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Summer Songs 1958-2019: The Top 10 Tunes of Each Summer

Clockwise from top left: Madonna, Beyonce, Nelly, Drake, Carly Rae Jepsen & Usher
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Clockwise from top left: Madonna, Beyonce, Nelly, Drake, Carly Rae Jepsen & Usher

Check out over 60 years of the biggest summer songs on the Hot 100, from "Papa Don't Preach" to "Macarena" to "Old Town Road."

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 year dating back to the chart's 1958 launch. Here's the definitive list of the top 10 jams each summer that pumped out of your stereo most between Memorial Day and Labor Day; crank up these hits and feel the heat.

These hot tunes are ranked based on each track's performance on the Billboard Hot 100 chart during the summer. For the period of 1991 and before, prior to the advent of Nielsen Music radio monitoring and 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 onward, 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.

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1. "When Doves Cry" – Prince
2. "Ghostbusters" – Ray Parker Jr.
3. "What’s Love Got To Do With It" – Tina Turner
4. "Dancing In The Dark” – Bruce Springsteen
5. "Stuck On You" – Lionel Richie
6. "Jump (For My Love)” – The Pointer Sisters
7. "The Reflex" – Duran Duran
8. "State Of Shock" – The Jacksons
9. "Eyes Without A Face" – Billy Idol
10. "Missing You" – John Waite

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

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1. "One Dance" - Drake feat. WizKid & Kyla
2. "Can't Stop The Feeling!" - Justin Timberlake
3. "Don't Let Me Down" - The Chainsmokers feat. Daya
4. "Cheap Thrills" - Sia feat. Sean Paul
5. "This Is What You Came For" - Calvin Harris feat. Rihanna
6. "Panda" - Desiigner
7. "Needed Me" - Rihanna
8. "Ride" - Twenty One Pilots
9. "Work From Home" - Fifth Harmony feat. Ty Dolla $ign
10. "Send My Love (To Your New Lover)" - Adele

2017

1. "Despacito" - Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber
2. "That's What I Like" - Bruno Mars
3. "I'm the One" - DJ Khaled feat. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance The Rapper & Lil Wayne
4. "Wild Thoughts" - DJ Khaled feat. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller
5. "Shape of You" - Ed Sheeran
6. "Believer" - Imagine Dragons
7. "Humble." - Kendrick Lamar
8. "Unforgettable" - French Montana feat. Swae Lee
9. "Body Like a Back Road" - Sam Hunt
10. "Congratulations" - Post Malone feat. Quavo

2018

1. "In My Feelings" - Drake
2. "I Like It" - Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin
3. "Girls Like You" - Maroon 5 feat. Cardi B
4. "Nice for What" - Drake
5. "Lucid Dreams" - Juice WRLD
6. "Psycho" - Post Malone feat. Ty Dolla $ign
7. "Boo'd Up" - Ella Mai
8. "No Tears Left to Cry" - Ariana Grande
9. "God's Plan" - Drake
10. "Better Now" - Post Malone

2019

1. "Old Town Road" - Lil Nas X feat. Billy Ray Cyrus
2. "Bad Guy" - Billie Eilish
3. "Talk" - Khalid
4. "I Don't Care" - Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber
5. "Truth Hurts" - Lizzo
6. "Senorita" - Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello
7. "Sucker" - Jonas Brothers
8. "Sunflower (Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse)" - Post Malone & Swae Lee
9. "No Guidance" - Chris Brown feat. Drake
10. "Suge" - DaBaby