Favorite Summer Song

Summer conjures memories of carefree days with friends, riding bikes, and listening to the radio. Some songs always make me think of the hottest months of the year. I asked you what your favorite summer songs were.

Summer Breeze by Seals and Croft and Good Vibrations by the Beach Boys were the clear favorites, though Summer of ’69 (Bryan Adams) and Boys of Summer (Don Henley) received respectable support.

A number of responders pointed out an obvious miss in my offered selections—School’s Out by Alice Cooper. When I brainstormed the original list, it included this classic song, but I tried to narrow it down to four choices. Probably should have included this one.

Here are some of the comments you shared:

1978 Greenfield at Rahway Jr High NJ | “Schools Out” Alice Cooper | Papers and books thrown everywhere

(Summer Breeze is) … the best summer song. Next comes that Sitting on the Dock of the Bay (Otis Redding).

Any answer other than Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville is just plain wrong!

Summertime composed by George Gershwin

Centerfield by John Fogerty is another good summer song.

Saturday in the Park by Chicago. Love your stories-thanks!

Those Lazy Hazy Crazy Days of Summer (Nat King Cole). Sends me right back to my childhood summers!

Summer in the City by The Lovin Spoonful.

My newest summer faves: Good Vibes by Chris Janson and the Kid Rock’s All Summer Long.

Beach Boys

(The Beach Boys) June 16 here in Asheville. This California girl is headed to see the guys at Salvage Station before we get too old to remember the words.

Pretty much anything by the Beach Boys. Mostly California Girls comes to mind first.

I was in my twenties and loved anything the Beach Boys recorded. Good Vibrations was one of my favorites from that time.

I chose Good Vibrations, but good old fashioned southern beach music is the absolute best!

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Reader Surveys

Each month, I survey readers on a random topic. I might ask about books, reading, and authors, as this is my primary focus. Some months, the survey focuses on the mountain region that has been my home. Other months, the query will be something completely random. The debate over mayonnaise might be the most contested ever.

In time for the monthly newsletter, I summarize and share the overall results and some of the highlights I learned. To protect privacy, I don't attempt connect the data in anyway to individuals and then delete the responses.

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