06/20/2011 09:31 am ET Updated Aug 20, 2011

My Top 10 Favorite Songs for Summer

Well, if you know anything about me, the thing to know is that summer is my favorite season of all. I would be happy with All Summer All Of The Time! And music is one of my favorite ways of feeling it. I'm so excited because this summer I already have tickets to see Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, and Sugarland. There is nothing quite like sweating and dancing under the stars on a hot summer night to super-loud live music.

Here are my top 10 songs that make me feel like summer all year round, but especially when it's at last!

1: "Summertime," Kenny Chesney. Last summer I was driving my pickup truck to Nashville, Tennessee, and this song came on, and it made me cry. It was one of those moments I won't ever forget.

2: "4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)," Bruce Springsteen. I was not a crazy Jersey Shore kid, but I've spent some time there growing up. More importantly, the older I get, the crazier I get about Bruce Springsteen, and there is something essentially summer about him.

Nothing starts summer better than a giant outdoor stadium concert! These pics are from an epic show in Philadelphia with Uncle Cracker, Billy Currington, Zac Brown Band and the great KENNY CHESNEY! It was awesome even though I sprained my ankle a little bit.

3: "Laundry Room," Avett Brothers. I first heard about the Avett Brothers from Garden and Gun magazine. I was intrigued that their album I and Love and You was produced by Rick Rubin, who only does things in bare feet, which is why I want to be him. But I had no idea what to expect when I saw them live last year at Musikfest in Bethlehem, PA. HOLY COW! I had no idea. For the encore, I really wanted to shout "Laundry Room!" but was feeling a bit shy. And then everyone started shouting it, and I felt like I had finally found my true tribe. Last 60 seconds of the song gives you a small hint of what they are like in concert.

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