a vocal group comprising of three teenage girls namely Midge Bollinger, Debby Swisher and Kaye McCool. The song was released in 1964 under Mercury Records. Listen to this song courtesy of YouTube.

15. Surfin USA

One of The Beach Boys' hit songs, it was released in 1963 under Capitol Records. This song remains a favorite summer tune by many because of its catchy melody and lyrics. Listen to this song from YouTube.

16. Those Lazy Hazy Crazy Days Of Summer

An unforgettable song from an equally unforgettable vocalist, Nat King Cole. It was released in 1963 with lyrics by Charles Tobias and music by Hans Carste. Listen to this oldies song from YouTube.

17. Vacation

An upbeat song by Connie Francis that was released in 1962. The said song peaked at #9 in the U.S. Billboard. Listen to this song from YouTube.

18. Walking on Sunshine

Another song from the 80s popularized by Katrina & the Waves. The song was written by Kimberley Rew and released in 1985. Watch the music video of this song courtesy of YouTube.

19. Waterfalls

A song recorded by Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas, collectively known as the R&B group TLC. It was written by Marqueze Etheridge, Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes and Organized Noize and released in 1995. This song, which topped the Billboard Hot 100, has a very powerful message. Watch the music video courtesy of YouTube.

20. Wipe Out

The perfect tune to get you in the mood for summer and surfing. "Wipeout" was written by Bob Berryhill, Pat Connolly, Jim Fuller and Ron Wilson. It was recorded by The Surfaris and released in 1962. The song peaked at #2 on Billboard. According to The Surfaris' website, "Wipeout" was "composed on the spot and recorded in less than an hour." (Source). Listen to this song from YouTube.

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