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.
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