The 12 Best Summer Albums of All Time

best summer albums lucinda williams Best Album For City Folk Pretending They’re Country Folk

Lucinda Williams | Car Wheels on a Gravel Road ($5 and up @ 20&l=ur2&o=1 | (1998)

When you’re choking on exhaust in rush-hour traffic, playing this album is a great way to imagine you’re drinking beer on a quiet porch miles away from anyone else. Those kinds of simple pleasures are made all the more appealing because they’re brought to life by the weary but wizened Williams, who, quite honestly, would just as likely pull a shotgun on you as offer you one of her beers if you drove up her road uninvited.

Summeriest Song: “Can’t Let Go”