Remember when summer felt like it lasted forever? Those were the days! When the biggest problem was choosing between a vanilla or chocolate ice cream cone or perhaps deciding which radio station played the best tunes while you hung out with your friends. We may not have a time machine, but we sure can create a playlist that will transport you back to those carefree days. So, kick back, slather on that imaginary sunblock, and let’s go on a journey with the best oldies summer songs.
The Best Oldies Summer Songs
When we’re talking about oldies, we’re not just blowing smoke. These are the songs that made summer feel like, well, summer! The kind of songs that’ll make you say, “They just don’t make ’em like they used to!” Let’s dive into this musical time capsule and uncover the real gems of the season.
“The Beach Boys – Surfin’ U.S.A (1963)”
Kicking things off with a classic, ‘Surfin’ U.S.A’ is the epitome of summer nostalgia. Their harmony-laden sound and ocean-themed lyrics make it the perfect beach jam even today. Check out a list of our favorite songs by The Beach Boys.
“Mungo Jerry – In The Summertime (1970)”
An anthem for the lazy, hazy days of summer, ‘In The Summertime’ is a bona fide oldie that encapsulates the carefree spirit of the season.
“The Lovin’ Spoonful – Summer in The City (1966)”
A tune as hot as asphalt in July, ‘Summer in The City’ perfectly captures the hustle and bustle of summer days in the big city. It’s enough to make you sweat just listening to it!
“Eddie Cochran – Summertime Blues (1958)”
This rockabilly classic might talk about the downsides of summer, but it’s so catchy you’ll find yourself tapping your feet anyway. Who knew the blues could feel so good?
“The Beatles – Here Comes The Sun (1969)”
No list of summer oldies would be complete without this ray of sunshine from the Fab Four. It’s like a warm hug from your granny, but in song form!
“Jan & Dean – The Little Old Lady from Pasadena (1964)”
The perfect blend of surf music and hot-rod rock, this track is an ode to a granny who loves speed. If that doesn’t scream “summer fun,” I don’t know what does!
“Martha and The Vandellas – Dancing in The Street (1964)”
This Motown hit is not just a dance anthem, it’s an invitation to throw your own summer street party. Just don’t forget to invite the neighbors!
“The Drifters – Under The Boardwalk (1964)”
Ah, young love on a summer day, under the boardwalk, away from the sun. This tune is the perfect backdrop for a summer romance… or a summer daydream!
“Grease – Summer Nights (1978)”
Oh boy, this one’s a hoot! The very essence of summer love, captured in a duet between a high school heartthrob and a sweet exchange student. It’s catchy, it’s fun, and it’ll have you practicing your hand jive. Warning: side effects may include spontaneous sing-alongs and greased lightning dance-offs!
“Sly & The Family Stone – Hot Fun in the Summertime (1969)”
If there was ever a song that embodied the very spirit of summer, it’s this one. It’s as refreshing as a dip in the pool on a scorching afternoon. You can almost smell the barbecue and feel the grass under your feet. This isn’t just a song; it’s a backyard summer party in audio form!
You see, folks, the beauty of these golden oldies is that they’re like a time machine – they take you back to the good ol’ days when summers were long, life was simple, and music was just plain fun. So, go ahead, pump up the volume, and let the Best Summer Songs – Oldies Edition add a dash of vintage charm to your summer!