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Classes are starting up, days are getting ever so slightly shorter and the air is getting just a hint cooler. Maybe it’s time to fly home from your summer abroad. Maybe it’s time to start your new job. There are lots of exciting moments ahead this fall, but all you can think about is your summer fling. Her faux hawk. Your nerd glasses. The image of the two of you making hearts in the sand at your private beach, even if your private beach was actually the public pool. Every moment seems sweeter, fuller and more romantic when you’re looking at it through the rearview mirror as you drive away.
Or maybe you didn’t have a fling this summer. Maybe you’ve been domestic partnered for years, but still, the changing seasons has you thinking about a simpler time. New beginnings has you thinking about old endings. When times were simpler and love required more time in bed and less time spent worry about tax benefits. It may not actually have been simpler then, but it sure feels that way looking back.
It wasn’t all perfect either. Sometimes our summer romances were nothing but miserable heartbreak. Some fell apart under our fingers even before July could turn into August. Even the ones you thought might last forever evaporated when September peeked its head around the corner. How could we have possibly said so many goodbyes?
We’ve had camp girlfriends, lovers abroad, Fourth of July firework kisses, beach-front one-night stands, premature heart breaks and tearful goodbyes. This is our time to listen to the songs of summer love and gush to each other about those moments of perfect queer summer bliss.
Playlist: Summer Romance Remembered
Boys of Summer – Don Henly
Summer Girls – LFO
Holy Ground – Taylor Swift
Summerboy – Lady Gaga
Cruel Summer – Bananarama
Kiss Me – Sixpence None the Richer
How I Spent My Summer Vacation – The Ataris
Summer Wind – Frank Sinatra
Drove Me Wild – Tegan and Sara
Summer Skin – Death Cab
Surfer Girl – Home Grown
Summersong – The Decemberists
Accidentally in Love – Counting Crows
Dusk and Summer – Dashboard Confessional
Summer Love – Justin Timberlake
All Summer – Kid Cudi, Best Coast, and Rodstam of Vampire Weekend
I Remember You – Skid Row
Endless Summer – The Jezabels
Please Stay – Summer Heart
Summer Nights – Grease
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