Summer In Stereo #14

It's no secret that HERC believes that 1982 is the single greatest year in pop music history.  And eighty-five posts into his Summer In Stereo marathon of 100 Summer Singles, guess which year has been featured the most?  That's right, 1982!  Add the song above to the list and it is even more unanimous.  But "Don't You Want Me" is no ordinary Summer song - it is unquestionably HERC's Song Of The Summer for 1982, besting all other contenders.  

A couple of weeks ago, the soft rock kid, guest contributor and generous friend of The Hideaway, unveiled his year by year Songs of Summer list, one song per year for each year since he was born (including his birth year), with each artist only allowed one song for maximum variety.  After much internal debate, here is HERC's list of the Songs of Summer from each year since his birth that most conjure up Summer for him, many of which have yet to be featured on Summer In Stereo posts yet:

1966Good VibrationsThe Beach Boys
1967Soul FingerThe Bar-Kays
1968Tighten UpArchie Bell & the Drells
1969In The Year 2525Zager & Evans
1970CeciliaSimon & Garfunkel
1971Draggin' The LineTommy James
1972Summer BreezeSeals & Crofts
1973Playground In My MindClint Holmes
1974The StreakRay Stevens
1975Love Will Keep Us TogetherThe Captain & Tennille
1976Rock N Roll Love LetterBay City Rollers
1977Undercover AngelAlan O'Day
1978Take A Chance On MeABBA
1979My SharonaThe Knack
1980Lookin' For LoveJohnny Lee
1981This Little GirlGary U.S. Bonds
1982Don't You Want MeThe Human League
1983Little Red CorvettePrince
1984Tonight Is What It Means To Be YoungFire Inc.
1985Everybody Wants To Rule The WorldTears For Fears
1986The Edge Of HeavenWham!
1987Wanted Dead Or AliveBon Jovi
1988Sweet Child O' MineGuns N Roses
1989So AliveLove & Rockets
1990The Humpty DanceDigital Underground
1992Damn, I Wish I Was Your LoverSophie B. Hawkins
1993Come UndoneDuran Duran
1994Wild NightJohn Mellencamp & Me'Shell Ndegeocello
1995I Got 5 On ItLuniz
1996Counting Blue CarsDishwalla
1998Never EverAll Saints
1999I Want It That WayBackstreet Boys
2000I DisappearMetallica
2001South SideMoby with Gwen Stefani
2002The MiddleJimmy Eat World
2003Like A StoneAudioslave
2005Ohio (Come Back To Texas)Bowling For Soup
2006CrazyGnarls Barkley
2007Good DirectionsBilly Currington
2008Paper PlanesM.I.A.
2009Second ChanceShinedown
2010The Only ExceptionParamore
2011WalkFoo Fighters
2012Somebody That I Used To KnowGotye featuring Kimbra
2013Get LuckyDaft Punk
2014All About That BassMeghan Trainor

The songs from 2001 and 2004 are not HERC's preferred versions.


  1. Herc, your 2014 Summer song is my favorite right now too. I'm all about Meghan Trainor!

  2. Love me some Human League. Not only is "Don't You Want Me" one of the great summer songs, it's also the second best single of 1982!