Billboard Names the Hits of Each Summer 1985 to 2015

by VVN Music

Every year, Billboard tracks the hits of the summer months to determine their annual "Song of Summer".

In the past, they've kicked off the summer months by ranking all of the hits going back to the 50's but, for 2016, they have decided to list the biggest hits of each summer from 1985 to last year.

It really is a trip back through recent times to see the records that became the ear worm of each season. Of note are the number of records that could be considered "novelty" or one-off oddities including Baby Got Back, Macarena and Party Rock Anthem.

Also interesting is that vast variety of artists on the list. Only two have repeated, Mariah Carey in 1990 and 2005 and Katy Perry in 2008 and 2010. Jay-Z is also on their twice but, in both cases, in the featured artist position (2003 for Benyonce and 2007 for Rihanna).

The Song of Summer for the last thirty years:
  • 1985 - 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
As for this year, we'll know in September.

The top tens from each year can be seen at Billboard's site.

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