Wednesday, January 18, 2017

10 Best Summer Songs of the 70's

I love the 70’s; the decade is undoubtedly the best era for music. Those who grew up in the 70’s spent their summer nights cruisin’ the streets of their small towns with the radio up, attending some of the best rock concerts ever, or getting their groove on at discos. But no matter what their scene was, they got ready to party by listening to great summer songs like these:

‘Night Moves’ by Bob Seger – This song is about what happens when teenagers get bored in the sweet summertime. It’ll bring back memories of those awkward teenage blues, but it’s great to listen to on a summer night.


‘Summer Nights’ by Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta – Speaking of summer nights, many girls of the 70’s spent theirs watching the movie ‘Grease’ over and over again and dreaming of summer lovin’ of their own. You’ve got to love how high John Travolta could get his voice back in the day! The ‘Grease’ songs and the film never get old, and audiences continue to enjoy discovering them summer after summer.


‘In the Summertime’ by Mungo Jerry – Perhaps the line “have a drink, have a drive” sounds a little ill-advised, but laws were different in the 70’s! This song perfectly defines summer; it’s lighthearted, warm, and upbeat, and it has one of my favorite lines of all time: “If her daddy’s rich, take her out for a meal; if her daddy’s poor, just do what you feel.” It’s wrong, I know, but it’s funny!


‘Black Water’ by The Doobie Brothers – For those who grew up in the country, summer isn’t defined any better than catfish jumping and the moon shining on the black water. Songs don’t get any more magical or mellow, and even if you’ve lived your whole life in the city, you can’t help but long to spend a summer night in the country when you hear this.


‘I Can See Clearly Now’ by Johnny Nash – This optimistic hit is perfect for the beginning of summer when days start getting bright and sunshiny.


‘Saturday in the Park’ by Chicago – Planning on having a summer picnic in the park? Well, you must listen to this song before you go! It’s basically a description of a summer scene, and Chicago paints a very pretty picture.


‘Summer Breeze’ by The Isley Brothers – There’s nothing like a cool breeze on your cheek on a lazy summer day, and even if the wind’s not blowing, this song will make you feel fine.


‘Margaritaville’ by Jimmy Buffet – Don’t we all wish we could visit Margaritaville during the summer? This song will forever be an anthem for those of us who prefer to marinate ourselves with salt and lime juice before we bake in the sun.


‘Going to California’ by Led Zeppelin – This song makes me think of the summer of love in the 60’s when America’s youth saw San Francisco as the promised land. It’s a poetic summer dream, and one of my favorite Led Zeppelin songs.


‘Night Fever’ by the Bee Gees – I couldn’t finish this list without one disco hit, and who better to heat things up than the Bee Gees? Their high-pitched voices were all the rage in discos all over America, and they’ll still give you a case of night fever during the summer now.


I love how eclectic this list of summer songs turned out; I could only do it with songs from the 70’s. So take a trip back in time this summer and transport yourself to an era full of some of the best summers for music ever with these songs.


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