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50 Songs For Your Summer Playlist – Part 4
20) Summertime Blues – Alan Jackson
In 1994, Alan Jackson took a 30 year old song and gave it a little twang. Jackson successfully turned Summertime Blues into a modern day smash summer hit. The song covers the common theme of a young guy trying to get by on a few dollars and some luck during the summer. The guy in the song is trying to get some wheels in order to gain some freedom. He’s trying to get off work. He’s doing anything to get away from those common summertime blues. Alan put his mark on the song and fans even got a little taste of Alan’s deep voice. The song is still a summer favorite today and fans love getting on the dance floor to raise a fuss and a holler when it comes through the speakers.
19) Live Until I Die – Clay Walker
A song written solely by newcomer Clay Walker became a smash hit in late ’93, early ’94. Live Until I Die is a signature song for Walker. The song is about not worrying about things in life and enjoying every day until it’s time to go. We don’t need a lot of money. We don’t need a lot of stuff. All we need are the loved ones around us, dreams and hard work and then we can live happy until we’re gone. Walker sure knows how to write and sing a melody and Live Until I Die is the perfect theme s0ng for a summer of enjoyment and happiness.
18) Summer Nights – Rascal Flatts
Nobody loves to hit the road and play for the big crowds in the summertime more than the guys in Rascal Flatts. Over their monstrous career, the guys have proven how much they love their fans. This song was cut with a live feel to it strictly so the song would sound good during the live shows. Rascal Flatts hit on a few key images from summer including popping tops, flip flops, and Igloo coolers. The guys will forever be a part of cool country summer nights for years to come.
17) When The Sun Goes Down – Kenny Chesney and Uncle Kracker
Uncle Who? Fans were a bit perplexed in 2004 when Kenny Chesney came out with a new summer duet. The song included rocker, rapper, and Adult Contemporary star Uncle Kracker. The song featured the two singing about the sun heading over the horizon in the hot summer months. The partnership worked and Kenny’s career reached a new level while Uncle Kracker was introduced to the country audience. He has since come back to release more tracks on the country charts.
16) That Summer – Garth Brooks
A story of a boy’s first love is always a sure hit. The guys and the cougars were paying attention when Garth Brooks released the sizzling song That Summer in 1993. The song tells the story of a young boy working for an older lady at her house until things get a little personal between the two. A lonely widowed woman and a teenage boy made for one sexy song. That Summer is the guy’s version of Strawberry Wine. Why does it always have to happen over the summer? Or perhaps that’s when it’s most memorable? Either way, the song is a classic summer song.
15) I Don’t Have To Be Me (‘Til Monday) – Steve Azar
The summertime is the perfect time to call in sick to work on Friday for a three day weekend. Steve Azar crafted the perfect song to fit the situation and the song was released in 2001. The song struck a strong emotion with fans and it rocketed up the charts all the way to #2. Today, the song is still a favorite as the week ticks closer to the weekend. In the hot summer months when the sun is shining outside and the lake is calling, it’s so easy to call in sick or leave work early to have a little fun over a long weekend. The work can wait until the winter.
14) Six Pack Summer – Phil Vassar
In 2001, newcomer to the artist world, Phil Vassar came out with a smash hit summer song with Six-Pack Summer. Everybody was tapping along on their dashboards as Vassar saw his hit climb all the way to the top ten. The song is still popular today each summer as people pick up the six packs and throw them in a cooler on the way to the lake. Vassar is still a star in country music. He started by writing classic hits for other artists and wisely saved Six-Pack Summer for his debut album.
13) Toes – Zac Brown Band
After the Zac Brown Band rose to stardom with their debut hit Chicken Fried, the guys seemed to have a plan to continue their success. After their second single Whatever It Is climbed all the way to #2, ZBB released the instant summer classic with the Buffett-styled Toes. The radio stations had them take out the word “ass” from the lyrics, but fans live in concert get to enjoy the band’s original version. A call to buddy Kid Rock and the guys had a great video to go along with their smash #1 hit. Take ZBB along for the ride this summer and be sure to get your toes in the water, ass in the sand.
12) No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems – Kenny Chesney
With a little inspiration from Jimmy Buffett, Kenny Chesney took America to the islands with his summer-tinged country music in the ’00s. The title song from his breakout album turned fans onto Chesney’s love for the islands. No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems was a fun play on a popular store sign. The song became a personal mission statement for Chesney and his hoards of fans. Each summer Chesney still heads out on his tour to enjoy the hot months with millions of his closest, shoeless, and shirtless friends.
11) Summer’s Comin’ – Clint Black
Over the summer of ’95, Clint Black had a summer classic with the song Summer’s Comin’. The song is for those that are first in line each spring as the cold winter months turn into the hot summer months. The folks out there that can’t wait to hit the lake, the beach, and the boardwalk are the ones Clint had in mind when he wrote this summer song. A celebrity filled video directed by Clint himself made the song even more memorable and it’s still a summer classic today.
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