Oh, August. The month when summer is winding to a bitter end, the college kids are packing it all away, and the sunsets never linger long enough. It's no wonder so many bands have written some of their best songs about our eighth month, a time filled with so many emotions. The following is a roundup of the best 11 songs about the month of August. Whether your feelings are bittersweet or full of joy, there's something here for you.
11. Umphrey’s McGee - "August"
In a track that often becomes an epic jam session during live shows, Umphrey's McGee has crafted a real masterpiece with "August." It is rather unclear what the song actually has to do with the month itself, aside from the name, but that doesn't stop it from being a great listen.
10. Robin Gibb - "August October"
Robin Gibb, of Bee Gees fame, has managed to tie together quite a few months in this song. Whether a song about the short duration of love or simply a confusion of timelines, "August October" is an enjoyable choice, though more a folk song than filled with "Stayin' Alive" fever.
9. Beirut - "August Holland"
Another song that isn't too clear about its relationship to the month, Beirut's "August Holland" is still one of the better tracks from the band's return album after a long hiatus. 2015's No No No solidified their place in indie music after a nearly 4-year disappearance. Don't you just wonder what that sunset in Laos looks like now?
8. We The Kings - "August Is Over"
Rock group We The Kings bid August adieu in this radio-friendly tune, which sees the band telling the month goodbye alongside a scorned lover. Broken hearts don't always sound so good, but that's exactly what We The Kings have done here.
7. The 69 Eyes - "August Moon"
Finnish goth rock band The 69 Eyes are behind this appropriately creepy "August Moon," which starts out as more of a mellow rock tune before driving into metal territory. One can almost imagine the Nordic gods listening to this one in their stone halls.
6. NOFX - "August 8"
The irony of this NOFX song cannot be escaped - the band wrote it about Jerry Garcia's death because they hated him and everything his music stood for. Turns out they had the day wrong, as Garcia actually passed on August 9, but that just makes the song even more bizarre.
5. Jethro Tull - "Stuck in the August Rain”
Incorporating his infamous flutes, Jethro Tull turns "Stuck in the August Rain" into a driving modern gem. The track comes from an album lacking the fame of Aqualung or Thick As A Brick, his 1995 modern era From Roots To Branches, and offers a refreshing other side to the Jethro Tull everyone knows and loves.
4. Carole King - "The First Day In August"
Carole King is welcoming in the month of August, alongside the lover she spent the last night of July sleeping near. This little-known song should really be a classic, combining King's beautiful voice with a touch of melancholy. No one better paints a picture of the specific changing of calendar time.
3. Rilo Kiley - "August"
If you were an indie music fan in the early 2000s, chances are you owned Rilo Kiley's debut Takeoffs and Landings. One of the charming album tracks from that release is "August," a quaint take on the fading end of summer. Long after Jenny Lewis has branched off into her solo career, we can still reminisce about the good old days when this song was in its prime.
2. Van Morrison - "Cold Wind In August"
Talented instrumentalist and vocalist Van Morrison presents here a classic love song. For the most part, we think of August as being one of the warmest months, but for Van Morrison, a cold wind brought in shivers up his spine as he thought of his lost love interest. The song's breeziness is just right to relax to and manages to stay timeless.
1. Jon Bon Jovi - "August 7, 4:15"
While most people recognize the name Bon Jovi for the band of "Livin' On A Prayer" fame, frontman Jon Bon Jovi also had a solo career of sorts. On his deep cut sophomore solo album, Destination Anywhere, Bon Jovi offered the track "August 7, 4:15" which was inspired by the death of his tour manager's daughter. In the real-life event, the family had dropped off Katherine Korzilius at the mailbox some distance from their home, but she never returned after picking up the mail. When her mother went to search for the little girl, she sadly found her body up the street. Police never found the suspect, but it was theorized that someone picked her up and killed her prior to dumping her body. In his song, Bon Jovi takes the tragic event and uses it as a driving force for the depth of emotions his music hasn't reached since.