'All Summer Long'
'Hot Fun in the Summertime'
You can feel and see the heat radiating off a hot city sidewalk when the horn section kicks in over the lazy shuffle of this sweet, nostalgic song. This was released on Sly's 1969 'Greatest Hits' collection right after his triumphant appearance at Woodstock.
'Summer of '69'
Bryan Adams and co-writer Jim Vallance have had a friendly public debate about the meaning of this summer song. For Vallance, it's a fond remembrance of the year 1969, when he turned 17 and discovered all sorts of wonderful music. For Adams, the number's meaning is a bit more, shall we say, carnal.
'The Boys of Summer'
Rumor has it that none other than Henley's Eagles bandmate, Joe Walsh, owned the car that inspired the famous "out on the road today, I saw a deadhead sticker on a Cadillac" lyric from this song on Don's 1984 solo album 'Building the Perfect Beast.'
'Summer in the City'
'In the Summertime'
One line in this classic song from the 1970 album 'Electronically Tested' is a bit too care-free when it comes to car safety, so when reggae star Shaggy covered it in 1992, he changed the line "have a drink, have a drive" to the much safer "I'm going to ride and drive.."
John and Olivia's characters from the hit 1978 movie 'Grease' share somewhat different, but equally fond memories of their summer romance in this duet -- not realizing they are now attending the same high school. Confusion, comedy and lots of singing ensues...
Quite possibly the grand-daddy of all summer songs, this under-two minute blast of energy from 1958 still perfectly captures the excitement and angst of a teenager who simply longs for temporary escape from his summertime job. He seeks assistance from the highest of authorities, the United Nations, who refuse to help since he's not old enough to vote.
Back before he was a huge movie star, and before he had a hit TV show, Will Smith was hip-hop's "Fresh Prince." With the help of DJ Jazzy Jeff's laid back, but still thumping music track, Smith's lyrics perfectly capture the joys of a beautiful, trouble-free summer day.