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 !

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ksrAaV2ZC88 – ‘It’s Almost Summer’ – Billy Thorpe

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pC1K1AYvtAo – ‘Summer Breeze’ – Seals & Crofts

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C070_4ya98Y – ‘The Heat Is On’ – Glenn Frey

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5bUmx-hk-c – ‘Summer In The City’ – The Lovin’ Spoonful

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=coBwk8v9KPQ – ‘The Summer Wind’ – Frank Sinatra

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Gc4QTqslN4 – ‘Surfer Bird’ – The Trashmen

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcNeOw4ZAlo – ‘One Summer’ – Daryl Braithwaite

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sx8iMzdzUds – ”Ride The Wild Surf’ – Jan & Dean

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tDDL1RxXRc – ‘Summer (The First Time)’ – Bobby Goldsboro

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZZD8ckwLJA – ‘Summertime Blues’ – Eddie Cochrane

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VvD0_aeAf2E – ‘A Summer Song’ – Chad & Jeremy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3agVtY4Z6M – ‘Bombora’ – The Atlantics

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F24LC0QsYTQ – ‘Fun, Fun, Fun’ – Beach Boys

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9f06QZCVUHg – ‘Summer Of 69’ – Bryan Adams

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YiISrw2GTXE – ‘Summer Wine’ – Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFIVQms3SAk – ‘Summer Of ’81’ – Mondo Rock

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XE2fnYpwrng – ‘Heat Wave’ – Martha & the Vandellas

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yG0oBPtyNb0 – ‘In The Summertime’ – Mungo Jerry

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KuxiLtP7xTw – ‘Beach Baby’ – First Class

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5LSnovsmS1g – ‘I Live For The Sun’ – The Sunrays

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PmzCj01VfFM – ‘Lake Side’ – Australian Crawl

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wssIZOBV9i4 – ‘Summer Rain’ – Belinda Carlisle

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5D07c0dJuQ – ‘Wipeout’ – Surfaris

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fUyRp0NEzo – ‘Do It Again’ – Beach Boys

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQTVpem9-hI – ‘On The Beach’ – Chris Rea

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kS_sLUVuKTs – ‘Mississippi’ – John Phillips

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=blghTWXqwys – ‘He’s My Blonde Headed Stompie Wompie Real Gone Surfer Boy’ – Little Pattie

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAP1AgSwN18 – ‘Summertime’ (long version) – Billy Stewart

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gh-5SyBn4fY – ‘Summer Samba’ – Astrid Gilberto

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sl1ydqS4bFQ – ‘Summer Love’ – Sherbet

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WqKi_9p1zks – ‘Little Honda’ – Hondels

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=379SyVbbj34 – ‘Summer Rain’ (2013 LIVE version) – Johnny Rivers

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSsiS-v6_6M – (Theme From) ‘A Summer Place’ – Percy Faith & Orchestra

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGALtkbk37Y – ‘Summer Breeze’ – Stylus (LIVE)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Viqr6KHwJjc – ‘Albatross’ – Fleetwood Mac