Top 10 Songs for the Last Weekend of Summer

Savour it for Tuesday we work. Thanks to Brent Chittenden for this list. – AC

The last long weekend of the summer is upon us so it’s time to hit the road and head to the cottage for that one last get together. Time to fire up the BBQ and just enjoy the company of good friends and good food.

But you need some tunes to go with it, especially if you’re like my buddy Ed who will be starting to smoke some ribs at 5am Saturday morning.

A lot of the following list is heavily influenced by the radio stations in the Barrie, Ontario, region because every year they would do a top songs of all time weekend and I would always catch it on the drive home.  Except for number 1.  I always seemed to make it home around number 2.

With that in mind, here is the top ten song for your end of summer playlist.

10) ZZ Top – La Grange

I have no idea why, maybe it’s the rock radio of my youth, but I always associate this trio from Texas and their rockin’ blues with the cottage. And let’s face it, what a better start to hitting the road then blazing this out your windows?


9) Treble Charger – Red

Probably an odd choice for the cottage but it really makes me think of the end of summer and having to go back to high school.


8) Mathew Sweet – Smog Moon

While this never makes any radio lists, Smog Moon is one of my favorite tracks from Mathew Sweet’s 100% Fun record.


7) The Beatles – Hey Jude

Remembered how I mentioned those radio best songs of all time long weekends? This song is always in the top ten.


6) Kim Mitchell – Patio Lanterns

A long weekend classic.


5) Stevie Ray Vaughn – Pride and Joy

As I’ve kind of pointed to, bluesy rock is a staple of the end of the summer and when it comes to that, one of my all time favorites that I was introduced to by my Uncle Bill at the cottage


4) City and Color – The Girl

Should be on every cottage playlist, I just love how wonderfully crafted this song is.


3) Blue Rodeo – Lost Together

Blue Rodeo really deserve much more worldwide recognition as they’ve put together some really well written tunes over the years. Besides the cottage, this is a great track for weddings.


2) The Tragically Hip – Bobcaygeon

I am not a fan of The Hip by any stretch (I know there are some of you who would make this entire list out of Hip songs) but “Bobcaygeon” is without out a doubt one of the best end of summer tracks.


1) Otis Redding – Sitting on the Dock on the Bay

I think this one goes without explanation.

Now, other than more from the Hip, what else am I missing?

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

One thought on “Top 10 Songs for the Last Weekend of Summer

  • September 1, 2012 at 12:12 am

    Alan, though I agree with some staples, I have one minor objection. City and color? Don't make me barf. Dallas green is a 'rape glasses (go ahead and look up the you tube video, trust me) wearing nerd who thinks he is God. Man I miss real Canadian bands. Tea party, treble charger, pre-loser olp, finger eleven, ecololine crush, rusty, and so on. City and colour would have been squashed like a bug in those times. But people have to listen to somebody right?

    My cottage staple with my yearly trip with the buddies is lateralus by tool. And yes it fits the cottage!


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