38 Of The Greatest Summer Songs Ever

June is finally here, which means that summer is upon us! What better reason to make a new playlist than the arrival of outdoor parties and adventures? Whether you're relaxing on the beach, playing volleyball, barbecuing, watching fireworks, sitting by the bonfire, or chilling at the pool with friends, there are plenty of songs that will enhance the atmosphere. Here are some of the best summer jams for all occasions.

1. Summer Girls by LFO

This iconic 90s song is all about that elusive, carefree, summer love.

2. Under the Boardwalk by The Drifters

This tune can put a smile on your face...and give some helpful advice.

3. Summer of ‘69 by Bryan Adams

Innuendos aside, Bryan Adams will make you nostalgic for a time that you might not have even experienced.

4. California Gurls by Katy Perry

If this sugar-pop sensation doesn't make you want to party on the West Coast, nothing will.

5. Boys of Summer by Don Henley

Even though this summer anthem has been covered by countless bands, nothing can touch the original.

6. Ocean Avenue by Yellowcard

Every beach town has an Ocean Avenue, so every beach playlist should have this song!

7. In the Summertime by Mungo Jerry

Is it even possible to be in a bad mood after hearing this upbeat tune?

8. A Summer Song by Chad and Jeremy

Ahh, a pleasantly relaxing melody about summer romance. What more could you want?

9. School’s Out by Alice Cooper

No more school is the best reason to celebrate, and rocking out is the best way to do so.

10. Surfin’ USA by the Beach Boys

Everyone knows that summer just wouldn't be the same without the Beach Boys!

11. Summer Nights by Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta

Does this classic song from Grease really need any explanation?

12. I Love It by Icona Pop

This song is fresh and liberating, just like every summer should be.

13. Evalyn, Summer Has Arrived by Kishi Bashi

Okay, there's a good chance you've never heard of this one before, but you can't deny that it's absolutely beautiful.

14. Summertime by The Fresh Prince and DJ Jazzy Jeff

Sit back and unwind  with this hit from hip-hop's golden era.

15. Summer in the City by Lovin' Spoonful

When a heat wave comes into town, you know what song to blast!

16. Island in the Sun by Weezer

Need an excuse to visit a tropical paradise? Look no further!

17. Fly by Sugar Ray

It's impossible to avoid nodding your head to the beat of Sugar Ray's best song.

18. Vacation by The Go Gos

It's all everyone has ever wanted and needed, isn't it?

19. Starships by Nicki Minaj

Sure, no one knows what a starship is, but everyone knows how to party on the beach.

20. Summer Breeze by Seals & Croft

If you need to cool off, nothing is better than a nice summer breeze.

21. Party in the USA by Miley Cyrus

How did we ever celebrate July 4th before Miley Cyrus?

22. Here Comes The Sun by The Beatles

There's nothing that good weather and a happy George Harrison can't fix.

23. Summer Skin by Death Cab for Cutie

Ben Gibbard will always be here in case you ever want to reflect on the memories of past summers.

24. Groovin’ by The Young Rascals

There really is nothing better than groovin' in the sunshine.

25. Cruel Summer by Bananarama

Maybe summer isn't always kind, but at least a catchy song makes up for it.

26. Steal My Sunshine by Len

This chill summer jam might have been a one-hit wonder, but it was totally worth it.

27. All Star by Smash Mouth

No matter how many times this awesome song gets played this summer, it will never get old.

28. All Summer Long by Kid Rock

Summer will never end, and Kid Rock will make sure of it.

29. Pinch Me by the Barenaked Ladies

For when you feel like comfortably enjoying life's simple pleasures this summer.

30. Summertime Sadness by Lana Del Ray

If you ever need a ballad to sing along to, Lana Del Ray has got your back.

31. Soak up the Sun by Sheryl Crow

Lighten up, rub that sunblock in, and lie back to enjoy those warm rays.

32. Summer Rain by Johnny Rivers

Don't take those peaceful summer showers for granted!

33. Margaritaville

This list would be absolutely worthless without this timeless tune.

34. Wipe Out by the Surfaris

Fact: no luau is complete without this song.

35. Surf City by Jan & Dean

The pure thrill of surfing will never die as long as songs like this are in rotation.

36. This Is How We Roll by Florida Georgia Line

For all you country fans out there, this new song is sure to please.

37. Rockaway Beach by The Ramones

This is the perfect punk summer anthem you never realized you needed.

38. Sunny Afternoon by The Kinks

Last but not least, this one goes out to everyone who plans on spending some quality time being lazy this summer. Godspeed.

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