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.
- •Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong: "Summertime"Has been re-recorded in upwards of 25,000 times, by one estimate.
- •The Beach Boys: "Fun Fun Fun"The Beach Boys perfected the archetypical Song of the Summer in the '60s.
- •John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John: "Summer Nights"A sugar rush of campy Broadway pop.
- •Don Henley: "Boys of Summer"Influenced the Ataris, the War on Drugs, and even Calvin Harris.
- •Bryan Adams: "Summer of '69"Covered by Ryan Adams live at the Ryman.
- •Los Del Rio: "Macarena (Bayside Boys Remix)"Heralded the imminent wave of ‘90s Latin pop.
- •The Sundays: "Summertime"It's a dream pop crossover hit akin to Beach House.
- •Ace of Base: "Cruel Summer"This Bananarama cover was a summer-struggle hit.
- •Katy Perry: "California Gurls" [ft. Snoop Dogg]Evokes her home state’s easy, breezy, and beautiful, with Brian Wilson’s seal of approval.
- •Lana Del Rey: "Summertime Sadness (Cedric Gervais Remix)"Brought the Sad Girl summer struggle of "Cruel Summer" into present day.