Summertime. The livin’ is indeed easy. And the jams? They come as natural as the ocean breeze.
In fact, people have been listening to summer jams since 1260 A.D., when the first documented summer hit “Sumer is Icumen In” dropped. That’s a whole lot of memories.
So, what makes a summer jam? We tapped into Spotify’s acoustic analysis technology, powered by The Echo Nest to find out. After doing some digging, we identified the most danceable, fastest, most lively summer songs. We created a list of the top U.S. summer hits dating from 1962 to the hottest summer tracks on Spotify today.
Then we ran deep audio analysis on each track, as reported by WNYC Soundcheck. Our technology allowed us to listen to songs on a pure audio level. This let us identify the following summer jam standouts:
- Longest: Prince – When Doves Cry
- Shortest: The Beach Boys – I Get Around
- Most Danceable: Nelly – Hot In Herre
- Most Energetic: The Jackson 5 – The Love You Save
- Least Laidback: Huey Lewis & The News – The Power Of Love
- Most Acoustic Sounding: Little Eva – The Loco-Motion
- Most Electronic Sounding: EMF – Unbelievable
- Loudest: The Jackson 5 – The Love You Save
- Quietest: Ace of Base - Don’t Turn Around
- Fastest: Jimmy Eat World – The Middle
- Slowest: Heart – Alone
- Happiest: Vengaboys – We Like To Party
- Saddest: Heart – Alone
- Rarest Key: E-Flat (TLC – Waterfalls, Little Eva – The Loco-Motion)
- Most Popular Key: C Major
All of these summer jams, from 1962 to this summer, share certain traits: They tend not to lean on the acoustic side. Instead, they trend towards electronic rhythms and melodies. Summer, more than any other season, features the most playful tracks. They are energetic and dancey, yet free and breezy.
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