Just as Earth, Wind & Fire’s “September” marks the beginning of autumn and it just wouldn’t be the summer without the Beach Boys‘ surf anthems, the beginning of spring heralds the return of sunshine tunes. It’s a season for rebirth, and for rediscovering nature once more. Get a spring in your step with five classic songs for spring, from The Beatles to The Zombies.

1. “Here Comes The Sun” The Beatles

The George Harrison-penned “Here Comes the Sun” is not only the most upbeat track on Abbey Road, its whimsical opening chords practically invite frolicking in the grass. The difference between a spring song and a summer song can be subtle, but with lyrics about the “long, cold, lonely winter,” “Here Comes the Sun” may be the ultimate spring song.

2. “Daydream” The Lovin’ Spoonful

On the Lovin’ Spoonful’s 1966 hit, it’s not just sunshine and whistling solos – John Sebastian and co. manage to sneak in a few tongue-in-cheek lines, like “I’m blowing the day to take a walk in the sun/And fall on my face in somebody’s new mowed lawn.” Still, nature-inspired daydreaming feels like a decidedly spring thing to do, doesn’t it?

3. “Time of the Season” The Zombies

Ah, spring love! Were the Zombies probably talking about the peace, love and happiness mentality of the hippie movement when they sang “it’s the time of the season for loving” on their 1968 hit? Yes. But does it perfectly describe spring love? Yes.

4. “A Beautiful Morning” The Rascals

After months of of dreary winter weather, there’s nothing like waking up to fresh air and sunshine. In 1968, on their first single as the Rascals instead of the Young Rascals, the blue-eyed soul group sang about the simple pleasure of the spring dawn putting a spring in one’s step.

5. “Have You Ever Seen The Rain?” Creedence Clearwater Revival

CCR‘s 1971 single may seem like the downer guest to this otherwise upbeat party, but have you ever heard the phrase those “April showers bring may flowers”? CCR frontman John Fogerty sings about wonder of watching rain fall on an otherwise sunny day, though admittedly his proverbial message digs deeper than lyrics about the weather.

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