The 50 best summer songs ever made

The sun is out and LA's best beaches are calling. All you need is our best summer songs playlist and you're good to go.



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We’re going to make an outlandish claim here. We’re willing to bet you love at least 98% of the songs on our list of the best summer songs. Why? Because the nature of the perfect summer song is that it makes you feel good: It lifts the heart, puts a little sweat under the armpits, makes you feel like the city might just be yours for the taking today.

Of course, the classics are represented; the Surfaris and the Lovin’ Spoonful make high showings, as do Motown scorchers Martha and the Vandellas. You can get your groove on with the likes of Sly and the Family Stone and Kool and the Gang, or blush along to coy indie hits by the Smiths and Belle and Sebastian. There’s blistering karaoke drama from Meat Loaf, and (of course) the cast of Grease, plus mellow cuts from Seals and Crofts and Kanye West. In short, we have your summer soundtrack covered—complete with a Spotify playlist. Now get to it, Los Angeles! Whether you're hitting LA's best beaches and pool parties, or cruising PCH with the top down, turn it up and let’s make this the best summer ever.

Written by Amy Plitt, Steve Smith, Sophie Harris, Hank Shteamer, Rachel Sonis, Andrew Frisicano, Tim Lowery, Adam Feldman, Bruce Tantum and Caitlin White.

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