100 Songs of Summer #9 “All Summer Long” by Kid Rock

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We’re officially in the Top 10 tracks of the 100 Songs of Summer Countdown and the second spot goes to a lovely chop by Detroit’s “other white rapper” Kid Rock. This modern seasonal classic uses a little flavor from two of Rock’s musical heroes and spits out a sonic blend that will complement any summer playlist.

Hamptons 100 Songs of Summer #9

“All Summer Long” by Kid Rock

This track celebrates the simple times and the beauty of summer before the days of text messages, tweets and reality television. From Kid Rock’s 2008 album Rock n Roll Jesus, “All Summer Long” samples two songs from the era he describes in his lyrics—”Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyrd and “Werewolves of London” by Warren Zevon—and even mentions one by name. The quintessentially American song reached number one in eight countries, though America was ironically not one of them. It did however become the official theme song to World Wrestling Entertainment’s Backlash 2008 Pay-Per-View event—and there’s nothing more American than wrestling.

The song also added to Kid Rock’s growing country music cred and earned him his first Top 10 song on Country radio. He managed to keep his rap and hip hop connection alive as well, and performed “All Summer Long” with Lil Wayne at the 2008 MTV Music Awards. Clearly, this one is an equal-opportunity good times tune, and one well deserving of it’s place in our Top 10 Songs of Summer.

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