We get it. The winter weather has long overstayed its welcome.
But while we are buried under ice and snow, waiting for the temperatures to rise, perhaps it will help to listen to our picks for the Top 10 summer songs to get you in the mood for sunshine and warmer days.
10. “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” – Jake Owen
Jake Owen knows a couple things about summer nights. The Florida native, who still spends as much time on the water as possible, sang about campfires and sweet tea in this song, which became Owen’s first number one and first multi-platinum single.
9. “Six-Pack Summer” – Phil Vassar
Phil Vassar wants his six-pack iced down in this summer classic, from his self-titled debut album. Released in 2001, it remains the hot-weather anthem for anyone ready for some cold refreshment on a hot day.
8. “Sunshine and Summertime” – Faith Hill
John Rich helped pen this hit, which lists everything that is right with summer. From “classic colas” to “iced coronas” to “straw sombreros” and “t-top camaros,” Faith Hill reminds us in this Top 10 hit of everything that is absolutely right about lazy summer days.
7. “Toes” – Zac Brown Band
There were two versions of this song that hit the airwaves when it was released in 2009. While the real lyric said, “I got my toes in the water, ass in the sand,” a version was also released to radio that said, “toes in the water, toes in the sand” instead — and also eliminated the line that said “roll a big fat one.” Still, regardless of which version you prefer, it’s a good song to listen to while your toes really are in the sand.
6. “Its 5 O’Clock Somewhere” – Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett
If Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett give us an excuse to start happy hour early, then it must be OK. Singing, “Pour me somethin’ tall and strong / Make it a Hurricane before I go insane / It’s only half-past twelve but I don’t care / It’s five o’clock somewhere,” Buffett joins Jackson in encouraging imbibing early. “It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere” stayed at the top of the charts for seven consecutive weeks in the summer of 2003.
5. “My Kinda Party” – Jason Aldean
This might be the perfect summer party. Jason Aldean found his peace “at the bottom of a real tall cold drink” while gathering with his friends outside of town in the Georgia clay. Between the jacked-up tailgate, Skynyrd and old Hank, it sounds just about ideal.
4. “Pontoon” – Little Big Town
The members of Little Big Town had a good time filming this video, on Percy Priest Lake in Nashville, Tenn. Touting all the good reasons to spend a hot day out on the water, “Pontoon” became the group’s first No. 1 hit, and won them numerous awards, including a coveted Grammy.
3. “Summer Nights” – Rascal Flatts
It’s a classic summer tune that makes us wish the summer nights would never end. All they need is an igloo cooler and white sand to toast the lazy days — and nights. Between the “teeny French bikinis” and the “big bonfire on the beach,” it’s a win-win for everyone.
2. “Water” – Brad Paisley
Paisley co-wrote this tune that lists everything fun about being in the water, from the kiddie pool to a river bank. The song inspired one of Paisley’s biggest tours to date, his H20 Tour, which included water-themed activities, a separate Water World Plaza with more live music, and the opportunity to donate to charities that help the one out of five people in the world without safe drinking water.
1. “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problem” – Kenny Chesney
If there was ever a song that summed up everything that is right with summer, this song would be it. The title track of Kenny Chesney’s seventh studio album, he sang “Want to soak up life for a while / In laid back mode / No boss, no clock, no stress, no dress code / No shoes, no shirt, no problem.” We can certainly imagine him singing it from his 60-foot yacht or beach-side home in the Virgin Islands.