Top Summer Songs
Howl2GO’s Picks for Top Summer Songs
It’s already almost the end of July! We’re fully entrenched in another hot summer in every corner of the country. And when the sun comes out, the songs only get hotter! Check out Howl2GO’s picks for our all-time top songs of the summer.
”The Boys of Summer”—Don Henley (1984)
The perfect place to start. This track by the Eagles’ drummer and songwriter is a song that forever will be revered as a classic, not just a ballad of the summer. The song speaks to realizing the inevitability of growing up—right at the moment that any summer starts to feel eternal. “I saw a Deadhead sticker on a Cadillac” is a line that alone is packed-tight with nostalgia, false-promises, revision, acceptance, and so, so much more. Find your own meaning here:
”Crazy in Love”—Beyonce ft. Jay-Z (2003)
There is no better block party anthem than “Crazy in Love”. Bar none. It’s seriously impossible not to start moving at the sound of the trumpet’s first blare (plus Hov’s ad-libbing underneath). The then-fresh couple of Jay-Z and Beyonce created the summer song that will simply never fade out.
”Rockaway Beach”—Ramones (1977)
The gritty and twangy strums of Johnny Ramone’s guitar sounds exactly like New York teenagers in the 70’s racing each other down the streets of Queens to find the best spot in the sand. Every mile approaching the ocean eventually begins to feel beachier the further south they go—like a path to an out-of-place oasis in the concrete desert. Check out the legendary summer anthem here:
”Summer of ‘69”—Bryan Adams (1985)
“Summer of ‘69” is a song about the “Boys of Summer” in the process of growing—starting when things were a little more innocent. It’s nostalgia-soaked just the same as Henley’s track but speaks more to capturing the love-soaked nights and blaring sun as it begins to fade into memory. Bryan Adams has left more than a wink in interviews when discussing the song’s obvious innuendo, but you can make your own opinion here:
”Summer Nights”—Olivia Newton-John, John Travolta, Grease ensemble (1978)
The teenage equivalent to Don Henley and Bryan Adams’ songs is actually its precursor. “Summer Nights” takes a look at the so-strange ways that summer thrills can bring lovers from opposite worlds together, and opens the book on where it can go from there. Catch the iconic scene here:
”Heat Wave”—Martha and the Vandellas (1963)
The oldest summer song on our list is a Motown classic that turns the ‘summer love’ metaphor on its head. Rather than summer being the force that brings lovers together, “Heat Wave” levels about the dangerous and uncertain feelings that love can bring upon—and what happens at the eventual boiling point.
”High Horse”—Kacey Musgraves (2018)
One of the biggest hits of Summer 2018 has also been one of the most interesting tracks of 2018 so far. Kacey Musgraves has spent the past several years executing a domination of the pop-country scene, but “High Horse” is where it all comes to a head. It’s disco-meets-country with traditional Japanese-pop overtones—and it somehow all works from the first listen.
Live Dueling Pianos
Need to add some excitement to your summer blowout? There’s no one better than Howl2GO Dueling Pianos when it comes to bringing tons of thrills to parties and events of all kinds! Our famous dueling piano show features our highly-talented musicians performing hit after hit to get everybody in front of the stage and howlin’ loud. We even take plenty of requests, so every guest can feel like they’re part of the show! Your experience with Howl2GO starts well before the day of your party as well—our team works hard from the very first call to ensure the set and timing of our performance is exactly what your night needs. Every piece of equipment necessary is included with us, and we’ll even arrive early to make sure setup goes as smoothly as possible.
When it comes to hosting an unforgettable show at your summer party, birthday party, holiday party, fundraiser, corporate event, wedding reception, and more count on Howl2GO to go beyond expectations. Call (844) HOWL2GO to book your performance today!Tags: beyonce, bryan adams, don henley, grease, john travolta, kacey musgraves, martha and the vandellas, olivia newton-john, ramones, summer songs