Cruel Summer by Bananarama (1983)

THE GREATEST OF ALL TUNES (G.O.A.T.) is a series of posts, producing my 100 favorite songs of all time.  The master list is here, and I update it about every two weeks or when I have another 10 songs or so.

Okay, today it’s time for a  “silly” song.  “Cruel Summer” fell on deaf ears when it was released, but when it was featured in The Karate Kid it catapulted into the top 10 and put the British girl band on the map.

The song is pure fluff, but the hook is catchy as Hell.  Other than that, there’s really not a lot to say about it.  Other than that I love it.

Further listening: The band has no other songs that could possibly qualify as G.O.A.T., but they do have some nice little ditties like “Robert Dinero’s Waiting (Talking Italian)” and a cover of “Venus.”

It will enter my list at #37, between two other lovely ladies…

36. We Belong by Pat Benetar (1984) (link)
37. Cruel Summer by Bananarama (1983) (link)<———
38.  Bette Davis Eyes by Kim Karnes (1981) (link)
39.  Grindin’ by Clipse (2002) (link)
40. Tennessee by Arrested Development (1992) (link)


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