Friday, July 11, 2014

Songs of Summer

When I heard The Armchair Squid was hosting this fun bloghop, I couldn't resist. 




Together, we're building a summer soundtrack. The challenge is to list five songs that take you back to different summers over your life. Only I grew up in the 80s. So summer music was listened to on one of these.




Or one of these.





It starts with the summer of 1986 at Myrtle Beach. This song always takes me back. I hate live versions of songs, but this was all that was out there in video form.




This song takes me back to the summer I worked at the movie theater, watching free movies and hanging out with awesome people. Plus, the line "Don't you make me beg for more" always reminds me that my best friend at the time thought the words were, "Don't you make me late for work."




This song reminds me of my early college days. I couldn't turn the radio on during the summer of 1989 without hearing this song. I bought his first two CDs and listened to them nonstop. Now he owns a rock star academy in Texas. How cool is that?



This one was on the radio nonstop the first summer I started thinking about writing a novel. I don't think any of us really knew what he was singing about, but he has an incredible voice. Plus, he wrote We Built This City and These Dreams, two 80s songs everyone loved. Here's his Facebook page.




Since the summer of 2000, one song has signaled "summer" for me. It's the theme song to a certain TV show.





I'm a bit of a fan, if you can't tell. And this summer, the first summer I've worked from home, I signed up for live feeds. So the house is on all day in the background while I work. This song always signals "summer" for Big Brother fans.




What songs take you back to summers past? You can post your answer in comments here or join in on today's blog hop by adding your link below.

69 comments:

  1. Vaguely remember the songs. Definitely remember the Van Halen.

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  2. I think Summertime Blues was a good one for me!

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  3. Great list, Stephanie! 3 and 5 were both new to me. I'd forgotten about #4 - great choice.

    Thanks for joining us!

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  4. 80's were the best decade in music! I was a lil' baby Dezzy then and grew up to the music of Cyndi Lauper, Belinda Carlisle, OMD, Tina Turner, and all those one hit magnificent wonders that still warm our hearts when we hear them!

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  5. Great list. I had a friend in high school who was obsessed with Van Halen.

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  6. Great list! I especially liked the Van Halen and T'Pau -- I'd forgotten about that song and how catchy it is. Plus, c'mon -- any band with a Star Trek reference for a name is cool by definition. ;)

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  7. I may get kicked off here 'cause this isn't from the '80s and it tells my age, but here goes:

    Those Lazy Hazy Crazy Days Of Summer by Nat King Cole.

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  8. Get Low by Lil Wayne and the East Side Boys. The posted link is from about 2 years ago - Continuing Story of a Song.

    Enjoy!

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  9. I didn't know the Martin Page song, but the rest were definitely greats.

    Wow, it was so tough to just pick five. Music is definitely fused with my memories of good and bad times.

    Thanks for a great list!
    Cherdo
    www.cherdoontheflipside.com

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  10. I grew up in the 80's too, so this post was a fun trip down memory lane. Damn, I feel old. LOL

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  11. Such great choices. You can tell I'm older because I go with '70s songs. You're a youngster.

    Love,
    Janie

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  12. I think you must have had to be listening to adult contemporary music in 1995 to know the Martin Page song. It was the #1 adult contemporary song for most of that year, I think. I worked in an office, so the lite music station was on most of the day back then. That station made for good background noise!

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  13. you're obsessed w/ bb! :)

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  14. Tough call. A lot of "my" summer songs were songs from earlier years that got lots of airplay among my friends. (1960s Beach Boys songs that we played in the early 1970s... Stuff like that.)

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  15. Nice choices. If I could, I would get up and dance they are so much fun to listen to.

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  16. I totally obsessed on Love Walks In when it came out. Great choice.

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  17. I'm back from my holiday(Jimmy Stewart museum and Lucille Ball Museum)-Ok the "Bat Out Of Hell" soundtrack by Meatloaf comes to mind right away. ABBA-Take a Chance on Me and Dancing Queen. My university days-now they are cloudy which means I had a lot of fun:) "Relax", I can't think of all the New Wave but Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Depeche Mode", they are all fun

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  18. Some great summer songs, Stephanie. I love listening this morning and remembering.

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  19. Yeah, I'm still stuck in the eighties as far as music goes. Those songs are probably my soundtrack for all seasons. :)

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  20. I love that there are so many 80s fans here. I was worried many people would say they weren't even born in the 80s! I also was worried all the other posts in the blog hop would be about songs from the 90s and 00s, so I'm glad to see so many songs from the 50s-90s.

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  21. I wish I'd saved my Walkman Stephanie. They always broke so easily. A great list!

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  22. This is a fun post! I like remembering older songs.

    Yvonne

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  23. I remember all of these, except for Big Brother. I've not seen that show.

    Have a fabulous day filled with wonderful music. :)

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  24. I wans't in the 80 but in the 90 but we used the same lol. Well the songs are a little different but doesn't mean I don't know these ones.

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  25. Boomboxes & Walkmen -- I still remember my first of each. Wish I'd kept them.

    I don't care for live versions either. I like to hear them from the music studio, polished like they're meant to be heard.

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  26. First I've heard all but the first one haha blah to big brother, hate reality TV at my sea. But I can forgive thee hahaha

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  27. I'm sad I missed this blog hop! :(

    I'm a HUGE fan of Big Brother, too. It's my guilty pleasure. ;)

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  28. Great picks! I'm a 90s kid so I don't actually know many of them. I love watching Big Brother in Summer, except that I watch the UK version. It's so much fun and a definite sign that it's summer.

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  29. I love the Boombox and walkman pix. This is a cool tribute to the 80s. I can't believe I forgot about Heart & Soul. Thanks for sharing.

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  30. I owned both of those! I graduated in 1988. Love Walks In and I Can't Drive 65 made me miss David Lee Roth a little less from the Van Halen stage.

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  31. I have always loved that T'Pau song. And that's a great choice from so many excellent Van Halen options!

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  32. The only song I knew was Van Halen. I know, I was born at the wrong time and missed out on all the music. ;) But your summers seemed awesome. Thanks for sharing!

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  33. Fun post! I enjoy Van Halen. Takes me back.

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  34. All your picks are new to me. (Guess that makes me OLD!) I got the biggest kick out of your friend mishearing the lyrics to that song. Reminds me of one of my friends. She thought the words to the Doors song "Bad Moon Rising" were "There's a bathroom on the right..."

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  35. LOL, this is pathetic on my part, I don't know any of these songs, (I must be showing my age :)

    What a cute blog hop though! I'd have to do some thinking about summer songs; the only one that comes to mind is Don Henley's Boys of Summer (was that even released during summertime?)

    betty

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  36. 867-5309 song of the summer when I worked with a bunch of guys I had crushes on!

    We are huge BB fans here. Just watched a Yes Dear episode online where Jimmy gets picked to be on BB and hbe really goes into the house with Allison, Dr. Will, Marcallis. It was hilarious!

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  37. Bijoux, I remember that! Dr. Will is a BB legend. He's on The Doctors all the time--he's a dermatologist.

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  38. I had a lot of favourites summer songs but one I particular like only had the music. It was called Wipe Out by The Surfaris in 1963. Nobody would sit down when it came on and there was a lot dancing and of butt shaking going on. It must have looked hilarious to our parents.

    Hugs,
    JB

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  39. I like some of these songs.

    And I've been watching Big Brother.

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  40. Oh! What great classic pop/rock. I remember singing Heart and Soul with my sister--probably with full out motions.

    Cool post!
    Veronica

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  41. What a fun blog hop! As a fellow child of the 80s, I assume you also have found memories of waiting for the radio to play your favorite song and then frantically pressing the record button to catch most of it on the cassette tape. :-)

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  42. Ah yes, Jocelyn. And you'd always get part of the station logo or the DJ talking because they'd talk all the way up to when the lyrics started!

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  43. '80s music is so much fun. It's the best--I love it. Classic summer songs for me would be, "Life is a Highway," anything by Nazareth, or Santa Monica by Everclear--awesome song!

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  44. I'm always curious about Big Brother. I know it's reality TV, but that's about it. Ah, my ignorance! Don't be too disappointed in me- I'll Google it. ;)

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  45. I love these songs. Great choices. I too watch big brother but didn't do live feeds. I am only home at night.

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  46. Oh lordy, my songs are ancient and I'm sure no one else can even remember going back as far as my summers as a teen.

    I DO recall one my daughter sang and listened to over and over and over....Summer Nights with Olivia Newton-John. In fact I STILL have it recorded and saved of my daughter singing it. Unbeknownst to her tho. lol

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  47. Okay, since I was born in the 90's, my teens were in the crappy music era. But, Las Ketchup - The Ketchup Song was on all the stations In the summer, and it was annoying.

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  48. I don't know what I was doing in 1989 that prevented me from hearing that Michael Morales song ... it was new to me! I must have been too busy listening to Love & Rockets. :) T'Pau brought back memories!

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  49. The 80s had some Big Hair!! Liking T'Pau's the best I think :-)

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  50. I don't remember many summer songs because I didn't listen to music much in the summer when growing up. The Big Brother music does say summer now. :)

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  51. Those are great songs. I remember most of them quite well. I'm a huge Big Brother fan. I didn't get the live feeds but I record Big Brother after dark every night and cheat a little by looking at the Twittter hashtags. lol

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  52. Even with the live feeds, I go through the excerpts to find what's interesting to watch. Just watching them sitting around eating is boring. The novelty of being able to do that wears off the first week! I just go through this site and see what's interesting to watch and go back to those. (The live feeds let you rewind back through the entire season to any date):

    http://www.mortystv.com/bb/

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  53. Great list. I wouldn't be able to choose just one song from that Van Halen...I had it on a loop that summer!!!

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  54. I like any song with a strong beat. Summertime is strong and free, and summer music has to match that. :)

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  55. Boy talk about a blast to the past. Remember "Boys of Summer"? This brought back so many memories. Fun post! ♥

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  56. I don't know if there is a song that reminds me of summer. I'm kind of jealous you have so many songs. ;)

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  57. What a great blog-hop for the summertime! Many summer hits over the years were "one hit wonders" and I've sung my share at the resorts where I used to work. Great post!

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  58. great choices and I love that you have a theme song in there too! I think a good theme song and the happiness it evokes is just as good as a full-on song on the radio!

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  59. The 80's definitely had some of the best, if not the best music around, in all genres!

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  60. I've always liked, "When Love Walked In." That brings back some memories!

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  61. I have seen this blog hop going around with a few people I follow... I am not sure I could even just pick five songs... I have so many that bring a lot of memories... great choices here Stephanie :)

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  62. Hi Stephanie,

    I'm very familiar with your choices for songs of summer. This also demonstrates how songs can transport back to a moment in time.

    Did you make mention of Big Blogger, sorry, Big Brother? We get our British version of that inane stuff. It seems all you need to do is giggle, jump around a lot and say, "Oh my god!" in every second sentence.

    A summertime song for me might just be, In the Summertime, by Mungo Jerry. One summer song of present I like is, "Summer" by Calvin Harris.

    A musical day to you.

    Gary :)

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  63. Good songs to rock out to. Funny, I was expecting a different version of Heart and Soul. I like this one, though I don't remember it. That's probably because I'm older than you. Smiles.

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  64. Awesome tune pics. I had forgotten that Van Halen song until I listened to it. I do remember "Heart and Soul" very well though.

    Your husband must get a kick out of you and the nonstop Big Brother cams.

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  65. I remember those Walkmans and large stereos. The Michael Morales song is new to me.

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  66. I remember being a kid and using those huge stereos to tape my fav songs off the radio. I think a summer song for me is Summer of 69. Classic!

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  67. I didn't know he'd written These Dreams! I love that song.
    Yay for Myrtle Beach and Van Halen!

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  68. I love Van Halen! I only know a handful of T'Pau songs, but I like them too. :D

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