Classic Rock Summer Songs: 15 Iconic Tracks, Ranked

Today (June 20), is the official first day of summer/summer solstice. With Earth tilting to the max toward the sun, we're going to experience the longest day and shortest night of the year. Summer brings so many fun, exciting activities, from camping to swimming to road trips to barbecuing and everywhere in between. Of course, every summer activity needs the perfect soundtrack, which is where we come in. We've created what we believe is the perfect classic rock summer songs list. Our list runs the gambit from covers to anthems to one-hit wonders. Check out the 15 iconic tracks we’ve ranked below! But First, Some Facts About the Summer Solstice According to, the summer solstice in 2024 in the Northern Hemisphere officially takes place on June 20 at 4:51 PM EDT. At that exact moment, the Earth will be at a maximum tilt of about 23.52 degrees toward the sun. Concurrently, this also marks the beginning of winter in the Southern Hemisphere.The exact date of the summer solstice typically changes every year based on the position of the sun. Typically, it takes place somewhere between June 20 and June 22. This is because it take Earth to orbit around the sun a little bit more than 365 days. (365.242199 days, to be exact.)Interestingly, meteorologists tend to recognize summer beginning on June 1 and ending on August 31, due to dividing the year into four seasons based on the Gregorian calendar system. When factoring in the amount of time the Earth takes to orbit around the sun the Gregorian calendar system, this is why we have "Leap Day" every four years.Along with the science of it all, there are plenty of ways people celebrate the summer solstice around the world. According to Smithsonian Magazine, some of these celebrations include building massive bonfires in Norway, dancing around the maypole in Sweden and the Midnight Sun Baseball Game in Fairbanks, Alaska, which is a tradition that first began in 1906. Many people also gather at Stonehenge to watch the sun align with the unique ancient stone monument. English Heritage rep Jennifer Wexler told the outlet, "It’s about 4,500 years old in its current form, but it seems to have a very important connection to the sun. It was carefully designed to actually align with the movements of the sun, which is pretty spectacular when you think about how old it is." (This celebration is such a big deal that English Heritage livestream it via their YouTube channel.)

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