School’s Out For The Summer: Best Summer Hits From The Past Twenty-five Years

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By Jordy Altman

Summer is special for a lot of reasons: the weather, the freedom, the recreation — but most importantly — the hits.

With so many singles competing to define everyone’s favorite golden season is no easy task.

However, there are some songs that stand the test of time and deserve to top the charts.

Here is our list of the Best Summer Hits From The Past 25 Years.

2014
Iggy Azalea – “Fancy”
The new electro-hop hit with enough sass, finger snaps, and bourgeois synthesizer to last us a flight from LA to Tokyo.

2013
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Ft. Wanz – “Thrift Shop”
Nothing gets you pumped for a hot, sweaty, summer like a looping cornet melody and your granddad’s clothes.

2012
Carly Rae Jepsen – “Call Me Maybe”
CRJ disguised a disco hit as a dance-pop-rock-song and America ate it up without batting an eye.

2011
LMFAO Ft. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock – “Party Rock Anthem”
One part electro-house, two parts hip-hop, a shot of sardonic acid-house, shake well, and pour over a dance-pop dusted rocks glass. Serve immediately and often.

2010
Rihanna - “Rude Boy”
The peak of dirty, ugly, rude dance floor theme songs sung by beautiful women.

2009
The Black Eyed Peas - “Boom Boom Pow”
An electro-club hit from the year 3008 that features rapid-fire raps from a quartet that looks remarkably like Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s children [http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-YOeegWQ6U4o/TdzsJt8q-3I/AAAAAAAAAnk/tPLc2rJbqEg/s400/blackkids.png].

2008
Katy Perry - “I Kissed A Girl”
A new-wave pop-rock anthem with hot and heavy electric guitars and subtle traces of sexual experimentation.

2007
Rihanna Ft. Jay-Z – “Umbrella”
Jay-Z sets the backdrop for Rihanna’s hi-hat hip-hop hymn that somehow turned “umbrella” into an eleven syllable word.

2006
Justin Timberlake – “SexyBack”
Sexy went away and Justin Timberlake brought it back.

2005
Gwen Stefani – “Hollaback Girl”
Gwen Stefani hired the cheerleading squad from Toni Basil’s “Mickey” and flew them to Japan to record her edgy, pop-hop Summer hit.

2004
Usher Ft. Ludacris & Lil’ Jon – “Yeah!”
The monster Crunk&B club hit that made it socially acceptable to say “Yeah!” again.

2003
Outkast - “Hey Ya!”
The acoustic driven hip-hop anthem that encouraged everybody to shake their ass like a piece of outdated photography technology.

2002
Nelly - “Hot In Herre”
You can no longer say, “It’s getting hot in here” without somebody suggesting that you take your clothes off, and we have Nelly to thank for that.

2001
Shaggy Ft. Rikrok-“It Wasn’t Me”
Jamaican-American reggae rock about cheating on your girlfriend that topped the charts and stole America’s heart.

2000
Destiny’s Child - “Say My Name”
Beyonce leads TLC in a hip-hop soul search about her man cheating on her… Maybe she was dating Shaggy at the time?

1999
Ricky Martin - “Livin’ La Vida Loca”
Ricky Martin enlisted dozens of horns and one funky bass line to cap off the old millennium and ring in a new era of Latin Pop hits.

1998
Brandy & Monica – “The Boy Is Mine”
Back when duets really meant something, Brandy and Monica visited the studio to lay down a smooth R&B beat and argue over which of them was really dating Shaggy.

1997
Puff Daddy Ft. Faith Evans & 112 – “I’ll Be Missing You”
A moving rap, hip-hop, R&B ballad from Puff Daddy dedicated in the memory of his recently murdered friend and collaborator, The Notorious B.I.G.

1996
Spice Girls – “Wannabe”
Throngs of Girl Power hungry dance/rappers finally had an anthem.

1995
TLC – “Waterfalls”
More female lead hip-hop ballads for those hot Summer days when you want to reminisce about the violent street crime scene of the 90s.

1994
Ace of Base – “The Sign”
Bubblegum Europop from the Swedes that cannot be unstuck from your head.

1993
Tag Team – Whoomp There It Is
Old-school 90s hip-hop that took the sweaty, thumping bass from Miami’s hottest clubs to your favorite sporting event.

1992
Sir Mix A Lot - “Baby Got Back”
Wackadee shmackadee! Comedy rap breaks into the scene at #1 and instantly became a karaoke staple.

1991
Color Me Badd - “I Wanna Sex You Up”
Classic house-funk to blast from your boom box. Remember, the louder you play your music, the better you are at sex.

1990
Technotronic - “Pump Up The Jam”
Nobody knew what to do with their jams before this ripping hip-house blockbuster appeared on the scene. Jams would never be the same.

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