Top 10 summer songs

What are your summer songs?

The question was put to me at langauge school in Spain  where they have a song which becomes the summer song each year.

I struggled to answer, probably because those songs about summer which become popular are written for the northern hemisphere when it’s winter here.  They are the ones which featured in the top 10 from an on-line poll which sought the sunniest hits of all time:

1. ‘Summer In The City’ – The Lovin’ Spoonful
  2. ‘California Girls’ – Beach Boys
  3. ‘School’s Out’ – Alice Cooper
  4. ‘Heat Wave’ – Martha & The Vandellas
  5. ‘Under The Boardwalk’ – The Drifters
  6. ‘Light My Fire’ – The Doors
  7. ‘Dancing In The Street’ – Martha & The Vandellas
  8. ‘Borderline’ – Madonna
  9. ‘Hot Fun In The Summertime’ – Sly & The Family Stone
  10.'(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’ – Rolling Stones

None of those speak of New Zealand summers, mixed in with Christmas and New Year, to me.

Maybe it’s a reflection on the huge gaps in my knowledge of New Zealand music but I couldn’t even think of one which I associated with summer in particular.

But surely someone has written of long hot days at the beach, lake or river, barbeques, tramping, hay making and the other sounds, scents, scenes and sensations of a southern hemisphere summer. If not here, there must be some from over the Tasman.

5 Responses to Top 10 summer songs

  1. JC says:

    The Tui in the Kowhai? 🙂

    Nows a good time to talk about summer. I’ve just been chopping wood outside in the rain (3:10pm), and the bloody sensor light came on!



  2. pdm says:

    What about Cliff Richard and `Summer Holiday?


  3. Rob Hosking says:

    The only Kiwi Summer song I can think of is from the mid ’70s – John Hanlon’s ‘Apple Wine’ There ‘s a line in there about running “across the field of stubble where the bales, they had been..” and jumping in the creek, “floating on your back with a bottle on your belly.”

    Looked for a clip of it during Kiwi Music month but the only Hanlon one I could find was ‘Higher Trails’.


  4. Paul says:

    try “Christmas Photo” by John Williamson


  5. Great post good idea! I’ll wait for rainy days songs..


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