A list of the best songs to drink to during summer

The 8 Best Songs about Summer – For Drunk People

June 25, 2014 / by , / 45 Comments

With the summer solstice arriving last weekend, summer is officially here. The time of drives with the top down, pool parties, and – oh yeah – lots of drinking. In honor of this hallowed time of short shorts, bro tanks, and margaritas, we’ve compiled the best summer-specific songs for your drunken nights.

“Summer of ’69,” Bryan Adams

A song so American it should’ve been sung by The Boss himself, Bryan Adams’ “Summer of ’69” is top contender for the title of “best summer song you love to drunk sing.”  With an instantly recognizable first riff and insanely catchy chorus about young love, this song is almost Bon Jovi-level fun. One of the musical world’s greatest homages to oral sex, Bryan Adams’ “Summer of ’69” is a must-include for any summer drinking playlist.

And yes, I know that Bryan Adams is a native of America’s hat. No, I don’t care. There is nothing more American than playing in a band doomed to fail and falling in love on a porch. The United States is the king of porch romances.

“Summer Nights,” John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John

Say what you want about John Travolta’s ability to read, or his religion, or his face – but there’s no denying that he and Olivia Newton-John struck blackout karaoke gold with “Summer Nights,” the classic duet from the smash-hit Grease. Whether you’re trying to make a move on a potential romantic partner or simply hammered enough to jump up and sing with a stranger, there’s no denying that “Summer Nights” has an almost mesmerizing power over people. This song will turn even the most adamant “cool guy” into a childish mess of “doo-wops” and “uh-huhs.”

“Girls In Their Summer Clothes,” Bruce Springsteen

Bruce is the master of constructing a vivid, compelling summer narrative. The man has made his mark on the world by crafting songs that embody the backstreets, sticky boardwalks, and emotional odysseys of the American summer. But on this track from his brilliant-yet-underrated 2007 album Magic, Bruce drops everything else to focus on one indisputable human truth: Girls look fucking amazing in the summertime. And in the end, nothing is more fitting for a drunk American summer than Bruce yowling and la-la-ing about women 30 years his junior.

“Summer Girls,” LFO

I don’t know if there’s an award for greatest lyrics of all-time in the history of forever, but if there is, it should immediately be given to LFO for the bubblegum boy band hit “Summer Girls.” A song as informative (“Michael J. Fox was Alex P. Keaton”) as it is clever (“I’ll steal your honey like I stole your bike”), LFO’s “Summer Girls” is…well…it’s okay.

Wait, that’s not right. It’s an awful, horrible, terrible song (The song peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. Let that sink in for a second).

However, there’s no resisting its stupid, unbearable charm – and if it’s not a song you’re putting on your summer playlists, you’re missing out on some ridiculous sing-along opportunities. There’s always a point in the night when everyone is too drunk to care about their self-respect, and when that time comes, you need LFO there – and Snapchat open.

“California Gurls,” Katy Perry feat. Snoop Dogg

Speaking of a lack of self-respect, no drunk playlist is complete without Katy Perry – and there’s no Katy Perry that fits summer better than “California Gurls.” The pop star’s tribute to her home state has everything you could want in a drunk summer song: an easy to remember, frequently repeated chorus, alliteration, boob fountains, and Snoop Dogg. Will you hate yourself for singing along? Probably. Will you remember it the next day? Let’s all hope not.

“Constructive Summer,” The Hold Steady

If you aren’t drunk before you spin “Constructive Summer,” you’re going to be intoxicated with balls-to-the-wall joy after the first opening strains of distorted guitar and Joe Strummer name-checks. Hands down there are no better drunken summertime lyrics than “Me and my friends are like / double whiskey coke no ice / We drink along in double time / Might drink too much but we feel fine / We’re going to build something this summer.”

Fuck yeah man. Let’s go do this.

“Summertime,” DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince (Will Smith)

Will Smith is the voice of a generation. Like him or not, there’s really no denying that Will Smith is, was, and always will be the face of the 90’s and early 2000’s. From his iconic role as “The Fresh Prince” in the sitcom The Prince of Bel-Air, to his starring roles in the Men in Black and Bad Boys series, to his many hit singles – Will Smith could simply do no wrong in the eyes of the #90sKids. Along his stream of success, Smith, and his partner DJ Jazzy Jeff, also happened to create what many have called the definitive summer song – “Summertime.” The song has an irresistible groove and traverses all of the important summertime topics – driving around, checking out summertime honeys, and playing outside with your friends. No drunken summer night is complete without a trip down memory lane, and for this, there’s nobody better to put in the driver’s seat than Mr. Smith.

“Summertime Sadness,” Lana Del Rey

While it’s not exactly the type of “yay! summer!” song you may want when you’re drunk, there’s no avoiding the need to put The Queen of Aloof’s smash hit on your summer drinking playlist. For all its negativity and strangeness, “Summertime Sadness” offers a drunk opportunity that you’ll find with no other song: the opportunity for everyone to do their best Lana Del Rey impression. Whether you’re confusedly staring out into space or trying to moan like someone who would name a song “Diet Mountain Dew,” putting on your best Lana impression will really round out your drunken night like nothing else.