The best summer songs conjure both eras and emotional to offer a mix of nostalgia and escapism. Time to sit back and unwind with this essential playlist.
Bruce Johnston called it a "time-trick," but 'Do It Again' went all the way to No. 1 in the UK.
The histories of the most iconic recording studios – Sun, Motown, Abbey Road – have made them almost as famous as the musicians who have recorded there.
On 23 July 1966, jazz organ genius Jimmy Smith had a lesser-known UK chart entry on the EP countdown with 'Swinging With The Incredible Jimmy Smith,' featuring 'Hobo Flats.'
At the dawn of rock’n’roll, rhythm’n’blues vocal groups from street corners across America dominated the teenage-dream world of radio.
The group from Hawthorne signed their historic first contract with Capitol Records on 16 July 1962.
The work of one of rock's finest session drummers, from 'Pet Sounds' and 'All Things Must Pass' to Derek and the Dominos.
The Billboard Hot 100 dated 4 July 1964 showed the Beach Boys climbing to the top of the chart with ‘I Get Around.’
This collection of 4 July songs mixes buried treasures along with some must-hear standards that make the perfect playlist for Independence Day parties.
Dismissed as another momentary fad, pretty much dead in the water by mid-1968,the influence of psychedelic rock runs long and deep.
Hailed as “America’s band”, The Beach Boys gave the world so much more than the surf-pop that made their name – as the best Beach Boys songs reveal.
Many people mistake pop music as disposable. But from the blues to The Beatles, some of the most important artistic statements have been wrapped up in the world’s most popular songs.
‘Caribou’ found Elton John relocating to the Rocky Mountains of Colorado for his follow-up to the insanely successful ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’.
From backseat singalongs to nomadic anthems, the best road trip songs capture the feeling of freedom that’s sometimes just a car ride away.
Released on 24 June 1968, the self-produced album was not successful in the US, but has steadily grown in stature.
One of the most memorable open-air events of the decade turned into a triumph for the visiting Californian heroes.