We’ve been in summer mode for a few weeks. However, summer doesn’t actually begin until Friday. Summer is my favorite season. It’s a fleeting time of year. It’s the only time it’s hot enough to swim and do other things with water. It also makes other outdoor activities easier to facilitate. During it’s peak with lows in the 70’s you don’t even need socks during all hours of the day.
A lot of things go with summer, but there’s no denying that one of those things is music. Even when you narrow music down to “summer music” there’s still a lot to consider. A lot of songs were popular in the summer and are remembered as summer songs. There are summer concerts, and then there songs that actually talk about things that go on during the summer.
I’ve spent a few days coming up with a list of my Top 10 favorite Summer Songs. Most of the songs below were already in my “summer playlist”. I asked some friends, asked my wife who is a music teacher, and googled “summer play lists” to find there are a lot more summer songs than I thought there were. Then I used my family, generational, and general tastes in music to narrow down the list into something manageable. No, Hot Time Summer In The City by the Lovin Spoonful didn’t make it. Finally, I tried to focus on songs that actually talked about summer, or summer experiences and left out the songs that were only popular during the summer.
10. The Greatest – Kenny Rogers: Since this is a sports blog I figured I had to work in at least one tune about sports, and if it’s summer, that sport is baseball. I know I spent countless hours as a boy in the summer tossing the ball and attempting to hit it. I’m sure I’m not alone. There’s some classic baseball footage in this video too.
These next two are videos about the fleeting nature of summer time girlfriends/boyfriends. Whether they were at camps or you were visiting relatives for a few weeks. Either way, you knew once you want back home, fall sports or school started, that those relationships would change, and most likely be over.
9. Springsteen – Eric Church: Frankly, I’m not a big fan of Bruce Springsteen. I think his music is pretty blah to be considered rock music. Most of that is generational thing. But this song captures a lot of what summer is, and especially memories of past summer relationships which is why I went with it over some others. Honorable mentions for this spot: Kenny Chesney’s Anything But Mine, and Tim McGraw’s Somethin’ Like That
8. Strawberry Wine – Deana Carter: This song doesn’t need any introduction. Especially for the topic at hand: Her biggest fear was September.
7. Fishin In The Dark – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: This has been one of my favorite songs since I was old enough to pay attention to music. It’s also a solid summer song.
6. When Will It Rain – Jackyl A change of pace. I listened to this song a lot as a teenager. And during the summer we often ask this question. Especially the last two summers.
5. Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days of Summer – Nat King Cole Released in 1963 this is the oldest song on the list and sets the table for the rest. A fun party song, things getting crazy, road trips, drive-ins, beaches, beer, you get the idea. This song was pioneer among summer songs.
4. Summer Nights – Van Halen One of my favorite summer time party songs
3. Water – Brad Paisley Brad Paisley has three other songs I considered putting on this list: Ticks, Mud on The Tires, & Catch All The Fish. And I’m probably forgetting a few. You can Brad loves him some summer time. But, if it’s summer, water wins out on most days.
2. Pontoon – Little Big Town Continuing with the water theme. I’m not a big boat person. But this song captures a lot of what I like about summer. Water, cooking, out, fun with friends, beers (not Coors, though), and sun.
1. Redneck Yacht Club – Craig Morgan Like Brad Paisley, Craig Morgan has a few other titles I considered for the list: Almost Home, & What I Love About Sunday. But in the end, nothing says summer to me more than Redneck Yacht Club. It’s similar to Pontoon in subject matter, just a little more up-beat, which makes it the #1 song on my summer play list.
Now that you’e read this post. You should turn off the internet. Load up your cooler, grab some SPF, and go find some water.