17 Best Songs About August

There’s something about August that has a somber, yet exciting finality about it. For many it’s the last official hot month of the summer before everyone returns from vacation to work and school.

From summer loves that did not last, to songs about troubled childhoods, here are the best songs about August in various genres.

1. “August” by Taylor Swift

Song year: 2020

If you are a major Swifty, you will love this hit song with August in the title. “August” by Taylor Swift is a whimsical song about a summer love that went too fast. Unfortunately, the song narrator and her lover did not stay together as the summer transitioned into fall. She holds on to the happy memories of the short-lived, seasonal relationship. The love was so important to her that she would forgo her plans just to be able to meet up with him at the drop of a dime.

2. “August Moon” by The 69 Eyes

Song year: 2004

“August Moon” by The 69 Eyes, a well-known Finland-based band, is one of the more simplistic songs about August that follow a repeated melody. The song narrator is attempting to chase a moon reminiscent of August’s atmosphere. He claims that this particular special moon of this month takes him to where he has never been before with new experiences and places on his itinerary.

3. “August Is Over” by We The Kings

Song year: 2007

No one likes it when August comes to an end. For kids, it means school starts again. For everyone, it means that it’s back to cold weather.

We The Kings reminisce about a summer love as the narrator attempts to ask her to stay with him but to no avail in “August Is Over”. The lovers are ready to go back home from their summer vacation and will be living far from one another. They find it difficult to bid farewell, overcome with a melancholy unlike any other.

4. “Dear August” by Noah Cyrus and PJ Harding

Song year: 2021

One of the more recently released songs about August is “Dear August” by Noah Cyrus and PJ Harding from a couple of years ago. Two song narrators are asking one another where August is in their lives. The month is symbolic of achieving true love through a treacherous journey amid past wasted relationships that both the song narrators faced in the past.

5. “August Town” by Duane Stephenson

Song year: 2007

“August Town” by Duane Stephenson is the only reggae song with August in the title. Named after a location in Kingston, Jamaica where Stephenson grew up, he reminisces on his childhood growing up in strife and making the worst decisions for survival.

As he transitions into adulthood, he seeks forgiveness for the wrong he did while growing up during his journey for survival. Stephenson warns us to not live by ourselves and to stay united with family, friends, and Jah Jah, or the Jamaican name for God.

6. “August” by Rilo Kiley

Song year: 2001

The song narrator characterizes the month of August as an untrustworthy, indecisive individual in the 2001 Rilo Kiley song. While the song narrator attempts to stand by their side, nothing becomes of the relationship as August continues to make unkempt empty promises. The song can also be interpreted as a summer love where promises were attempted to be kept but eventually broken.

7. “At the End of August” by 36 Crazyfists

Song year: 2004

As one of the heavy metal songs about August, 36 Crazyfists takes a more poetic approach to represent their lyrical prowess in “At the End of August”. The main song narrator discusses that they would never replace the promises they once made to their significant other no matter the controversies in the relationship. He characterizes these promises as lanterns that illuminate his life’s purpose.

8. “First Day In August” by Carole King

Song year: 1972

The narrator in “First Day in August” highlights how she wants to start her day with her lover at her side. It’s a simple day that begins with waking up at one another’s side, relaxing together, and enjoying a summertime fire as the night falls. As they cuddle side by side, her lover drifts off to sleep, marking the end of a simplistic, yet fulfilling day together.

9. “August” by Jack Hartmann

Song year: 2020

If you have children, you may know about the YouTube creator, Jack Hartmann who runs a kid's music channel. In “August”, he sings about how it’s time for some kids to return to school at the end of the month.

He spells out the month in a sing-songy way for children to learn the word more thoroughly. Hartmann sings about the excitement of a new school year, making new friends, and learning many new things when transitioning into a new grade.

10. “Cold Wind In August” by Van Morrison

“Cold Wind In August” by Van Morrison

Song year: 1977

“Cold Wind In August” is the story of two lovers waiting for one another on an unusually low-temperature day in one of the hottest months of the year. The song narrator sings to his lover that he waited for her while it was raining outside which caused him to come down with a fever. Unfortunately, he could not return to see her because of falling ill.

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