Do you agree with EW's 15 favorite summer songs? Check out our picks including ''Summer in the City,'' Dancing in the Street,'' and ''School's Out''

By Chris Willman
May 28, 2004 at 04:00 AM EDT

As Martha & the Vandellas once almost said: Summer’s here, and the time is right for ripping mix CDs. We’ve picked some summer pop favorites to make your next beach trip even cooler.

SUMMER IN THE CITY The Lovin’ Spoonful Urban summers are a grimy, nasty business. (And a grime-meister like John Sebastian oughta know.) But at night, it’s a different world…

ALL SUMMER LONG The Beach Boys Miniature golf and girls in cutoffs — truly the stuff of Valhalla.

SCHOOL’S OUT Alice Cooper School’s out for-ever! Or until somebody makes you get your stupid GED.

UP ON THE ROOF The Drifters Because there’s nothing like God’s own AC.

4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) Bruce Springsteen Bruce claims ”for me this boardwalk life’s through,” then paints such a romantic picture, you know you’ve never heard such fibbing.

SUMMERTIME Big Brother & the Holding Company As Porgy might put it: Janis, you is my woman!

4TH OF JULY X A troubled couple sets aside the indoor fireworks to go outside and watch some real ones.

SUMMERTIME BLUES The Who The self-conscious torpor of youth, expressed with an utterly seasoned muscularity.

HOT FUN IN THE SUMMERTIME Sly & the Family Stone The perfect soundtrack for anyone’s stoned soul picnic.

SUMMER BABE Pavement Stephen Malkmus writes a much-needed second-act closer for the Stockton revival of ‘Grease.’

THAT SUMMER FEELING Jonathan Richman Someday you’ll be nostalgic and bitter because you took the bitchin’ summer you’re having right now for granted.

DANCING IN THE STREET Martha & the Vandellas The civil rights subtext may be mostly forgotten, but this is no less irresistible now, even if it’s just helping fight for your right to block-party.

SUMMERTIME DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince Nothing like barbecuing, basketball, car washing, and cruising. Did we forget anything? Oh yeah: ”It’s like the summer’s a natural aphrodisiac.”

SUMMERTIME, SUMMERTIME The Jamies Sometimes the season makes you so damn happy, you need to hear summertime sung 5,000 consecutive times.

SUMMERTIME ROLLS Jane’s Addiction A sort of protest song: Perry Farrell and girlfriend are against clothes. Anyone lost in love (or marooned in July) can relate.


SUMMER GIRLS LFO How did Abercrombie & Fitch survive this? How did summer?

LOVE LETTERS IN THE SAND Pat Boone Dude writes mash notes in the surf, then cries when the tide washes ’em away!

SUMMER (THE FIRST TIME) Bobby Goldsboro Losing your virginity to a beautiful older woman never sounded so icky.

OUR LAST SUMMER ABBA No summer song ever had a more mellow-harshing denouement than ”And now you’re working in a bank/The family man, a football fan/And your name is Harry.”

HOT HOT HOT Buster Poindexter Not not not.