Driving down the highway, searching radio stations for summer songs, I was catapulted back to the teen years, and all those beachy songs and movies. Where are those easy breezy songs today, and what would our lives look like through summer music? Let’s take a trip.

If you were born in the 1940s, your parents were humming along to “That Lucky Old Sun,” “Bouquet of Roses,” “Five Guys Named Moe,” and “Groovin’ High,” if they had a radio around. It was an interesting mix of songs about nature, motivation and Moes. Who knew?

By the 1950s, we were listening to music ourselves and were drawn to songs like “Mona Lisa” and “In the Good Old Summertime” at first; but by the end of the ‘50s, we might be listening on transistor radios in our rooms, and were beginning to hear “Be-Bop-A-Lula” and “Shake, Rattle and Roll” and “Summer Dreams.” It was a time to begin dreaming about first loves, first kisses and lovely beach scenes.

Then came the ‘60s, with our hormones changing, teen dreams raging and songs of many genres blaring. Ray Charles’s “I Can’t Stop Loving You,” and Percy Faith’s “Theme From A Summer Place” surrounded us as accompaniments to our dreams; Ricky Nelson’s “Traveling Man” and Jan and Dean’s “Surf City” spoke to our restlessness; and the Beatles gave us a lot to sing and dance to, including “A Hard Day’s Night.”

We listened to the Rolling Stones, the Lovin’ Spoonful, The Doors and The Rascals. And who could forget “In The Year 2525,” by Zagers and Evans, which was No. 1 as Neil Armstrong became the first man to step on the surface of the moon? I bet you can still hum it today.

We were busy in the 1970s. We finished high school, graduated from college, or were busy building careers or raising families. We had to squeeze music into our lives wherever we could. Maybe we danced on date night, sang in the shower, grooved in the car on the way to work, or played a musical instrument, or sang with a choral group.

The early ‘70s gave us “Bridge Over Troubled Water, “American Pie” and “Killing Me Softly,” while the later ‘70s brought “How Deep Is Your Love,” “You Needed Me,” “Stayin’ Alive” and “Sad Eyes” to name just a few.

I must have missed most of the music in the next three decades. Perhaps we were busy with our work, our families and had less leisure time. Vacations may have been child centered, and we listened to whatever the kids wanted to hear, on tape, CD or radio.

I must admit, when I looked at the Top 10 for the ‘80s and ‘90s, I was saddened. Whatever happened to simple love songs, and breezy summer lyrics? Number 5 for those years was “Cruel Summer,” by Bananerama; and No. 9 was “Cause I’m Blonde,” by misanthropicsob, with No. 10 coming in as “Big Breasted Girls Go To The Beach and Take Their Tops Off,” by Tweedywonder. These all appeared on a playlist of top summer songs of the ‘80s and ‘90s.

When I looked for the Top 10 songs for 2017, I found Keisha’s “Praying” topped the list. Whether you are thinking about music or politics or simply life, praying is at least one option, I would think.

Our trip though life’s soundtrack brings us so many memories of people we have known, our school years, summer and other loves, and our lives. The likes of Bing Crosby and Patti Page seemed to cross generations with their musical messages. The Beatles and Elvis and the Rolling Stones are still in our memories today.

You wonder if the same will hold true for the groups that wrote about blondes, summer as cruel or breasts and the beach.

I may be old (check), and I may lack understanding of today’s music (check), but I never tire of listening to the “Theme From a Summer Place.” How about you?

So … grab a cool drink, put on Percy Faith, and take a little trip back.