The 12 Best Summer Albums of All Time

best summer albums beastie boysBest Pool Party Soundtrack…If You Only Had a Pool

Beastie Boys | Paul’s Boutique ($12 and up @ | 1989

Following the ridiculous success of Licensed to Ill, the Beastie Boys truly were, as they boasted, always on vacation. So when it came time to work on the follow-up, they rented a house in the Hollywood Hills that included a bedroom whose window faced out onto the pool. Stocked with stranger-than-fiction war stories of hooliganism, the entire album is the sound of three New York kids having so much illicit fun in the sun that they’ve been tending to the hangover ever since.

Summeriest Song: “Hey Ladies”