Top 10 Summer Jams For Fun in the Sun
Posted by Michael Mueller on May 30, 2012 at 5:58 PM
Memorial Day weekend marked the unofficial start of summer, so it's time to get those summer party playlists ready to go. Here are 10 of our favorites. What are yours?
10. "Beautiful Day" U2
Though Bono's intent was this be an anthem for any day, any season (or every day, every season), my fondest memories are of this playing about four times on a Memorial Day weekend road trip from New York to Boston, so it screams summer to me.
9. "Alcohol" Brad Paisley
From Milwaukee to Lynchburg to Bordeaux France, that glass/can/bottle of "happy juice" is as much a part of summer as suntan bikinis and barbecues.
8. "Summer of '69" Bryan Adams
Nostalgia for youthful dalliance during summer break never goes away, does it?
7. "Summer Song" Joe Satriani
First of all, it's Satch, so it's always good listening. Second, this is top-down, radio-crankin' music at its best.
6. "One Love" Bob Marley
Blame this one on those ads for Jamaica, where's it's summer 365 days a year!
5. "Born to Be Wild" Steppenwolf
Ever tried ridin' your heavy metal thunder in the snow? Summer is riding season, and if this isn't the perfect biker theme, I'm not sure what is.
4. "Summer Nights" Van Halen
OK, before I hear from the "Van Hagar" critics, 1) this is a great summer anthem, and 2) Sammy screams summer! But truth be told, any Van Halen cranked up in the convertible, or on the beach, or at your pool party, is tough to beat for summer fun.
3. Anything by the Beach Boys
From "Fun, Fun, Fun" and "Surfin' Safari" to "California Girls" and "Surfin' U.S.A.," has anyone written a better summer soundtrack?
2. "School's Out" Alice Cooper
While many view Memorial Day Weekend as the start of summer, for the millions of students from kindergarten through college, it's the day they can sing this anthem that officially marks the start of summer fun!
1. "Margaritaville" Jimmy Buffett
Close call here between the Beach Boys and Jimmy Buffett, but since cheeseburgers and tequila are far more accessible than surf-worthy beaches, Buffett gets the nod. I'll have mine regular, on the rocks, and no salt, please!