Summer in the Hamptons is all about the sand, the surf, the sunshine and the songs that give us a soundtrack for the most sensational of seasons. From those unforgettable tunes about summer, to others that simply evoke memories of summers past, we’re counting down the Top 100 Summer Songs of all time.
From Memorial Day through Labor Day, every day brings a new song, and a new chance for you to let us know who you think should make the cut. Classic stars and one-hit wonders alike will show up on our list, and by the time we get to Labor Day Weekend, we’re sure that at least a few songs from the next few months will gain musical immortality.
Hamptons Song of Summer #99
“Summertime Rolls” by Jane’s Addiction
Another summer song with a “summer” title, this likely under-appreciated gem from Nothing’s Shocking (1990) is something of a mood piece by a seminal 90s alternative band. With its haunting wall of sound and frontman Perry Farrell‘s surreal, wailing lyrics, one imagines ocean sunrises, beach bonfires and paddling into the surf to catch easy waves—still awake and shaking out the cobwebs from the previous night’s party. Jane’s Addiction is pure West Coast, L.A.,Venice Beach and San Diego (where they started), but sand, sun and saltwater—like this song— are universal to all American shores.
There was so much space
I cut me a piece
With some fine wine
It brought peace to my mind
In the summertime…