Best Summer Songs of All Time


"Sunny Afternoon," The Kinks

Pete Quaife, Ray Davies, Mick Avory and Dave Davies of The Kinks
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Released in June of 1966, this Ray Davies tune taps into English music hall tradition with a jaunty wistful melody; Davies plays a rich kid who's been busted out by the tax man, scrapped by his girlfriend and left with little more than "my ice cold beer/lazing on a sunny afternoon in the summertime." It's like the Beatles' "Taxman" as satire.

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