Best Summer Songs of All Time

School's out, and it's time to get down, get sunburned and get lucky


"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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