There is no definitive answer to the best summer songs of all time, as music taste is subjective and can vary greatly from person to person. However, some songs that are often considered to be summer anthems include:
“Summer of ‘69” is the fourth single from Bryan Adam’s fourth album, Reckless. Written by Adams and Jim Vallance, it was originally titled “Best Days of My Life”. While “Summer of '69” does tell a story of a young man, potentially set in 1969, it was actually written about “making love in the summertime”, hence using the number “69” as a reference to sex.
The song was an international hit, reaching its highest peaks in the Netherlands (#4) and the US (#5), and remains of Adams' most popular songs internationally.
Singer Ryan Adams shared he “had to go into therapy” over the humiliation he’d suffered over several years of people confusing him with Bryan Adams and requesting this song at his concerts. Famously in 2002, a heckler shouted through seven straight songs requesting it, prompting Ryan to hand the man $40 and ask him to leave.
“Holiday” is Madonna’s third single, being the singer’s first mainstream hit; in the United States, it peaked at #16 on the Billboard Hot 100 — it was Madonna’s first single to enter the chart. The song was also #1 on the Billboard’s Dance Club Songs chart and top 10 in several countries such as Australia, United Kingdom, Belgium, Germany and Netherlands.
Madonna performed “Holiday” at most of her tours. According to setlist.fm, it is her most live performed song.
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One of the most mysterious and widely speculated songs in rock history, “Hotel California” is best described in the words of its creators. As Don Henley explained in the Daily Mail dated 9/11/2007:
Some of the wilder interpretations of that song have been amazing. It was really about the excesses of American culture and certain girls we knew. But it was also about the uneasy balance between art and commerce.
Though the annotations to the left do their best to decipher Henley & co.’s words, it’s important to keep in mind a quote (and classic malapropism) from Eagles member Glenn Frey: “Vaguery is the primary tool of songwriters.”
During the 58th Grammys in February 2016 the Eagles were presented with their Grammy from 1977 for Album of the Year because they didn’t attend the Grammys in ‘77. This took place during a commercial break just after they and Jackson Browne finished a tribute to Glenn Frey.
“Summertime Sadness” explores the atmosphere of a bittersweet summertime where Lana danced, cruised and felt electrified with a loved one. This song became a sleeper success from a dance remix by Cedric Gervais. The remix entered the Top 50 in the UK, the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, and it topped the US Dance/Electronic songs chart.
The accompanying music video created great speculation over its underlying message. It depicts a tragedy where one woman (played by Lana Del Rey) jumps and the other (Jamie King), heartbroken, follows. Due to this, some claim that the song was written for a personal friend of Lana’s that committed suicide, or that it was written for a boyfriend that died years ago. However, there is absolutely no evidence of this, and many believe these speculations to be false in their entirety.
"Here Comes the Sun" by The Beatles is a song that is often associated with the arrival of warm weather and is commonly played during the summer season. The upbeat and optimistic lyrics, combined with the classic Beatles sound, have made it a staple in many summer playlists. The song was released in 1969 on the album "Abbey Road" and remains one of The Beatles' most beloved tracks to this day.