That Summer Feeling In Song

This ‘young bloke’ has had a blast putting together this completely biased, non-scientific, certainly NOT researched list of songs/instrumentals, that to my mind reflect Summer ‘Down Under’. I’ve featured quite a few Aussie acts + US & UK talent from the late 50’s through the 80’s. I’m sure there are a stack of great, summer inspired songs from the 80’s forward, however they may surface at a later date.

As a radio person for a few decades or four, I’ve played all of these tracks many times over the years BUT they survive (at least in my audio head) as music cuts that create the mood, images and sound of an Aussie summer. In my role as a voice over actor and writer, music is both a relaxant (yes, it is addictive) and an everyday tool in both the broadcast and VO business.

My selection is not presented in any particular numerical/favourite order. It’s not a countdown as such, but rather 30 odd tracks that I happen to enjoy and believe me the list IS eclectic. I hope you enjoy them ! – ‘It’s Almost Summer’ – Billy Thorpe – ‘Summer Breeze’ – Seals & Crofts – ‘The Heat Is On’ – Glenn Frey – ‘Summer In The City’ – The Lovin’ Spoonful – ‘The Summer Wind’ – Frank Sinatra – ‘Surfer Bird’ – The Trashmen – ‘One Summer’ – Daryl Braithwaite – ”Ride The Wild Surf’ – Jan & Dean – ‘Summer (The First Time)’ – Bobby Goldsboro – ‘Summertime Blues’ – Eddie Cochrane – ‘A Summer Song’ – Chad & Jeremy – ‘Bombora’ – The Atlantics – ‘Fun, Fun, Fun’ – Beach Boys – ‘Summer Of 69’ – Bryan Adams – ‘Summer Wine’ – Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood – ‘Summer Of ’81’ – Mondo Rock – ‘Heat Wave’ – Martha & the Vandellas – ‘In The Summertime’ – Mungo Jerry – ‘Beach Baby’ – First Class – ‘I Live For The Sun’ – The Sunrays – ‘Lake Side’ – Australian Crawl – ‘Summer Rain’ – Belinda Carlisle – ‘Wipeout’ – Surfaris – ‘Do It Again’ – Beach Boys – ‘On The Beach’ – Chris Rea – ‘Mississippi’ – John Phillips – ‘He’s My Blonde Headed Stompie Wompie Real Gone Surfer Boy’ – Little Pattie – ‘Summertime’ (long version) – Billy Stewart – ‘Summer Samba’ – Astrid Gilberto – ‘Summer Love’ – Sherbet – ‘Little Honda’ – Hondels – ‘Summer Rain’ (2013 LIVE version) – Johnny Rivers – (Theme From) ‘A Summer Place’ – Percy Faith & Orchestra – ‘Summer Breeze’ – Stylus (LIVE) – ‘Albatross’ – Fleetwood Mac