It takes more than repeating the season's name to become an all-timer summer classic... otherwise we'd all be stuck listing to the Grease soundtrack on repeat for eternity. True summer songs can be a lot of things, from slow jams perfectly calibrated for a summer BBQ to surf-rock classics, sun-drenched psychedelia or shamelessly nostalgic pop songs send your mind directly to a sandy beach.
The songs on this list cover multiple generations of sun-soaked summer songs, from the classic '50s sound all the way up to "Hot Girl Summer." You'll find indie-rock gems and classic soul. But what you won't find, with respect to Bryan Adams and John Travolta, are songs that constantly sneak onto summer playlists by virtue of their titles. Summer's short. We've only got time for bangers.
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