Songs of the Summer 1985-2012

Hot weather plus nostalgia makes for a potent mix(tape). In order to aid your festive flashbacks, we analyzed the Billboard Hot 100 chart for each of the past 28 years and came up with this definitive list of the 10 jams that pumped out of your stereo most between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Crank up these hits and feel the heat.

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These hot tunes are ranked based on each track's performance on the Billboard Hot 100 chart during the summer. For the period of 1985 to 1991, prior to the advent of Nielsen BDS radio monitoring data and Nielsen SoundScan point-of-sales data, the rankings are based on an inverse point system, with weeks at No. 1 earning the greatest value and weeks at No. 100 earning the least. For the years corresponding with Nielsen Music data, 1992 to 2012, the rankings are based on accumulated radio and sales points, and points from other data sets that were included in the Hot 100 during those respective years.

JUMP TO: 1985-1993 | 1994 - 2003 | 2004 - 2012

1985

1. "Shout" - Tears For Fears
2. "Everytime You Go Away" - Paul Young
3. "The Power Of Love" - Huey Lewis & The News
4. "A View To A Kill" - Duran Duran
5. "Sussudio" - Phil Collins
6. "If You Love Somebody Set Them Free" - Sting
7 . "Raspberry Beret" - Prince and the Revolution
8. "St. Elmo's Fire (Man In Motion)" - John Parr
9. "Heaven" - Bryan Adams
10. "Never Surrender" - Corey Hart

1986

1. "Papa Don't Preach" - Madonna
2. "Glory Of Love" - Peter Cetera
3. "Sledgehammer" - Peter Gabriel
4. "There'll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry)" - Billy Ocean
5. "Invisible Touch" - Genesis
6. "On My Own" - Patti LaBelle & Michael McDonald
7. "Higher Love" - Steve Winwood
8. "Holding Back The Years" - Simply Red
9. "Venus" - Bananarama
10. "Mad About You" - Belinda Carlisle

1987

1. "Alone" - Heart
2. "I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)" - Whitney Houston
3. "Shakedown" - Bob Seger
4. "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" - U2
5. "La Bamba" - Los Lobos
6. "I Want Your Sex" - George Michael
7. "Who's That Girl" - Madonna
8. "Head To Toe" - Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam feat. Full Force
9. "Heart And Soul" - T'Pau
10. "Only In My Dreams" - Debbie Gibson

1988

1. "Roll With It" - Steve Winwood
2. "The Flame" - Cheap Trick
3. "Hold On To The Nights" - Richard Marx
4. "Monkey" - George Michael
5. "Pour Some Sugar On Me" - Def Leppard
6. "Hands To Heaven" - Breathe
7. "Sweet Child O' Mine" - Guns N' Roses
8. "Make Me Lose Control" - Eric Carmen
9. "I Don't Wanna Go On With You Like That" - Elton John
10. "Foolish Beat" - Debbie Gibson

1989

1. "Right Here Waiting" - Richard Marx
2. "Toy Soldiers" - Martika
3. "Cold Hearted" - Paula Abdul
4. "If You Don't Know Me By Now" - Simply Red
5. "Batdance" - Prince
6. "On Our Own" - Bobby Brown
7. "Baby Don't Forget My Number" - Milli Vanilli
8. "Good Thing" - Fine Young Cannibals
9. "Don't Wanna Lose You" - Gloria Estefan
10. "So Alive" - Love And Rockets

1990

1. "Vision Of Love" - Mariah Carey
2. "Step By Step" - New Kids On The Block
3. "She Ain't Worth It" - Glen Medeiros feat. Bobby Brown
4. "Cradle Of Love" - Billy Idol
5. "It Must Have Been Love" - Roxette
6. "If Wishes Came True" - Sweet Sensation
7. "Hold On" - En Vogue
8. "The Power" - Snap
9. "Rub You The Right Way" - Johnny Gill
10. "Unskinny Bop" - Poison

1991

1. "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You" - Bryan Adams
2. "Rush Rush" - Paula Abdul
3. "Unbelievable" - EMF
4. "I Wanna Sex You Up" - Color Me Badd
5. "Right Here, Right Now" - Jesus Jones
6. "Every Heartbeat" - Amy Grant
7. "It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over" - Lenny Kravitz
8. "Summertime" - DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
9. "P.A.S.S.I.O.N." - Rhythm Syndicate
10. "Fading Like A Flower (Every Time You Leave)" - Roxette

1992

1. "Baby Got Back" - Sir Mix-A-Lot
2. "End Of The Road" - Boyz II Men
3. "Baby-Baby-Baby" - TLC
4. "I'll Be There" - Mariah Carey
5. "Under The Bridge" - Red Hot Chili Peppers
6. "Achy Breaky Heart" - Billy Ray Cyrus
7. "Just Another Day" - Jon Secada
8. "This Used To Be My Playground" - Madonna
9. "Life Is A Highway" - Tom Cochrane
10. "November Rain" - Guns N' Roses

1993

1. "Can't Help Falling In Love" - UB40
2. "Whoomp! (There It Is)" - Tag Team
3. "Weak" - SWV
4. "That's The Way Love Goes" - Janet Jackson
5. "Lately" - Jodeci
6. "Knockin' Da Boots" - H-Town
7. "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" - The Proclaimers
8. "Show Me Love" - Robin S.
9. "Slam" - Onyx
10. "I'll Never Get Over You (Getting Over Me)" - Expose

NEXT: 1994 - 2003

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