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"There ain't no cure for the summertime blues," lamented Eddie Cochran, the Who, Flying Lizards, Flaming Lips and other artists with year-round cases of seasonal affective disorder. But even if you're among them, you're bound to find pleasant remedies in this year's summer guide, which begins on p. 22.

As a service for those who'd like an accompanying soundtrack (and as a disservice to our overworked copy editor), here's a sometimes painfully varied list of summer-themed songs you can add to your friendly mobile music device:

"Boys of Summer," Don Henley; "Cruel Summer," Bananarama; "Dancing in the Streets," Martha & the Vandellas; "Endless Summer of the Damned," Bauhaus; "Groovin'," the Rascals; "Hate Mail Comes in August," Hot Water Music; "Here Comes July," Scritti Politti; "Hot Fun in the Summertime," Sly & the Family Stone; "July Morning," Uriah Heep; "Memphis in June," Hoagy Carmichael; "My Summer Vacation," Ice Cube; "Remains of Summer Memories," Rise Against; "School's Out," Alice Cooper; "Some Summer Day," Charley Patton; "Suddenly Last Summer," the Motels; "Summer Breeze," Seals and Crofts; "Summer in the City," Lovin' Spoonful; "Summer Skin," Death Cab for Cutie; "Summer Nights," John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John; "Summer of '69," Bryan Adams; "Summertime," Billie Holiday.

— Bill Forman

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