And watch the whole thing unveil here:
Wow, what a GREAT record … and another one that I was COMPLETELY unaware of! Thanks for sharing.
That means they can be songs about summer, songs with summer in the title, songs about hot fun in the summertime or lazy, crazy, hazy days of summer ... Happy Summer Days ... or Summertime Blues ... Summer activities like surfin' and cruisin' ...dancin' in the street … California Girls, Surfer Girls, Girl Watchin' ... Summer places ... Whether it be under the boardwalk or up on the roof drinkin' summer wine ... Summer lovin' ... saying goodbye for the summer ... And then seeing you again in September ... The sun and sunshine ... a walk along the beach ... twistin' the night away ... Singin' in the sunshine ... or walkin' in the summer rain ... Or simply the biggest songs of summers past ... Songs that take you back to a particular place in time with indelible memories.
There is something about Summer Memories that seem to stand head and shoulders above many others … and the music we were hearing during those fun in the sun summer months had a lot to do with that.
I made a comment previously about “How can you hear ‘Satisfaction’ and NOT think of summer? It was the biggest song of The Summer of ’65 … and, eventually, the #1 Song of the entire year.
I’ve given some more thought to that statement …
Sure, if you were THERE, growing up during The Summer of ’65, this would be the case …
But what about all the new readers who weren’t even born yet in 1965?
How could THEY possibly relate to this being a summer song?
So for a moment, I started to question my own justification.
And then THIS year, “Satisfaction” moves UP our Summer Favorites Chart from #19 to #5 …
So how does THAT happen?!?!
Sure, it’s a great rock song … a classic to be sure … but what ties it to summer for SO many people?
As for the Christmas comparison, I get what you're saying ... but I think Christmas Music has always revolved a specific list of songs, often covered (and featured) by DOZENS of artists. A countdown of Top 100 "Christmas Favorites" that features eight versions of some of these tunes would really limit its appeal. (Gary Theroux syndicates a Top 100 Christmas Songs list every year … but it’s a stretch to include everything to fill out a list that long ... so he expands the criteria as necessary so as t be able to feature the widest variety of holiday music possible.)
But this seems to be the exception to the rule ...
Typically, we’re subjected to a dozen different versions of “O Holy Night,” “White Christmas,” “The Christmas Song” and “Jingle Bells” instead … hardly the stuff that makes for an interesting countdown. (And don't even get me started as to how "Baby, It's Cold Outside" always made the holiday playlist until about a year ago when our new-found political correctness seemed to banish it from the airwaves forever more!)
Does “California” not constitute the whole “good vibrations” of Summer? If not, then there goes your #2 All-Time Favorite pick! (Which would also mean that about 650 of you out there were WRONG for selecting it … and I don’t buy that for a minute!!!)
And then how do you handle a random vote like this one?:
And finally ...
If you want a great Fall / Autumn song, try “Autumn” by The Thomas Group from 1966 on Dunhill ... it’s a great “forgotten” PF Sloan-Steve Barri song. It was also a Gary Lewis LP cut. Either one is excellent. Should have been a hit. (Although it makes Top 5 in Louisville!) It’s on YouTube.