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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45. "The Swimming Song," Loudon Wainwright III

Loudon Wainwright III was one of the smartest, funniest, oddest stars of the early-Seventies singer-songwriter boom. While everyone else was writing serious songs of manly sensitivity he opened his 1973 album Attempted Mustache with this buoyant banjo-led tune about doing the cannonball and the Italian crawl: "Last summer I swan in the ocean and I swam in a swimming pool/Salt my wounds, chlorine my eyes I'm a self-destructive fool!" Kowabunga!

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