It's officially summer, and you're going to need a soundtrack for all your road trips, beach excursions, cookouts and other hot-weather fun.
In no particular order here are 10 songs with "summer" in the title to add to your playlist, plus a few more. Click the song titles for YouTube links to the songs.
DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince , "Summertime" - Years before Will Smith was acting in summer blockbusters, he was crafting one of the best songs to ever capture the barbecue-scented nostalgia and flirtatiousness of summer. Trivia fact: the sample that Jazzy Jeff used on the beat is from Kool and the Gang's "Summer Madness."
The Beach Boys "All Summer Long" - This classic from their 1964 album of the same name conjures up a place where the sun is always shining and you never have to leave the beach.
Justin Timberlake "Summer Love" - It wouldn't matter if you were riding a bicycle with a flat tire, the beat on "Summer Love" will have you feeling like you're with J.T. "ridin' in the drop top with the top down."
Bryan Adams "Summer of 69" - Play it near the end of a summer party: everyone knows the lyrics, everyone sings along (loudly), and nobody cares at all that Bryan Adams is corny.
Kid Rock, "All Summer Long" - "Serious" music fans tend to dismiss Kid Rock's southern backwoods meets hip hop schtick, but if there's ever a time to embrace a guilty pleasure it's the summer, and this mashup of Warren Zevon's "Werewolves of London" and Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama" definitely qualifies.
Keith Urban "Long Hot Summer" - The song has a great hook, mostly because bare feet on a car dashboard rank right up there with fireworks and sand castles when it comes to images that represent summer.
The Hold Steady "Constructive Summer" - The beloved Brooklyn-via-Minnesota quartet delivers a deep, pop-punk gem about the boundless possibility and promise of summer, a season that could "grant us all the power to drink on top of water towers."
Best Coast, "Summer Mood" - It's hard to even imagine listening to Best Coast during any other season. It only takes the duo a handful of words to capture the long, aimless days of summer, but it's so catchy. Listen to it back-to-back with "The Only Place" for a blast of feel-good summer vibes.
And here are some honorable mentions that don't have summer in the title, but capture the seasonal vibe anyway: