Best Summer Songs of All Time

School's out, and it's time to get down, get sunburned and get lucky


"California Girls," The Beach Boys

Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Dennis Wilson, Carl Wilson and David Marks of The Beach Boys
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With apologies to the other forty-nine, Brian Wilson's ode to his home state's hotties elevated California girls to mythic status. Wilson wrote the melody the first time he took acid and the swirling piano chords at the opening give the simple teenage fantasy a dream-like grandeur. The lyrics, written by Mike Love, were inspired by Wilson's assertion that "everybody loves girls."

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