Welcome to the final Sun-Soaked episode of The Songs Of The Summer Series from friend and Contributing Author Ozmoe!
The Series Recap
As a reminder or for those just joining us, I categorize a summer song basically as the fun tune you’d like to do at karaoke with your friends. It’s hummable, singable, danceable, and probably some other kind of optimistic labels I can’t think of right now.tnocs.com summer charts expert ozmoe
What a short, fun trip it’s been!
As I finish this series on what readers think are the best summer songs (meaning upbeat and fun to sing and dance along with) by year, I’m elated.
But a good kind of exhausted.
When I pitched this series to mt58 back in May, I did so without knowing exactly what years I’d profile.
I knew that I’d do 1984 for the start because it was one of the favorite years for TNOCS voters. And I thought it would be fun to do 1976 during the July 4 weekend due to the Bicentennial observation.
Beyond that? I only knew that I favored starting after 1964, when the Beatles began the English invasion and set most of the standard music favorites for Boomers. I didn’t want to go beyond 1989 either.
That marked a healthy 25-year span to cover.
Also, by the 1990s, the songs that Billboard ranked on the Hot 100 didn’t include many hits that weren’t released as singles.
I’ve tried to include a wide variety in that quarter century of eligibility. Based on the quantity and quality of comments, I think most readers enjoyed what I offered.
For that, I’m grateful.
Now it’s Labor Day weekend, and as summer is ending…
so is this series.
And with that, I want us all to pick the Ultimate Summer Song (patent pending).
Here are the following contenders to choose, based on the tnocs.com readers’ results for the top three for each year surveyed.
Pick your top three – among any listed in any years, – with “One” being your favorite.
We’ll see which one is the top pick to deserve this honor.
Episode #1: 1984
Bruce Springsteen: Dancing in the Dark
ZZ Top: Legs
Dan Hartman: I Can Dream About You
Episode #2: 1967
The Rascals: Groovin’
The Monkees: Pleasant Valley Sunday
The Association: Windy
Episode #3: 1974
The Hues Corporation: Rock the Boat
George McCrae: Rock Your Baby
Episode #4: 1982
The Go-Go’s: Vacation
Survivor: Eye of the Tiger
Tommy Tutone: 867-5309/Jenny
Episode #5: 1976
Andrea True Connection: More, More, More
Starbuck: Moonlight Feels Right
KC and the Sunshine Band: (Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty
Episode #6: 1965
The Beach Boys: California Girls
The Four Tops: I Can’t Help Myself
The Rolling Stones: (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction
Episode #7: 1988
INXS: New Sensation
Johnny Kemp: Just Got Paid
Def Leppard: Pour Some Sugar on Me (a popular write-in vote)
Episode #8: 1970
Stevie Wonder: Signed Sealed Delivered I’m Yours
The Jackson Five: The Love You Save
Freda Payne: Band of Gold
Episode #9: 1978
Olivia Newton-John (RIP) and John Travolta: You’re the One That I Want
Frankie Valli: Grease
A Taste of Honey: Boogie Oogie Oogie
Episode #10: 1985
Katrina and the Waves: Walking on Sunshine
Huey Lewis and the News: The Power of Love
Tears for Fears: Everybody Wants to Rule the World
Episode #11: 1966
The Lovin’ Spoonful: Summer in the City
The Capitols: Cool Jerk
The Cyrkle: Red Rubber Ball (a popular write-in vote)
Episode #12: 1972
Alice Cooper: School’s Out
The Hollies: Long Cool Woman (in a Black Dress)
The Looking Glass: Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl)
Episode #13: 1977
The Emotions: Best of My Love
Jimmy Buffett: Margaritaville
Fleetwood Mac: Don’t Stop
Happy voting, everyone!