94 Summer Songs (One For Each Day of Summer 2021)

There are 94 days of true summer. 94 days between the summer and autumn solstices.

94 days to bask in the sun and listen to summery songs that let us revel in the sweet heat of the season.

We love songs about summer. Their energy. Their vibe.

We love that there are enough of them (along with some tunes that simply capture the sound of summer) to fill every day of the season.

Before you start building your playlist for days at the beach and backyard barbecues, check out our songs of summer for inspiration.

We’ve got one for each day from summer solstice to the last day of summer.

Many you’ve heard of. Some we promise you haven’t.

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End of School Year Songs/Summer Solstice Songs

Before summer can kick off in earnest, we have to let go of the things tying us to spring and spring responsibilities.

These songs capture the essence of the end of one season and transition into the heat and abundance of summer.

June 20: School’s Out – Alice Cooper

June 21: Summertime, Summertime – The Jamies

June 22: Here Comes the Sun – The Beatles

June 23: Summer (from Phineas and Ferb)

June 24: Summer’s Comin’ – Clint Black

June 25: Summertime – DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince

June 26: What Time is it? (from High School Musical)

June 27: For the Summer – Ray LaMontagne

June 28: Holiday Road – Lindsey Buckingham

June 29: Summertime – Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong

June 30: Pocketful of Sunshine – Natasha Bedingfield

Summer Heat Songs

Sometime in July, we start to get into the true heart of summer.

A combination of good times and oppressive heat. Usually, both at once.

Our mid-summer songs are about sunlight and snappy beats, summer love and having a good time.

July 1: Soak Up the Sun – Sheryl Crow

July 2: Downtown – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

July 3: Get This Party Started – Pink

July 4: Party in the U.S.A. – Miley Cyrus

July 5: Sound of Sunshine – Michael Franti

July 6: Wouldn’t It Be Cool – Chely Wright

This song is a special case.

It’s not about summer (there’s not a single lyric that implies it is), but there is just something about the music and lyrics that give it a decidedly summery vibe.

We’re strong believers that, if Chely’s record label had released this song as a single… right about this time of year… it would have been a hit.

July 7: Walking On Sunshine – Katrina & The Waves

July 8: Summertime Blues – Eddie Cochran

July 9: Sweet Summer Lovin’ – Dolly Parton

July 10: Summer Heat – Solidisco

July 11: Under the Boardwalk – The Drifters

July 12: Dancing in the Street – Martha and The Vandellas

July 13: Summer Rain – Carl Thomas

July 14: In the Sun – Blondie

July 15: Summer in the Street – Menudo

July 16: In the Summertime – Mungo Jerry

July 17: Wave – Ateez

July 18: Rockin’ With the Rhythm of the Rain – The Judds

July 19: Summer on You – PRETTYMUCH

July 20: Summer in the City – The Lovin’ Spoonful

July 21: IT’z SUMMER – Itzy

July 22: Hot Stuff – Donna Summer

Or anything Donna Summer really.

Better yet, just pull out the VH1 Presents: Live & More Encore! album and give yourself a full summer disco break.

Summer Olympics Songs

(Note: We’re writing this in the hopeful belief the Summer Olympics will, in fact, go on this year.)

2021 is a special summer because it’s an Olympic summer. (We hope!)

These songs are a mixture of official Olympics theme songs, songs inspired by the Olympics, and songs that capture the spirit of the olympics – international camaraderie and perseverance.

The 2020 (2021) Summer Olympics are scheduled for July 23 – August 8, 2021.

July 23: Anywhere in the World – Mark Ronson & Katy B

Written and recorded as part of Coca-Cola’s promotional campaign for the 2012 London Summer Olympics.

July 24: Go the Distance (from Disney’s Hercules)

Sung at opening ceremonies for the Special Olympics.

July 25: Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey

July 26: Spinnin for London 2012 – Dionne Bromfield and Tinchy Stryder

Official Olympic Torch relay song for the 2012 London Summer Olympics.

July 27: Eye of the Tiger – Survivor

July 28: 100% – Mariah Carey

Part of the AT&T Team USA official soundtrack for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.

July 29: Chasing the Sun – The Wanted

July 30: Work Bitch – Britney Spears

July 31: Hand in Hand – Koreana

Official theme song for the 1988 Seoul Summer Olympics.

August 1: Reach Out – Paul Engemann & Giorgio Moroder

Part of the official soundtrack for the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Olympics.

August 2: One Moment in Time – Whitney Houston

Part of the official soundtrack for the 1988 Seoul Summer Olympics.

August 3: One World, One Flame – Bryan Adams

Olympic song written for German TV network ARD for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.

August 4: This Is The Moment (from Broadway’s Jekyll & Hyde)

August 5: Reach – Gloria Estefan

One official theme song of the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics.

August 6: You Gotta Be – Des’ree

August 7: Hall of Fame – The Script ft. will.i.am

August 8: The Power of the Dream – Celine Dion

The other official theme song of the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics.

End of Summer Songs

It seems like just when it starts to get going good and proper summer is already coming to an end.

Mid-August is when many of us start waxing nostalgic about the dwindling season and trying to reintegrate into the reality of our daily lives.

Going back to school, putting away swimsuits, and whatnot.

These songs are about making the most of the last days of summer and easing into the memories left behind.

August 9: Down On The Corner – Creedence Clearwater Revival

Or anything Creedence really.

Better yet, just put on their greatest hits and really walk the line between good times and nostalgia.

August 10: In the Summer – Arashi

August 11: Fishin’ in the Dark – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

August 12: Fun, Fun, Fun – The Beach Boys

August 13: Happy – Pharrell Williams

August 14: Cheap Seats – Alabama

August 15: Summer Night City – ABBA

August 16: Chocolate on My Tongue – The Wood Brothers

August 17: Black Velvet – Alannah Myles

August 18: Road Trippin’ – Red Hot Chili Peppers

August 19: Walking After Midnight – Patsy Cline

August 20: Summertime Of Our Lives – Cody Simpson

August 21: Cinnamon Park – Jill Sobule / Saturday in the Park – Chicago

Jill Sobule’s Cinnamon Park samples Chicago’s classic Saturday In The Park.

As such, they capture the same vibe.

August 22: Down at the Twist and Shout – Mary Chapin Carpenter

What summer list would be complete without an ode to hurricane season?

August 23: Margaritaville – Jimmy Buffet / Two Pina Coladas – Garth Brooks

Different music. Different lyrics. Still practically the same song.

August 24: Take It Easy – The Eagles

August 25: Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars

August 26: Polk Salad Annie – Tony Joe White

August 27: Summertime – New Kids On The Block

Honestly, what says summer nostalgia like a boy band reuniting to sing a song about summer nostalgia?

August 28: Paradise to Me – Niko Moon

August 29: Summer Sunshine – The Corrs

August 30: Ice Cream – Sarah McLachlan

Songs for Back to School and the Start of Fall

It happens every year. Summer ends, the cold blows in, and it’s just another season on the books.

These songs are about the end of summer, and the changing of yet another season.

August 31: Back to School Again – The Four Tops (from Grease 2)

September 1: A Summer Song – Chad & Jeremy

September 2: It’s About Time – Lillix

September 3: Don’t Worry Be Happy – Bobby McFerrin

September 4: The Animal Song – Savage Garden

September 5: So Long Sweet Summer – Dashboard Confessional

September 6: Something Like That – Tim McGraw

September 7: Circle – Harry Chapin

September 8: Ain’t Nothing Wrong With That – Robert Randolph and The Family Band

September 9: 455 Rocket – Kathy Mattea

September 10: Footloose – Kenny Loggins

September 11: The Rainbow Connection (from The Muppet Movie)

September 12: Peaceful Dream – Mavis Staples

September 13: Summertime Sadness – Lana Del Rey

September 14: 21 Summer – Brothers Osborne

September 15: September – Earth, Wind & Fire

September 16: Autumn Leaves – Nat King Cole

September 17 – Don’t Stop – Fleetwood Mac

September 18 – Last Dance – Donna Summer

Yep. It’s back to Summer time.

September 19 – Autumn in New York – Billie Holiday

September 20 – Summer’s End – John Prine

September 21 – ‘Tis Autumn – Rosemary Clooney

 

Songs with Summer in the Title

While there are plenty of songs here that reference summer explicitly, there are also plenty of  songs with “summer” in the title that didn’t make this year’s playlist.

If you’re looking for songs with summer in the title, here are some “summer” songs we left off the list.

  • Summertime – Beyonce ft. P-Diddy
  • That Summer – Garth Brooks
  • All Summer Long – Kid Rock
  • Summer Nights (from Grease)
  • Summer of ’69 – Bryan Adams
  • Summer Wind – Frank Sinatra
  • Beat This Summer – Brad Paisley
  • Summer in Siam – The Pogues
  • It’s Summertime – The Flaming Lips
  • Summer Soft – Stevie Wonder
  • Long Hot Summer Night – Jimi Hendrix
  • Lies of Summer – Aimee Mann
  • My Summer Love – Ruby & The Romantics
  • Sunshine and Summertime – Faith Hill
  • Summer Girl – HAIM
  • The Boys of Summer – Don Henley
  • Hot Fun in the Summertime – Sly & The Family Stone
  • Summer Madness – Kool and The Gang
  • Cruel Summer – Bananarama
  • The Other Side of Summer – Elvis Costello

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