The Greatest Songs From Summer Of Love
In 1967, there was a social phenomenon called “Summer of Love” wherein thousands of people migrated to Haight-Ashbury and shaped the Hippie movement. A movement that left a legacy that impacts clothing, music, politics, and more to this day. From pristine pop to magnificent and boundary-pushing recordings, there is a lot of music which can help define the Summer of Love. Take a look at some of them below.
Buffalo Springfield, ‘For What It’s Worth’
A song that became an anthem of sorts. It is basically a song about the 1966 clashes between youth and police officers on the Sunset strip.
The Rolling Stones, ‘Ruby Tuesday’
Ruby Tuesday is a song about a free-spirited girl who changes her mind on a whim and is gone like the wind. Released in 1967, this song became one of many of the band’s number one hit in the United States.
Jimi Hendrix, ‘Purple Haze’
Considerably one of the songs that will bring you the “Summer of love” nostalgic vibes. A song by Hendrix which showcased his unique and inventive guitaring style.
Bee Gees, ‘New York Mining Disaster 1941’
Initially, the song was often mistaken as a new record by The Beatles. A sophisticated pop music which is considerably one of the many great music ever released by the band.
Young Rascals, ‘Groovin’
A mellow-toned music perfect for a lazy hazy day released by the Young Rascals in 1967.
Turtles, ‘Happy Together’
Primarily the most remembered song of the band Turtles. A song that can uplift one’s mood that is why it is often used in TV commercials up to this day.
Music Explosion, ‘Little Bit O’ Soul’
Although the song did not make it in topping the charts in 1967, the song became one of the best records to be known as bubblegum music. Bubblegum is a lightweight, catchy pop music that was a significant commercial force in the late ’60s and early ’70s.
The Doors, ‘Light My Fire’
A three-minute single from The Doors that managed to ride teen-idol stardom and underground paths simultaneously, which is only a few can do.
Jefferson Airplane, ‘Somebody To Love’
This song captured the moment in 1967, both musically and lyrically with the help of Grace Slick.
Mamas and Papas, ‘Creeque Alley’
An autobiographical song that Mamas and Papas released. A song that gave them their last appearance in the charts.
Procol Harum, ‘Whiter Shade of Pale’
Procol Harum’s classic stands as one of the truly great singles of all time. The song is basically about being under the influence of coke, and taking another rail to go.
Scott McKenzie, ‘San Francisco’
A song written by John Phillips of the Mamas and Papas, simply tells a possible booming of the youth movement in San Francisco and things you might encounter going there.
Strawberry Alarm Clock, ‘Incense and Peppermints’
A psychedelic bubblegum, complete with some vague, nonsense lyrics – and a cool link to rock history.
The Kinks, ‘Waterloo Sunset’
It painted a beautiful picture about the writer’s perception of the Waterloo sunset as a symbol of tranquility.
Pink Floyd, ‘See Emily Play’
One of the greatest singles ever made by Pink Floyd that is truly artistic and commercial triumph.
Jefferson Airplane, ‘White Rabbit’
A stunning record that still sounds exciting and fresh even decades later. One of the reasons why it remains to be the oddest hit song ever.
The Beatles, ‘All You Need Is Love’
A song that states the summer of love era by The Beatles.
Monkees, ‘Pleasant Valley Sunday’
The Monkees issued a mid-summer single that stated their opinion about the growing suburban lifestyle.
The Beach Boys, ‘Heroes and Villains’
A complex piece of music by Beach Boys that sounded nothing like this piece will be made by anyone, but them.
The Rolling Stones, ‘We Love You’ b/w ‘Dandelion’
A twin track that made a big statement. “We Love You” is a frenzied burst of hard rock, while “Dandelion” is psych-pop of the highest order.
Young Rascals, ‘How Can I Be Sure’
This song is another unique single that was released at the tail end of summer time.
Eric Burdon and the Animals, ‘San Franciscan Nights’
A song inspired by the singer’s love for the San Francisco’s hippie dream.
The Box Tops, ‘The Letter’
Sung by a 16-year-old Alex Chilton, it was a short and sweet record in a span of two-minute record.