By Jack Sharkey, June 20, 2016

Happy Summer! To celebrate the season of sunburn, poison ivy, traffic jams and rained out barbeques, we thought we'd offer up The Completely Subjective List Of The Ten Best Summer Songs of All Time.


Honorable Mention But Summer Isn't In The Title So It's Disqualifed

Seriously, who doesn't? 



10. Cruel Summer - Bananarama

So they didn't sing harmony? So the styles are better off forgotten? So? It actually does get that hot and hazy in Manhattan.



9. For the Summer - Ray LaMontagne

If your plan is to have a contemplative and slightly melancholy summer, this beautiful cut from God WIllin' & The Creek Don't Rise is perfect.



8. Rain In the Summertime - The Alarm

If you're in a Welsh rock band with a great song about summer and other stuff we can't figure out, where do you go to film the video? Like Spain or something.



7. All Summer Long - Kid Rock

So what he lifted the whole thing from Warren Zevon (except for the bit he lifted from Skynyrd)? You know you love this song.



6. Boys of Summer - The Ataris

It's in my contract that I can only reference two 80s songs per list, so Don Henley will have to defer for this much rawer and more urgent version.



5. Long Hot Summer - Keith Urban

The melody will earworm into your head, and really, who doesn't like Keith?




4. Summer In the City - The Lovin' Spoonful

Quintessential 60s pop and summer time song!



3. Summer Wind - Frank Sinatra

Don't you wish you were this cool and, well, adult?



2. In the Summertime - Mungo Jerry

Or this hip and laid back?




1. Hot Fun In the Summertime - Sly & the Family Stone

Undeniable.Now go out and enjoy your summer!