With Independence Day now squarely in the rearview, this year’s Songs Of The Summer chart — based on cumulative performance on the weekly Billboard Hot 100 chart from Memorial Day to Labor Day — is (ahem) heating up, with a handful of worthy contenders battling over the crown for this season’s most indelible anthem. Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” is currently in the lead after topping the Hot 100 chart for a fourth consecutive week, while competitors like Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky,” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Can’t Hold Us” and Ariana Grande’s “The Way” are all vying for Song Of The Summer glory.
As we keep an eye on the 2013 Songs Of The Summer tally, let’s take a moment to look back at the last decade in heatwave hits — which is possible with Billboard’s Summer Songs rankings, which breaks down the Top 10 tunes of each summer from 1985 to 2012. Over the last 10 years, an exclusive number of singles have captured our hearts, dominated pop radio and earned the “Song Of The Summer” honor for their respective year. From Beyonce’s first solo single to Rihanna opening up her umbrella to LMFAO inviting us to shuffle alongside them, the past decade in summer songs has been ripe with unforgettable hits. Now, only one question remains — which recent “Song Of The Summer” is your favorite?
Vote now in the poll below to tell us which official Song Of The Summer, from 2003 to 2012, is the most iconic jam that you blasted from Memorial Day to Labor Day:
Over the past 10 years, the Song Of The Summer has been won by multiple pop divas, some complete unknowns and only two non-solo artists. Katy Perry earned the crown in 2008 with her debut Hot 100 entry “I Kissed A Girl” — a feat that wasn’t repeated until 2012, when Carly Rae Jepsen stormed the summer with “Call Me Maybe.” While a handful of recent summer songs were all-star collaborations (Beyonce & Jay-Z’s “Crazy In Love,” Katy Perry & Snoop Dogg’s “California Gurls,” Nelly Furtado & Timbaland’s “Promiscuous”), artists like Mariah Carey, Usher and the Black Eyed Peas have shone bright on their own.
The past 10 summers have featured some dazzling pop moments — but only one song can earn your vote. Choose now, and defend your decision in the comments below!