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NPR presents a non-chronological megamix of every hit " Song Of Summer" from 1962 to 2013
posted by The Whelk (45 comments total) 30 users marked this as a favorite

 
1994: Lisa Loeb, "Stay"

Heh.
posted by chococat at 6:10 PM on June 21, 2013 [1 favorite]



Nobody on the road
Nobody on the beach
I feel it in the air
The summer's out of reach
Empty lake, empty streets
The sun goes down alone
I'm driving by your house
Though I know you're not home

But I can see you-
Your brown skin shinin' in the sun
You got your hair combed back and your sunglasses on, baby
And I can tell you my love for you will still be strong
After the boys of summer have gone

I never will forget those nights
I wonder if it was a dream
Remember how you made me crazy?
Remember how I made you scream
Now I don't understand what happened to our love
But babe, I'm gonna get you back
I'm gonna show you what I'm made of

I can see you-
Your brown skin shinin' in the sun
I see you walking real slow and you're smilin' at everyone
I can tell you my love for you will still be strong
After the boys of summer have gone

Out on the road today, I saw a DEADHEAD sticker on a Cadillac
A little voice inside my head said, "Don't look back. You can never look back"
I thought I knew what love was
What did I know?
Those days are gone forever
I should just let them go but-

I can see you-
Your brown skin shinin' in the sun
You got that top pulled down and that radio on, baby
And I can tell you my love for you will still be strong
After the boys of summer have gone

I can see you-
Your brown skin shinin' in the sun
You got that hair slicked back and those Wayfarers on, baby
I can tell you my love for you will still be strong
After the boys of summer have gone

posted by cog_nate at 6:11 PM on June 21, 2013 [4 favorites]


BURMA SHAVE!
posted by cog_nate at 6:11 PM on June 21, 2013 [1 favorite]


Sorry, everyone. I've been drinking.
posted by cog_nate at 6:12 PM on June 21, 2013 [5 favorites]


Somehow I was expecting a re-mix blending the songs, not a mixtape/playlist of the songs.
posted by jacquilynne at 6:18 PM on June 21, 2013 [14 favorites]


Man, I completely missed "I Love It" last year. I thought it had only just come out.
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 6:22 PM on June 21, 2013 [1 favorite]


No Gangnam Style? How parochial.
posted by Apocryphon at 6:24 PM on June 21, 2013 [3 favorites]


I got my first real six-string
Bought it at the five 'n dime
Played it 'til my fingers bled
Was the summer of 69

Me and some guys from school
Had a band and we tried real hard
Jimmy quit, Jody got married
Shoulda known we'd never get far

Oh when I look back now
That summer seemed to last forever
And if I had the choice
Yeah I'd always wanna be there

Those were the best days of my life

Ain't no use in complainin'
When you got a job to do
Spend my evenings down at the drive-in
And that's when I met you

Standin' on your momma's porch
You told me that you'd wait forever
Oh and when you held my hand
I knew that it was now or never

Those were the best days of my life

Back in the summer of '69

Man we were killin' time
We were young and restless
And needin' to unwind
I guess nothing can last forever, no

And now the times are changin'
Look at everything that's come and gone
Sometimes when I play that old six-string
I think about you, wonder what went wrong

Standin' on your momma's porch
You told me that you'd wait forever
Oh and when you held my hand
I knew that it was now or never

Those were the best days of my life

Oh yeah, back in the summer of 69
It was the summer of 69
It was the summer of 69


Man, summer is a magical time and music is a powerful reminder.
posted by ElDiabloConQueso at 6:36 PM on June 21, 2013


since it never was a hit and never will be, here's my favorite summer song
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 6:39 PM on June 21, 2013 [3 favorites]


Somehow I was expecting a re-mix blending the songs, not a mixtape/playlist of the songs.

Me too, but that's OK because I think a mashup of all those songs, done properly, could kill us all. My heart would explode from pop fantasticness.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 6:47 PM on June 21, 2013 [1 favorite]


Let's talk about the perfect summer night song.
posted by davebush at 7:11 PM on June 21, 2013 [2 favorites]


Dave... I thought we were going to talk about the perfect summer night song.
posted by ElDiabloConQueso at 7:14 PM on June 21, 2013 [1 favorite]


Dammit, ElDiabloConQueso - I think you're right. That's perfect for a warm July night, hanging in a 7-11 parking lot.
posted by davebush at 7:17 PM on June 21, 2013 [1 favorite]


About 30 seconds ago I was thinking "Meh, yet another list of songs, some of which aren't even about summer...."

but damned if I didn't put it on and then within five seconds start grooving in front of my computer to Tears for Fears. And now it's segueing into Coldplay and my roommate's in the next room otherwise I'd be full-on "I used to ruuuuuuule the woooooooorld....."
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 7:19 PM on June 21, 2013 [1 favorite]


That Summer Feeling
posted by davebush at 7:27 PM on June 21, 2013 [1 favorite]


This never got big in summer, but it should have - John Mellencamp and Me'Shell Ndegeocello taking a Van Morrison song and sexin' it up.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 7:33 PM on June 21, 2013 [6 favorites]


Just reading that list put Anita Ward's Ring My Bell into my head. Must be all those dances I went to every Friday night during my freshman and sophomore years in high school (the song was a hit the summer between the two).
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 7:33 PM on June 21, 2013 [1 favorite]


Fantabulousity. Backstreet's back, all right.
posted by Going To Maine at 7:40 PM on June 21, 2013


I know all the songs right up to 1990 and then I know about 1/4 of them after that. I seem to have quit listening to the radio once I turned 26.
posted by octothorpe at 7:41 PM on June 21, 2013


I know all the songs right up to 1990 and then I know about 1/4 of them after that.

oh thank god i thought it was the only one


....Wow, kudos to them for playing the uncensored version of "Hollaback Girl".
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 7:42 PM on June 21, 2013 [2 favorites]


So many fun songs!

... And then there is 1991: Bryan Adams, "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You."
posted by salvia at 7:53 PM on June 21, 2013 [1 favorite]


"I know all the songs right up to 1990 and then I know about 1/4 of them after that."

I'm the same age as you, but my cut-off is 1987. I would have said I'd stopped listening to the radio a couple of years earlier, but I guess not. Other than my adolescence of 76-82, the nineties were the time when I most listened to music and a bit less so in the 00s and 10s. But virtually all the nineties songs and beyond are unfamiliar to me.

I'm pretty much totally okay with seceding from the top-40 world. What concerns me, though, is that I think that a fair number of the 60s, 70s, and early 80s songs are pretty good.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 8:15 PM on June 21, 2013


That Summer Feeling
posted by davebush at 9:27 PM on June 21


That summer feeling is gonna fly / Always try and keep the feeling inside
posted by jeudi at 8:17 PM on June 21, 2013 [1 favorite]


I think it's the accordion, but I think of Mellencamp's Cherry Bomb as an "indian summer" song for those years when October's leaves are at peak brilliance, but it's still as sunny and warm as it was in August.
posted by wobh at 8:18 PM on June 21, 2013 [1 favorite]


I guess we all remember every moment of those endless summer nights.
posted by orange swan at 8:22 PM on June 21, 2013 [1 favorite]


I remember the summer of '75. All you heard on the radio was that damn Captain and Tenille song...until you got into a car with your friends and there was a 8 track player blasting this past the point of distortion.

There's always a vast gap between what is considered the top pop song of the summer and the one that's getting blasted by everyone else.
posted by Ber at 8:35 PM on June 21, 2013 [1 favorite]


Ah, the summer jams.

A great askme for similar feelings:
http://ask.metafilter.com/240511/Upbeat-songs-for-a-kickass-end-of-the-semester-cookout
posted by Mizu at 8:40 PM on June 21, 2013


I aged out to that 1/4 number in 1992, But the Icona Pop and the Daft Punk define the last couple of summers for me.
posted by immlass at 8:47 PM on June 21, 2013


Wayback summer songs for me were Wooly Bully, You Ain't Got Nothin' Yet, Just Like Me and Hey Joe (by the Leaves.) Some of those were played on a blanket in the mashed down weeds on a battery-powered turntable near our community swimming pool (made of cement and spring-fed) on 45s some of which warped in the summer sun yet still played. It was fun watching the needle track on the wavy vinyl.
posted by maggieb at 8:49 PM on June 21, 2013 [2 favorites]


The only radio station I've listened to since I was a teen is NPR, so they could've just linked to their live feed to stir my nostalgic blood.
posted by item at 8:58 PM on June 21, 2013


After checking out the list, I would've thought it needs like 40% more Billy Joel to be popular with members of Metafilter, because man alive do you people seem to loooooooove Billy Joel.
posted by item at 9:05 PM on June 21, 2013


So I clicked 'play' on the play button at the top of the link in the OP, and after playing a couple of random tunes from the list given in the article it started playing a tune not listed in the article.

This was the point that I clicked 'stop'.
posted by motty at 9:10 PM on June 21, 2013


this needs to be here as a matter of course
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 9:11 PM on June 21, 2013


There's always a vast gap between what is considered the top pop song of the summer and the one that's getting blasted by everyone else.

True. Looking down the list, past the late 70s I think the songs that really said "this is the song of this summer" are not really the same ones that were selling the most singles on Billboard charts. Some of the ones that I most identify with summer from the time I was eight to 28 or so quickly come to mind, regardless of whether I liked them or not, they were just the ubiquitous sounds that were everywhere around us: I Want You to Want Mefrom the Live at Budokan record by Cheap Trick, Centerfold by J. Giels Band (and Freeze Frame too, for that matter), the Procalimers' 500 Miles, Sinead O'Connor's Nothing Compares 2U, Fine Young Cannibals' She Drives Me Crazy, Des-ree'sYou Gotta Be, I Know by Dionne Faris, One Week by the Barenaked Ladies, Oasis' Wonderwall, the entire Hootie & the Blowfish album of Cracked Rear View but especially I Only Wanna Be With You, Mambo No. 5...oh man, the memories!
posted by Miko at 9:11 PM on June 21, 2013 [7 favorites]


for some reason I always thought the lyric was "I can't tell you my love for you," etc.

huh
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 9:16 PM on June 21, 2013


The only radio station I've listened to since I was a teen is NPR, so they could've just linked to their live feed to stir my nostalgic blood.

Their spotify account ( spotify:user:npr_music ) looks to be rather a goldmine.
posted by titus-g at 11:51 PM on June 21, 2013 [3 favorites]


What stunned me is that it hasn't even been 20 years since the Macarena. Seems like forever ago. Like before I lost my first real job and broke up with my first serious girlfriend and stuff like that. I'm having a hard time processing that it was 1996. I have a clear memory of seeing the video in my ex's parent's living room. It must have been when I was out in Albuquerque to get away from the Olympics. What a weird summer that was.
posted by ob1quixote at 1:14 AM on June 22, 2013


Does it have this one, where neon lights up the edge of town a few summers after the darkness?
posted by chavenet at 1:28 AM on June 22, 2013 [1 favorite]


Miko - you mentioned Cheap Trick's "I Want You to Want Me" and that really hit home for me. I spent the summer of 1979 working at an amusement park and one ride had a sound system driven by a cassette deck. "Live at Budokan", Supertramp's "Breakfast in America" and The Cars' "Candy-O" will forever remind me of that wonderful 3 months of my life.
posted by davebush at 2:47 AM on June 22, 2013 [2 favorites]


I'm eagerly waiting for the Len revival.
posted by chinston at 5:24 AM on June 22, 2013 [1 favorite]


You are some kind of monster.
posted by The Whelk at 6:04 AM on June 22, 2013


I wonder if anyone else feels the same as I do - that the "summer song" phenomenon seemed to flame out around the time I turned 20.
posted by any major dude at 6:30 AM on June 22, 2013


"none of the guys go steady 'cause it wouldn't be right to leave your best girl home on a Saturday night"

The Beach Boys... there is some odd stuff going on there.
posted by hippybear at 7:55 AM on June 22, 2013


The songs that win the summer season spread so fast and far because they work. They're fun to sing. The hooks are catchy... It happens every year.

I know! And what a relief, after seemingly endless winters of uncatchy billboard pop hits that don't work!
posted by salvia at 9:20 AM on June 22, 2013 [1 favorite]


I'd call that NPR thing a "playlist" - to me, "megamix" implied that it was one big long track incorporating snippets of these songs, recontextualizing them and making something even more hideous!
posted by kuppajava at 2:14 PM on June 22, 2013


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