60 Songs About Summer Love and Romance
Summer: Carefree Days and Nights that Sizzle
There's something about the hot, lazy days of summer that seems to relax all the rules. On a week-long beach vacation, strangers can quickly become love connections.
We cast aside pretenses and expectations and open ourselves up to summer's lovely possibilities: long talks during the day, walks on the beach, summer nights that sizzle.
Summer romances burn quickly and intensely then often fizzle out when September comes. The memories, however, can last forever.
Celebrate the joy of summer love relationships with a custom playlist. We have a long list of rock, country, and pop songs to get you started.
1. "All Summer Long" by Kid Rock
In this 2008 smash hit, a man reminisces about a summer fling he had when he was 17 years old. He and his sweetheart spent months by the lake in Northern Michigan fishing, drinking whiskey and making out. Have you had a similar experience?
Tell us about your summer romance in the Comments Section below.
How and when did you meet? What made the relationship special? Was s/he someone you would have ordinarily dated? How did it end?
2. "Summer Nights" by Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta
The movie "Grease" was a smash hit in the summer of 1978, relaying the story of high school students Danny Zuko and Sandy Olsson. In the song, the two recount their summer romance, particularly the romantic evenings they shared:
Summer loving had me a blast
Summer loving happened so fast
I met a girl crazy for me
Met a boy cute as can be
Summer days drifting away to oh oh the summer nights.
3. "Summer of '69" by Bryan Adams
In this nostalgic 1985 hit, a man recalls a special summer in his teenage years. He spent carefree days with his band and his evenings pursuing a special girl who unfortunately made promises she couldn't keep. Although their romance ended, those were the best days of his life.
4. "In the Summertime" by Mungo Jerry
This 1970 classic celebrated the carefree days of summer when attentions turned towards summer flings and fun in the sun. A worldwide hit, it is one of the best-selling singles of all time
5. "Summer Love" by Justin Timberlake
This uptempo 2007 song is about a guy who is searching for someone to fall in love with during the summer. He sees a girl in a convertible and she becomes his singular desire.
6. "Skinny Dippin" by Whitney Duncan
What's summer love without skinny dipping? In this 2010 country song, a woman recalls cooling off from the sweltering July heat by jumping in the Mississippi River naked with her boyfriend. I've always wondered about the practicality of such things — no towels and all for drying off.
Tell the truth. Have you ever been skinny dipping?
7. "Our Song" by Taylor Swift
The girl in this 2007 song recalls fondly how she asked her boyfriend what their special song was. Rather than pick a specific tune, he smoothly replied that their song consisted of their shared experiences:
Our song is a slamming screen door
Sneakin' out late, tapping on your window
When we're on the phone, and you talk real slow
'Cause it's late and your mama don't know.
8. "Why Don't We Fall In Love" by Amerie
It's early summer and the girl in this 2002 feels like it's time to confess her romantic feelings towards her special someone. She cannot hold back. Invitingly, she asks him, "Why don't we fall in love?"
9. "Farmer’s Daughter" by Rodney Atkins
In this 2010 song, a strapping young man was hired by a farmer one summer. He was supposed to pick peaches, tend to the cows and mend a fence, but the crops and farm animals didn't hold his attention long. He fell in love with with the farmer's daughter. Now, he says, things couldn't get any hotter.
10. "Summertime" by Bon Jovi
In this 2007 single, a man compares his lover to the warm, laid-back comfort of summertime:
Like a first slow dance and a first long kiss
There ain't nothing baby better then this
It's like a beach blanket and a bottle of wine
It feels something like summertime.
11. "Summer in the City" by Lovin' Spoonful
The man in this 1966 classic is looking for summer romance in the city. It's sweltering during the day, but he looks forward to dancing the night away with the ladies.
12. "Play It Again" by Luke Bryan
Two young people make a love connection over a mutually loved song while tailgating in this 2014 song.
13. "Cruel Summer" by Bananarama
The heat of summer can be oppressive, with city crowding, hot summer streets and pavement making days unbearable. Even worse is when you're away from your beloved and everyone else is falling in love. This 1983 identifies with this special kind of agony.
14. "Beat This Summer" by Brad Paisley
The trouble with summer love is that it only lasts a short while. In this 2013 song, a young man in love thinks about where his summer romance is going. He knows that tan lines will fade and the relationship will end, but nothing will beat this summer.
15. "Somethin' 'Bout A Truck" by Kip Moore
What do people do in the summertime when the sun goes down? Go drinking and parking, of course. In this 2012 song, a man thinks fondly about a past summer lover:
And there's somethin bout a truck in a field
And a girl in a red sundress with an ice cold beer to her lips
Beggin for another kiss.
16. "Summer" by Calvin Harris
There are reasons why summer love only lasts so long, but the guy in this 2014 is a little bitter about his relationship ending. They fell in love during barefoot days of summer but now he's accusing her of lying. Did she have a boyfriend back home? Did she change her mind? Make promises she didn't intend to keep?
And we could be together baby
As long as skies are blue
You act so innocent now
But you lied so soon.
17. "Tim McGraw" by Taylor Swift
In this 2006 song, a young woman recalls a summer love affair with a smooth-talking guy who compared her eyes to Georgia stars and tended to get stuck on the back roads at night. Although the fling ended with summer, every time she hears a Tim McGraw song, the sweet memories they shared come rushing back.
18. Dan + Shay - "19 You + Me"
The fellow in this 2014 song met his sweetheart during "First Week" at Myrtle Beach, and he was smitten by her "California beautiful" looks. They spent that first week after graduation frolicking in the waves, dancing in the sand and quickly falling in love.
19. "Roller Coaster" by Luke Bryan
The lovers in this song (2013) met at the beach and within a week they went from strangers to sweethearts. Between the Bacardi and the hot summer nights, she made an impression on him that will last longer than their tan lines:
I should've known that kind of feelin'
Would last longer than that week did
Blown away and barely breathin'
Sunday came and it was over
Now she's got me twisted
Like an old beach roller coaster.
20. "Ocean Avenue" by Yellowcard
They were a couple of teenagers who fell in love at the beach, enjoying hours of talking, staying up all night and sleeping all day. Then came the inevitable goodbye, and he still feels the effect of the separation across time and distance. The man in this 2004 song longs for those carefree days and is determined to reconnect with her one day.
21. "Boys of Summer" by Don Henley
Summer has passed, and the man in this 1984 song is mentally reliving a romance that ended with beach season. He drives by her house, knowing she isn't home and struggles with whether he can move on from their shared memories. He resolves to be persistent in winning back her affections:
But babe, I'm gonna get you back
I'm gonna show you what I'm made of.
22. "Long Hot Summer" by Keith Urban
With one chance meeting, the guy in this 2011 song was smitten. He can't sleep because he's thinking about her non-stop, envisioning a summer full of shared trips to the lake and river, her feet on the dashboard singing a song.
23. "I'm Yours" by Jason Mraz
The love-struck man in this Grammy-nominated song from 2005 knows that time is short, so he doesn't want to waste it playing games. He offers his love free and clear, begging the object of his desires to return his affections:
So I won't hesitate no more, no more
It cannot wait I'm sure
There's no need to complicate
Our time is short
This is our fate, I'm yours.
24. "Summertime, Summertime" by The Jamies
When it's June, it's time to shut the school books and abandon academic studies in favor of love, laid-back living, and days spent in the sun. This 1958 song asks what's a vacation without summer romance?
25. "Cool For the Summer" by Demi Levato
In this overtly sexual 2015 song, Demi Levato, former Disney star, is on the prowl for a summer tryst. She's not candy-coating a thing:
Take me down into your paradise
Don't be scared 'cause I'm your body type
Just something that we wanna try
'Cause you and I
We're cool for the summer.
Even More Songs About Summer Love
Beyonce (feat. Diddy)
27. Summer Mood
29. That Summer
30. Buzzcut Season
31. One Summer Night
33. Summer Skin
Death Cab for a Cutie
34. Beat Of The Music
35. Strawberry Wine
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
37. Best Night Ever
39. Your Summer Dream
The Beach Boys
40. Drunk on You
42. Something Like That
43. Long Summer Days
44. Summer Rain
45. Summertime Sadness
Lana Del Rey
46. Sea Legs
48. Sweet Summer Lovin'
49. Suddenly Last Summer
50. You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth (Hot Summer Nights)
51. Summer Breeze
The Isley Brothers
DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince
53. (Love Is Like A) Heat Wave
Martha and the Vandellas
54. Hot in Herre
55. Under the Boardwalk
56. 21 Summer
57. See You In September
58. Where the Boys Are
59. We Were Us
Keith Urban (featuring Miranda Lambert)
60. Anything But Mine
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