Tans and Tunes: Summer’s Top Songs Through the Decades

You can’t have a pool party without a good playlist! While this summer’s playlist will likely be filled with music from Ariana Grande, Harry Styles, Post Malone, and other current pop artists, summers of years past had entirely different vibes. Let’s check out the top song for each decade, according to the Billboard Top 100!

  • 1960: “Theme from A Summer Place” – Percy Faith
    In the summer of 1960, one song that climbed the charts was “Theme from A Summer Place” by Percy Faith. While this song may not be this generation’s cup of tea, it was the perfect song for teens in the 60s to listen to while they were poolside, soaking up the sun.
  • 1970: “Bridge Over Troubled Water” – Simon & Garfunkel
    In the sweet summer of 1970, the way to relax in the pool was to listen to Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” While this isn’t a song we’d want on our playlist for a summer party with all of our friends, it’s the perfect song for a lazy day spent alone on your favorite pool float.
  • 1980: “Call Me” – Blondie
    They say blondes have more fun, and in the summer of 1980, the band Blondie’s “Call Me” brought the fun to every pool party throughout the U.S.
  • 1990: “Hold On” – Wilson Phillips
    In the summer of 1990, the song that held the top spot was “Hold On” by Wilson Phillips. This summer anthem was perfect for poolside get-togethers with your closest friends.
  • 2000: “Breathe” – Faith Hill
    “Breathe” by Faith Hill blasted from backyard speakers across America in the summer of the year 2000. With a mix of tempos, this song was perfect for relaxing weeknights in the pool or fun-filled Saturday nights with friends.
  • 2010: “Tik Tok” – Ke$ha
    “Tik Tok” by Ke$ha was blowing the speakers up in the summer of 2010. Even to this day, this tune is quite the party anthem.
  • 2020: “Blinding Lights” – The Weeknd
    In 2020, every weekend was spent listening to The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights” while cooling off in the pool.

Now, having a great playlist isn’t the most important aspect of a pool party — it’s the pool! Aqua Leisure’s pool professionals can ensure that your pool parties will be the highlight of the summer for years to come by guiding you through the pool buying process and providing you with a model that fits your needs. We can also provide you with the right chemicals needed to balance your pool water, the perfect accessories for your backyard oasis, or a personal spa that you can relax in after the excitement of your poolside party!

Contact us today for a free consultation or stop in to either of our three showroom locations in Wilkes-Barre, Dickson City, and Tannersville to browse our selection of pools, spas, and swim spas.