We all long for the coming of summer, when the daylight feels endless, and our spirits rise with the temperature. Accordingly, it’s no surprise to discover that pop history is full of fantastic songs which extol the joys of sun, sea and sand, as well as plenty more that explore the season’s darker shadows. Here we open the curtains and let some sunshine in with the 20 best summer songs.
Listen to our ‘Summer’ playlist here, and check out our best summer songs, below.
20: The Pogues: Summer In Siam (1990)
Superficially, Shane MacGowan seems an unlikely figure to associate with songs about scorching sunshine, beaches and ice cream. However, during the late 80s, the legendary Pogues frontman developed a taste for Asian holidays, with his love of Thailand punctuating his lyrics for the band’s fifth album, Hell’s Ditch, in typically rambunctious fashion. Thailand also inspired that album’s House Of Gods and Sayonara, but the melancholic Summer In Siam (“When the moon is full of rainbows”) is a suitably dreamy ode to an exotic summer season far away in time.