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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"(Love Is Like A) Heat Wave," Martha & The Vandellas

Martha Reeves and the Vandellas
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A firecracker ode to unbearable weather, Martha & The Vandellas' second hit single shot up the chart in the summer of 1963, and it can still dial up the temperature any time a lazy oldies radio DJ uses it to follow a nasty weather forecast. Alabama-born Martha Reeves sings about a guy who's hot she gives her a fever over a high-energy R&B groove that was one of the earliest moments of genius for Motown's Holland-Dozier-Holland songwriting team.

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