As the spring leaves and summer rolls around, the weather is not the only thing to change with the seasons. Along with summer comes songs that set the tone for your cookouts, pool days, and weddings. So what makes the perfect summer song? According to NPR’s article The Good Listener: What Makes A Summer Song? Stephen Thompson cites simplicity as the number one factor in a summer hit. Simple beats and lyrics mixed with a happy feeling all play a big role in what people deem to be summer friendly. In honor of summer tunes here are the top summer songs from 1960 to 2020. This list provided by Billboard’s article top summer songs.

 

 

 

1960

Rank, Title, Artist

1, I’M SORRY, Brenda Lee

2, IT’S NOW OR NEVER, Elvis Presley With The Jordanaires

3, EVERYBODY’S SOMEBODY’S FOOL, Connie Francis

 

 

1965

Rank, Title, Artist

1, (I CAN’T GET NO) SATISFACTION, The Rolling Stones

2, I CAN’T HELP MYSELF (SUGAR PIE HONEY BUNCH), Four Tops

3, I GOT YOU BABE, Sonny & Cher

 

1970

Rank, Title, Artist

1, (THEY LONG TO BE) CLOSE TO YOU, Carpenters Hoopla

2, MAMA TOLD ME (NOT TO COME), Three Dog Night

3, MAKE IT WITH YOU, Bread

1975

Rank, Title, Artist

1, ONE OF THESE NIGHTS, Eagles

2, LOVE WILL KEEP US TOGETHER, Captain & Tennille

3, JIVE TALKIN’, Bee Gees

 

1980

Rank, Title, Artist

1, IT’S STILL ROCK AND ROLL TO ME, Billy Joel

2, MAGIC, Olivia Newton-John

3, COMING UP (LIVE AT GLASGOW), Paul McCartney And Wings

 

1985

Rank, Title, Artist

1, SHOUT, Tears For Fears

2, EVERYTIME YOU GO AWAY, Paul Young

3, THE POWER OF LOVE, Huey Lewis & The News

 

1990

Rank, Title, Artist

1, VISION OF LOVE, Mariah Carey

2, SHE AIN’T WORTH IT, Glenn Medeiros feat. Bobby Brown

3, CRADLE OF LOVE, Billy Idol

 

        

1995

Rank, Title, Artist

1, WATERFALLS, TLC

2, DON’T TAKE IT PERSONAL (JUST ONE OF DEM DAYS), Monica

3, ONE MORE CHANCE/STAY WITH ME, The Notorious B.I.G.

 

2000

Rank, Title, Artist

1, BENT, matchbox twenty

2, IT’S GONNA BE ME, ‘N Sync

3, TRY AGAIN, Aaliyah

2005

Rank, Title, Artist

1, WE BELONG TOGETHER, Mariah Carey

2, HOLLABACK GIRL, Gwen Stefani

3, DON’T CHA, The Pussycat Dolls feat. Busta Rhymes

 

2010

Rank, Title, Artist

1, CALIFORNIA GURLS, Katy Perry feat. Snoop Dogg

2, LOVE THE WAY YOU LIE, Eminem feat. Rihanna

3, AIRPLANES, B.o.B feat. Hayley Williams

2015

Rank, Title, Artist

1, CHEERLEADER, OMI

2, SEE YOU AGAIN, Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth

3, BAD BLOOD, Taylor Swift feat. Kendrick Lamar

 

2020

Rank, Title, Artist

1, ROCKSTAR, DaBaby feat. Roddy Ricch

2, BLINDING LIGHTS, The Weeknd

3, WHATS POPPIN, Jack Harlow feat. DaBaby, Tory Lanez & Lil Way

 

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Alex G. Williford is a Reference Librarian at Kirkwood Public Library. They enjoy reading graphic novels, playing video games, and watching cult classic movies. Some of their favorite creators are Toni Morrison, Octavia E. Butler, N.K. Jeminsin, and Naoki Urasawa.