Every single day, I’ll be watching you

“They call it stormy Monday, but Tuesday’s just as bad… Wednesday’s worse, and Thursday’s also sad…  The eagle flies on Friday, and Saturday I go out to play… Sunday I go to church, and I kneel down and pray…”  T-Bone Walker, 1947


I was heading out early on a recent gloomy Monday morning, and sure enough, the radio was playing the 1966 classic, “Monday, Monday, can’t trust that day…”

How appropriate, I muttered to myself.  And naturally, it occurred to me that “songs about days of the week” might make a decent topic for exploration on this blog.


It should probably come as no surprise that there are more popular songs with lyrics and titles about Saturday and Sunday than all the other days combined.  Why not?  We love our weekends, after all.

Curiously, there don’t seem to be many songs about Friday.  Perhaps that’s because it’s both a workday and a weekend night, so the day is actually a bit schizophrenic.

It’s interesting to note that, according to my rudimentary research, it’s dreaded Monday that ranks third in pop song mentions.  Maybe it’s because we love to complain about the things we dislike almost as much as we love to celebrate the things we like.

And consequently, it makes sense that there are precious few songs about those nondescript days in midweek, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.


cover_4For poor Wednesday, I could come up with only two — Simon and Garfunkel’s obscure 1964 ballad “Wednesday Morning 3AM” (which doesn’t even mention Wednesday in the lyrics), and a silly track sung by Seal called “Ashley Wednesday” from 2016’s tongue-in-cheek parody film “Popstar:  Never Stop Never Stopping.”


Thursday fared only a little better.  The Pet Shop Boys 12th album, 2013’s “Electric,” includes “Thursday,” which finds a young man eager to know if the girl he’s pursuing on Thursday will be sticking around through Sunday:  “Thursday, then Friday, it’s soon gonna be the weekend, let’s start it tonight, babe, stay with me for the R-1062557-1479095850-3643.jpegweekend, it’s Thursday night, let’s get it right…”  David Bowie came up with a great tune on his 2003 LP “Hours…” called “Thursday’s Child,” and on Donovan’s second album “Fairytale” (1965) is a strange little ditty called “Jersey Thursday.


I identified a half-dozen tunes whose titles mention Tuesday:

Tuesday’s Dead,” from Cat Stevens’ “Teaser and the Firecat” album (1971);  “Tuesday Afternoon,” the classic single from the Moody Blues’ landmark 1967 LP, “Days of Future Passed;  “Sun Comes Up, It’s Tuesday Morning,” The Cowboy Junkies, 1990;  “Tuesday’s maxresdefault-27Gone,” the seven-minute opus from Lynyrd Skynyrd’s 1973 debut;  “Tuesday Heartbreak,” a catchy funk tune on Stevie Wonder’s 1972 LP “Talking Book”;  “Everything’s Tuesday,” Chairmen of the Board (1970);  “Sweet Tuesday Morning,” an obscure album track from Badfinger’s “Straight Up” (1971);  and The Rolling Stones’ third #1 single, “Ruby Tuesday,” from their “Between the Buttons” album in early 1967.


Friday is represented in a big way by the 1967 Easybeats classic “Friday on My Mind,” which discusses how we bravely endure the work week as we look forward to monday_i_have_fridaycelebrating the arrival of the weekend each Friday:  “Monday morning feels so bad, everybody seems to nag me, comin’ Tuesday, I feel better, even my old man looks good, Wednesday just don’t go, Thursday goes too slow, I got Friday on my mind…”  Also worth noting are “Black Friday,” the leadoff track from Steely Dan’s excellent 1975 album “Katy Lied,” which touches on the day the stock market crashed in 1929;  “Friday,” an energetic Joe Jackson song from his influential “I’m the Man” LP (1978); and a spooky progressive rock track by Peter Gabriel-era Genesis called “Get ‘Em Out by Friday,” from their “Foxtrot” album (1972).  Lastly, “Friday I’m in Love,” one of two songs by The Cure to make it to the Top 20 on the US singles chart, celebrates the day when everything goes right:  “Monday you can fall apart, Tuesday, Wednesday, break my heart, oh, Thursday doesn’t even start, it’s Friday I’m in love, Saturday wait, and Sunday always comes too late, but Friday never hesitate…”


Pop songwriters have had little good to say about Mondays:

mondaymondayPapa John Phillips of The Mamas and The Papas came up with the “Monday, Monday” lyrics that permanently cursed Monday in pop culture:  “Every other day of the week is fine, fine, but whenever Monday comes, you’ll find me crying all of the time…”

The Bangles rode to success in 1986 on the strength of Prince’s song “Manic Monday,” which reminds us of the drudgery of another workday commute and how much fun Sunday was by comparison:  “It’s just another Manic Monday, I wish it was Sunday, that’s my fun day, my I-don’t-have-to-run day…”

Bob Geldof of The Boomtown Rats isn’t all that well known in the US, except for his pivotal role in organizing the Live Aid concerts in 1985, but he was a star in his native England, where his biggest hit was a 1979 chart-topper that went like this:  “Tell me why I Don’t Like Mondays, I want to shoot the whole day down…”

Lindsey Buckingham’s “Monday Morning” from the 1975 Fleetwood Mac LP starts out positively, saying “You look so fine,” but soon moans, “First you love me, then you fade away, I can’t go on believing this way…”

The songwriting team of Paul Williams and Roger Nichols had their first major success with “Rainy Days and Mondays,” a #2 hit for The Carpenters in 1971:  “What I’ve got they used to call the blues, nothing is really wrong, feeling like I don’t belong, walking around, some kind of lonely clown, rainy days and Mondays always get me down…”

Monday honorable mention:  “Come Monday,” Jimmy Buffett, 1974;  “New Moon on Monday,” Duran Duran, 1983;  “Blue Monday,” Fats Domino, 1957.


Ahh, but Saturday!  Several dozen songs turned up in my search, a few with sad overtones but mostly praising the week’s best day/night.

another-saturday-night-sam-cookeAnother Saturday Night,” a hit for Sam Cooke in 1963 and later Cat Stevens in 1974, finds the narrator alone: “How I wish I had someone to talk to, I’m in an awful way”;    The Eagles’ lament “Saturday Night” from their “Desperado” album asks, “Whatever happened to Saturday night, finding a sweetheart and holding her tight, she said ‘Tell me, oh tell me, was I all right?’  Whatever happened to Saturday night?”

Frank Sinatra comes right out with his bleak critique in the 1944 torch song “Saturday is the Loneliest Night of the Week“;

Mostly, it’s good times all the way:

Robert Lamm of the venerable band Chicago spent a Saturday afternoon in Central Park, listening to the steel drums and singers, watching dancers and jugglers, and said, ‘Man, I’ve got to put music to this,” and he wrote “Saturday in the Park” “People dancing, eadc34484d68f48d8e1ba0347762c3a3--song-quotes-music-quotespeople laughing, a man selling ice cream, singing Italian songs… and I’ve been waiting such a long time for Saturday…”

The Grateful Dead were arguably at their peak in 1972 when they released their outstanding 3-record live package, “Europe ’72,” which includes the rousing “One More Saturday Night”:  “The temperature keeps rising, everybody getting high, come the rockin’ stroke of midnight, the whole place gonna fly, oh hey, one more Saturday night…”

Good ol’ boy Charlie Daniels, God love him, came up with “Saturday Night Down South,” a soothing beauty from 1989 in which he paints a serene picture of how the weekend night can also be delightful when it’s mellow and slow-paced:  “Full moon shining through the long-leaf pines, fireflies playing in the honeysuckle vine, everybody’s groovin’, everything’s just fine, ’cause it’s Saturday night down south…”

In 1973, as they collaborated on the songs for the landmark “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” LP, Elton John and Bernie Taupin came up with “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting,” which says it’s okay now and then to get involved in a few dust-ups on a weekend night: “Don’t give me none of your aggravation, I’ve had it with your discipline, Saturday night’s alright for fighting, get a little action in…”

The tragic story of multi-talented Nick Drake, who died a young troubled man in 1974, includes the poignant “Saturday Sun,” from his 1969 debut LP, “Five Leaves Left”:  “Saturday sun came early one morning in a sky so clear and blue, Saturday sun came without warning, so no one knew what to do…”

Southern rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd turned Saturday night into a chilling tale of murder in their 1974 song “Saturday Night Special,” referring also to the gun he uses to commit his foul deeds:  “Mister Saturday night special, got s barrel that’s blue and cold, ain’t good for nothing buy to put a man six feet in the hole…”

The great Brill Building songwriting team of Barry Mann & Cynthia Weill came up with the endearing “Saturday Night at the Movies,” a #18 hit for The Drifters in 1964 (#3 in England):  “Saturday night at the movies, who cares what picture you see, when you’re hugging with your baby in the last row of the balcony?…”

Saturday honorable mention:  “Saturday Nite,” Earth Wind & Fire, 1976;  “The Heart of Saturday Night,” Tom Waits, 1974;  “Saturday Freedom,” Blue Cheer, 1969;  “Drive-In Saturday,” David Bowie, 1973;  “Saturday,” The Judybats, 1992;  “Saturday Night,” The Commodores, 1981;  “Saturday at Midnight,” Cheap Trick, 1982;  “On a Saturday Night,” Journey, 1976;  “Save Me a Saturday Night,” Neil Diamond, 2005;  “Almost Saturday Night,” John Fogerty, 1975;   “Saturday Night Forever,” Pet Shop Boys, 1996;  “Black Saturday,” Soundgarden, 2012;  “Saturday Night,” Bay City Rollers, 1978.


Finally, supposedly our day of rest, Sunday:

sunday-bloody-sunday-nyc-iran-550x298Bono and U2, always fiercely Irish, made an emphatic statement in 1983’s “Sunday Bloody Sunday” about the January 1972 Sunday afternoon killing of unarmed protesters by British soldiers in the early ’70s.  But it’s really a cry out against violence and unrest everywhere:  “Mothers, children, brothers, sisters, torn apart, Sunday, bloody Sunday, how long?  How long must we sing this song?…”

Carole King and soon-to-be-ex-husband Gerry Goffin wrote “Pleasant Valley Sunday,” a critical look at the monotony of suburban life,  just as their marriage and songwriting maxresdefault-28team were falling apart, and The Monkees made it a big #4 hit in 1967:  “Another pleasant valley Sunday, charcoal burning everywhere, rows of houses that are all the same, and no one seems to care…”

Kris Kristofferson, songwriter extraordinaire, came up with “Sunday Morning Coming Down,” a gem about dealing with the hangovers and regrets of Sunday following the excesses of Saturday.  He and Johnny Cash each recorded it, and they performed it together part of The Highwaymen:  “Well I woke up Sunday morning with no way to hold my head that didn’t hurt, and the beer I had for breakfast wasn’t bad, so I had one more, for dessert…  And there’s nothing short of dying, half as lonesome as the sound, on the sleeping city sidewalks, Sunday morning coming down…”

When the relationship doesn’t work out and you wake up Sunday morning on your own, The Doobie Brothers’ “Another Park, Another Sunday,” from 1974’s “What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits” should help ease the pain:  “My car is empty and the radio just seems to bring me down, I’m just trying to find myself, a pretty smile I can get into, it’s true, I’m lost without you, another lonely park, another Sunday, it’s dark and empty, thanks to you…”

Sunday Will Never Be the Same” is a classic bit of vocal bubblegum pop from Elaine “Spanky” McFarlane and Our Gang in 1967:  “I remember Sunday morning, I would meet him at the park, we’d walk together hand in hand ’til it was almost dark, now I wake up Sunday morning, walk along the lane to find, nobody waiting fort me, Sunday’s just another day…”

Blondie_sundaygirlBlondie’s song “Sunday Girl,” from their 1978 hit album “Parallel Lines,” describes an elusive girl who wants to join the fun but has doubts and reservations:  “I know a girl from a lonely street, cold as ice cream but still as sweet, dry your eyes, Sunday girl, hey, I saw your guy with a different girl, looks like he’s in another world, run and hide, Sunday girl…”

Paul McCartney’s solo career is full of joyous anthems and embarrassing filler, but there are also beautiful sleepers like “Heaven on a Sunday,” a lovely piece from 1997’s “Flaming Pie”:  “Peaceful, like heaven on a Sunday, wishful, not thinking what to do, we’ve been calling it love, but it’s a dream we’re going through, and if I only had one love, yours would be the one I choose…”

Sunday honorable mentions:  “Sunday,” The Cranberries, 1993;  “Everyday is Like Sunday,” Morrissey, 1988;  “Sunny Sunday,” Joni Mitchell, 1998;  “Sunday Morning Call,” Oasis, 2000;  “Sunday Kind of Love,” Etta James, 1960;  “On Sunday,” ‘Til Tuesday, 1986;  “I Met Him on a Sunday,” The Shirelles, 1961:  “Black Sunday,” Jethro Tull, 1980;  “Loving You Sunday Morning,” The Scorpions, 1979;  “Sunday in New York,” Bobby Darin, 1964;  “Sunday Morning,” The Velvet Underground, 1967;  “Raining on Sunday,” Keith Urban, 2002.

Summertime, and the living is easy

This is the second in a series of four blog columns examining some of the classic and obscure songs of the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s celebrating the four seasons.  Today’s entry focuses on songs of summer.


“Schoooooool’s out for summer!!…”  Alice Cooper, 1972


The summer solstice, the date when we experience the year’s longest day and shortest night, was three days ago, marking the official beginning of summer.  Woo hoo!!

It’s the season when the kids go off to camp, when families pack up and head out on 12c29ceb44bbfe16de7767820d01e790vacation, when couples take leisurely bike rides, when everybody heads to the beach for the day, or goes waterskiing at the lake, or enjoys fireworks at a baseball game.  It’s the dog days.  The lazy hazy crazy days of summer!

Popular music lyrics have done a marvelous job over the years of describing the events, emotions and nuances of the different seasons.  Summer, the time for fun in the sun, is no exception.

20150721202818-summertime-business-hammack-outdoorsIndeed, there may be more songs celebrating summer than any other season.  It was a challenge, but I’ve assembled a sweet setlist of songs of summer that might be a great companion as you head to the beach, to the river, to the mountains, to the backyard hammock to chill for a while.  Put on your flip-flops and enjoy the day!


41TcqwP-zxL._SL500_“Summer’s Here,” James Taylor, 1981

It may have been because he always used to release albums in May or June, but Taylor’s music invariably makes me think of summer — cheerful melodies, whimsical lyrics, days at the beach, outdoor concerts. On his “Dad Loves His Work” LP in 1981, he captured all that in “Summer’s Here,” which celebrates the season’s hotly anticipated arrival:  “Summer’s here, that suits me fine, it may rain today, ’cause I don’t mind, it’s my favorite time of the year, and I’m glad that it’s here…  Yeah, the water’s cold but I’ve been in, baby lose the laundry and jump on in, I mean, all God’s children got skin, and it’s summer again…”

99348913[1]“Summertime,” Billie Holiday, 1936;  Sam Cooke, 1957; Billy Stewart, 1966

George Gershwin took a DuBose Heyward poem and set it to music as a hybrid of jazz, blues and gospel in 1934, when it was used prominently in the modern opera “Porgy and Bess.”  “Summertime” went on to become one of the most covered compositions of all time (15,000 versions and counting).  It first hit the charts in Billie Holiday’s rendition in 1936, and Sam Cooke’s 1957 version also proved very popular, but it was Billy Stewart’s more gimmicky arrangement that reached the Top Ten in 1966.  Janis Joplin served up a fabulous treatment on the #1 album “Cheap Thrills” in 1968…and don’t miss Peter Gabriel’s knockout version on 1994’s “The Glory of Gershwin” collection, and Annie Lennox’s cover in 2014:   “Summertime and the living is easy, catfish are jumping and the cotton is high…”

51l0IWTdPgL“Summer Breeze,” Seals and Crofts, 1972

This euphoric tune has appeared on almost every “Best Songs of Summer” list you can find.  Jimmy Seals and Dash Crofts had been working in several bands throughout the ’60s before they finally hit it big as a duo with this #6 hit, released in August 1972.  (Why didn’t they release it in June?  It might’ve made #1…).  The Isley Brothers had some success with a funkier version in 1974.  Crofts said he wrote it one day when he was feeling particularly happy about his new life with his new wife:  “Summer breeze, makes me feel fine, blowing through the jasmine in my mind, sweet days of summer, the jasmine’s in bloom, July is dressed up and playing her tune…”

maxresdefault-26“Summer in the City,” The Lovin’ Spoonful, 1966

You can almost feel the sweat dripping from John Sebastian’s brow as he sang this timeless #1 anthem that alternately bemoans and celebrates summer days and summer nights when the thermometer is in the 90s.  Make it through the hot days, it said, and the warm nights would bring rewards:  “Hot town, summer in the city, back of my neck gettin’ dirty and gritty, been down, isn’t it a pity, doesn’t seem to be a shadow in the city…  But at night, it’s a different world, go out and find a girl…  And babe, don’t you know it’s a pity that the days can’t be like the nights in the summer in the city, in the summer in the city…”

ELO_Face_The_Music_album_cover“One Summer Dream,” Electric Light Orchestra, 1975

ELO leader Jeff Lynne has always been an unabashed Beatles fan, and his band’s music has often shown the Fab Four’s influence.  On their first of four Top Ten albums, 1975’s “Face the Music,” several tracks resembled latter-day Beatles music, most notably the ethereal album closer, “One Summer Dream,” full of wistful emotion and a melody that seems to float by:  “Warm summer breeze blows endlessly, touching the hearts of those who feel, one summer dream, one summer dream…”

simple-minds-someone-somewhere-in-summertime“Someone Somewhere (in Summertime),” Simple Minds, 1982

This Scottish band was far more successful in England and Europe with a half-dozen Top Five LPs in the 1980s, but their fame in the US was more limited.  Too bad — this is an extraordinary band worth exploring further.  On its “New Gold Dreams” LP in 1982 is this lush, almost erotic song that British critics gushed about — “It starts 100 feet above the ground and never comes to earth,” said one; “It’s a magisterial waltz through a mythical August haze,” said another.  A beautiful piece, without question:  “Somewhere there is some place that one million eyes can’t see, and somewhere there is someone who can see what I can see, someone, somewhere, in summertime…”

the-happenings-see-you-in-september-b-t-puppy-records“See You in September,” The Happenings, 1966

Formed in New Jersey expressly as a vocal group who covered established hits, The Happenings had a huge #3 hit in the summer of ’66 with “See You in September,” thanks to Bob Crewe, expert arranger and producer, who was the wizard behind the similar vocal excellence of The Four Seasons.  In the lyrics, the narrator is seeing his girlfriend off on her summer vacation, wishing her a great time but ardently hoping she doesn’t fall for someone else while she’s gone:  “Have a good time, but remember, there is danger in the summer moon above, will I see you in September, or lose you to a summer love?…”

Meat-Loaf-Bat-Out-Of-Hell-SACD“You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night),” Meat Loaf, 1977

When the amazing “Bat Out of Hell” album was released in 1977, it took a little while to grab hold, but its operatic songs and shimmering production values ultimately made it one of the best-selling albums of all time (over 40 million sold).  Curiously, its singles didn’t chart well, but they became memorable anyway thanks to relentless FM airplay.  For me, this track elicits memories of humid June evenings full of lust and promise:   “It was a hot summer night, and the beach was burning, there was fog crawling over the sand, when I listen to your heart, I hear the whole world turning, I see the shooting stars falling through your trembling hands…”

blodwyn_aheadF“Summer Day,” Blodwyn Pig, 1969

Blues guitar purist Mick Abrahams didn’t care for the direction Jethro Tull leader Ian Anderson was taking the group, so he left Tull after its debut LP to form blues band Blodwyn Pig in 1969.  Their first two albums fared well in England but were largely ignored here.  Several powerful and/or quirky tracks can be found on “Ahead Rings Out,” including “See My Way,” “Dear Jill, “It’s Only Love” and “Summer Day,” full of fun and saxophones:  “Much too tired in the morning, much too lazy in the evening time, summer day, much too tired, don’t pass time with me…”

1626494“Summertime Blues,” Eddie Cochran, 1958

In 1958, Cochran wrote this rockabilly classic that shares a teen’s lament about having to work a summer job instead of play, and it not only reached #8 upon release, it ranked #73 on Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Rock Songs of All Time.”  Blue Cheer’s distorted version is credited with being the first heavy metal song to make the charts (#14 in 1967), and The Who’s fierce rendition on their 1970 live album “Live at Leeds” reached #27.  Country artist Alan Jackson reached the top of the country charts in 1994 with his spirited recording:  “Every time I call my baby to try to get a date, my boss says, ‘No dice, son, you gotta work late,’ sometimes I wonder what I’m gonna do, there ain’t no cure for the summertime blues…”

the-motels-suddenly-last-summer-capitol“Suddenly Last Summer,” The Motels, 1983

In the music video for “Suddenly Last Summer,” an ice-cream truck appears periodically, which New Wave singer Martha Davis said was meant to remind us that summer’s nearing an end and “it’s going by for the last time and won’t be back for a while.”  Perhaps that’s a key reason the song peaked at #9 well into the autumn of 1983, when memories of summer had mostly faded for the year.  Along with “Only the Lonely” from the previous year, this track was The Motels’ high-water mark:  “It happened one summer, it happened one time, it happened forever for a short time, a place for a moment, an end to a dream, forever I loved you, forever it seemed…”

sly-and-the-family-stone-hot-fun-in-the-summertime-epic-serie-gemini“Hot Fun in the Summertime,” Sly & The Family Stone, 1969

For a couple of years, before drug use did major damage to this band’s momentum, Sly and his band were commercial and critical favorites (“Dance to the Music,” “Everyday People,” “I Want to Take You Higher”), and this exuberant song was probably one of the main reasons why.  It simple reeks of the joys of summer:  “End of the spring and here she comes back, hi hi hi hi there, them summer days, those summer days, that’s when I had most of my fun back, high high high there, them summer days, those summer days…”

bryan-adams-summer-of-69.18914“Summer of ’69,” Bryan Adams, 1985

This durable rock track reached #5 in the US in the summer of 1985, one of the biggest hits for the Canadian-born Adams.  In the lyrics, the narrator looks back fondly on the summer of ’69 when he was in his first band and chasing girls, a time he called “the best years of my life.”  It’s not autobiographical — Adams was only 10 in 1969 — but it is realistically nostalgic about the cultural revolution going on at the time, he said:  “I got my first real six-string, bought it at the five-and-dime, played it ’til my fingers bled, was the summer of ’69… oh, when I look back now, that summer seemed to last forever…”

AllSummerLongCover“All Summer Long,” The Beach Boys, 1964

No summer song playlist is complete without a selection from California’s worshipers of sun and fun, The Beach Boys.  Brian Wilson and Mike Love collaborated on this track, the title song of their fourth Top Ten album, and the first following the arrival of The Beatles and British Invasion bands in the summer of 1964.  It was to be their last album that focused on beach culture, and this song condensed everything they’d done so far into one succinct party tune:  “Miniature golf and Hondas in the hills, when we rode the horse, we got some thrills, every now and then, we hear our song, we’ve been having fun all summer long…”

images-77“In the Summertime,” Mungo Jerry, 1970

A classic one-hit wonder on the US charts (#3 in the summer of ’70), Mungo Jerry’s “In the Summertime” went on to sell 25 million copies worldwide.  Singer-songwriter Ray Dorset took the band to significant success in their native UK, with several #1 albums and various hit singles.  Here’s a great bit of trivia:  The name “Mungo Jerry” comes from the T.S. Eliot poem “Mungojerrie and Rumpleteaser.”  Whatever.  The song is an infectious earworm that is still catchy today:  “In the summertime when the weather is hot, you can stretch right up and touch the sky, when the weather’s fine, you got women, you got women on your mind…”

Don_Henley_-_Boys_of_Summer_cover“The Boys of Summer,” Don Henley, 1984

I vascillated about this song, trying to decide if it really belonged on this list or if it was more appropriate for an upcoming setlist of songs of autumn (“after the boys of summer have gone”).  The images it brings up — “Nobody on the road, nobody on the beach, I can feel it in the air, summer’s out of reach…” — undeniably describe the end of summer.  But still, it sounds like a summer song, and well, here it is, for better or worse:  “I can see you, your brown skin shining in the sun, you got that top pulled down and that radio on, baby, I can tell you my love for you will still be strong after the boys of summer have gone…” 


Honorable mention:

Summer Nights,” Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta, 1978;  “A Summer Song,” Chad and Jeremy, 1964;  “The Girls in Their Summer Clothes,” Bruce Springsteen, 2007;  “Summer Rain,”Johnny Rivers, 1967;  “Cruel Summer,” Bananarama, 1983;  “Sunny Afternoon,” The Kinks, 1966;  “It’s Summertime,” Flaming Lips, 2002;  “Youth of 1,000 Summers,” Van Morrison, 1990;  “Your Summer Dream,” The Beach Boys, 1963;  “That Summer Feeling,” Jonathan Richman, 1984;  “Black Summer Rain,” Eric Clapton, 1976;  “Summer Comes Around,” Mike Reaves and Emily Hackett, 2014.