Readers offer their favorite songs of summer

Last week we gave you our ultimate summer songs and asked for yours. You wondered: Where's "Summer in the City"? Where are the Beach Boys? Where's this? Where's that? And you crashed a wave of your own suggestions. Full Story
Tim S

Matteson, IL

#1 Jul 14, 2009
Ira Kleinmuntz must be mistaken if he thinks that Good Times Roll by the Cars was cranking out over the airways in 1978. That song was played on FM but not until the winter of 1979. The debut song from the album in August of 1978 was Just What I Needed followed by My Best Friends Girl in December of 1978. The debut album by the Cars peaked at #18 in March of 1979. It was a great album and unless he was cranking the album in his car, it was rare to hear that song on the radio.

Since: Dec 07

DuPage County

#2 Jul 14, 2009
Back in the summer of 1985 I was a student at SIU working in a liquor store with a top 40 station playing over our sound system. It got so that anytime that "Summer of '69" song came on people would scream. I remember many a time hearing people say, "Oh no not again..." when the opening would play.

New York, NY

#3 Jul 14, 2009
2009: Graffiti Eyes - StellaStarr* or See You - Dinosaur Jr.
Idzan Ismail

Mentakab, Malaysia

#4 Jul 14, 2009
My favorite is In the Summer Time by Mungo Jerry.
I never tire of it.

Chicago, IL

#5 Jul 14, 2009
When I think of summer music I think of Band Concerts in the Park. You can not have a concert in the park without some John Philip Sousa. If you are talking around the forth even though it has nothing to do with the War of 1812 between US and England The 1812 Overturn has become a standard 4th of July hit and the summer is never complete unless I play 1812 Overture at least once.
Denny D

Fort Wayne, IN

#6 Jul 14, 2009
"Hot In The City" Billy Idol,and "Vacation" by the Go-Gos, 1982.
I was going to be a senior in high school. It was one of the greatest summers of my life.

Carol Stream, IL

#7 Jul 14, 2009
Where is the book section of the Tribune? Cannot find it anywhere.
Summertime Memories

Melrose Park, IL

#8 Jul 14, 2009
Summertime meant getting away from the poseurs and blasters into some peace and quiet. I was soooo sick of fellow students' ears bleeding from the volume they set so that everyone else could listen to what they thought was cool. Not only in class, but on the CTA too. Summertime was a bliss of quiet nights, days full of normal people sounds and not being forcefed competing drivel from every side.

On another note: I want a refund of my $.75 paid for Saturday's Tribune. I tried to use the TV guide but it was totally wrong. Saturday's listings were just blatantly, shamelessly, WRONG. And why do they break down all the 26.x stations but not the 11.x or 38.x stations? And why do they only show some of the 26.x stations and not the 26.6 one? How come they list 56 by not 13?

The Trib is sooooo screwed up.
Ivory Dove

San Antonio, TX

#9 Jul 14, 2009
Idzan Ismail wrote:
My favorite is In the Summer Time by Mungo Jerry.
I never tire of it.
That one and "Summer Holiday" by Cliff Richard are a pair of classic, upbeat songs.

United States

#10 Jul 14, 2009
Summertime, summertime, sum sum summertime, summertime summertime summertime, sum sum summertime ...Jamie and the Jays. the greatest a_capella summer song ever.

Frankfort, IL

#11 Jul 15, 2009
Never heard that Nat King Cole song before, but the man who wrote about that sure seems to know what he's talking about.

Christine Cannek
Idzan Ismail

Bandar, Malaysia

#12 Jul 15, 2009
Christine wrote:
Never heard that Nat King Cole song before, but the man who wrote about that sure seems to know what he's talking about.
Christine Cannek
Lazy Hazy Crazy Days Of Summer and In The Good Old SummerTime by Nat King Cole.
Songs by Beach Boys also good for Summer listening.
Hey what am I doing here?
Its summer all year round for us in the Tropics.
But for upbeat tune: Rock The Boat song is cool.

Chicago, IL

#13 Jul 15, 2009
Sly and the Family Stone: Hot fun in the Summertime
Mary Dawson

Dubuque, IA

#14 Jul 15, 2009
For those old enough to remember it, "A summer place" from 1959 was one of the most beautiful songs ever made.

Since: Dec 07

DuPage County

#15 Jul 15, 2009
Becca wrote:
Sly and the Family Stone: Hot fun in the Summertime
I want to take you highhhhhhhhhhhhher....
That Girl

Carmel, IN

#16 Jul 15, 2009
Mary Dawson - You are absolutely right!

"Theme from a Summer Place" by Percy Faith & His Orchestra.
It really is one of the most beautiful pieces ever recorded. It is the perfect summer song.

United States

#17 Jul 31, 2009
"All Summer Long" by the Beach Boys!!:-)

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