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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"Rock Lobster," The B-52s

Ricky Wilson, Cindy Wilson, Keith Strickland, Kate Pierson and Fred Schneider of The B-52's
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The great Southern New Wave party band's 1979 novelty hit was a wild, winking throwback to the innocent silliness of Sixties dance crazes. The surfed-up guitar part and Fred Schneider's brilliant Jacques Cousteau-gone-bonkers lyrics ("There goes a dog-fish, chased by a cat-fish, in flew a sea robin, watch out for that piranha, there goes a narwhal, here comes a bikini whale!") made it a psychedelic beach rocker for the ages.

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