Sum It Up.

Almost Summer

Performed by Celebration

Written by Mike Love of The Beach Boys, released May 8, 1978


Summer ’68

Performed by Pink Floyd

Written by Richard Wright, released October 1970


Summer Of ‘69

Performed by Bryan Adams

Written by Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance, released June 17, 1985


Suddenly Last Summer

Performed by The Motels

Written by Martha Davis, released August 1983


Here Comes Summer

Performed by Jerry Keller

Written by Jerry Keller, released May 1959


When The Summer Moon Comes ‘Long

Performed by Cole Porter

Written by Cole Porter, released 1910


Summer’s Here

Performed by James Taylor

Written by James Taylor, released July 1981


In The Summertime

Performed by Mungo Jerry

Written by Ray Dorset, released 1970


Summer Skin

Performed by Death Cab For Cutie

Written by Ben Gibbard, Jason McGerr, and Chris Walla, released August 30, 2005


Hot Fun In The Summertime

Performed by Sly & The Family Stone

Written by Sly Stone, released July 21, 1969


Summer In The City

Performed by The Lovin’ Spoonful

Written by John Sebastian, Mark Sebastian, and Steve Boone, released July 4, 1966


All Summer Long

Performed by The Beach Boys

Written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love, released July 13, 1964


Summer Breeze

Performed by Seals & Crofts

Written by Jim Seals and Dash Crofts, released August 31, 1972


Summer Wind

Performed by Frank Sinatra

Music by Heinz Meier, lyrics by Johnny Mercer, released August 1966


Summer Rain

Performed by Johnny Rivers

Written by Jim Hendricks, released November 1967


Summer Madness

Performed by Kool & The Gang

Written by Kool & the Gang and Alton Taylor, released September 1974


Summer Fever

Performed by Donna Summer

Written by Giorgio Moroder, Pete Bellotte and Donna Summer, released October 11, 1976


Cruel Summer

Performed by Bananarama

Written by Sara Dallin, Siobhan Fahey, Steve Jolley, Tony Swain, and Keren Woodward, released June 27, 1983


Those Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days Of Summer

Performed by Nat King Cole

Written by Hans Carste and Charles Tobias, released May 1963


Summer Nights

From Grease (musical)

Written by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, released August 25, 1978


Lonely Summer Nights

Performed by Stray Cats

Written by Brian Setzer, released November 1981


Summertime Sadness

Performed by Lana del Rey

Written by Lana Del Rey and Rick Nowels, released June 22, 2012


The Other Side Of Summer

Performed by Elvis Costello

Written by Elvis Costello, released April 1991


Our Last Summer

Performed by ABBA

Written by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, released November 3, 1980


This Ain’t The Summer Of Love

Performed by Blue Oyster Cult

Written by Albert Bouchard, Murray Krugman, and Don Waller, released May 21, 1976


Summer’s Almost Gone

Performed by The Doors

Written by Jim Morrison, Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger, and John Densmore


Summer’s Gone

Performed by The Kinks

Written by Ray Davies, released March 18, 1985


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  1. M.L. James

    Also, Summertime (Gershwin as performed by Ella Fitzgerald and Janis Joplin! ? Happy summer, Chris! Mona
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    1. Christopher Waldrop (Post author)

      Mona, you’re absolutely right–I thought so hard about Gershwin’s Summertime and couldn’t decide between Fitzgerald and Joplin because they’re both equally great, so why couldn’t I have just gone with both?

  2. mydangblog

    I was hoping you’d get Summertime Sadness in there—one of my favourite Lana songs!

    1. Christopher Waldrop (Post author)

      I’ve heard of Lana del Rey but didn’t know her music very well before I started looking for summer songs, but now I’m hooked on her music!

  3. markbialczak

    This is a fabulous summer-start playlist, Chris. It’s a good day indeed to hear Frank Sinatra, Sly Stone, Mungo Jerry and The Beach Boys in one fell swoop.

    1. Christopher Waldrop (Post author)

      One of my favorite things about The Beach Boys is they use a theremin in their song “Good Vibrations”, but I’m glad I could put together an enjoyable playlist for you.


    This summer blog post is greater than the sum of its parts, Chris, and summertime thanks to you.

    1. Christopher Waldrop (Post author)

      Thank you for helping me put together the sum of all summers.


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