Summer Songs We Can't Get Out Of Our Heads

May 24, 2014

Alan Lytle chats with UK school of music prof. Kevin Holm Hudson about the wonder, nostalgia, rebellion and fun of summer songs.

Here's his personal list of 20 summer songs:  The titles and artists in bold are discussed in length in our feature.

Alice Cooper, "School's Out"

Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, "Dancing in the Street"

The Jamies, "Summertime, Summertime"

The Cars, "Magic"

The Decemberists, "June Hymn"

Miles Davis, "Summertime"

The Lovin' Spoonful, "Summer in the City"

The Drifters, "Under the Boardwalk"

War, "Summer"

XTC, "Summer's Cauldron"

The Trashmen, "Surfin' Bird"

Antonio Carlos Jobim, "Surfboard"

Eddie Cochran, "Summertime Blues"

The Beatles, "Good Day Sunshine"

Sly and the Family Stone, "Hot Fun in the Summertime"

Jimi Hendrix, "Long Hot Summer Night"

Jonathan Richman, "That Summer Feeling"

Antonio Carlos Jobim, "Wave"

Electric Light Orchestra, "One Summer Dream"

The Beach Boys, "All Summer Long"