Just as most of us somehow never tire of hearing "White Christmas" and "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" when the snowflakes begin to fall each and every new December, summertime boasts its own rich cache of enduring anthems. After all, only a real stick in the mud could ever get sick of Sly & the Family Stone's "Hot Fun in the Summertime" or Kool & the Gang's wonderfully suave "Summer Madness" or even John and Olivia's cheese-ball romp "Summer Nights."
Of course, one thing that summer possesses that the holidays clearly do not is thematic diversity. There exist only so many ways to pen a ditty about snow or presents or eggnog; summer's joys, on the other hand, are boundless. There's the fabulous weather ("Summer Breeze"), the good loving ("Farewell My Summer Love"), the outdoor activities ("Summertime") and (by extension) the waxing nostalgic about all the fabulous weather, good loving and outdoor activities ("Summer of '69," "Summer Girls," Kid Rock's "All Summer Long"). And beyond the joy, let us not overlook exquisitely angst-ridden tunes such as Bananarama's "Cruel Summer," Don Henley's "The Boys of Summer," The Lovin' Spoonful's "Summer in the City" and Eddie Cochran's "Summertime Blues" (look out for Blue Cheer's hard-raging rendition as well).
Oh, and one more thing, if you haven't already realized, each one of the 25 songs in this playlist actually contains the word "summer" in its title. Now, how cool is that?