Top 100 Songs of Summer #14 “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini” by Brian Hyland

Yellow Polka Dot Bikini
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Summertime fashion has been ignored far too long on the Top 100 Songs of Summer Countdown. Consider that remedied.

Hamptons Top Song of Summer #14

“Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini” by Brian Hyland

As hard as it may be to conceive today, there was a time when the bikini was too risqué to wear to the beach. August 1960 was such a time, but then Brian Hyland and this bit of bubblegum pop hit the airwaves. Suddenly, the song was at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, and the skimpy two-piece was on its way to becoming the hottest fashion statement the beach has ever seen. While the young lady in the lyrics remains, more than a half-century later, too shy to show off her famously speckled suit, a look around any beach in the Hamptons should prove that time has passed.

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