The Top 50 Summer Releases Of All Time


When you think of the lazy days of summer, your mind often drifts to those iconic songs that define your summer experience. What often gets forgotten are the albums that these songs come from. Therefore, we at XXL have compiled a list of the greatest albums with summer release dates in hip-hop history. If they were released between the equinoxes, June 21 to September 21, and they mattered to hip-hop, they are on this list. Since its impossible to digest an album without a little historical context, no album from this summer is on the list. Pour a glass of lemonade and sit back on the porch and read our “The Top 50 Summer Releases Of All Time.”—Written By B.J. Steiner (@DocZeus)

50-46 | 45-41  | 40-3635-31

30-26 | 25-21 | 20-16 | 15-11

10-6 | 5-1

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  • 2012Industry1

    OK…i’ll say it…How are a lot of these Summer Albums and they came out in mid to late September? Other than that…good list!

  • Banthum Bailey

    They just throwing anything from NY in there… LOL.

    • Eric Diep

      Ha. What do you think should be replaced?

  • mistahdubs

    Don’t get me wrong blueprint is mad nice but that isn’t on the level of reasonable doubt, vol. 1, or black album though It is one of his best but it doesn’t rank above a lot of the classics on this list by any means

  • Dimas

    Am I crazy, or ya’ll don’t have Raekwon’s Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… on the list? That dropped August 1st 1995. Not only should that be on the list, it should probably be number one.

  • whiteout

    Ya’ll shoulda just said, “fuck this list.” I know its not your fault, but, no Tupac albums were released in the “summer.” Oh, and I haven’t checked yet, but, apparently no Eminem or Tech N9ne albums released during that time period, either. The three greatest (or at least influential) MCs of all-time not on a list that isn’t, “The Top 50 Wackest Albums of All-Time”, or some bullshit, is fucking BLASPHEMY! *Tupac voice*

  • in2deep

    LOL @ NO OBCL doesnt get ‘more summer’ than the purple tape…

    thats my word.

  • Dart_Adams

    Black Star album dropped on September 29th, 1998, didn’t it?

  • Dart_Adams

    Didn’t “Bigger And Deffer” drop back in 1987? “Walking With A Panther” dropped back in June 1989. I should know. I played “Kanday” on my class trip back in 1987. Off of “Bigger And Deffer”. This is embarrassing…