“Surfin’ U.S.A.” - The Beach Boys
There probably isn’t another band in the world that has such a strong connection with the summer season as The Beach Boys. Their early work was inspired by the surfing culture in the US at the time, and songs like “Surfin’ U.S.A.” helped strengthen this association. Just listening to it makes you feel all sandy in all the wrong places.
“Summertime” - DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
This piece of summertime gold comes from 1991, when the prince was still fresh, and didn’t look like uncle Phil. It has that early ’90s flair and colour that just makes you want to reach for your Nerf gun and get out to the park.
“Summer” - Calvin Harris
Something to get sweaty to on a hot summer’s night. Harris’ electro banger hits all the right notes in a song that embodies the magic of the season.
“Summer Of ‘69” - Bryan Adams
Who doesn’t know the words to this iconic tribute to one of the finest summers in history? Bryan Adams reminisces about meeting a summertime sweetheart and the “best days of our lives” in this timeless classic.
“Summertime Boy” - Seasick Steve
Who doesn’t want to spend the summer on the beach, chilling, surfing and sunning it up? Seasick Steve sums up our feelings once the sun comes out with this bubbly track.
“Dear Summer” - Memphis Bleek feat. Jay Z
Jay Z featured on Memphis Bleek’s 2005 silky smooth declaration of affection for the season, as he spills out his heart about the the time of the year when he would drop a classic album or single.
“Summer In The City” - The Lovin’ Spoonful
You’ve probably never heard of the band, but you’ll know the song, we’re willing to bet our best sandcastle on it. “Summer in the City” sums up the stifling inner-city heat and the bittersweet side effects of the summer months if you’re stuck in a concrete jungle.