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10 Great Top 40 Summer Songs

By Ken Foote, CBSDFW.COM
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Summer is a time to enjoy beautiful weather (albeit hot at times), spend time with the family, take a vacation, and listen to some great music. And it’s the music that comes to mind to me as a kid growing up in Dallas.

Below is a list of my favorite summer songs. They are in no particular order and the selection is my opinion only. With one exception all were hits during my teen years:

10. (Just Like) Romeo & Juliet: song hit #6 on the Billboard Top 40 in 1964. This song reminds me of my Camp Longhorn days in Burnet TX. One hit wonder from this Detroit based group known as The Reflections.

9. California Sun: song hit #5 on the charts in 1964 from The Rivieras, a group from South Bend, Indiana. Another one hit wonder. They were wishing to leave Indiana for California! Ha!

8. C’mon And Swim: song hit #5 in the summer of 1964 sung by Bobby Freeman, an R&B artist from San Francisco. His last song to chart on the Billboard Top 40 charts.

7. Summer In The City: #1 hit for mega-group Lovin’ Spoonful from 1967. Only #1 hit they had.

6. Surfer Girl: Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys hit #7 on the charts with this song from 1963. This should have been a #1 hit.

5. P.S. I Love You: The Beatles actually recorded and released this song in the U.K. in September 1962 before it was released in the U.S. in the summer of 1964. RIngo Starr was on the tambourine on this song, not the drums!

4. Cherish: Madonna had a hit with this song in the summer of 1989, hitting #2 on the charts. Love the music video on this song!

3. Soul Finger: an instrumental song from The Bar-Kays, a funk group from Memphis, released in the summer of 1967. With the exception of two people, all members of the group died in a plane crash that also killed legendary R&B artist Otis Redding.

2. Him Or Me-What’s It Gonna Be?: #5 charted song by Portland OR based Paul Revere & The Raiders featuring Mark Lindsay. Group was the house band on Dick Clark’s Where The Action Is that aired on ABC in the afternoons after the soaps. Paul Revere still performs today in Branson MO.

1. A Hard Days Night: fifth #1 hit for The Beatles in 1964 and was the name for their first theatrical movie.

You can hear some of thes songs on great CBS Radio stations like WCBS-FM/New York, KRTH-FM/Los Angeles, WJMK-FM/Chicago, WOGL-FM/Philadelphia, KLUV-FM/Dallas Fort Worth, WOMC-FM/Detroit, and KOOL-FM/Phoenix.

Tell me what your favorite summer songs are by emailing me at kenf@ktvt.com. See you next time.

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