There are tons of songs about June that can help you celebrate the beginning of summertime.
From upbeat pop songs and romantic ballads, to heart-pounding metal tracks and twangy country ditties, these top songs about June will keep you coming back for more all year long.
“Memphis In June” by Nina Simone
Song Year: 1961
If you’re looking for a relaxing soft jazz tune that speaks to slow-paced summertime reminiscing, this song is for you.
Nina Simone’s soulful voice is bewitching, and her story-like lyrics drip with sincere sentimentality.
The crooning chorus creates a sensation of stand-still relaxation that’s pleasantly accompanied by moments of faster-paced piano, with each verse harkening back to pleasant childhood memories and long-past summertime.
In short, this tune is tailor-made for lazy June afternoons.
“June on the West Coast” by Bright Eyes
Song Year: 1998
Bright Eyes (Conor Oberst) is one of the biggest names in the indie folk and emo music scene.
While he achieved some mainstream success in the mid-2000s after the release of “First Day Of My Life,” many of his earlier tracks are equally beautiful and worthy of celebration, including this simple love song.
Each line of this tune is poetry, but Obert’s bright West Coast accent and earnest delivery ensure that none of it sounds pretentious or forced.
Detailing visits to different areas along the West Coast and how each new place coincides with a personal journey through a heartbreak-induced depression, this song is a little bit sad and entirely uplifting.
“The Thirty-First of June” by Petula Clark
Song Year: 1966
Before you get out your calendar, let’s make one thing clear; June only has thirty days, not thirty-one. But that’s part of this song’s charm and message.
We’ll never get to experience the 31st day of June. It’s simply an impossibility. The same could be said of the unrequited love Petula Clark sings about in this song.
Although this song tells a sad story, its big band backing and Clark’s powerful voice make it danceable. If you’re a fan of 1960s British pop or rock music, there’s an excellent chance that this tune will become a new favorite.
“Evening in June” by Van Morrison
Song Year: 2003
This upbeat, bluesy song is undeniably romantic.
Morrison sings about being unable to stop thinking about the person he loves and how he looks forward to spending time with that person during—you guessed it—an evening in June!
If you’ve ever had a summer romance, you know how magical the sunshine-filled days and warm summer nights can be when you’re with that special somebody.
This catchy song describes this phenomenon; just like falling in love, you might not be able to get it out of your head.
“Girls In June” by Dirty Art Club
Song Year: 2013
Lo-Fi (also spelled LoFi) music has had a glow-up over the last several years, becoming the go-to genre for those wanting to enjoy lyric-free tunes that encourage greater focus and relaxation.
This song by Dirty Art Club is an excellent example of Lo-Fi music done right. It has a trappy, almost hip-hop introductory beat that slips into a more experimental electronic jangle, with a jazzy electronic guitar to make the listening experience even more of a journey.
Even though this song doesn’t have lyrics, it casts a relaxing and slightly sensual summertime spell that can make any day a little brighter.
“Rainy Day in June” by The Kinks
Song Year: 1966
Many songs about June are happy, celebrating the month’s associations with summer holidays and pleasantly warm weather. But this song by The Kinks takes things in the opposite direction.
Starting with the loud rumbling of nearby thunder, this song’s fairytale-like lyrics tell the story of a massive rain cloud with seemingly evil intentions.
But although this song is about hopelessness and despair (and lots of rain), it has a catchy, hand-clapping chorus that saves it from being too dark.
“Snow Falls in June” by Ryan Bingham
Song Year: 2015
Unless you live in the Southern Hemisphere, there’s little chance you’ll see snowfall in June. But it’s crucial not to take the lyrics of this Ryan Bingham song too literally.
Instead of being about unusual weather conditions, this song is about unexpected tragedy befalling someone you love and about offering that loved one your complete support.
It’s a romantic and beautiful song, and Bingham’s gravelly voice is reminiscent of early Johnny Cash.
If you’re a country rock music fan searching for a song to lift you up during a hard time, you might want to check this one out.
“June Hymn” by The Decemberists
Song Year: 2011
Like Bright Eyes, The Decemberists are fairly big within the indie music scene, and their folk aesthetic is evident throughout this song.
This tune is truly a hymn to the mid-year month. It details the natural sights and sounds of June and summertime, though the lyrics have a tinge of reminiscence and longing.
The harmonies are raw, and the harmonica and acoustic guitar make this track feel homespun.
“Paris in June” by Johnnyswim
Song Year: 2014
Fans of folk would be remiss to miss out on the husband-and-wife duo that is Johnnyswim.
The dulcet, pitch-perfect tones of Abner Ramirez get perfectly complimented here by the rich sound of Amanda Sudano’s vocals. Their duets are often powerful and passionate, and this song about June is no exception.
It features sweeping strings, incredible harmonies, and lyrics that pull at the heartstrings. This track could be an excellent “first dance” song at a wedding—it’s romantic and beautifully performed.
“June in January” by Bing Crosby
Song Year: 1934
We can’t talk about the best songs about June and not mention this hit song performed by Bing Crosby!
Crosby’s laid-back crooning is an ideal fit for this tune’s lyrics, which discuss how love can make one feel full of summertime sunshine, even in the depths of a bitterly cold winter. It’s full of old-fashioned charm, making it great for slow dancing.
Sure, it’s not the most lyrically or instrumentally complex song, but it’s a bonafide classic.
“Day in June” by Kid Astray
Song Year: 2015
This indie song about June has strong electronic influences, with some similarities to early MGMT and Vampire Weekend tracks. It’s extremely catchy, so if you’re not fond of earworms, watch out!
That said, this song’s catchiness masks the meaning of the lyrics, which explore the bitterness of breaking up. Still, this tune remains fun, with punchy drum beats and mellow choral harmonies that keep the overall tone light.
Enjoying an indie-music-filled summer is far easier with this song at the ready.
“Rainy Day in June” by Alan Jackson
Song Year: 2004
No, you’re not reading this song’s title wrong—there are multiple songs referring to rainy days in June!
But unlike The Kinks song, Alan Jackson’s take on the subject is undeniably somber, slow-paced, and sentimental. The gentle guitar, twangy dobro, and whining electric guitar notes pull this song together beautifully as Jackson sings about his lost love.
Using the metaphor of rain as a symbol of depression, this song is truly one of the better break-up songs featuring the month of June.
“Middle of June” by Noah Gundersen
Song Year: 2009
Although Gundersen was a relative unknown in 2009, his music has increased in popularity since then. There’s a good chance you’ve heard some of Gundersen’s tracks while watching TV!
Still, the songs from his EP Saints & Liars are highly underrated, including this soulful tune about the ephemeral, unknowable nature of infatuation.
Instrumentally, it’s simple, featuring bluegrass vibes mixed with West Coast indie tones. But lyrically, this song is thoughtful, contemplative, and full of gratitude. Anyone feeling pensive could enjoy listening to this track on repeat.
“Belly of June” by Horse Feathers
Song Year: 2010
June seems to be a popular topic among indie artists. After all, we’ve arrived at yet another indie music June-focused song. Not that that’s a bad thing!
This “will-they-won’t-they” song is about young love and the uncertainty of pursuing one’s romantic feelings. The soft vocals match the lyrical content, and the bluegrass-and-orchestral instrumentation is almost minstrel-like.
These qualities make this Horse Feathers song feel like a story getting sung, making it a fantastic choice for daydreaming on warm summer days.
“Christmas in June” by AJR
Song Year: 2021
AJR has become massively popular over the last decade, and it’s easy to understand why.
This band (comprised of three brothers) seems to write and produce catchy, energetic songs like it’s nothing. But that level of success certainly has some drawbacks, which they explore beautifully in this song.
The demands of being a musical artist often conflict with personal responsibilities, like spending time with your significant other. This song proposes that the vocalist’s partner be willing to celebrate major events late (like Christmas in June) to allow him to pursue his music career.
The brothers of AJR are well-known for their engaging, upbeat, and unforgettable concerts. Check out their upcoming tour dates to see them perform live!
“Seven Days of Sunny June” by Jamiroquai
Song Year: 2005
Most Jamiroquai songs are known for their unique blend of funk, soul, and easy-listening vibes. This track is no exception, being both danceable and extremely laid-back.
Its groovy beat and smooth vocals helped it place in the UK Single Chart back in 2005, and it became well-known in the US after the release of the 2006 film The Devil Wears Prada (which featured this track).
Lyrically, this song is about unrequited love. The vocalist makes multiple pleas to his love interest, but they’re more interested in friendship. We’ve all been there!
“June Is as Cold as December” by The Everly Brothers
Song Year: 1966
Are you in the mood for a throwback audio experience? If so, you can’t go wrong with this song by The Everly Brothers.
Unlike many other songs about June we’ve explored thus far, this song is a big play on words. Instead of talking about June, this song actually refers to a young woman named June!
The big twist? Comparing that woman’s icy disposition to the month of December.
While that comparison is a little harsh, it’s obvious that this song’s lyrics are written from the perspective of a lover who has been jilted.
“The Jewel of June” by The Milk Carton Kids
Song Year: 2013
This tune is quiet, thoughtful, and slow-paced, with gentle harmonies and trilling acoustic guitar.
It’s a song about the briefness of life, reflected by the fleeting nature of the glorious summer. Although the seriousness of this track might not be ideal for everyone, it’s quite a calming alternative to “summer party” songs that are often associated with the mid-year month.
“June, After Dark” by Elliot Root
Song Year: 2015
This song is a bit of a hidden gem for anyone who enjoys pop music. It has a building beat, hints of indie excellence, and a rising chorus that rings with vibrato vocals.
It’s a love song celebrating the first beginnings of infatuation, with the vocalist promising loyalty to the unknown love interest.
Although this one isn’t quite as danceable as other songs about June, it has an epic energy that only increases as the song continues, resulting in a cymbal-crashing end that can pump you up in an instant.
“The Year Summer Ended in June” by Misery Signals
Song Year: 2004
Have you been asking yourself, “Where’s the metal music?” If so, don’t worry—here’s a June-centric metal track to keep you headbanging all year round.
That said, this is one of the saddest songs about June. It’s written to honor the memory of two of the band’s friends who passed away in a car accident.
Still, the double-bass drum and screaming stanzas are perfect for the pit.
“June” by Briston Maroney
Song Year: 2017
We thought we’d round out this list of songs about June with one that gets straight to the point.
Although June is associated with warm sunny days, this song is a complex mix of light and dark elements. It discusses self-disappointment, the let-down that comes after getting what you want, and the hope that comes from the support of close friends and loved ones.
All this is set to a bluesy beat that gets bolder with each stanza. Notably, while this song was released in the late 2010s, it has a distinct 1990s-alternative feel, so if you’re a fan of that genre, don’t miss this track.
Top Songs About June, Final Thoughts
Whether you’re a June baby looking to celebrate your birthday month or someone looking to enjoy a little auditory summertime magic, we hope you enjoyed our list of songs about June.
No matter which music genres you enjoy, there’s a June-related song to satisfy your craving for a new bop.
Which of these songs about June is your favorite?