NPR logo

Summer Music Memories

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/137589698/137565243" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
Summer Music Memories

Our Show

Summer Music Memories

Summer Music Memories

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/137589698/137565243" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Clockwise from upper left: Cat Stevens, cover for Violent Femmes, cover for Maggot Brain, cover for Bob Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited. Courtesy of the artists hide caption

toggle caption
Courtesy of the artists

Clockwise from upper left: Cat Stevens, cover for Violent Femmes, cover for Maggot Brain, cover for Bob Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited.

Courtesy of the artists

To a certain extent, we all share the same music every summer. Once the three or four hottest club bangers of the season find their way into rotation, they're all but inescapable — blasting from every trunk speaker and boom box, popping up in every TV commercial and movie trailer. But there are also songs and albums that, regardless of when they were released, become forever linked in our minds with a particular summer and the people with whom we spent them.

On this week's episode of All Songs Considered, Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton share the songs that made their summers in Queens and Kansas, respectively — and listeners chime in with their own memories. Included are American classics from Bob Dylan and Neil Young, some virtuosic noodling from Funkadelic and Rush, and the inevitable, all-time jam that is Violent Femmes' "Blister in the Sun."

Summer Music Memories

Cover for Highway 61 Revisited

Like a Rolling Stone

  • from
  • by
YouTube
Cover for Maggot Brain

Maggot Brain

  • from Maggot Brain
  • by Funkadelic
YouTube
Cover for Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere

Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere

  • from Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
  • by Neil Young with Crazy Horse
YouTube
Cover for Exit...Stage Left

Tom Sawyer

  • from Exit...Stage Left
  • by Rush
YouTube
Cover for Violent Femmes

Blister in the Sun

  • from Violent Femmes
  • by Violent Femmes
YouTube
Cover for Teaser and the Firecat

The Wind

  • from Teaser and the Firecat
  • by Cat Stevens
YouTube
Cover for Weezer (Green Album)

Island in the Sun

  • from Weezer (Green Album)
  • by Weezer
YouTube