1 The Beach Boys
The Beach Boys are an American pop rock band formed in Hawthorne, California in 1961. The group's original lineup consisted of brothers Brian, Dennis, and Carl Wilson, their cousin Mike Love, and their friend Al Jardine.
Is this what happened to their legacy? Dismissed as a "great summertime artist"? Totally failing all lists about the best albums, songs, artists, while actually being the cream of the crop? Disappointing. - Idontreallycaretoomuch
The only band that makes summer last all year!
I really don't have to explain this, do I? - PetSounds
Best one hands down. Enough said. - EpicJake
2 The Cars
The Cars are an American rock band that emerged from the new wave scene in the late 1970s. The band originated in Boston, Massachusetts in 1976, with singer, rhythm guitarist and songwriter Ric Ocasek, singer and bassist Benjamin Orr, lead guitarist Elliot Easton, keyboardist Greg Hawkes and drummer ...read more.
There is no better feeling than cruising downtown on a hot summer night with the windows down and "Just What I Needed" on the stereo. - PetSounds
I like the name. - EpicJake
'Just What I needed' seems to be their main track, but personally I like their synth ballad 'Drive', '...Who's Gonna Drive you home tonight.' 🎶 - Beatlesboy9
3 Creedence Clearwater Revival
Creedence Clearwater Revival, often shortened to Creedence and abbreviated as CCR, was an American rock band active in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
"Down on the corner, out on the street, Willy and the Poor Boys are playing, bring a nickel, stamp your feet! "
You can practically feel the sweat dripping down your back on a hot Southern night. - PetSounds
For sure, songs like 'Looking Out My Back Door', Down On The Corner, Bad Moon Rising, and Proud Mary are all summer classics, and great ones at that. - Beatlesboy9
4 The Eagles
The Eagles are an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1971 by Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Bernie Leadon, and Randy Meisner.
I have vivid memories of hearing their greatest hits album for the first time while driving to out of town baseball games. - PetSounds
My favorite two bands, the Eagles and the Beach Boys are on #1 and #2!
5 The Beatles
The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. The members consisted of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. They were soon known as the foremost and most influential act of rock era. Rooted in skiffle, beat, and 1950s rock and roll, the Beatles later experimented ...read more.
If only because their greatest hits album, 1, was the soundtrack of my summer of '13. - PetSounds
The Beatles are rock and roll legends - ToptenPizza
6 Strawberry Alarm Clock
Strawberry Alarm Clock is a psychedelic rock band formed in 1967 in Los Angeles best known for their 1967 hit single "Incense and Peppermints".
'Who Cares what games we choose, Little to win, but nothing to loose,. - Beatlesboy9
Beautiful, summery psychedelic pop. - PetSounds
7 The Lovin' Spoonful
The Lovin' Spoonful is a U.S. rock band, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000 and well known for a number of hit songs in the 1960s including "Summer in the City", "Do You Believe In Magic", "Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind?", and "Daydream".
If only for the song "Summer in the City"--maybe the best summer tune ever. - PetSounds
8 Bob Marley
Robert Nesta "Bob" Marley was a Jamaican reggae singer, songwriter, musician, and guitarist who achieved international fame and acclaim.
9 Jimmy Buffett
"Nibblin' on sponge cake, watchin' the sun bake all of those tourists, covered in oil. Strummin' my six-string, on the front porch swing. Smell those shrimp, they're beginning to boil." - PetSounds
10 Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin was an English rock band formed in London in 1968. The group consisted of Robert Plant (Vocal), Jimmy Page (Guitar), John Paul Jones (Bass, Keyboard) and John Bonham (Drums). The band's heavy, guitar-driven sound, rooted in blues and psychedelia on their early albums, has earned them recognition ...read more.
Styx is an American rock band from Chicago that formed in 1972 and became famous for its albums released in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
12 Sly and the Family Stone
Sly and the Family Stone was an American band from San Francisco. Active from 1967 to 1983, the band was pivotal in the development of funk, soul, rock, and psychedelic music.
"Hot Fun in the Summertime"
13 The Allman Brothers Band
The Allman Brothers Band was an American rock band formed in Jacksonville, Florida in 1969 by brothers Duane Allman and Gregg Allman, as well as Dickey Betts, Berry Oakley, Butch Trucks, and Jai Johanny "Jaimoe" Johanson.
14 Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young
Crosby, Stills & Nash were an American-British-Canadian folk rock supergroup made up of David Crosby, Stephen Stills, and Graham Nash. They were known as Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young when joined by occasional fourth member Neil Young.
"... And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden." - PetSounds
"By the time we got to Woodstock,
We were half a million strong,
And everywhere there was song and celebration.
We are stardust,
We are golden,
We are billion year old carbon."
Journey is an American rock band that formed in San Francisco in 1973, composed of former members of Santana and Frumious Bandersnatch.
16 The Who
The Who is an English rock band formed in London, England in 1964. The most recognizable lineup was Roger Daltrey (lead vocals), Pete Townshend (guitar), John Entwistle (bass guitar), and Keith Moon (drums). They are best known for their live performances and hit songs Baba O'Riley, My Generation, and ...read more.
17 Robbie Williams
Robert Peter Williams is an English singer, songwriter and actor. He was a member of the pop group Take That from 1990 to 1995 and again from 2009 to 2012. He has also had commercial success as a solo artist.
18 Mungo Jerry
When the weathers fine, you've got women you've got women on your mind. If her daddy's Rich take her out for a meal if her daddy's poor, just do what you feel. - Beatlesboy9
In The Summertime,
When the weather is high,
You can stretch right up,
And touch the sky.
19 The Doors
The Doors were an American rock band formed in 1965 in Los Angeles, with vocalist Jim Morrison, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robby Krieger and drummer John Densmore.
20 Buffalo Springfield
Buffalo Springfield was an American-Canadian rock band, formed in Los Angeles in 1966. Their original lineup included Stephen Stills, Dewey Martin, Bruce Palmer, Richie Furay, and Neil Young.
21 The Marshall Tucker Band
22 Tame Impala
Tame Impala is an Australian psychedelic rock band founded by Kevin Parker in 2007. The group began as a home recording project for Parker, who writes, records, performs, and produces the music.
23 The Police
The Police were an English rock band formed in London in 1977. For the majority of their history, the band consisted of Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland. They are most known for their songs "Message In A Bottle", "Don't Stand So Close To Me", "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic", "Roxanne", ...read more.
26 Cocteau Twins
28 Jan and Dean
Filter is an American Alternative/Industrial rock band formed in 1993 in Cleveland, Ohio by singer Richard Patrick and guitarist/programmer Brian Liesegang.
Take a Picture is perfect for summer.
30 Duran Duran
Duran Duran are an English new wave/synthpop band formed in Birmingham in 1978. They were a successful band of the 1980s and a leading band in the MTV-driven "Second British Invasion" of the US.
31 Paul McCartney and Wings
Yes is an English progressive rock band formed in 1968 by bassist Chris Squire and singer Jon Anderson. They first achieved success in the 1970s with a progressive, art and symphonic style of rock music. Their best known song is their 1971 hit "Roundabout" off of their album Fragile.
33 Kate Bush
34 Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley was an American musician and actor. Known as "The King" He was mostly known for his number 1 singles including "Heartbreak Hotel" "Hound Dog" "Jailhouse Rock" "Love me Tender" Elvis debuted in the movie "Love me Tender" and focused less on his music and continued that way. ...read more.
35 Red Hot Chili Peppers
The Red Hot Chili Peppers is an American funk-rock and alternative rock band, that was founded in 1983. ...read more.
Sublime was an American ska punk band from Long Beach, California, formed in 1988. The band's line-up, unchanged until their breakup, consisted of Bradley Nowell, Eric Wilson and Bud Gaugh.
37 Lynyrd Skynyrd
Lynyrd Skynyrd is an American rock band best known for popularizing the Southern rock genre during the 1970s They are known for songs like "Free Bird", "Sweet Home Alabama" and "Tuesdays Gone" .
38 Wilson Pickett
39 Tears for Fears
Tears for Fears are an English pop/rock band formed in 1981 by Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith. Founded after the dissolution of their first band, the mod-influenced Graduate, they were initially associated with the new wave synthesizer bands of the early 1980s but later branched out into mainstream rock ...read more.