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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"Summer In the City," Lovin' Spoonful

Lovin Spoonful
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Tons of tunes celebrate the summer, but few note how oppressive and gross it can be: John Sebastian sounds seriously annoyed when he spits "back of my neck getting dirt and gritty." But then the sun goes down and the partying starts – everyone is hooking up on rooftops and twistin' the night away. With a barrage of car horns on the bridge, the record evoked its subject with urban grit and Gershwin-esque grandeur.

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