The dark side of the Summer Song was the Novelty Summer Song. The "Aga Do" and "Ketchup Song" songs that plagued us. Several "Macarena" variations. Move along and don't meet their eyes, they are the unstable and dangerous cousins of the Summer Song. Their upbeatness is an ear worm in disguise. Their you can do this at home dance routines were inevitably done at weddings and family parties by people who never should.
Sometimes little gems appeared though. In fact, quite a lot of them really. Here's just a couple I enjoyed back in the day.
"Se a vida é" by The Pet Shop Boys
"Long Hot Summer" by The Style Council
What happened to the Summer Song? Maybe it still exists, in a modified form. Perhaps as the Italian dance hit that reares its head every so often. Like, oh you know, the one with the marching girls from last year?... That one. The DJs are the stars in Ibiza now, putting out their own compilations of worldbeats and remixes.
It's summer here and frankly I'm ready for a shiny 3 minute sing-a-long. With its own dance routine.