Happy Summer! NPR's Top Songs of the Summer, 1962-2012

  • nomadfornow

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    Jun 20, 2012 6:08 PM GMT
    Happy Summer, boys! NPR has compiled a playlist of the most popular summer songs from 1962 to the present, and put them in a random playlist. A lot of amazing music here (and some really cheesy crap, too)... I've been listening all morning. Check it out! icon_biggrin.gif

    http://www.npr.org/2012/06/20/155132353/the-mix-the-songs-of-the-summer-1962-2012?ps=mh_frhdl1

    While you're at it, maybe add your picks for quintessential summer songs, too.

    (And don't forget sunscreen.)
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    Jun 20, 2012 6:52 PM GMT
    ^^ That made the list! Yes, I remember it as a kid. My sister had the album... played it endlessly.
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    Jun 20, 2012 8:14 PM GMT
    Why is Daydream by the Lovin Spoonful not on that list but Call me Maybe is? o_O Worst. Playlist. Ever.
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    Jun 20, 2012 9:13 PM GMT
    Umbrella by Rihanna was my fucking song during summer 07!! Good times!
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    Jun 20, 2012 9:28 PM GMT
    Bullwinklemoos saidWhy is Daydream by the Lovin Spoonful not on that list but Call me Maybe is? o_O Worst. Playlist. Ever.


    The list is not based on "best," but on chart position/album sales at the time. The article itself states it's not a perfect science. I thought there were some glaring omissions too, and some absolute shite, but there were also some really great tunes.
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    Jun 20, 2012 10:27 PM GMT
    I don't know if it was originally released in the summer or not but Kung Fu Fighting is my personal summer song. When I was lifeguarding at a water park one summer they played music that was on a continuous loop so about every four or five hours the same music replayed. Every time Kung Fu Fighting played one of the other lifeguards and I would jump down from our chairs and do our Kung Fu Fighting dance. He was Funky Billy Chin and I was Little Sammy Chung. We got kind of famous for that dance in water park circles. Some kids probably drowned while we were dancing but it was fun.
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    Jun 20, 2012 10:28 PM GMT
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    Bullwinklemoos saidWhy is Daydream by the Lovin Spoonful not on that list but Call me Maybe is? o_O Worst. Playlist. Ever.


    The list is not based on "best," but on chart position/album sales at the time. The article itself states it's not a perfect science. I thought there were some glaring omissions too, and some absolute shite, but there were also some really great tunes.


    Thanks for the clarification. I'm happy for the disclaimer, but still disappointed in the list.
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    Jun 20, 2012 10:39 PM GMT
    Coach_Mike saidI don't know if it was originally released in the summer or not but Kung Fu Fighting is my personal summer song. When I was lifeguarding at a water park one summer they played music that was on a continuous loop so about every four or five hours the same music replayed. Every time Kung Fu Fighting played one of the other lifeguards and I would jump down from our chairs and do our Kung Fu Fighting dance. He was Funky Billy Chin and I was Little Sammy Chung. We got kind of famous for that dance in water park circles. Some kids probably drowned while we were dancing but it was fun.


    Now, you KNOW what's coming next…

    Video request!!!! We need to see Little Sammy Chung doin' his KFF shuffle!!!
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    Jun 20, 2012 10:44 PM GMT
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    Coach_Mike saidI don't know if it was originally released in the summer or not but Kung Fu Fighting is my personal summer song. When I was lifeguarding at a water park one summer they played music that was on a continuous loop so about every four or five hours the same music replayed. Every time Kung Fu Fighting played one of the other lifeguards and I would jump down from our chairs and do our Kung Fu Fighting dance. He was Funky Billy Chin and I was Little Sammy Chung. We got kind of famous for that dance in water park circles. Some kids probably drowned while we were dancing but it was fun.


    Now, you KNOW what's coming next…

    Video request!!!! We need to see Little Sammy Chung doin' his KFF shuffle!!!


    It was 2001. Fortunately nobody had video cameras on their phones. It's weird to think those days ever existed.
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    Jun 20, 2012 10:47 PM GMT
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    ECnAZ said
    Coach_Mike saidI don't know if it was originally released in the summer or not but Kung Fu Fighting is my personal summer song. When I was lifeguarding at a water park one summer they played music that was on a continuous loop so about every four or five hours the same music replayed. Every time Kung Fu Fighting played one of the other lifeguards and I would jump down from our chairs and do our Kung Fu Fighting dance. He was Funky Billy Chin and I was Little Sammy Chung. We got kind of famous for that dance in water park circles. Some kids probably drowned while we were dancing but it was fun.


    Now, you KNOW what's coming next…

    Video request!!!! We need to see Little Sammy Chung doin' his KFF shuffle!!!


    It was 2001. Fortunately nobody had video cameras on their phones. It's weird to think those days ever existed.
    I still remember my first cell phone. I had this while everybody had those sidekicks. Whatever those were:

    Nokia-6010.gif
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    Jun 20, 2012 10:49 PM GMT
    Xhris_19_FL saidUmbrella by Rihanna was my fucking song during summer 07!! Good times!


    hahaha! mine too.
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    Jun 20, 2012 10:54 PM GMT
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    ECnAZ said
    Coach_Mike saidI don't know if it was originally released in the summer or not but Kung Fu Fighting is my personal summer song. When I was lifeguarding at a water park one summer they played music that was on a continuous loop so about every four or five hours the same music replayed. Every time Kung Fu Fighting played one of the other lifeguards and I would jump down from our chairs and do our Kung Fu Fighting dance. He was Funky Billy Chin and I was Little Sammy Chung. We got kind of famous for that dance in water park circles. Some kids probably drowned while we were dancing but it was fun.


    Now, you KNOW what's coming next…

    Video request!!!! We need to see Little Sammy Chung doin' his KFF shuffle!!!


    It was 2001. Fortunately nobody had video cameras on their phones. It's weird to think those days ever existed.


    Yes, but I didn't mean from 2001. icon_razz.gif It's like riding a bike, I'm sure. We need to see 2012's Little Sammy Chung's KFF Shuffle!!!! We need to see what made you so famous in those watering parks!
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    Jun 20, 2012 11:07 PM GMT
    omg soooo good!
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    Jun 20, 2012 11:08 PM GMT
    1976 (year I graduated high school)

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    Jun 20, 2012 11:14 PM GMT
    This is awesome! Thanks!!!

    This song has been in my head the last few days... so since you said we could share...

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    Jun 20, 2012 11:19 PM GMT
    I always have a summer jam, I can't think of a favorite right now. As for this summer, its lookin' like "Call Me Maybe", or "Payphone". Haha, don't judge me.
  • jhill2456

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    Jun 20, 2012 11:39 PM GMT
    The summer anthem of all time...



    Beyonce did her thang.

    But how could they forget this one. It was the song of the last decade according to Billboard.


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    Jun 20, 2012 11:56 PM GMT
    CrankyMcBadass said
    Coach_Mike saidI don't know if it was originally released in the summer or not but Kung Fu Fighting is my personal summer song. When I was lifeguarding at a water park one summer they played music that was on a continuous loop so about every four or five hours the same music replayed. Every time Kung Fu Fighting played one of the other lifeguards and I would jump down from our chairs and do our Kung Fu Fighting dance. He was Funky Billy Chin and I was Little Sammy Chung. We got kind of famous for that dance in water park circles. Some kids probably drowned while we were dancing but it was fun.

    well, you know, it was a little bit frightening.


    But we did it with expert timing!!
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    Jun 21, 2012 12:09 AM GMT
    Summertime by Will Smith is my all time favorite summer song.
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    Jun 21, 2012 12:48 AM GMT
    Coach_Mike said

    But we did it with expert timing!!


    Now, Coach, don't think ignoring my request is gonna get you off the hook. I may just HAVE to create a separate thread, asking RJ members to "poll" their requests for the new 2012 KFF Shuffle….icon_wink.gif

    And I don't want to derail the thread..
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    Jun 21, 2012 12:58 AM GMT
    I'm on my phone, so I can't embed... someone feel free to help a brother out here, but this is another favorite summer tune of mine.

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=1u2G6OyZyCI
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    Jun 21, 2012 1:20 AM GMT
    nomadfornow saidI'm on my phone, so I can't embed... someone feel free to help a brother out here, but this is another favorite summer tune of mine.

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=1u2G6OyZyCI


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    Jun 21, 2012 1:22 AM GMT
    NPR gagging
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    Jun 21, 2012 1:25 AM GMT
    they should have had a 1996 cutoff
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    Jun 21, 2012 1:51 AM GMT
    ECnAZ said
    Coach_Mike saidI don't know if it was originally released in the summer or not but Kung Fu Fighting is my personal summer song. When I was lifeguarding at a water park one summer they played music that was on a continuous loop so about every four or five hours the same music replayed. Every time Kung Fu Fighting played one of the other lifeguards and I would jump down from our chairs and do our Kung Fu Fighting dance. He was Funky Billy Chin and I was Little Sammy Chung. We got kind of famous for that dance in water park circles. Some kids probably drowned while we were dancing but it was fun.


    Now, you KNOW what's coming next…

    Video request!!!! We need to see Little Sammy Chung doin' his KFF shuffle!!!


    I would ask you to dance the Funky Billy Chin part with me but you know everybody would be on my ass calling me a racist.