Endless summer songs of the 80s
Some are cheesy-fun anthems. A few are campy, dance-floor ditties. Others are weepy, end-of-the-season dirges. And then there's that one tune by Richard Marx ... Oh we jest, Mr. Marx. (Smile, you're in the top 5!)
All the songs in today's Top 15 list have one thing in common:
They're all dedicated to the white-hot, air-conditioned, why-is-my-back-sweating days of summer.
We asked for reader suggestions for the best 80s songs decided to summer, and they delivered. While you read the list, listen along to our Stuck in the 80s podcast about summer songs and movies. No sunscreen needed, though an umbrella drink wouldn't hurt.
BEST 80s SONGS ABOUT THE SUMMER:
15. SUMMER RAIN (Belinda Carlisle): [watch video]
14. WAIT UNTIL THE SUMMER'S GONE (Zebra): [watch video]
13. WILD SUMMER NIGHTS (John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band): [watch video]
12. SAUSALITO SUMMERNIGHT (Diesel): [watch video]
11. SUMMER LOVE (Neil Diamond): [watch video]
10. HOT SUMMER NIGHTS (Miami Sound Machine): [watch video]
9. SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER (The Motels): [watch video]
8. BOYS OF SUMMER (Don Henley): [watch video]
7. SUMMER OF 69 (Bryan Adams): [watch video]
6. SUMMER OF LOVE (B-52s): [watch video]
5. ENDLESS SUMMER NIGHTS (Richard Marx): [watch video]
4. CRUEL SUMMER (Bananarama): [watch video]
3. INDIAN SUMMER SKY (U2): [watch video]
2. SUMMER NIGHTS (Van Halen): [watch video]
1. SUMMERTIME GIRLS (Y&T): [watch video]
Which songs did we miss? Which are over-ranked ... or over-rated?