Summer in the '90s: a young Will Smith and a couple of Scots

Alec Kerr's first summer song pick for the '90s has the most hits on YouTube of any song so far: 3,377,649 for 'Summertime' (1991) by DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince. Alec says, "Will Smith's goofy good-spirited rapping was an oasis when gangsta rap surfaced in the late 1980s. His brand of fun hip hop would ultimately sling shot him to mega wattage movie star status."

'A Summer Wasting' (1998) by Belle & Sebastian: "This folky-pop band from Scotland is known for writing low-key wistful songs and this is a prime example of the cheery love songs that are their trademark."