11 great summer jams
It’s been a looong winter. Here’s 11 simple songs to get you in the mood for the summer sun!
1. California – Phantom Planet. This early 2000’s indie hit is a feel good song for anyone dreaming of the California sun. Learn the opening riff and you are on your way.
2. Soak Up the Sun – Sheryl Crow. Another one with a fun opening riff. Perfect for all those pop lovers.
3. Rockaway Beach – The Ramones. Got a rock and roll heart? Learn this classic with just a few simple chords.
4. The Boys Of Summer – Don Henley. A personal karaoke favorite of mine. Extra credit if you learn the bird sounds.
5. Under the Boardwalk – The Drifters. Learn a simple version with just the chords or challenge yourself and learn that classic walking bass line.
6. Summer of ’69 – Bryan Adams. Cheesy and awesome. You know you love it.
7. Blister in the Sun – The Violent Femmes. Great riff, great tune. Just note – you may have to edit those lyrics around the kids.
8. Steal My Sunshine – Len. This band was a one hit wonder, but their one hit was a perfect summer jam.
9. No Rain – Blind Melon. Who wants rain during the summer? Not these guys from what I can tell.
10. Cruel Summer – Bananrama. Perfect for those melancholy summer evenings.
11. Summertime – DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince. Tough to play on just guitar or piano, but get a beat and you are good to go with this perfect summer hit.