Created By: Chariset on March 16, 2011 Last Edited By: Chariset on July 7, 2016

Summer Romance Song

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Exactly What It Says on the Tin - a song about the singer's summer fling, typically his or her first "real" relationship, usually sexual. Includes verses about how they were young and just having fun, how autumn drove them apart, and how the singer looks back on that time bittersweetly -- so much to learn, so innocent and carefree then, and (usually) how he or she has never seen the other since. Can get mawkish -- who really wants to believe that the last years of teenhood were 'the best days of their life'? -- but retain a sort of mild universal appeal.


  • "Night Moves" by Bob Seger
  • "Summer of '69" by Bryan Adams
  • "Strawberry Wine" by Deana Carter
  • "Summer Nights" from Grease - atypically, the lovers do meet again
  • "All Summer Long" by Kid Rock
  • "Paradise by the Dashboard Lights" by Meatloaf - arguably a subversion since a permanent commitment was the result of something that should have stayed a summer fling
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  • March 16, 2011
    "Under the Boardwalk"?
  • March 17, 2011
    "The Boys of Summer" by Don Henley, possibly?
  • March 17, 2011
    "Endless Summer Nights" by Richard Marx.

    (Has Ryan Adams done a "Summer of '69" that is totally different from Bryan Adams', or is that a typo? I'm not trying to be snarky, I honestly know nothing about Ryan Adams but that he exists and isn't Bryan Adams.)
  • March 17, 2011
    "That Summer" by Garth Brooks
  • March 17, 2011
    "Our Last Summer" by ABBA.
  • March 17, 2011
    More specific title? Sentimental Summer Romance Song? Should this be broadened to cover non-music examples as well?
  • March 17, 2011
    "Summer Nights" from Grease? Looking back on a summer romance from the Far Future of...the first day of school after the summer romance.

    But then, in the original stage play the whole story has a Framing Device of the kids coming back to their 20th high school reunion and remembering the adventures they had way back when.
  • March 17, 2011
    I think Summer Nights qualifies because 1. it was a summer fling, 2. autumn ended it and both assumed they would never meet again, and 3. they're looking back with nostalgia, even though it happened all of two or three weeks ago.

    I'll fix the typo, Tyoria.

    Non-song examples could go, I suppose. Do we already have a trope about romances that only last a summer? Is it tropable?
  • March 18, 2011
    It's tropable, though I don't know if we have it or not. Take it to Lost And Found.
  • July 8, 2011
    "Walk On The Ocean" by Toad The Wet Sprocket.
  • July 8, 2011
    Unknown Troper
    Do we have anything for school-year romances? We could put them as inversions.
  • July 8, 2011
    Would "Teenage Dream" by Katy Perry count, even though it doesn't mention whether they see each other afterwards?
  • July 8, 2011
    "Teenage Love Affair" by Alicia Keys is an inversion, taking place during school.
  • July 9, 2011
    "Ocean Avenue" by Yellowcard has some hints of this.
  • July 9, 2011
    Summer Wine- HIM.
  • July 9, 2011
    "See You In September" is a fear of losing the girl to a summer love.
  • July 12, 2011
    • "'65 Love Affair" by Paul Davis.
  • July 7, 2016
    "Graduation Trip" is told from the POV of a guy remembering his first love, who he met on a cruise almost twenty years before.
  • July 7, 2016
    "Farewell, My Summer Love" by Michael Jackson.
  • July 7, 2016
    How about Summer Love Song?