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Behka’s Enquiring Minds: Favorite Summer Songs [SURVEY]

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Billboard.com has published a list of The Top 30 Summer Songs of All Time.   So of course there’s going to be some debate about the topic – particularly before a huge weekend like the 4th of July!

To come up with the list, they took songs about summer . . . and ranked them according to how they performed on the Billboard Hot 100 chart from 1958 up to this week.  The longer they were on the chart, the higher they ranked.  The list draws pretty heavily from the ’60s.  The #1 summer song, THE LOVIN’ SPOONFUL’S “Summer in the City”, came out in 1966 . . . and overall, 13 of the 30 songs on the list (or 43%) came out in the ’60s.   So, only FOUR came out in the past 20 years.  They are:  “Summertime” by DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince (#5), “Summer Girls” by LFO (#16), “California Gurls” by Katy Perry (#18) and “Summer Love” by Justin Timberlake (#19).

–Here’s the Top 10:

#1.)  “Summer in the City”,  THE LOVIN’ SPOONFUL  (1966)

#2.)  “Wipe Out”,  THE SURFARIS  (1962)

#3.)  “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini”,  BRYAN HYLAND  (1960)

#4.)  “Surf City” JAN & DEAN  (1963)

#5.)  “Endless Summer Nights”,  RICHARD MARX  (1988)

#6.)  “Summertime”,  DJ JAZZY JEFF & THE FRESH PRINCE  (1991)

#7.)  “Hot Fun in the Summertime”,  SLY & THE FAMILY STONE  (1969)

#8.)  “Surfin’ U.S.A.”,  THE BEACH BOYS  (1963)  (–Three other Beach Boys songs also made the list:  “California Girls”,“Surfer Girl”, and “Surfin’ Safari”.)

#9.)  “Summer Nights”,  JOHN TRAVOLTA & OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN  (1978)

#10.)  “The Boys of Summer” DON HENLEY  (1984)

So what do you think?  What are your all time favorite summer songs?  Is it something that puts you in the mood for summer, or something that reminds you of summer? Tell me here in our survey, and I’ll share your answers on the air!

TAKE OUR SUMMER SONG SURVEY

Summerly yours,
Behka

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