1. “Summertime” by Abbey Mitchell (1935)

No wonder that the original jazz ballad from Porgy & Bess, by George Gershwin, has been a summer staple for decades, with over 25,000 recordings to its name.

2. “Summertime Blues” by Eddie Cochran (1958)

Rocker Cochran, who was a teenager at the time of his death, evokes the anxiety of working all summer long in the 1950s.

3. “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini” by Bryan Hyland (1960)

An upbeat rock-pop song about a woman who’s nervous about showing off her bikini is the focus of this song. There were a lot of people who thought bikinis were bold and revealing back then. You can dance to this oldie no matter what you’re wearing, whether you’re dressed up or down.

4. “Summer Song” by Louis Armstrong (1961)

“Why must summer, ever end?” and “Love, to me, is like a summer day” are just some of the lyrics in this hymn to the season of sun.

5. “Surfin’ Safari” by The Beach Boys (1962)

“Why must summer, ever end?” and “Love, to me, is like a summer day” are just some of the lyrics in this hymn to the season of sun.

6. ‘Hot Girl Summer’ by Megan Thee Stallion featuring Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign

Even if it’s not summer, “Hot Girl Summer” will always be “Hot Girl Summer” since two of hip-reigning hop’s queens declared it to be so. While Will Smith’s “Summertime” has become a perennial favorite, this song is a far cry from Smith’s G-rated beach bumming… unless, of course, that G has a string attached.

7. ‘Summer Breeze’ by Seals and Crofts

There’s no escaping the fact that two of hip-reigning hop’s queens pronounced “Hot Girl Summer” to be an enduring phenomenon. When it comes to beach bumming, the G-rated Will Smith song “Summertime” is a far cry from this tune… unless the G comes with some strings attached, of course.

8. ‘It’s Summer’ by Gladys Knight & the Pips

An appropriately-named Empress of Soul can be heard singing, “I can just feel that gentle summer breeze,” while strings swirl against a syruppy groove and the Pips do their thing, in this cut about finally welcoming the good weather.

9. Koffee – Toast (2018)

How could I defy the Obamas? A year after Barack’s summer playlist included Koffee’s uplifting Toast, Michelle’s gym playlist had the same song. Moreover, it has now been included to this collection of songs to listen to during the summer months.

10. Donna Summer – Hot Stuff (1979)

Both the dancing scene in The Full Monty and Prince Charles later recreating the dance scene from The Full Monty have done nothing to diminish the brilliance of this song. Hot Stuff finds a fiery Summer refusing a nice wallow in favor of going on the pull, adding a rock flavor to her disco confection.

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