The Danciest, Fastest, Most Energetic Summer Jams from Over 5 Decades

Summer Jams 1962-2014

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:

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.

You can listen to the summer jams from 1962 to 2014 here (special deal for new subscribers):

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