More than any other season, we equate summer with music — outdoor festivals abound, boomboxes blast, and everyone you know has their “essential summer playlist” on heavy rotation. While we definitely have thoughts on the new tracks and indie standbys you should be blasting this summer, we got a bit nostalgic after listening to NPR‘s decades-spanning songs of the summer playlist on repeat this past week. Accordingly, we’ve collected a few “songs of the summer” from the ’60s and ’70s that we think still resonate today, and totally deserve a place on your 2012 summer fun mixtape or a little bit of airtime at your weekend backyard BBQ. Click through to have a listen, and if you’ve got your own ideas on the matter, chime in and add to our list in the comments.
The Lovin’ Spoonful, “Summer In The City” (1966)
Okay, okay, so the jackhammer sounds and VW Beetle horn blows probably don’t sound as fresh as they did in 1966, but as far as we’re concerned, this rough, sultry song is the epic embodiment of heat emanating from the pavement. Except, you know, in a good way.