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40 Summers, 40 Songs: Spin This Playlist of Happy Hits From 1974 to 2014

By:  Joe Belliotti Jul 28, 2014
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One of the keys to a successful summer party, beach day or get-together, in addition to great food and ice-cold Coca-Cola, is finding the perfect music. We've worked with Providence, R.I.-based pop music guru and songwriter/artist Greg Lato (@GregLatoMusic) to select some classic favorites and find some hidden gems.

As Greg describes, "The idea for this playlist was to find one great song from each summer over the last four decades – one from each year starting in 1974 through to 2014. Summer songs help us create the lasting memories around our favorite summer moments. Everytime I hear songs like 'Magic' by The Cars or 'Hold on to the Nights' by Richard Marx, it brings me back to summers in my backyard pool as a kid in the 1980s."

Here's a complete list of the songs you'll enjoy on the above playlist:

1974 - Band On The Run - Paul McCartney & Wings
1975 - One Of These Nights - Eagles
1976 - I’d Really Love To See You Tonight - England Dan & John Ford Coley
1977 - Undercover Angel - Alan O'Day
1978 - Mr. Blue Sky - ELO 
1979 - Love You Inside Out - Bee Gees
1980 - Steal Away - Robbie Dupree
1981 - You Make My Dreams - Hall and Oates
1982 - Somebody's Baby - Jackson Browne 
1983 - Always Something There To Remind Me - Naked Eyes
1984 - Magic - The Cars
1985 - Sussudio - Phil Collins
1986 - Something About You - Level 42
1987 - Hourglass - Squeeze
1988 - Hold On To The Nights - Richard Marx
1989 - Sowing The Seeds Of Love - Tears For Fears
1990 - Close To You - Maxi Priest
1991 - Crazy - Seal
1992 - Life is a Highway - Tom Cochrane
1993 - Come Undone - Duran Duran
1994 - Always - Erasure
1995 - Back For Good - Take That
1996 - Fastlove - George Michael
1997 - I Want You - Savage Garden
1998 - Crush - Jennifer Paige
1999 - Smooth - Santana feat. Rob Thomas 
2000 - Back Here - BBMak
2001 - Fill Me In - Craig David
2002 - Gotta Get Thru This - Daniel Bedingfield
2003– Rock Your Body– Justin Timberlake 
2004 - Accidentally In Love - Counting Crows
2005 - Speed Of Sound - Coldplay
2006 - When The Stars Go Blue - Tim McGraw
2007 - Because Of You - NeYo
2008 - In Love With A Girl - Gavin DeGraw
2009 - Whatever It Is - Zac Brown Band
2010 - Animal - Neon Trees
2011 – Pumped Up Kicks – Foster the People 
2012 -  Adorn - Miguel 
2013 - Get Lucky - Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams
2014 – Rude – Magic!