What would summer be without a summer song? Speculation about which song will be that one hit that is heard over and over grows as June quickly approaches. Billboard magazine has gone as far as to initiate a “Songs of the Summer” chart that tracks the hottest hits deemed worthy of summer song status. The chart crosses all genres and uses radio airplay and audience impressions to gauge chart position.
Some of the best summer songs are about summer, literally. Take, for example, DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince’s “Summertime”, which just talks about hanging out during the summer and nostalgia. Bryan Adams' “Summer of ‘69” might refer to almost anyone's summer in any year. Don Henley’s solo hit “Boys Of Summer” kept Wayfarer sunglasses in the mix. Even further back, Eddie Cochran’s “Summertime Blues” wished for less work and more summer.
Each one of us has that song that takes us back to that special summer in our lives, most likely during our teenage years. Life was carefree and fun with no responsibilities or at least any real ones. No matter our age, we all get in on the summer song madness. Maybe because it brings us back to a more carefree time in our lives.
Just when we think the current state of music will lead to summer disappointment, a fun song like Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” pops on the scene. This 2012 hit had it all. Like it or hate it, It was catchy and fun, just what summer calls for. Who knows what this summer will produce? If history has shown us anything it is that people just want a fun pop song to think about a love that might have been, a summer full of good times, or just something fun to listen to out on the beach or by pool.
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