Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Spurgeon's General Warning: Songs of Summer by Decade

Posted By on Wed, Jun 4, 2014 at 11:08 AM

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Summer! It is the one season of the year to which we assign songs. 2014's Song of the Summer has not yet been assigned (though I have deemed this the Summer of ELO), but Uproxx has conveniently compiled a list for all of the summer songs for the past dang century. From WWI to WWII to the Korean War to Vietnam to the first Gulf War to 9/11 and beyond, America's novelty music history is there for all to see. How's about I choose the best song from each represented decade and compile below?

Ada Jones and Billy Watkins, "By the Beautiful Sea" (1915)

Knockin' it out of the park immediately on summer jams is Harry Carroll, who is down with beach parties and clam bakes.


Van & Schenck, "Ain't We Got Fun?" (1921)

"The rich get rich and the poor get children." First of all, lol. Second of all, I love an old timey bitter irony song.


Benny Goodman, "Sing Sing Sing" (1937)

Man, the '30s were a surprisingly difficult decade to pick a favorite from! So close, Cab Calloway. So close.


Kay Kyser & His Orchestra, "Bell Bottom Trousers" (1945)

Support the troops.


The Drifters, "There Goes My Baby" (1959)

Still gets radio play! An important feature of a Summer Song is staying power.


Astrud Gilberto & Stan Getz, "The Girl from Ipanema" (1964)

You thought I was gonna go Sonny and Cher, right? No. This song is infinitely sexier. Summer Songs should be very sexy, if at all possible.


Bee Gees, "Night Fever" (1977)

Just this past week I fed some dollars into a jukebox to play selections from the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack. Deal.


Duran Duran, "Hungry Like the Wolf" (1982)

The '80s were the most difficult decade since the '30s. I love Prince. I love Michael Jackson. But neither option presented by Uproxx as the "Summer Song" provides as much straight brain pleasure to me as Duran fucking Duran. "Billie Jean" isn't even a career Top 10 for MJ, c'mon.


Beastie Boys, "Sabotage" (1994)

When we hit the '90s, I can see how truly arbitrary Uproxx's selection is, because I actually have memories of 1990s summers. Could have sworn that "Men in Black" would have been the big one for '97, but they went with "Mo Money Mo Problems." They nailed 1996 though.


Rihanna feat. Jay Z "Umbrella" (2007)

Ohhh yes. How was this seven years ago?


Psy, "Gagnam Style" (2012)

Look, there are only four song options for the 2010s, and one of them is "Blurred Lines." Also, I advocate K-pop in all of its forms.

Enjoy your century of summer.

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