DJ Sessions: Why Summertime Oldies Still Sound Good

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American pop group The Beach Boys in 1964. From left to right, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Brian Wilson, Dennis Wilson (1944 - 1983) and Carl Wilson (1946 - 1998). (Fox Photos/Getty Images)

Why are songs like The Beach Boys’ “Good Vibrations” still summer hits, decades after they came out?

“Summer is supposed to be a simple time,” said Mike Haile of WHMS in Champaign, Illinois. “Simple innocent songs, have stood the test of time easily.”

Haile, a childhood favorite DJ of host Jeremy Hobson’s, shares his favorite summer classics.

Note: We have a Spotify playlist and an Apple Music playlist for our weekly DJ Sessions.

Hear previous installments of Here & Now‘s DJ Sessions.

Music From The Segment

John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John, “Summer Nights”


Mungo Jerry, “In The Summertime”


Chad & Jeremy, “A Summer Song”


The Drifters, “Under the Boardwalk”


Martha Reeves & the Vandellas, “Dancing in the Street”


Eddie Cochran, “Summertime Blues”


The Beach Boys, “Good Vibrations”



Mike Haile, general manager of WHMS in Champaign, Illinois.

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