A SHORT HISTORY OF SONGS OF THE SUMMER

It’s that time of year again: while we don’t know which hit songs from this summer will stand the test of time, we can look back on those from the past—maybe they can give us a clue about what will endure.
  1. Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong: "Summertime"
    Has been re-recorded in upwards of 25,000 times, by one estimate.
  2. The Beach Boys: "Fun Fun Fun"
    The Beach Boys perfected the archetypical Song of the Summer in the '60s.
  3. John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John: "Summer Nights"
    A sugar rush of campy Broadway pop.
  4. Don Henley: "Boys of Summer"
    Influenced the Ataris, the War on Drugs, and even Calvin Harris.
  5. Bryan Adams: "Summer of '69"
    Covered by Ryan Adams live at the Ryman.
  6. Los Del Rio: "Macarena (Bayside Boys Remix)"
    Heralded the imminent wave of ‘90s Latin pop.
  7. The Sundays: "Summertime"
    It's a dream pop crossover hit akin to Beach House.
  8. Ace of Base: "Cruel Summer"
    This Bananarama cover was a summer-struggle hit.
  9. Katy Perry: "California Gurls" [ft. Snoop Dogg]
    Evokes her home state’s easy, breezy, and beautiful, with Brian Wilson’s seal of approval.
  10. Lana Del Rey: "Summertime Sadness (Cedric Gervais Remix)"
    Brought the Sad Girl summer struggle of "Cruel Summer" into present day.