Ah sweet summertime.
Just the sound of the word evokes images of warmth. And boy, am I looking forward to warmth! (And a little more constant sunlight.)
I’m so incredibly tired of dreary weather. We’ve had so much rain that our normally soggy yard is downright swampy. It will take a couple of good weeks of straight sunshine to dry it out. And don’t even get me started on how depressing it is to look up and see gray clouds all day…
We’ve finally had a couple of really sunny days and that sunshine reminds me that summer is just around the corner. So, for a little inspiration, I’ve made a list* of favorite summer songs. To me, these are songs that bring to mind sun and sand and water and blessed relaxation!!!
My Top Ten Summer Songs:
10. Perfect Day by Lady Antebellum
I think a lot of “perfect days” happen in the summertime! Whether you’re floating in the water, hanging with friends, or having a big cookout…there is just something about summer that says “relax…it don’t get much better than this!”
9. All Summer Long by Kid Rock
I think all adults look back on summer vacation with fondness. We probably even remember it as being better than it really was! This is one of those songs that makes you want to sing along, plus there is the Sweet Home Alabama reference. What can be better than that?!?
8. Bossa Nova by Elvis (Remix)
I have to admit it. I love Elvis. My mom always loved the Elvis movies, so we grew up watching them. My favorites all seemed to be centered around water or summer. This song reminds me of that and for some reason, the Frankie and Annette movies (Beach Blanket Bingo, anyone?). I always wanted to be the girl who could knock people across the room with a swing of her hips! And I think this song would’ve fit right in. So turn it on and try not to dance. I dare you!
7. Say Hey (I Love You) by Michael Franti & Spearhead
This one is catchy and it has that tropical island feel. And nothing says summer better than a tropical island!
6. Where the Boat Leaves From by Zac Brown Band
Love me some Zac Brown! And the song says it all. Kind of makes me wish I was on a boat…
5. Island In the Sun by Weezer
I wish I was on an island in the sun right now!! This song just screams summertime to me. Other people must think so too, because it was featured in several movies and TV shows and more than one featured sun and sand.
4. Margaritaville by Jimmy Buffett
I’m not sure you can even say summer without Jimmy Buffett. And if you watch this video, you can hear the waves lapping on shore. My advice is to turn it up really loud and take it out in the sunshine (or near the hottest light fixture you own). Then, close your eyes and ah…
3. Sittin’ On the Dock of the Bay by Otis Redding
Do you even need a reason to listen to this song? It’s Otis Redding. It’s soulful, it’s relaxing, it’s classic…that should be plenty!
2. Knee Deep by Zac Brown Band and Jimmy Buffett
You’ve got Zac Brown and then you add Jimmy Buffett. That equals pure awesomeness and somebody going to the beach.
1. In The Summer Time by Shaggy and Ravon
I know Mungo Jerry has a good version, but I happen to be a Shaggy fan. This song just makes me want to dance. And wish it was summer!!!
These are my favorites. I won’t be upset if you don’t like some of them or any of them at all! They all remind me of summer for some reason or another. What are your favorite “summer” songs?
*I do not own any of these videos or songs in this list or rights to any part of them or what they may represent. The only image that is mine is the beach scene at the top of the post, but I sincerely thank each person who took the time to make/share these videos and youtube for allowing it to be done!