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It's the soundtrack of your youth. It's the soundtrack of America. It's the soundtrack…of summer.

Every summer is magical, and maybe that’s because each summer has that one definitive song. Here’s a look back on every single one of those evocative songs of the summer going back more than 50 years.

1960: “Theme from A Summer Place

1961: “Sandy Shorts (The Wackadacka-Wick-Wack Song)”

1962: “Monster Mash, Except It’s Summer Now”

1963: “Endless Beach Party With Our Young, Vital, Virtually Unkillable President”

1964: “The Summer Song”

1965: “It’s the Summer So I Guess We Should Go Surfing?”

1966: “Summer”

1967: “It’s Summer”

1968: “It is the Summer”

1969: “Manson Beach Party”

1970: “The Sun is a Burning Sky Monster and We Must Worship It”

1971: “White Christmas”

1972: “White Christmas”

1973: “White Christmas”

1974: “Gerald Ford Beach Party”

1975: “Theme From Jaws” by Jaws and Friends

1976: “Holy Shit, America Fuckin’ Rulez! (Official Song of the American Bicentennial)” by the Captain and Tennille

1977: “Summer of Sam”

1978: “Curse Thee Out, Wretched Spring, For the Summer is Nigh”

1979: “Let Us Go to the Beach, For It Is the Law Under Peanut Lord Jimmy Carter”

1980: “The Lake Not Florida” (The Money is Tight This Year Song)”

1981: “Summer is The Name of My Spring Fling”

1982: “Pac-Man Has a Sunburn”

1983: “I Wish That it Was the Summer (And It Totally Is Now)”

1984: “Uncomfortably Warm”

1985: “New Coke”

1986: “I am Sandor, God of Unholy Blood Summers,” by Gwar

1987: “Summertime in the Well” by Baby Jessica McClure

1988: “I Will Cut Tiffany with a Seashell” by Debbie Gibson

1989: “Summer of Blood” by Tiffany

1990: “The Eat My Shorts Song” by Bart Simpson

1991: “You Can Live in a Sandcastle if You Have To” by Milli Vanilli

1992: “Who Wants an Otter Pop?”

1993: “Summertime Bootyquake ‘93”

1994: “I Ate Too Much Sand Today”

1995: “Good” by Better Than Ezra, but only the part where he says “maybe we’ll see on the Fourth of July”

1996: “Summer Babe (Summer Version)”

1997: “Candle in the Wind 1997” by Elton John

1998: “Fireflies are Dumb”

1999: “I’m So Goddamn Sick of Watermelon” by Sarah McLachlan

2000: “Fuck Off, Fall” by Limp Bizkit

2001: “White Christmas”

2002: “If You Don’t Love Fireworks You’re a Terrorist” by Toby Keith

2003: “Let’s All Tar a Roof”

2004: “Summer is Interminably Long”

2005: “I Don’t Care What Movie We See, So Long as There’s Air Conditioning”

2006: “I Will Hum Some Songs I Like” by Summer Glau

2007: “Unbearingly Hott Outside” by Nelly

2008: “Subprime Summer”

2009: “Summertime Nights are the Nights That Will Be Alright (Tonight)” by the Black Eyed Peas

2010: “White Christmas”

2011: “A Song About John Mayer” by Taylor Swift

2012: “Fun in the Sun (Until the Mayan Apocalypse)”

2013: “The One That Goes ‘Whoooooooa’ and There’s a Banjo In It”

2014: “Summer Lasts All Year Now Because of Climate Change”

2015: “I Wish It Was Labor Day”

2016: “Drake is Having an Excellent Summer” by Drake

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