Songs of Summer

Songs of Summer

Katy Perry is melting your popsicle and crushing the charts this summer with anthemic pop hit “California Gurls.”

Love it or hate it, it certainly screams summer.

California girls
we’re unforgettable
daisy dukes
bikinis on top
sun-kissed skin
so hot
we’ll melt your popsicle.

After debating its merits here at Fender, we started naming other songs that remind us of summer.

First up, Snoop Dogg’s “Gin & Juice,” an easy jump since the rapper is featured in Perry’s “California Gurls,” but that intro with the juice hitting the ice … Who doesn’t want to hear that sweet, refreshing sound in the summertime?

Back to the “girly” theme, there’s the Go-Go’s top 10 hit “Vacation” or the Olivia Newton-John/John Travolta infectious duet “Summer Nights” from the musical film Grease.

Speaking of movie themes, how about Bananarama’s “Cruel Summer,” which rocketed to the top 10 when it appeared in the 1984 hit film, The Karate Kid.

Anything with “summer” should also probably qualify, such as Kid Rock’s number-one hit “All Summer Long,” a mashup between Warren Zevon’s “Werewolves of London” and “Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama.”  Also, Don Henley’s “The Boys of Summer,” the theme song (preferably the Ventures’ version) from 1966 surf movie Endless Summer, Bryan Adams’ “Summer of ’69,” “Rain in the Summertime” by the Alarm and Eddie Cochran’s all-time classic, “Summertime Blues.”

“Summertime” by Sublime technically qualifies, but we think their song “Santeria” has a much sunnier sounding vibe.  The Breeders modern rock hit “Cannonball” and Tom Petty’s “Runnin’ Down a Dream” also earned nods as “songs you’d want to hear while taking off down the road for a summer vacation.”

Nothing beats Alice Cooper’s “School’s Out” when it comes to celebrating the end of the school year and the absolutely joyous freedom that comes along with summer vacation. Of course, this time of year, most parents are sighing with relief that the school year has already begun again.

Reggae music of any sort transports most of us straight to a stretch of sand at some tropical hideaway, but we’ll give a nod here to “Stir It Up” by Bob Marley.

Of course no list would ever be complete without the surf rock and sunshine pop of the legendary Beach Boys. “Surfin’ USA,”  “Kokomo” or “Good Vibrations” to name a few. Just take your pick.

So now that we’ve told you some of ours, what are some of yours? Share with us on the Fender Facebook page or on Twitter.



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