There’s nothing more evocative of those ‘lazy hazy crazy days of summer’ than a tune that transports you right back to the Summer of Love. Can you recall the summer you first left school or the summer you met your first boyfriend/girlfriend, what songs were in the hit parade?
We have taken on the arduous task of putting together 10 of the best singles from the ’60s and ’70s that bring us right back, let us know how we did in the comments section below. Which ones did we miss? Which tunes are special to you? But before you do all that, pour yourself a long cold drink and sit back and listen to some real ‘grown-up’ music.
#1. Sunny Afternoon – The Kinks.
Sunny Afternoon was 13 weeks on the charts in 1966 with 2 weeks at the number 1 spot.
#2. Summertime Blues – Eddie Cochran.
Eddie Cochran was 6 weeks in the charts in 1958 peaking at number 18 in the UK charts with ‘Summertime Blues’
#3. Here Comes The Sun – The Beatles.
The Beatles were 4 weeks in the UK charts with ‘Here Comes the Sun’ peaking at number 58 in 2010 as never released previously as a single, off the Abbey Road album.
#4. Itchycoo Park – The Small Faces.
The summer of ’67 saw the Small Faces 14 week run in the charts with ‘Itchycoo Park’ peaking at number 3.
#5. Living For The City – Stevie Wonder.
The genius, Stevie Wonder took the brilliant ‘Living For The City’ off his Innervisions album into the UK charts of 9 weeks peaking at number 15.
#6. Here Comes Summer – Jerry Keller.
Jerry Keller took the evocative ‘Here Comes Summer’ into the charts in 1959 for 14 weeks peaking at the top of the charts for 1 week only.
#7. Dancing In The Street – Martha Reeves and The Vandellas.
Martha Reeves and her Vandellas took this single into the charts twice in the 1960s, first in 1964 for 8 weeks, reaching number 28. Then again in 1969, for another 4 weeks, reaching the much more respectable number 5 position.
#8. Summer In The City – The Lovin’ Spoonful.
The poetic Lovin’ Spoonful took this summer sizzler into the charts in the summer of 66 for some 11 weeks peaking at the number 8 position.
#9. Summertime – Ella Fitzgerald.
Whilst a summer classic Ella only managed 2 weeks on the charts with ‘Summertime’ peaking at number 82 in 1989!
#10. A Whiter Shade of Pale – Procol Harum.
Procol Harum managed 2 outings for this ’60s anthem. First one was the summer of 1967 for 15 weeks, peaking at the number 1 spot. The second time around was in 1972, managing a further impressive 13 weeks on the charts with #13 peak position.
Don’t forget to let us know which ones we’ve missed out!