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August 21st, 2009
08:18 AM ET

The Sounds of the Summer

Summer 2009 is slipping away fast, soon to be just a memory. So how about a little more fun before it’s gone! We want to know what song best sums up your ’09 summer – the one that’ll bring you back when you hear it again years from now.

Tell us about it. We’ll go down the list, and maybe even try to play a few of them on air!

Filed under: Tony Harris
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  1. joe

    An announcer screaming "cash for clunkers".

    August 21, 2009 at 9:03 am |
  2. N.G.

    This summer was great because all of my friends were on break from college for the first time in 3 years. I got to see them again once more before taking the plunge into my overpriced college textbooks. I wish them all good luck, and I hope Sara has a good first semester of college.

    August 21, 2009 at 9:14 am |
  3. JD

    My memories of summer are linked with the song "Bob Sinclar – La La La Song ".... Great summer song.

    August 21, 2009 at 11:18 am |
  4. Colin Boker, LMT

    Summertime- Will Smith

    100% classic

    August 21, 2009 at 11:57 am |
  5. Helen Atkinson

    Summer Nights by Rascal Flatts – ultimate summer song!!!

    August 21, 2009 at 11:58 am |
  6. Lexi

    I'm Yours, by Jason Mraz. This really has a great summer feel to it, and I heard it everywhere!

    August 21, 2009 at 11:58 am |
  7. Brad

    "Jesus is a friend of mine" by Sonseed

    August 21, 2009 at 11:58 am |
  8. Sylvia Ann Wenman

    Hey Tony, my favorite summer song is "Summer Breeze" by Seals and Croft... Ahhhh! the memories 🙂 Have a great weekend.

    August 21, 2009 at 11:58 am |
  9. Mackenz!e Harte

    Celebrity Skin by Hole

    August 21, 2009 at 11:59 am |
  10. Dorota

    Definitely "I Gotta Feeling" by Black Eyed Peas. It is even my ringtone! I love it.

    August 21, 2009 at 11:59 am |
  11. Kellen Leland

    Kinks – Sunny Afternoon

    The tax mans taken all my dough,
    And left me in my stately home,
    Lazing on a sunny afternoon.
    And I cant sail my yacht,
    Hes taken everything Ive got,
    All Ive gots this sunny afternoon.

    August 21, 2009 at 11:59 am |
  12. David Vinge

    "Get a Job" by The Silhouettes.

    Sha na na na, sha na na na na,
    Sha na na na, sha na na na na,
    Sha na na na, sha na na na na,
    Sha na na na, sha na na na na,
    Yip yip yip yip yip yip yip yip
    Mum mum mum mum mum mum
    Get a job Sha na na na, sha na na na na
    Every morning about this time
    she get me out of my bed
    a-crying get a job.
    After breakfast, everyday,
    she throws the want ads right my way
    And never fails to say,
    Get a job Sha na na na, sha na na na na
    Sha na na na, sha na na na na,
    Sha na na na, sha na na na na,
    Sha na na na, sha na na na na,
    Yip yip yip yip yip yip yip yip
    Mum mum mum mum mum mum
    Get a job Sha na na na, sha na na na na
    And when I get the paper
    I read it through and through
    And my girl never fails to say
    If there is any work for me,
    And when I go back to the house
    I hear the woman's mouth
    Preaching and a crying,
    Tell me that I'm lying 'bout a job
    That I never could find.
    Sha na na na, sha na na na na,
    Sha na na na, sha na na na na,
    Sha na na na, sha na na na na,
    Sha na na na, sha na na na na,
    Yip yip yip yip yip yip yip yip
    Mum mum mum mum mum mum
    Get a job Sha na na na, sha na na na na

    August 21, 2009 at 11:59 am |
  13. spheather

    stevie b, spring love! thanks for making me rember!!

    August 21, 2009 at 11:59 am |
  14. stephen v nixon

    My great Summer Song.........Kodachrome>>>Paul Simon

    August 21, 2009 at 11:59 am |
  15. Ramya

    Anything from the The album Give Up by Postal Service but especially Sich Great Heights and The Distric Sleeps Alone Tonight. For better or for worse I will forever associate those two songs with a glorious summer spent in Boston. Even the rainy June couldn't ruin such a good summer.

    August 21, 2009 at 12:00 pm |
  16. Sue Rischer

    "Irreplacable" by Beyonce. After 22 yrs of marriage my husband dumped me for a younger woman, and he thought I would fall apart. He is indeed replacable.

    August 21, 2009 at 12:00 pm |
  17. Mike

    Show me what Im looking for by Carolina Liar....sums up my summer...with the economic uncertainty as well as my employment within the airline industry

    August 21, 2009 at 12:00 pm |
  18. Michelle


    August 21, 2009 at 12:00 pm |
  19. Gail Cruse

    Back of my neck gettin' good and sweaty.
    Cool town isn't it a pity..Doesn't seem to be a
    shadow in the city.

    August 21, 2009 at 12:00 pm |
  20. Denise Moore-Contreras

    Will Smith's Classic: 'Summertime', always!

    August 21, 2009 at 12:00 pm |
  21. jim rogers

    this summer has been "Baby, It's Cold Outside"

    August 21, 2009 at 12:00 pm |
  22. Mary

    The song that my summer of '09 will be remembered by is The Devil went down to Georgia.

    August 21, 2009 at 12:01 pm |
  23. Rachel White


    What's better than a classic song by a classic lady ?!

    August 21, 2009 at 12:01 pm |
  24. Bozoness

    Falls Apart – Thousand Foot Krutch.. Soo Much truth to that song..

    August 21, 2009 at 12:01 pm |
  25. Brenda Alston

    SUMMER BREEZE by The Isley Brothers
    My favorite summer song. Another fav is...
    SUMMERTIME by Will Smith

    August 21, 2009 at 12:01 pm |
  26. Chris

    "Free" from the Zac Brown Band. My son and I had our first "boys" road trip together this summer. Priceless.

    August 21, 2009 at 12:01 pm |

    Since I work in music full time, and this summer has rolled by ohhhh so fast- Id have to say for me the song would be 'Fantasy" by Earth, Wind and Fire & " Enjoy Yourself" by the Jacksons

    August 21, 2009 at 12:01 pm |
  28. William major

    The sounds of the summer of '09...there is only one song. "viva la vida" by Coldplay. That song is about the changing of the guard, and the regrets of the previous administration. It is a regal pop anthem, and fills me with hope for the future

    August 21, 2009 at 12:02 pm |
  29. Alvarado

    *wince* Roam by the B-52s It's all about the intro and clappin'

    August 21, 2009 at 12:02 pm |
  30. Jr Torres

    The best song to me this summer is probally "Break Your Little Heart – All Time Low", the reason being is that is the song i had playing in th background when i first met my girlfriend and she was the highlight of my entire summer, it also happens to be her favorite song from the "Nothing Personal" album.

    August 21, 2009 at 12:02 pm |
  31. steve lopez

    incubus covers prince – lets go crazy. I will never forget going to the first concert together with my 14 year old brother. I only get to see him a couple times a year because he lives 750 miles away. So glad he could come see me this summer. We had a great time.

    August 21, 2009 at 12:02 pm |
  32. Susan Lee

    The Black Eyed Peas "Boom Boom Pow". I played it for my Y fitness classes and tried to talk over the bad words cause it is such a great energetic song.

    August 21, 2009 at 12:02 pm |
  33. Kim Raymond

    Definitely my favorite song of '09 is Billy Currington's "People Are Crazy." I spent two days painting with one of my best friends from high school and we heard that song over and over. Now when I go for my daily walk, I play it over and over again. I love country!!!!

    August 21, 2009 at 12:02 pm |
  34. A Garrett

    The song "Summertime" by The Fresh Prince and Jazzy Jeff.

    This sums up my summer.

    August 21, 2009 at 12:02 pm |
  35. Mike Baird

    My summer song Has to be Oh,what a Night by the dells

    August 21, 2009 at 12:02 pm |
  36. Lesli

    Hey, Tony!

    "School's Out For Summer" by Alice Cooper was always perfect for the last day of school. It captured that sense of freedom and youthful rebellion that gave me and my friends a battle cry. A true classic.

    August 21, 2009 at 12:02 pm |
  37. RIchard Campbell

    Nothing gives the feel of the summer days and on the Island of Lanai Hawai ...better than the song from Don Henley ( Eagles) "The Boys of the Summer"



    August 21, 2009 at 12:03 pm |
  38. Derrick from north carolina

    Tony ,u cant talk abouit summertime Jamz with hearing summertime by DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince!
    U know dat was da jam!!!
    please play it so i can go crazy!!!!!

    August 21, 2009 at 12:03 pm |
  39. thomas

    hey tony there is only one summer song that i can think of that ive been listening to for yrs & that is all summer long by the beach boys thanks thomas ladson sc

    August 21, 2009 at 12:03 pm |
  40. Alma Jean

    I have a song I feel in love with this summer called "can't hardly wait" by KEN L, and as always, WILL SMITH'S "summertime." Let's start summer over TONY.

    August 21, 2009 at 12:03 pm |
  41. steve

    soul tub

    by the calif.honeydrops

    August 21, 2009 at 12:03 pm |
  42. Ian Dosland

    Summertime blues- guitar wolf

    amazing energy from an intense Japanese rock band!!!

    August 21, 2009 at 12:05 pm |
  43. McKay Mason

    So many great American icons have passed away this Summer and it has been quite sad. "We are the World" by Michael Jackson sums up my Summer of 2009. Life can be so short, all of us have the potential to change something in this world, and it is time to start living!

    August 21, 2009 at 12:06 pm |
  44. John Raleigh

    Oldie but Goodie.....Groovin' by the Rascals....Best summer song ever and I never get tired of it....

    August 21, 2009 at 12:06 pm |
  45. Rose Green

    This has been such a horrific summer trying to find a job and training for it that really I have not enjoyed the summer the way I would like. My song this summer is "Working on the chain gang"

    August 21, 2009 at 12:08 pm |
  46. ProudNative

    Summer 1983 in colorado springs. Little Red Corvette by prince. This summer to busy to really listen to the music. 🙁

    August 21, 2009 at 12:09 pm |
  47. Omar

    "Summer Summer Time" by Will Smith is a Classic Jam and it always brings back the joy of Hot Summer Fun.

    August 21, 2009 at 12:09 pm |
  48. Larry Buckley

    My favorite summer summer songs:
    Hot Fun in the Summer Time by Sly & The Family Stone.

    August 21, 2009 at 12:09 pm |
  49. Kris

    "Summertime," by DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince. Listen to this song and picture yourself rollin.

    August 21, 2009 at 12:10 pm |
  50. Emma

    "Summer Love" – Justin Timberlake. Listened to it over and over last summer in Barcelona.

    August 21, 2009 at 12:11 pm |
  51. grandmaloveshercats

    Sitting on the dock of the bay by otis redding (Tampa Bay) in the warm moonlight

    August 21, 2009 at 12:13 pm |
  52. Thomas

    Best summer song:

    Somer Time by Will Smith.

    Thomas M. Winston-Salem, NC

    August 21, 2009 at 12:13 pm |
  53. Philippe Hall

    I'll be very sad every time I will listen to those two songs; they will always remind me of the death of Michael Jackson and also how lucky I was to see him performing.
    Smile and Gone too soon.

    August 21, 2009 at 12:18 pm |
  54. Beverley Carmichael

    "Candy" By Cameo. Been to alot of family functions this summer and we have beeen stepping to this song, at each party.

    August 21, 2009 at 12:20 pm |
  55. grandmaloveshercats

    Laying on a drifting boat, listening to a Jimmy Buffett concert, followed by a Fourth of July fireworks show over the water with 2 BFFs in St. Pete

    August 21, 2009 at 12:24 pm |
  56. Cindy

    Ray Charles singing "I'm Busted" sums up my summer!

    But Michael Jackson "You Are Not Alone" will always bring an image of his brave daughter watching and listening to everyone talk about her daddy and feeling compelled to do the same.

    August 21, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  57. Bruce

    Tony, the song that I will remember for summers to come is called Waiting on the World to Change. I can't recall the artist off hand but I would hear it during the elections and then we got our President. The other one is A Change is gonna Come..

    August 21, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  58. K. Giltin

    This summer I heard one of the best summer songs of all time. It's 'Say Hey" by Michael Franti and Spearhead

    Another song that has been a significant part of the summer 2009 soundtrack is "United Breaks Guitars" by Dave Carroll and Sons of Maxwell. It's phenomenal popularity suggests a few things about this summer. People are frustrated with the way air travelers are treated. People are thrilled to find someone making a humorous and creative attempt to express that frustration. We love a good "Dave" vs. Goliath story.

    August 21, 2009 at 12:30 pm |
  59. JAM1515

    Man in the Mirror – every time I hear this song it will remind me of the summer that Michael Jackson died. The summer that I had tickets to see him in London and my first trip to Europe. Many of these memories are happy ones because I still went on my trip (already have the plane tickets) and I went with my 3 best friends.

    I remembered the old Michael I loved when I grew up and enjoyed so much of his music all summer long celebrating his life.

    August 21, 2009 at 12:30 pm |
  60. David

    Big Green Tractor, Jason Aldean. Kind of a nice song.

    August 21, 2009 at 12:47 pm |
  61. John Terrell

    I'll always remember the 2009 GOP theme song: It's my party (and I'll cry if I want to).

    August 21, 2009 at 2:10 pm |
  62. Kenny Hall Author, Billy & Me

    Read chapter "Sittin' behind Quaddaffi" by KennyHall, author of Billy & Me "Kenny's gonna ruin my red neck image". About the late Billy Carter, brother of former President Jimmy Carter. Please submit to "Larry King Live" and "Rick Sanchez"

    August 22, 2009 at 1:19 pm |
  63. Schatzie

    Tony . i am so glad you back from your Vacation . i love that pretty Smile you got .just like my President .

    August 22, 2009 at 2:03 pm |
  64. rob




    .................................REMEMBER THE YORKTOWN.................................


    August 23, 2009 at 7:06 pm |
  65. Drew G.

    This Mead is Making Me Warlike by Battlemaster of Richmond, VA

    August 24, 2009 at 11:55 am |
  66. Andt

    Beggin' by Madcon

    August 24, 2009 at 11:55 am |
  67. Bud

    Out Last Night – Kenny Chesney

    August 24, 2009 at 11:56 am |
  68. Stevie B

    Fire Burning by Sean Kingston

    August 24, 2009 at 11:56 am |
  69. Lee Hollimon

    Favorite song, 'Buried Treasure' by Rosi Golan.

    August 24, 2009 at 11:56 am |
  70. rusty

    Im on a Boat by The Lonely Island

    August 24, 2009 at 11:57 am |
  71. jon-tait

    Hello Tony,
    My song for the summer is "Blame it", by Jamie Fox featuring T-pain. That song is going to be in peoples mind for years to come.

    August 24, 2009 at 11:57 am |
  72. Michelle T

    I never dreamed you'd leave in summer – stevie wonder
    rip mjj

    August 24, 2009 at 11:57 am |
  73. Dorothy

    I would say either, "American Pie" by Don McLean (or Madonna) or "Right Here, Right Now" by Jesus Jones.

    August 24, 2009 at 11:58 am |
  74. ryan mason

    Florence and the Machine – Dog Days

    The song of the summer, but I'm betting we don't hear it on air....not for a few more months when the US catches onto this British sensation.

    August 24, 2009 at 11:58 am |
  75. Joey

    Kings of Leon – Use Somebody
    ( )
    Will remind me of summer night drives around Milwaukee for years to come what a great summer! What a great song!

    August 24, 2009 at 11:58 am |
  76. Doug from Brooklyn

    Poker Face Lady Ga Ga -I’ll always remember my partner Randy and my trip to Vegas and that song playing constantly as we walked through the casinos.

    August 24, 2009 at 11:59 am |
  77. Diana


    Les Paul was a friend of mine. One of my favorite songs is
    How High the Moon. Les used to let me sit back stage with him
    at the Iridium in NYC on my birthday.

    My favorite photo of him is while he shoots the bird at the audience
    with a BIG smile on his face!

    God Bless him. God is lucky! He has Les there to jam with the

    August 24, 2009 at 12:00 pm |
  78. Cara

    The song that definately sums up the summer of '09 is This Afternoon by Nickelback! My friends and I listen to it constantly. Whenever I hear the song it reminds me of all the great times we had this summer and the crazy things we did. When I hear this song years from now these memories will be with me.

    August 24, 2009 at 12:01 pm |
  79. Dorothy

    Oh ya, and don't forget. "If I were a Boy" by Beyonce.
    I dedicate this one presonally to Michelle Obama. LOL

    August 24, 2009 at 12:01 pm |
  80. Kristina M. (Toronto)

    The song of my choice for Summer 2009 is Poker Face by Lady Gaga. It was hard to get away from listening to Lady Gaga this summer.

    Hope you play this song =)
    Thanks in advance

    August 24, 2009 at 12:01 pm |
  81. Brad Duffy

    Dave Matthews Band- Spaceman

    Spent a good chunk of my summer following DMB, and loved hearing this song live!!! It also describes my Summer which was spent working hard, and life lessons that will never be forgotten.

    "All the freaks are parade, wanna fill my belly so I gotta get paid, doesn't everyone deserve to have a good life, but it don't always work out, cry cry baby if you must, but just remember, o remember I love the way you love you move."

    -Brad Duffy

    August 24, 2009 at 12:02 pm |
  82. Gummatie

    " I Gotta Feeling (tonite is going to be a good nite)" by the Black Eyed Peas

    August 24, 2009 at 12:03 pm |
  83. Lisa Hulber

    My Summer Song of 2009 is "Working Class" by WALTER TROUT.
    "They call us the working class but we ain't working anymore"

    Lisa Hulber Detroit Michigan

    August 24, 2009 at 12:12 pm |
  84. Scott Hulber

    My Song for the Summer of 2009 is "Working Class" Written and performed by Walter Trout.

    I was working in a factory
    On the edge of town
    The company moved to Mexico
    They closed the factory down
    My next door neighbor
    He got a Phd
    Now he's in the unemployment line
    Standing next to me
    Down on the corner
    Their boarding up the store
    They call us the working class
    But we ain't working
    We ain't working anymore...

    Scott Hulber,
    Detroit Michigan

    August 24, 2009 at 12:25 pm |
  85. Laura

    I have a few summer songs:

    "I want you back"- N'sync
    "Fire burning on the dance floor"- Sean Kingston
    "Got Money"- Lil Wayne and T-Pain
    "You belong with me"- Taylor Swift

    August 24, 2009 at 3:27 pm |
  86. Seth Banks

    Without doubt for me, it's the "Rach 3" (by Sergei Rachmaninoff' ). My wife and i heard it recently at Tanglewood, while celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary. It's as amazing and beautiful as is my bride. I'm madly in love with both!

    August 25, 2009 at 10:29 am |


    "Southside Stomp"-Stereo Deluxe
    "Chaos By Committee"-Handsome Deville
    "Falling In Love"-PePe' Willie
    "Audrey Hepburn"-Little Man Tate

    August 26, 2009 at 12:30 pm |
  88. william hopper

    I find it illuminating that some people were more upset about the President's education speech than about U.S. torture, the assault on our Constitution and the blood shed in an unjustified war.

    September 8, 2009 at 2:09 pm |