Every summer, the weather gets hotter and so do the songs that artists release.
In the car, at the mall, or at the beach, there’s always going to be that one song blasting louder than the others. So, while we wait to see what 2019’s song of the summer is, let’s reflect on the songs of the summer from the past 15 years!
Check them out below.
2004: Usher ft. Lil Jon & Ludacris – “Yeah!”
“Yeah!,” the 2004 song of the summer, held the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for 12 weeks until it was replaced by another Usher single, “Burn.” Peace up, A-Town down.
2005: Mariah Carey – “We Belong Together”
The 2005 song of the summer was Mariah Carey’s “We Belong Together.” The song was the second longest running number one song in U.S. chart history and even went triple platinum.
2006: Nelly Furtado ft. Timbaland – “Promiscuous”
Nelly Furtado switched things up after her hit song “I’m Like A Bird.” Her 2006 hip-hop track, “Promiscuous (feat. Timbaland),” became the 2006 summer jam. It topped all of the charts and is still often played today. Am I throwing you off? Nope. Didn’t think so.
2007: Rihanna ft. Jay-Z – “Umbrella”
The 2007 song of the summer was damp. Rihanna’s “Umbrella” topped the Billboard Hot 100 for seven weeks in a row. Rihanna went on to win a Grammy for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration with “Umbrella.”
2008: Katy Perry – “I Kissed A Girl”
In 2008 Katy Perry’s hit “I Kissed A Girl” held the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for seven weeks and has sold over four million copies worldwide.
2009: The Black Eyed Peas – “I Gotta Feeling”
The Black Eyed Peas ruled 2009. “Boom Boom Pow” was the top song on the Billboard Hot 100 for 12 weeks from April to July, but then, “I Gotta Feeling” was released and was the top song on the Billboard Hot 100 for 14 weeks from July to October.
2010: Katy Perry ft. Snoop Dogg – “California Gurls”
In 2010, Katy Perry and Snoop Dogg teamed up to make a catchy summer pop jam. “California Gurls” sat at the top of the charts in both June and July. Even if you don’t like the song, you know the music video is iconic.
2011: LMFAO ft Lauren Bennett & GoonRock – “Party Rock Anthem”
The 2011 song of the summer belonged to LMFAO. “Party Rock Anthem” was released in January, but stayed shuffling on the chats for a mind-blowing 68 weeks. Peaking in July and August, party rock WAS in the house, alright.
2012: Carly Rae Jepsen – “Call Me Maybe”
In 2012, Canadian gal Carly Rae Jepsen released “Call Me Maybe.” The song blew up right away, and with an insanely catchy chorus and tons of parodies and lip-sync videos, the song still has us saying “Where you think you’re going, baby?”
2013: Robin Thicke ft. T.I. & Pharrell – “Blurred Lines”
Everybody get up… Robin Thicke’s controversial hit “Blurred Lines” was the top song of the summer in 2013. Before the derailment of his success after the lawsuit on behalf of Marvin Gaye’s estate and the outrage of the songs offensive lyrics, the song was still the top Billboard Hot 100 hit for 12 weeks.
2014: Iggy Azalea ft. Charlie XCX – “Fancy”
Australian rapper Iggy Azalea dominated the charts in 2014 with her hit song “Fancy,” The song held the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for seven weeks. The music video, inspired by the 1995 film Clueless has over 924 Million views! She dropped this and the whole world felt it!
2015: OMI – “Cheerleader”
When I need motivation… OMI stepped on the scene and completely took over. In 2015, “Cheerleader” took over the charts.
2016: Drake ft. WizKid and Kyla – “One Dance”
In 2016, Drake captivated audiences with “One Dance.” Not only was it the song of the summer, but it was also the most listened to song on Spotify.
2017: Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber – “Despacito”
The song of the summer in 2017 even made non-Spanish speakers sing along. The track was the top Billboard Hot 100 song the ENTIRE summer in 2017, all the way from May 27th to September 9th.
2018: Drake – “In My Feelings”
Released in July, Drake’s “In My Feelings” controlled the summer all across the world. Breaking the record for the most single-week streams at 116 million, the song stayed at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 for 10 weeks. Not only that, but it also started the viral “Keke” challenge. So, Keke… do you love me?
Listen to all these songs on our Throwback: Songs of the Summer Spotify playlist below!