Ten Songs To Get You Pumped For Summer

Let’s face it. This winter sucked more than usual.

It was long, cold, and miserable. And if you’re like me and suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, it was particularly rough.

But fortunately, temperatures are warming up and the snow is now gone. Though it may take forever to feel it, summer is finally on the way. This means I can once again listen to my favourite summer jams and not feel waves of depression and longing! Yay!

So to get us (well, me at least) pumped for the summer, I decided to give a rundown of my top 10 summer jams, in no particular order.

Here we go:

1. Summer in the City- The Loving Spoonful

This song has been a favourite of mine since I first heard it on oldies radio when I was a kid. The song really captures the excitement and energy of being in a city centre in the summertime. People are always more upbeat, friendly, and there’s always a lot more action going on. I frequently blast this one in my earbuds walking to work on sunny summer days.

Speaking of sunny summer days…

2. Sunny Day- Lighthouse

“Sittin’ stoned alone in my backyard
Askin’ myself “Why should I work so hard?”
Sittin’ dreamin’ ’bout the days to come
Half-undressed, just soakin’ up the sun

Sittin’ here, I hope I don’t get fried
Two years ago, you know, I almost died
And yet, there’s nothin’ better for your soul
Than lyin’ in the sun and listenin’ to rock ‘n roll”

It doesn’t get any more “summer” than that shit.

3. Hot Fun in the Summertime- Sly and the Family Stone

Pretty self-explanatory. To be honest, this is the only Sly and the Family Stone song I’ve ever really fallen in love with.

4. Indian Summer- The Doors

Every time I hear this song I think about that scene in The Doors movie where Jim Morrison is seducing Pamela Courson. It’s a hot summer night in California in the mid-1960’s. It really captures the spirit of it. The fact that movie as a whole was kind of bad is a topic for another blog post.

5. Every Summer- U.S. Royalty

This is one of two songs by a relatively “new” band on this list. I discovered these guys on YouTube near the end of my first year of university. The chorus is so catchy and I really liked the guitar riff. Today it brings me back to when I actually had summer vacations.

6. San Franciscan Nights- The Animals

A love song to the Haight Ashbury and the Summer of Love. This tune always gets me nostalgic for an area I was never a part of.

7. California- Joni Mitchell

The guitar, her lyrics, her voice… I’ve lounged outside to this song countless times.

8. Go Where You Wanna Go- The Mammas and the Pappas.

Ok, pretty much every song by the Mammas and the Pappas can get you yearning for the summer. With their harmonies and classic 60’s California sound, you really can’t go wrong. This one has just always been a favourite.

9. Take Off Your Sunglasses- Ezra Furman and the Harpoons

Another YouTube discovery from my first year of university. The harmonica in the song really wakes you up. The subject matter doesn’t really have to do anything with summer except mentioning sunglasses. It even mentions skiing. But I don’t care. It’s a summer jam for me.

10. Werewolves London- Warren Zevon

Before you even ask, yes, I knew this song before Kid Rock sampled it in what is coincidentally a song about summer. I just love this song. It’s so upbeat, even though the lyrics talk about people getting mutilated. You don’t care! If you ask me, it’s the perfect song to play around a bonfire during a full moon.

There you have it. Though I’m sure once I publish this I will think of several more songs that should have been on here, these were the first songs that came to mind when I think about the summer time!

You can listen to all these songs on the Spotify playlist below.

What songs get you excited for summer? Let me know in the comments or let us know on social media!



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Cherise is the co-host of the Strange Grooves podcast. She started collecting vinyl back in high school, but her love of classic rock and AM Radio hits goes back long before that. When she’s not listening to music, Cherise is the Associate Editor of Huddle Today, an online business publication that covers Atlantic Canada. She’s previously worked for CBC New Brunswick, The Canadian Press and the Telegraph-Journal, among other great publications.

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