If You’re Tracking This “Song of the Summer” Nonsense…

I hate it when someone tells me what song should be associated with a certain event, time period or experience. Yet chart nerds are always ready to tell us what song most exemplifies the zeitgeist of a summer.

Billboard has ranked all the songs that performed the best chart-wise for every summer reaching back to 1985. How many of these songs are still on any of your playlists? (Via VVN)

  • 985 – Shout – Tears for Fears
  • 1986 – Papa Don’t Preach – Madonna
  • 1987 – Alone – Heart
  • 1988 – Roll With It – Steve Winwood
  • 1989 – Right Here Waiting – Richard Marx
  • 1990 – Vision of Love – Mariah Carey
  • 1991 – (Everything I Do) I Do It For You – Bryan Adams
  • 1992 – Baby Got Back – Sir Mix-a-Lot
  • 1993 – Can’t Help Falling in Love With You – UB40
  • 1994 – I Swear – All-4-One
  • 1995 – Waterfalls – TLC
  • 1996 – Macarena (Bayside Boys Remix) – Los Del Rio
  • 1997 – I’ll Be Missing You – Puff Daddy & Faith Evans Featuring 112
  • 1998 – The Boy is Mine – Brandy & Monica
  • 1999 – Genie in a Bottle – Christina Aguilera
  • 2000 – Bent – Matchbox Twenty
  • 2001 – Let Me Blow Ya Mind – Eve Featuring Gwen Stefani
  • 2002 – Hot in Here – Nelly
  • 2003 – Crazy in Love – Beyonce Featuring Jay-Z
  • 2004 – Confessions Part II – Usher
  • 2005 – We Belong Together – Mariah Carey
  • 2006 – Promiscuous – Nelly Furtado Featuring Timbaland
  • 2007 – Umbrella – Rihanna Featuring Jay-Z
  • 2008 – I Kissed a Girl – Katy Perry
  • 2009 – I Gotta Feeling – Black Eyed Peas
  • 2010 – California Gurls – Katy Perry Featuring Snoop Dogg
  • 2011 – Party Rock Anthem – LMFAO Featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock
  • 2012 – Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen
  • 2013 – Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke
  • 2014 – Fancy – Iggy Azalea Featuring Charli XCX
  • 2015 – Cheerleader – OMI

So what song will make it for 2016? Amazon has a few ideas.

Alan Cross

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2 thoughts on “If You’re Tracking This “Song of the Summer” Nonsense…

  • June 7, 2016 at 8:57 am
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    Nope and nope and … well Nope for all and i only recognized a couple from the 80’s. Which i’ll take as a good sign.,

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  • June 7, 2016 at 10:10 am
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    Matchbox 20 – Bent only song from this list that probably would have ever made it onto a playlist…and I think still is actually

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