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Top 40 Songs for Summer

The best hit songs for the summer season. A mix playlist for your swim party or barbeque. Summer songs from Madonna to the Monkees, and more...

The sun peeking through: it means we need a mix CD of our favorite summer songs. Here are some tunes to play while tanning and watching the kids swim, slide, swing or just hop through the sprinkler in the back yard. These are the top 40 hit songs about summer from Top2040:

1 - Summer in the City (1966) by the Lovin' Spoonful, the most unforgettable summer song.
2 - Cruel Summer (1984) Bananarama, great beat that even sounds like summer, hard not to love it.


3 - School's Out by Alice Cooper, the anthem for every "first day" of summer.

4 - Ho! Summer (2009) by Tackey & Tsubasa, a popular Japanese duo spun this fast upbeat song. If you
can find the original MV, it's hysterically funny; but it's been removed from almost all video sites on the net. Look around and search - it pops up once in a while.

5 - La Isla Bonita (1986) by Madonna, a warm island tune

6 - Summertime Blues performed by Blue Cheer in 1968, Bruce Springsteen in 1978, performed by Rush
in 2004, but originally by Eddie Cochran.

7 - Summer Days (1971) by the Partridge Family, you laugh but this is a great summer song!

8 - Bicycle Race (1978) by Queen

9 - Summertime (1969) Janis Joplin, Big Brother & the Holding Company

10 - Songs from the Wood (1978) by Jethro Tull, a band with many great summer songs, including Moths and Velvet Green.  "Summerday Sands," also fits well here.

11 - Summertime (2007) Bon Jovi banged out a pretty good summer song with this track.

12 - Summer Breeze (1972) by Seals & Crofts, a smooth and mellow summer night song.

13 - Indian Summer (1967) by the Doors, along with Summer's Almost Gone, Love Street and Waiting for the Sun. The Doors loves summertime.
14 - This is the Summertime by NEWS, a very popular J-pop band known everywhere except the xenophobic and linguistically challenged USA. Give 'em a try - this song is a lot of fun!

15 - Vacation (1982) by the Go Go's

16 - The Door Into Summer (1967) the Monkees, an under-appreciated song by the semi-pseudo band

17 - Summer of '69 (1984) by Bryan Adams

18 - You Took The Words Right Out of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night) by Meat Loaf from the first of
many bats our of hell.

19 - Boys of Summer (1984) by Don Henley (formerly of the Eagles)

20 - Suddenly Last Summer (1983) by the Motels

21 - Beach Baby by the First Class

22 - Summer (1976) cool tune by War

23 - Summer Nights from the musical Grease soundtrack, Olivia Newton-John

24 - Mr. Blue Sky by ELO, Electric Light Orchestra, from "Out of the Blue"

25 - Summer is the Man (1967) by the Blues Magoos, a psychedelic trip for warm nights

26 - Taste the Summer (2004) by Duran Duran

27 - Summer Night City (1978) by Abba

28 - Summer of Love (1986) by the B-52's

29 - Walking on Sunshine by Katrina and the Waves, another 80's song; they loved summer in the 80's

30 - Celebrate Summer (1977) by T-Rex

31 - A Summer Prayer for Peace (1970) by the Archies, aka Ron Dante

32 - Summer Rain (2000) by U2

33 - Endless Summer Nights (1983) Richard Marx

34 - Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini (1960) by Brian Hyland

35 - I Go Swimming (1983) by Peter Gabriel

36 - Beachball (2001) by R.E.M.

37 - Surf City (1963) Jan & Dean, and Surfin' USA by the Beach Boys that same year.

38 - Summer Shade by Cody Simpson

39 - The Sun (2002) by Maroon 5

40 - In the Summertime (1970) by Mungo Jerry

Bonus Track: Summer Love (2012) by One Direction (added for my nieces).

Also check out songs for the End of Summer  (the inevitable event) on top2040.com.

If we've missed a couple, they're probably at #41 and 42, but this is a good start to your summer play list. Get the sprinkler going and the tans showing, and summer songs on the player.

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