The 12 Best Summer Albums of All Time

van halen summer albumBest Album For Picking Up Chicks In Your Trans Am

Van Halen | Van Halen ($12 and up @ 20&l=ur2&o=1 | 1978

Even the weakest tracks on this debut (“Feel Your Love Tonight,” “Little Dreamer”) would be standouts on any other hard-rock album of this, or any other, era. Eddie’s pyrotechnics, Dave’s ringmaster bluster, Alex’s relentless drumming, and moreover — yes, moreover — Mike’s background vocals all add up to create an album so carefree and id-driven that it can make Minnesota in January feel like Pasadena in July.

Summeriest Song: “Ice Cream Man”