Sure this is pure-1980’s, and yes, the band name sounds like something you’d encounter at Smoothie King, but “Cruel Summer” is actually a pretty good song. The sound is pretty stock for mid-1980’s music, but the lyrics add a dark edge that makes the song exponentially more enticing.
“Endless Summer Nights”-Richard Marx
Richard Marx and his silky smooth voice were all the rage in the 1980’s. Additionally, songs about the most popular season were also in vogue. Marx cashes in on this perfectly with “Endless Summer Nights,” a song that will get anyone in the mood.
“Summer Breeze”-Seals & Crofts
This song is the musical equivalent of Xanax and sounds like something you’d hear at a dentist’s office. Is that a bad thing? Maybe for a Swedish death metal band, but not for the audience of Seals & Crofts. This is one that could chill you out while you’re lying on the beach…
“Summer Nights”-Olivia Newton-John & John Travolta
This author finds “Grease” about as annoying as any musical in modern memory. Even still, I can admit that “Summer Nights” is inherently catchy and will be a frequent sing-along on those long summer road trips. It’s also a great way to relieve tension, as you feel utterly ridiuclous singing along.
“Summertime”-DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
Long, long befor he was Will Smith the movie star, he was The Fresh Prince. And as The Fresh Prince, Smith was actually a pretty good artist. “Summertime” is one of he and DJ Jazzy Jeff’s biggest hits and perfectly conveys the chillaxed nature of summertime in the 1990’s.
“Summertime Blues”-Eddie Cochran
Combining early rock n’ roll and rockabilly, “Summertime Blues” is a hit in any era. The song has an extremely catchy rhythm and a chorus that will shake you to the bone. Everything you’d want in a summer song and much more.
“For the Summer”-Ray LaMontagne
There are few contemporary artists as talented as Ray LaMontagne. He has a number of major hits, but “For the Summer” might be his biggest and best. The song is the sad lament of someone on the road and the loneliness which it often entails.
“Summer of ’69”-Bryan Adams
This one’s kind of deceptive, as Adams wouldn’t have have been in junior high in 1969, much less a rock band…unless he’s like in Hanson or something. Anyways, Adams later admitted that this one was about a much ballyhooed sexual position rather than the exploits of a young musician…although I guess those don’t have to be mutually exclusive. Just think twice when you serenade your sister with this one.
“The Boys of Summer”-Don Henley
This is Don Henley’s most famous solo track. The song is about times gone by and the death of innocence in America. This message often goes over the heads of listeners due to the songs quicker tempo and rhythm. That’s what makes “The Boys of Summer” a classic song.
“Summer In the City”-The Lovin’ Spoonful
Aside from being the opening track in “Die Hard With A Vengeance,” “Summer In the City” is a badass number by an extremely underrated band. The song is smoky and gritty, which are nearly lyrics during the runtime. The ending becomes smooth as silk and something you could dance to.