Pull out your duffel bag and toss in those pedal pushers, cut-offs, swimsuits and Keds, and then board that bus for summer camp. Or you can forgo the mystery meat, bug bites and annoying fellow campers, and just crank up this collection of retro pop from the comfort of your own home instead.
You may not be ready to head back to camp, but the memories that make up this playlist highlight the best of long summer days and lakeside summer nights, camp romances, evening swims and all-night dance parties. Even if you weren't even born in 1962, tracks like "Runaround Sue," "The Loco-Motion" and "Twistin' the Night Away" will have you wishing you were. It was an exciting time, when the story of rock 'n' roll was still being written and charts filled with such legends as Sam Cooke, Elvis, James Brown and Ray Charles were just a normal, everyday occurrence. Happy camping.