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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"Hot Fun In the Summertime," Sly & the Family Stone

Sly And The Family Stone
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Summer 1969 was already under way when Stone handed in this heavenly soul ballad to Epic Records, which was wary of releasing a summer song in August – but it was a smash anyway. Sly and crew croon beautifully about summer days over string-sweetened light funk and while it's hard to imagine a cat like Sly "at a county fair in the country sun," they sure make you want to join them there.

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