The 50 Best Summer Songs

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It’s hard to understand anyone whose favorite season is anything but summer. It’s more than a season; it’s the brightest part of the year. It’s when the best things happen and the most memories are made. Obviously, that’s not really true, that’s not how things work. Bad things happen in the summer, great things happen in the winter. But the way we look forward to summer and the way we remember it is always as the best version of itself. That intersection between excitement, actions, and memories is a real feeling. There’s a reason we’re excited to write a list like this, because when you think of summer songs it really means something.

Here are The 50 Best Summer Songs. Some feel like summer, some are about summer, some will forever be attached to a certain summer in history, but they are all perfect and timeless additions to your Summer 2012 playlist. Enjoy, and happy summer.

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  • http://soundcloud.com/eidn commentswrittenundertheinfluence

    I really want to read/listen to this list, but there’s no way I’m clicking through 50 slides.

  • Batmayne

    No Justine Timberlake Summer Love?

  • Tyler

    badfish all day

  • http://afasf Adrian

    Make a spotify list!

  • NorthLightsLifted

    yeah 50 slides is ridiculous, please make into a playlist of some sort

  • Confusion

    50 awesome slides. Maybe I’ll make a Spotify playlist out of it soon.

  • Aaron

    Spotify playlist created – missing Lil B and Dre (oddly his older stuff isn’t on there) but everything else is on and in order.

    jesus christmas crap clicking through 51 slides was annoying.

    http://open.spotify.com/user/bigalittlea/playlist/39IYxRRvM2wuGFPeQPNoDE

  • seaburt

    i guessed the number one right. get off my dick

  • Confusion

    um if its missing the lil b song then is it really even worth it?

  • greek

    asher roth-summertime that should definitely be up there

  • Jay

    Maaaaan no Free Energy?

  • Kevin V

    My honorable mentions
    Smith Westerns- Weekend
    Wavves- King of the beach

  • NorthLightsLifted

    how do i get to that spotify playlist

  • offbeat

    a zippy bag of this would be real

  • Oddoboy

    P&P should have made a downloadable .zip with every song in it.
    #FSOPA

  • Mikes

    What up with an RDIO playlist??

  • Chris

    Crappy list lol. Expected more..

  • john

    Gotta get Talking Heads – this must be the place and Fleetwood Mac – Everywhere on this damn list

  • C

    only thing missing is tribe called quest

  • Confusion

    “Electric Relaxation” was almost almost one here.

  • Austin

    I am disgusted that “Semi-Charmed Life” by Third Eye Blind isn’t on there.

  • Joshua

    Aaron is a geezer.

  • Mark

    please can this be made into a download.
    please please, thx.
    love the site.

  • Chris

    Fuuuuuuck I’ve been going through them for 2 hours now and I’m only on song 32!

  • Eddy

    Pretty good list, Con. It’s pretty hard to nail down 50 songs without some debate and disappointment, but its enjoyable nonetheless.

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  • John

    The whole time going through this slideshow I kept asking myself ‘Mungo Jerry?’ Number 1, hah…

  • Confusion

    Mungo Jerry is the truth

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  • Sparkle Farley

    “Talking Heads – this must be the place and Fleetwood Mac – Everywhere”

    ^^Truth…also Miami Horror – Holidays is a must have

  • Thomas

    this list is all over the place, you cant include Marley, Beach Boys, and RHCP if you only going to include one of each of their songs, everyone knows they each have dozens and dozens of great summer songs. Also the whole should stop revolving the day Daft Punk has better summer music than Bob Marley or Sublime. Maybe best summer artists or albums would have been a better call.

  • Thomas

    this list is all over the place, you cant include Marley, Beach Boys, and RHCP if you only going to include one of each of their songs, everyone knows they each have dozens and dozens of great summer songs. Also the planet earth should stop revolving the day Daft Punk has better summer music than Bob Marley or Sublime. Maybe best summer artists or albums would have been a better call.

  • Kayla

    You guys forgot:
    Kool and the gang- summer madness
    Neon Indian- Deadbeat summer
    Vampire weekend- Diplomats Son
    Vampire weekend- oxford comma
    Kid Cudi- Day n Nite

  • Victor

    Wow im glad i have had like 80% of these songs before summer of 2011 otherwise i would have to listen to them all. Anyways i really love this list

  • Jut

    Modest Mouse- Summer…..not on here…this is an outrage.

  • peete peet

    Worst lister ever!!!
    no summer jam no all summer long … wtf is this shit

  • srsly?

    oh great. I have to click 50 times to hear all the songs…

  • nxt

    next time make a playlist on youtube, soundcloud, grroveshark !

  • Izzy

    Kool and the gang- summer madness
    Masta Ace – INC Ride
    Marvin Gaye – Got to Give it Up

    Dope to see PUTS on the list though

  • N.

    Summersong – The Decemberists is my honorable mention

  • Unhappy Pidgeon

    same exact list as last year. get some new shit. this site has fallen off…

  • Wtf

    Any summer list that respects lil bbaasan artist can fuck off! Seriously?! “woo woo swag” yes i will quote this song of his…
    “bitch shake that ass on my dick, woo woo swag”
    I can’t believe anyone actually listens to him for real. This website fails and fails hard.

  • Wtf

    Sorry “lil b as an artist”

  • hi

    Yeah. Last time I checked summer songs make you happy and are uplifting. Too many stupid punky songs and old 70s rock. How about “such great heights”? Or some techno? Where’s your genre variety and sense of melody

  • BostonSun

    “Twisting by the Pool”, Dire Straits… kept waiting for it, but it never made the list. THE best summer song, hands down.