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Music Lists recently posted their list of Top 30 Summer Songs of All Time (based on number of weeks ranked at No. 1 from August 1958 to May 2012).  Song titles are listed below.  If the song is available (or On Order) in our music collection, you will see CD Title and Location information.

Year refers to the release date of the song title (not the CD Title listed).

Year Artist(s) Song Title CD Title Location
1984 Don Henley The Boys of Summer    
1965 The Beach Boys California Girls The Very Best of The Beach Boys: Sounds of Summer Rock B
2010 Katy Perry feat. Snoop Dogg California Gurls
Teenage Dream Rock P
1983 Bananarama Cruel Summer    
1988 Richard Marx Endless Summer Nights    
1969 Sly & The Family Stone Hot Fun in the Summertime Greatest Hits R&B S
1970 Mungo Jerry In The Summertime    
1960 Bryan Hyland Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini The Golden Age of American Rock 'n' Roll: Special Novelty Edition Comedy G
1972 Chicago Saturday In The Park Best of Chicago Rock C
1972 Alice Cooper School's Out Mascara & Monsters: The Best of Alice Cooper Rock C
1983 The Motels Suddenly Last Summer    
1976 War Summer    
1972 Seals & Crofts Summer Breeze    
1999 LFO Summer Girls    
1966 The Lovin' Spoonful Summer In The City
America's Top Ten Through the Years: The Sixties Rock A
2007 Justin Timberlake Summer Love Futuresex/Lovesounds Rock T
1978 John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John Summer Nights Grease Soundtracks G
1985 Bryan Adams Summer Of '69 Reckless Rock A
1964 Chad & Jeremy A Summer Song The Very Best of Chad & Jeremy Rock C
1966 Billy Stewart Summertime    
1991 DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince Summertime America's Top Ten Through the Years: The Nineties Rock A
1958 Eddie Cochran Summertime Blues The '50s: Rock & Roll, the First 50 Years Rock R
1963 Jan & Dean Surf City Surf's Up Rock J
1963 The Beach Boys Surfer Girl Summer Love Songs Rock B
1962 The Beach Boys Surfin' Safari The Very Best of The Beach Boys: Sounds of Summer Rock B
1963 The Beach Boys Surfin' U.S.A. The Very Best of the Beach Boys: Sounds of Summer Rock B
1963 Nat King Cole Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days of Summer    
1964 The Drifters Under The Boardwalk The Very Best of The Drifters R&B D
1962 The Surfaris Wipe Out    
1987 Fat Boys and The Beach Boys Wipeout    



Year Musical Credits (music, lyrics) Shelf Location
1949 Kiss Me, Kate Cole Porter Soundtracks K
1950 South Pacific Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II Soundtracks S
1951 Guys and Dolls Frank Loesser Soundtracks G
1952 The King and I Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II Soundtracks K
1953 Wonderful Town Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden & Adolph Green  
1954 Kismet Alexander Borodin, Robert Wright & George Forrest No CD, See DVD Musicals KIS
1955 The Pajama Game Richard Adler & Jerry Ross No CD, See DVD Musicals PAJ
1956 Damn Yankees Richard Adler & Jerry Ross, George Abbott & Douglass Wallop Soundtracks D
1957 My Fair Lady Frederick Loewe, Alan Jay Lerner Soundtracks M
1958 The Music Man Meredith Willson Soundtracks M
1959 Redhead Albert Hague, Dorothy Fields  
1960 The Sound of Music Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II Soundtracks S
1960 Fiorello! Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick  
1961 Bye Bye Birdie Charles Strouse, Lee Adams Soundtracks B
1962 How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying Frank Loesser Newer Cast Record... Soundtracks H
1963 A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum Stephen Sondheim No CD, See DVD Comedy FUN
1964 Hello, Dolly! Jerry Herman Soundtracks H
1965 Fiddler on the Roof Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick Soundtracks F
1966 Man of La Mancha Mitch Leigh, Joe Darion Soundtracks M
1967 Cabaret John Kander, Fred Ebb Soundtracks C
1968 Hallelujah, Baby! Jule Styne, Betty Comden & Adolph Green  
1969 1776 Sherman Edwards Newer Cast... Soundtracks S
1970 Applause Charles Strouse, Lee Adams Soundtracks A
1971 Company Stephen Sondheim Soundtracks C
1972 Two Gentlemen of Verona Galt MacDermot, John Guare  
1973 A Little Night Music Stephen Sondheim Soundtracks A
1974 Raisin Judd Woldin, Robert Brittan  
1975 The Wiz Charlie Smalls No CD, See DVD Musicals WIZ
1976 A Chorus Line Marvin Hamlisch, Edward Kleban Soundtracks C
1977 Annie Charles Strouse, Martin Charnin Movie Soundtrack... Soundtracks A
1978 Ain't Misbehavin' Thomas "Fats" Waller Soundtracks A
1979 Sweeney Todd Stephen Sondheim Soundtracks S
1980 Evita Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice Soundtracks E
1981 42nd Street Harry Warren, Al Dubin Soundtracks F
1982 Nine Maury Yeston Newer Cast, Soundtracks N
1983 Cats Andrew Lloyd Webber, T.S. Eliot & Trevor Nunn Soundtracks C
1984 La Cage aux Folles Jerry Herman Soundtracks L
1985 Big River Roger Miller  
1986 Drood Rupert Holmes  
1987 Les Miserables Claude-Michel Schonberg, Herbert Kretzmer Soundtracks L
1988 The Phantom of the Opera Andrew Lloyd Webber, Charles Hart Soundtracks P
1989 Jerome Robbins' Broadway Various Artists  
1990 City of Angels Cy Coleman, David Zippel Soundtracks C
1991 The Will Rogers Follies Cy Coleman, Betty Comden & Adolph Green  
1992 Crazy For You George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin Soundtracks C
1993 Kiss of the Spider Woman John Kander, Fred Ebb Soundtracks K
1994 Passion Stephen Sondheim  
1995 Sunset Boulevard Andrew Lloyd Webber, Don Black Soundtracks S
1996 Rent Jonathan Larson Soundtracks R
1997 Titanic Maury Yeston Soundtracks T
1998 The Lion King Elton John, Tim Rice Youth CD Disney
1999 Fosse Various Artists Soundtracks F
2000 Contact Various Artists Soundtracks C
2001 The Producers Mel Brooks No CD, See DVD Comedy PRO
2002 Thoroughly Modern Millie Various Artists Soundtracks T
2003 Hairspray Marc Shaiman, Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman Soundtracks H
2004 Avenue Q Robert Lopez & Jeff Marx Soundtracks A
2005 Monty Python's Spamalot John Du Prez & Eric Idle, Eric Idle Soundtracks S
2006 Jersey Boys Bob Gaudio & Bob Crewe Soundtracks J
2007 Spring Awakening Duncan Sheik, Steven Sater Soundtracks S
2008 In The Heights Lin-Manuel Miranda Soundtracks I
2009 Billy Elliot: The Musical Elton John, Lee Hall Soundtracks B
2010 Memphis David Bryan Soundtracks M
2011 The Book of Mormon Trey Parker & Robert Lopez & Matt Stone Soundtracks B
2012 Once Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova Soundtracks O
2013 Kinky Boots Cyndi Lauper Soundtracks K
2014 A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder Robert L. Freedman & Steven Lutvak Soundtracks G
2015 Fun Home Jeanine Tesori, Lisa Kron Soundtracks F
2016 Hamilton Lin-Manuel Miranda

Soundtracks H

2017 Dear Evan Hansen Benj Pasek / Justin Paul

Soundtracks D

2018 The Band's Visit David Yazbek Soundtracks B


For Winners in other categories, see The Official Website of the American Theatre Wing's Tony Awards®.

For additional information on Broadway Musicals (including people, theatres, characters, awards, songs),
see The Internet Broadway Database.

halloweenFrom the Adult Music CD Holiday Collection…

Halloween Hits, Various Artists, Holiday H

Monster mash (Bobby "Boris" Pickett & the Crypt-Kickers) -- Haunted house (Jumpin' Gene Simmons) -- The blob (the Five Blobs) -- Ghostbusters (Ray Parker Jr.) -- Twilight zone (Neil Norman & his Cosmic Orchestra) -- The purple people eater (Sheb Wooley) -- The Addams family (main title) (Vic Mizzy) -- I put a spell on you (Screamin' Jay Hawkins) -- Attack of the killer tomatoes (Lewis Lee) -- Martian hop (the Ran-Dells).

Halloween Party Favorites, Various Artists, Holiday H

This is Halloween: theme from the Nightmare before Christmas -- Theme from Saw -- Toccata and fugue / [J.S. Bach] -- Theme from Friday the 13th -- The Purple People Eater -- Werewolves of London -- Thriller -- Theme from the X-files -- Monster mash -- Tubular bells: theme from the Exorcist -- Night on Bald Mountain / [Mussorgsky] -- Theme from Halloween.

Halloween Party Hits, Various Artists, Holiday H

Welcome to my nightmare (Alice Cooper) -- Devil inside (INXS) -- Tubular bells (Book of Love) -- People are strange (Echo and the Bunnymen) -- The creature from the Black Lagoon (Dave Edmunds) -- Werewolves of London (Warren Zevon) -- The Martian boogie (Brownsville Station) -- Twilight zone/Twilight tone (The Manhattan Transfer) -- Halloween (The Dream Syndicate) -- Pet sematary (Ramones).

Halloween Sound Effects, Various Artists, Holiday H

Heavy breathing --Jungle drums -- Screaming man -- Witch giggling -- Squeaky laugh -- Insane witch giggling -- Laughing -- More screaming -- Goblins & witches laughing -- Laughing together -- Rosemary's baby crying -- Walking in a graveyard -- Walking through the forest -- Walking on gravel -- Walking on leaves -- Punching & tearing -- Various vomits -- Suicide splat -- Laboratory -- Church ambiance : prayer -- Church ambiance : singing -- Outdoor pavilion -- Big dog barking -- Dog barking in the distance -- Dog barking outside, close by -- Rabid dog growling -- Hounds of Hell -- Black cat -- 2 hissing cats -- Headless horseman -- Dracula's coach -- Owl hooting -- Hawk screeching -- Rattlesnake -- Mountain lion snarl/Werewolf snarl -- Cougar snarling -- Wolf howling/Wolves howling -- Frog in swamp eating flies -- Locust swarm -- Insects in swamp -- Giant fly -- Bee swarm -- Lion snarling -- Lion roar -- Elephants in the jungle -- Tiger cub -- Tiger snarl -- Gibbon monkey -- Gorilla -- Wind thru the trees/Thunder -- Rain in the woods -- Jungle rain -- Heavy rain -- Rain with wind -- Thunder storm at night -- The forest -- Swamp critters -- Tsunami -- Car crash -- Multiple car crash -- Bone saw -- Bomb/bomb 2 -- Rocket : bomb -- Cannon -- Pistol -- Dungeon cell door -- Front door -- Big dungeon cell door -- Creaking door -- Spooky clock chiming -- Pirate swords Trumpet-- taps -- Spooky music box -- Horror theme -- Far eastern music -- Phantom orchestra -- Heart beating -- EKG beating ; EKG flatline -- Crashes & bangs -- Alien arrival -- UFO takes off -- Small spaceship -- Flying saucer -- Twangs -- Bonk -- Metallic punch -- Monster chewing bones -- Hammering nails into a coffin -- Eerie chimes -- Ice cracking -- Whip; whipping -- Glass breaking -- Window breaking -- Scissor hands -- Spooking wind -- Big chains dragging -- Chains rattling -- Monster.

Music of the Night, Trans-Sylvanian Orchestra, Holiday T

Phantoms : adaptation of Toccata & fugue in D minor by J.S. Bach -- Satan's lair : adaptation of In the hall of the mountain king by Grieg -- Sorcerer : adaptation of The sorcerer's apprentice by Dumas -- Vampires : adaptation of Carmina Burana by Orff -- Haunted mountain : adaptation of A night on bald mountain by Mussorgsky -- Funeral : adaptation of Funeral march of a marionette by Gounod -- Dance with the Devil : adaptation of Firebird suite: infernal dance by Stravinsky -- The Munsters -- Frankenstein -- Tubular bells -- People are strange -- Music of the night.

Now That's What I Call Halloween, Various Artists, Holiday N

Halloween theme, (John Carpenter) –Dragula, (Rob Zombie) --O fortuna, (Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra & Chorus) --Tubular bells, (Mike Oldfield) --(Don't fear) The Reaper, (Blue Oyster Cult) --Devil inside, (INXS) --Bad things (Theme from True Blood), (Jace Everett) --Werewolves of London, (Warren Zevon) --Ghost town, (The Specials) --Dead man's party, (Oingo Boingo) --Monster mash, (Bobby Boris Pickett & The Crypt-Kickers) --This is Halloween, (The Citizens of Halloween) --Season of the witch, (Donovan) --I put a spell on you, (Nina Simone) --Beetlejuice: Main title/end title, (Danny Elfman) –Ghostbusters, (RUN-DMC) --A nightmare of my street, (DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince) --Somebody's watching me, (Rockwell).


From the Adult Music CD Sound Effects Collection...

Nightmarish Noise for Halloween, Rhino Entertainment, Sound Effects S

98 Scary Sounds, Columbia River Entertainment, Sound Effects H

Spooky Scary Sounds for Halloween, Rhino Entertainment, Sound Effects S

From the Adult Music CD Soundtracks Collection…

Fright Flicks, Various Artists, Soundtracks F

Amityville horror -- Tubular bells -- Nightmare on Elm Street -- Psycho theme -- Beetlejuice theme -- Time warp -- Scream -- Funeral march of a marionette (Alfred Hitchcock) -- The omen -- The X files theme -- Friday the 13th -- Halloween -- Jaws theme -- Carrie -- Tales from the crypt -- I know what you did last summer.

Scary Music, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Soundtracks S

SFX: The legend lives -- End theme from Sleepy Hollow -- This is Halloween from Tim Burton's The nightmare before Christmas -- Themes from Beetlejuice -- SFX: Haunted fun house -- Theme from The Addams family -- Tubular bells from The exorcist -- Theme from Ghostbusters -- Theme from The Munsters -- SFX: They've landed -- Martian hop -- Theme from Tales from the crypt -- Monster mash -- Opening from The shining -- Thriller (with SFX) -- The carousel from The haunting -- Theme from Dark shadows -- Beware the blob for The blob -- Theme from Attack of the killer tomatoes -- SFX: Tomatoes on the rampage.

From the Adult Music CD Classical Collection...

Symphonie Fantastique, London Symphony Orchestra, Classical Berlioz

Symphonie zu Dante’s Divina Commedia, Berliner Philharmoniker, Classical Liszt

Night on Bald Mountain, Philadelphia Orchestra, Classical Mussorgsky

Symphony No. 3, Saint-Saens, Orchestre symphonique de Montreal, Classical S

Instrument of the Devil, Rachel Barton, Patrick Sinozich, Classical V

Also... see YOUTH CD-BINS on the Lower Level of the Library for the following titles:

Halloween Classics, 57 kids greatest Halloween songs, Kidz Bop Halloween, Ghost and Ghoul Sounds, Halloween Sound Effects, Drew’s Famous Halloween Party Music, Elmo Says Boo, Scary Sound Effects – Nightmarish Noise for Halloween, Halloween Fun, Kids Rap’n the Halloween Hits, Halloween Haunt-o-tron, Creep Show, Kids Sing’n Halloween hits.

In 2003, Rolling Stone Magazine compiled a list of 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.  The top 25 from that list are noted below in alphabetical order (few would agree with the original listing anyway), along with links to their works in our Music CD Collection.

Duane Allman

Allman Brothers Band at Fillmore East, Rock Allman

Anthology, Rock Allman

Layla, Rock D


Jeff Beck

Emotion & Commotion, Rock Beck

Jeff, Rock B

Masterworks, 1963-1965, Rock Y

Performing this week live at Ronnie Scott’s, Jazz B

Truth, Rock B


Chuck Berry

Greatest Hits, Rock B

Hail! Hail! Rock ‘n’ Roll, Soundtracks H

St. Louis to Liverpool, Rock B


Mike Bloomfield

Live at Bill Graham’s Fillmore West, Blues B


James Burton

The Guitar Sounds of James Burton, Country B


Eric Clapton

Clapton, Rock Clapton

Cream of Clapton, Rock Clapton

From the Cradle, Rock Clapton

Layla: and other assorted love songs, Rock D

Rarities: Eric Clapton and the Yardbirds, Rock Clapton


Kirk Cobain

In Utero, Rock N

Nevermind, Rock N


Ry Cooder

Buena Vista Social Club, World Caribbean Cuba

Chavez Ravine, World N.America, Mexico

Mambo Sinuendo, World Caribbean Cuba

Talking Timbuktu, World Africa Mali

UFO Has Landed: The Ry Cooder Anthology, Rock C


The Edge

Achtung Baby, Rock U

All That You Can’t Leave Behind, Rock U

Boy, Rock U

Joshua Tree, Rock U

Unforgettable Fire, Rock U

War, Rock U


John Frusciante

Curtains, Rock F

Greatest Hits, Rock R

Shadows Collide with People, Rock F

Stadium Arcadium, Rock R


Jerry Garcia

Almost Acoustic, Rock G

American Beauty, Rock Grateful

Fillmore West 1969, Rock Grateful

Live at the Cow Palace, Rock Grateful

To Terrapin-Hartford '77, Rock G

Workingman's Dead, Rock G


Kirk Hammett

And Justice for All, Rock Metallica

Death Magnetic, Rock Metallica

Master of Puppets, Rock Metallica

Ride the Lightning, Rock Metallica


George Harrison

All Things Must Pass, Rock H

Brainwashed, Rock H

Concert for Bangladesh, Rock H

Let It Roll, Rock H

And, of course, See Rock Beatles...


Warren Haynes

Deep End, Vol 1, Rock G

High & Mighty, Rock G

Tales of Ordinary Madness, Rock H


Jimi Hendrix

Are You Experienced, Rock H

Blues, Rock H

Electric Ladyland, Rock H

South Saturn Delta, Rock H

West Coast Seattle Boy, Rock H


Robert Johnson

100 Years of Robert Johnson, Blues J

Robert Johnson: the complete recordings, Blues J


B.B. King

B.B. King Live, Blues K

Live at the Regal, Blues K

One Kind Favor, Blues K

Greatest Hits, Blues K


Freddie King

Texas In My Blues, Blues K

Ultimate Collection, Blues K


Jimmy Page

Houses of the Holy, Rock L

II, Rock Led

Mothership, Rock Led

Playin’ Up A Storm, Rock P

Zoso, Rock Led


Johnny Ramone

Ramones, Rock R

Rocket to Russia, Rock R


Keith Richards

Beggars Banquet, Rock Rolling Stones

Exile on Main Street, Rock Rolling Stones

Hot Rocks, 1964-1971, Rock Rolling Stones

Let It Bleed, Rock Rolling Stones

Sticky Fingers, Rock R

Tattoo You, Rock Rolling Stones


Carlos Santana

Best of Santana, Rock Santana

Multidimensional Warrior, Rock Santana

On the Road to Woodstock, Rock Santana

Supernatural, Rock Santana

Ultimate Santana, Rock Santana


Richard Thompson

Sweet Warrior, Rock T

Watching the Dark, Rock T


Stevie Ray Vaughan

Couldn’t Stand the Weather, Blues V

Essential Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, Blues V


Jack White

Elephant, Rock W

Get Behind Me Satan, Rock W

Icky Thump, Rock W

Under Great White Northern Lights, Rock W

White Blood Cells, Rock W



1812 Overture, Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky, Erich Kunzel, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Classical Tchaikovsky

American Album, Leonard Slatkin & The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Classical A

American Anthem: songs and hymns, Featuring Denyce Graves and others
Contemporary Worship A

An American Salute, Arthur Fiedler & The Boston Pops Orchestra
Classical A

Copland Conducts Copland, Aaron Copland
Classical Copland

Green Album, John Williams & The Boston Pops Orchestra
Easy Listening W

Now That's What I Call the U.S.A.: The Patriotic Country Collection, Various Artists
Country N

Ray Charles Sings for America, Ray Charles

Rose of Sharon: 100 years of American Music 1770-1870, various artists
World N.America USA

Salute to America, John Williams & The Boston Pops Orchestra
Easy Listening B

Sing America, various artists
World N.America USA

Smithsonian Folkways American Roots Collection, various artists
Folk S

Songs of the Soldier, US Army Chorus
World N.America USA

Stars & Stripes: Canadian Brass Salute America
World N.America USA

Stars & Stripes Forever: The Greatest Marches, Arthur Fiedler & The Boston Pops Orchestra
Easy Listening F

Voice of America, various artists
Holiday V