Best Summer Songs of All Time

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

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"Constructive Summer," The Hold Steady

Craig Finn of The Hold Steady
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"We're gonna build something this summer," Craig Finn sings over an all-ages moshpit riff, as he sings about what punk-rock kids in America do to beat the summertime blues – namely, drink toasts to Saint Joe Strummer on top of watertowers. The song's relentless energy and shout-along Black Flag-style backing vocals ("Get hammered!") tap timeless school's-out mania but a dark undercurrent makes it stick – "getting older makes it harder to remember," he sings. A steady diet of double whiskeys with no ice doesn't help either.

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