It’s easy to find great 80’s songs that are perfect for summer; there are so many that are fun and upbeat that will make you feel all sunny inside. I’ve tried to pick a few, however, that actually relate to summer and sunshine, and here’s the best I’ve come up with:
‘Cruel Summer’ by Bananarama – Even though the words to this song are talking about having a lonely summer, the music is upbeat and fun. It’s a great song to listen to if you’re missing someone this summer, because it might cheer you up a little bit.
‘Summer of ’69’ by Bryan Adams – Some of us might not have been around to celebrate the summer of ’69, but Bryan Adams sure makes it sound like a really good time and lets us all reminisce with him.
‘Born in the U.S.A.’ by Bruce Springsteen – This is a great summer song for the 4th of July, even though it’s not patriotic like people make it out to be; it’s about Americans going through tough times, not smiling and waving flags. But they still play it at 4th of July celebrations all across the country, and I love the irony of it all.
‘Kokomo’ by the Beach Boys – I know the Beach Boys get bashed for this one, but it’s the best song about a made-up vacation destination ever, and I still enjoy listening to it from time to time. Plus Uncle Jesse is in the music video playing the bongos!
‘Vacation’ by the Go-Go’s and ‘Walking on Sunshine’ by Katrina & the Waves – I combined these two songs together because they’re both so darn cheesy, but one’s about taking a vacation, and you can’t get any sunnier than walking on the sun’s rays.
‘Love Shack’ by The B-52’s – This song makes me think of the coolest little dive bar that only has great music on the jukebox and is populated by a non-tourist summer crowd. I used to think this song was about an old shack where teenagers…well, you know where I’m going with this. Then I actually listened to the lyrics.
‘Blister in the Sun’ by the Violent Femmes – This a great song to listen to if you get sunburned this summer! It’s a fun folk punk song that still is very popular today, most recently being used in the trailer for the movie ‘Adventureland’.
‘Legs’ by ZZ Top – It’s shaving season, ladies! So since we’ll all be showing off a lot more of our legs, this song is perfect. Now if we could only knew how to use them to get them all toned up for that bikini…
‘Girls Just Want to Have Fun’ by Cyndi Lauper – Because it’s all we really want during the summer! It’s doesn’t matter if you’re a girl who’s 8 or 80, you’ve got to love this song.
‘Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey – Well, this song may not have that much to do with summer, but it’s great to listen to if you’re taking a train somewhere for a trip. Plus it’s just a feel-good song that makes it seem like you’re going somewhere in life and things are getting better.
So rock out to some of these 80’s tunes and drive the rest of your family crazy during the car ride to Disney World; they may complain at first, but by the end of the trip, they’ll be belting out these tunes right along with you.