9 Classic Summertime Songs to Beat the Winter Blues
OK … So I realize it’s only January 10, and we have a long way to go, but I’m officially DONE with winter! Like many folks across the US this week, I battled snow, ice, sub-zero temps, frozen pipes and a Polar Vortex. For a couple of days, I layered on most of the clothing I own, looking and feeling like poor Randy Parker in A Christmas Story when his Mom dressed him in so much winter-wear that he could hardly move!
I felt like things were starting to look up when the thermometer reached a tropical 31 degrees yesterday, but was jolted back to reality when I arose this morning to see another gray day, falling snow, and a car that needed to be dug out – again!
So, for those like me who’ve had enough of winter already, I suggest treating yourself to a cup of hot chocolate while you indulge in the happiness of these warm, classic summertime songs:
9 Classic Summertime Songs
“Wipe Out” – The Surfaris (1962)
The Surfaris formed in 1962 in Glendora, California. As a “surf rock” band, it is only fitting one of their most popular hits would be called “Wipe Out”. It topped the U.S. music charts at number 2 in 1963 before exploding into international success.
“Summer Breeze” – Seals & Crofts (1972)
James “Jim” Seals and Darrell “Dash” Crofts became a duo in 1969. Seals & Crofts, as they became known, had a long and successful run of recordings throughout the 1970s. They released “Summer Breeze” in 1972 and it topped the Billboard Pop Singles chart at number 6. Rolling Stone included it in their 2013 list of the “Best Summer Songs of All Time”.
“Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days of Summer” – Nat King Cole (1963)
With over one hundred hit songs, Nat King Cole was a verifiable legend. His music and landmark career influenced several styles of music. “Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days of Summer” is a classic single off the 1963 album of the same name.
“Surfin’ U.S.A.” – The Beach Boys (1963)
“Surfin’ U.S.A.” is the title track off the album sharing the same name. The Beach Boys released it as a single in 1963, where it peaked at number 3 on the Billboard charts. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame also included it in their “500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll” list.
“Saturday in the Park” – Chicago (1972)
Chicago recorded “Saturday in the Park” for Chicago V, their 1972 album. It became the band’s highest-charting single to date when it reached number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. With the success of that single, the Chicago V album got a boost to number 1. “Saturday in the Park” was certified Gold by the RIAA after it sold over 1,000,000 units just within the U.S.
“Under The Boardwalk” – The Drifters (1964)
The Drifters recorded “Under the Boardwalk” in 1964. It topped the Billboard Hot 100 charts at number 4. It has been covered by several artists since then and is considered a classic. Rolling Stone included it in their list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time”.
“In The Summertime” – Mungo Jerry (1970)
Mungo Jerry is a British rock group that came to success in the early 1970s. “In the Summertime” was their debut single and it was released in 1970. It charted at number 1 all around the world and stayed on the UK Singles Chart for seven weeks. It eventually sold more than 30 million copies, which makes it one of the best-selling singles of all time.
“Summer Nights” – John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John (1978)
Grease is a classic musical and movie. John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John sparked on screen as Danny and Sandy. By the end of 1978, the movie’s soundtrack was the second-best selling album of the year in the United States. Summer doesn’t seem complete without a rendition of “Summer Nights”.
“Hot Fun In The Summertime” – Sly & The Family Stone (1969)
Sly & The Family Stone released “Hot Fun in the Summertime” in 1969 shortly after their high-profile performance at Woodstock. This single blazed up the Billboard charts, hitting number 2 on the U.S. Top 100 pop singles chart and number 3 on the soul singles chart. It was ranked at the seventh biggest U.S. hit of that year.
How to Lift the Wintertime Blues
It’s easy to get stuck with the wintertime blues as you look forward to warmer weather. In addition to the music suggestions above, you can also try a couple of these other ideas to help lift the wintertime blahs:
Wear Bright, Colorful Clothing
It may not be warm, bright, and sunny outside, but sometimes just wearing brighter, more colorful clothing can give you a bit of an energy boost.
Read a Book
Books can take us to another world. By taking some time to read a book, maybe even a comedy, you may be able to escape from winter for a little while.
Watch a Movie
Movies can be a great way to relax and get away for a bit. Laughing along with your favorite comedy can help push away wintertime blahs. You can also revisit what you love about Christmas with one or several classic Christmas movies.
Get Some Natural Light
Wintertime blues can sometimes be caused by a lack of natural light. So, try to get some natural light where you can for a little mood boost.
You can also plan an indoor picnic or beach-themed party with family and friends. You could even consider a mini-vacation in any sun-filled locale mentioned in a Beach Boys or Jimmy Buffett song!
Hang in there gang – winter will be over soon!