Songs of Summer | LC Staff Picks

Break out your sandals, sunglasses and best patio seating! It’s officially summer and it’s time to soak up the sun with these songs picked by The LC staff.

Read below to find out why our staff chose these songs then check out our Spotify playlist to listen on repeat.

“Eternal Summer” by The Strokes

“It’s just an easy listening song that pairs well with an Odell Sippin’ Pretty beside Horsetooth Reservoir.” —Rachael

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“Good Vibrations” by Marky Mark and The Funky Bunch Featuring Loleatta Holloway

“This song reminds me of the wild and fun summers I had with friends and boating out on Boyd Lake back in my early 20s. Oh, those were the days! Although it’s a ‘few’ years old, this song is still a great jam for any summer music playlist. Little did we know back then that young, hunky Marky Mark was going to turn out to become Hollywood leading man Mark Wahlberg.” —Victoria

“It’s For You” by Three Dog Night

“I associate Three Dog Night with summer, because they were the most popular event of our Summer Concert Series! ‘It’s For You’ is my favorite one of their songs, and has a good energy to bring into these hot days” —Katie

“Not My Boss!” by Blue Hawaii

“I got to see them at the start of summer, and they were amazing! Definitely will be jamming to this for the foreseeable future.” —Todd

“Sloop John B” by Beach Boys

“The Beach Boys, and specifically their album Pet Sounds is a master class when it comes to fun in the sun. Growing up in the (non-coastal) surf capital of America, this summer classic always paired well with sand under my feet!”—Ben

“Ocean Avenue” by Yellowcard

“As a preteen/teen, I spent seven unforgettable summers at a three-week sleepaway camp. There are TONS of songs that instantly take me back to those carefree summers—where I got to be a host and producer on the camp radio station!—but this one came on the radio recently and has been stuck in my head ever since… along with memories of fun times with all of my camp friends!” —Taylor

“Queen Bee” by Taj Mahal

“This is a dreamy, cheerful song that I listen to on walks in the summer!” —Katie

“Summertime” by Fresh Prince & DJ Jazzy Jeff

“This song came out while I was a junior (or maybe a sophomore) in High School right at summer and it stuck.”—Matt

“The Neverending Story” by Limahl

“Nothing says summer to me quite like “The Neverending Story,” which is a must-play-song at the beginning of every camping/road trip. You gotta set the mood just right for a summer trip, and this song makes going anywhere feel magical.”—Alison

“Two Moons” by The Weeks

“They are a fun and energetic band that I keep on a playlist that includes The Kinks, Kings of Leon, and Mo Lowda and the Humble, among others.  I always enjoy listening to The Weeks while sipping a cold drink, sitting on my deck with my feet up.”—Tyler

“The Boys of Summer” by Don Henley

“It is kind of a melancholy song about the end of summer, but for me it evokes good memories of happy and fun times! Another fun summer song from the ’80s is ‘Cruel Summer’ by Bananarama. Or ‘Summer Nights’ from Grease! Or ‘Summertime’ from Porgy and Bess. There are so many!” —Lisa

“Suzanne” by Bermuda Triangle

“A soft, calming song that fits with a nice summer evening.” —Katie

“In Summer” from Frozen

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