“Under the Boardwalk,” The Drifters
This perfect summer stroll almost didn’t happen. Lead vocalist Rudy Lewis died the night before The Drifters’ scheduled studio time, forcing the band to impulsively call in former frontman Johnny Moore, who had left the band years earlier when he was drafted into the US military. Moore subsequently became the permanent lead until his death in December 1998, solidifying him as the band’s longest-touring member.
This song actually topped the charts over the holiday season in 2003-2004, but if you happened to be anywhere near an open car window—or a gym—the next summer, you still couldn’t miss it. Strange but true: The lyric “shake it like a Polaroid picture” was a boon for Polaroid.