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Top 10 Summer Songs

The best summer songs can make you feel like you're on the beach with your friends, or take your mind away from the season's sweltering heat. Featuring songs with "summer" in the title, these odes to summer should bring you back to the sound of kids playing, as well as the smell of freshly cut grass and, yes, even backyard picnics. Here are the Top 10 Summer Songs rated by AOL Radio listeners.
'Cruel Summer'
This song from Bananarama's self-titled debut was a big hit in their home country of England upon its release in 1983, but it wasn't until the next year, when it appeared in the hit film 'The Karate Kid' that it became a Top 10 U.S. smash.
Bananarama Cruel Summer
'All Summer Long'
Only Kid Rock would have both the cajones and the ability to take the most popular songs from unlikely partners -- like southern rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd and singer-songwriter Warren Zevon -- and somehow mash them together into a danceable, hip-hop-influenced ode to summer parties.
Kid Rock 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.
Sly And The Family Stone Hot Fun In The Summertime
'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.
Bryan Adams Summer of '69
'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.'
Don Henley The Boys Of Summer
'Summer in the City'
Reportedly, the lyrics for this song were taken from a poem Mark Sebastian (John Sebastian's brother) submitted to a literary magazine. Dozens of artists have since covered this wonderfully evocative summer song, including BB King, Quincy Jones and Joe Jackson.
The Lovin Spoonful 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.."
Mungo Jerry In The Summertime
'Summer Nights'
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...
John Travolta And Olivia Newton-John Summer Nights
'Summertime Blues'
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.
Eddie Cochran Summertime Blues
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.
DJ Jazzy Jeff And The Fresh Prince Summertime
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