The 12 Best Summer Albums of All Time

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The Beach Boys | All Summer Long | 1966

The very concept of a “summer album” was pretty much invented by the Beach Boys, and this collection of beach-blanket bingoism is their best example. Of course, the band also pretty much invented the concept of the epic rock-band meltdown as members started suffering unfortunate bouts of madness, drug abuse, and drowning. (Speaking of which, you’d score music-geek cred with Dennis Wilson’s 1977 lost classic Pacific Ocean Blue, the melancholy yang to All Summer Long‘s bouncy yin.)

Summeriest Songs: “Girls on the Beach,” “I Get Around”