No season inspires songwriters quite like the summer. Sure, there are artists whose music can be described as ‘autumnal’ or ‘wintry,’ but no musician has ever competed to have ‘the song of spring.’ It’s no wonder, really. If most music is ultimately about conveying a sense of freedom, there’s no time of year that better represents that feeling.
Even if you’re long past the days of ‘summer vacation’ being a thing, there’s something about the warm temperatures, sprinklers on lawns and the smell of barbecue that brings you right back to being a kid with no responsibilities again - and the right song can transport you there even in the dreariest of months. This list covers decades of summer jams, from ‘60s soul sunshine to ‘Hot Girl Summer.’ Slather on some sunscreen and cannonball into this list of the definitive songs of summer.
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