Chart Watch Extra: Rewinding “Songs of the Summer” 2000-2013

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Paul Grein
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Mariah Carey

, Katy Perry and Jay Z must love summer. These three artists have each had the biggest song of the summer twice. Carey led in 1990 with her debut hit, "Vision Of Love," and in 2005 with her comeback smash, "We Belong Together." Perry was on top in 2008 with her debut hit, "I Kissed A Girl," and again two years later with "California Gurls," her popsicle-melting collabo with Snoop Dogg. Jay Z was featured on both Beyonce's solo debut hit, "Crazy In Love" (2003), and Rihanna's "Umbrella" (2007).

Billboard has gone back to 1985 and ranked the Songs of the Summer based on each song's performance on the Hot 100 between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Yesterday, we looked at the #1 Songs of the Summer from 1985 through 1999. (If you missed it, here's a link.)

Today, we'll conclude our sweep through time by looking at #1 Song of the Summer for each of the past 14 years. I show which won Grammys and/or Moonmen at the MTV Music Awards.

2000: "Bent" by Matchbox Twenty. This hit #1 on July 22 for one week. It's the only rock song (since 1985, anyway) to wind up as the #1 Song of the Summer.


2001: "Let Me Blow Ya Mind" by Eve featuring Gwen Stefani. This is the only #1 Song of the Summer that never reached #1 on the weekly charts. (It peaked at #2 on Aug. 18.) This was the second collaboration of top female stars in four years to wind up as the #1 Song of the Summer. (Brandy & Monica were on top in 1998.) The hip-hop jam won the first Grammy ever awarded for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. It also won a Moonman for Best Female Video.


2002: "Hot In Herre" by Nelly. This lusty smash hit #1 on June 29 and remained there for seven weeks. It won a Grammy for Best Male Rap Solo Performance. Pharrell Williams, who would go on to be featured on the #1 Song of the Summer for 2013, co-wrote this song. In the video, a woman has the title of Nelly's album, "Nellyville," covering the rear of her short-shorts. Now that's what I call product placement.


2003: "Crazy In Love" by Beyonce featuring Jay Z. This turbo-charged smash hit #1 on July 12 and stayed there for eight weeks. It won two Grammys (Best R&B Song and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration) and three Moonmen (Best Female Video, Best R&B Video and Best Choreography). The collabo turned out so well, Beyonce and Jay Z were married in April 2008.


2004: "Confessions Part II" by Usher. This R&B ballad hit #1 on July 24 and stayed there for two weeks. It was the third consecutive #1 hit from Usher's blockbuster album, "Confessions."


2005: "We Belong Together" by Mariah Carey. This elegant ballad hit #1 on June 4 and remained there for 14 non-consecutive weeks—longer than any other song that year. It won Grammys for Best R&B Song and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. The song gives name-checks to Bobby Womack and Babyface.


2006: "Promiscuous" by Nelly Furtado featuring Timbaland. This flirtatious jam hit #1 on July 8 and stayed there for six weeks. Justin Timberlake and Keri Hilson have cameos in the video. The song gives a name-check to Steve Nash, who was the NBA's MVP for 2005 and 2006.


2007: "Umbrella" by Rihanna featuring Jay Z. Rihanna was 19 when this song was a smash. She was the fourth teenager to wind up with the #1 Song of the Summer, following Brandy & Monica and Christina Aguilera. "Umbrella" hit #1 on June 9 and stayed there for seven weeks. It won a Grammy for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration and two Moonmen: Video of the Year and Monster Single of the Year. Gwyneth Paltrow led the "Glee" cast in a medley of "Umbrella" and another pop classic that involves an umbrella—Gene Kelly's "Singin' In The Rain." That medley made the top 20 in 2010. Taylor Swift "bubbled under" the chart with her version of "Umbrella" in 2008.


2008: "I Kissed A Girl" by Katy Perry. This smash, which clocks in at just 2:58, is the shortest #1 Song of the Summer. The song hit #1 on July 5 and stayed there for seven weeks. It was Perry's first Hot 100 hit. Ke$ha, who was still 18 months away from her breakthrough with "TiK ToK," plays a small role in the video. Jill Sobule's song with the same title was also a summer song, though of a lesser magnitude. It peaked at #67 in July 1995.


2009: "I Gotta Feeling" by the Black Eyed Peas. This optimistic song hit #1 on July 11 and stayed there for 14 weeks—longer than any other song that year. It won a Grammy for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. It's the best-selling song in digital history, according to Nielsen SoundScan. I might add that this is the only #1 Song of the Summer that includes the Jewish phrases "Mazel tov" and "l'chaim."


2010: "California Gurls" by Katy Perry featuring Snoop Dogg. This playful collabo hit #1 on June 19 and stayed there for six weeks. It wound up as the best-selling song of the entire year. The song ends with an homage to the Beach Boys's "California Girls," which was one of the Songs of the Summer for 1965. (It peaked at #3 in July on Aug. 28.)


2011: "Party Rock Anthem" by LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett & GoonRock. This smash is the only #1 Song of the Summer to have the word "party" right in its title. It hit #1 on Aug. 27 and stayed there for six weeks. LMFAO was the third duo (not counting collaborations) to have the #1 Song of the Summer, following Tears for Fears and Los Del Rio.


2012: "Call Me Maybe" by Carly Rae Jepsen. This flirty pop smash hit #1 on June 23 and stayed there for nine weeks. Jepsen was the third Canadian artist to wind up with the #1 Song of the Summer, following Bryan Adams and Nelly Furtado. This was her first Hot 100 hit. The twist ending in the video (the object of her affection turns out to be gay) borrows from a similar twist ending in the 1981 video for Olivia Newton-John's "Physical" (when the idea was edgier.)


2013: "Blurred Lines" by Robin Thicke featuring T.I. + Pharrell. This sexy smash hit #1 on June 22 and stayed there for 12 weeks—longer than any other song that year. It wound up as the best-selling song of the entire year. But it didn't win the fan-voted Best Song of the Summer award at the MTV Awards. It lost to One Direction's "Best Song Ever." (I demand a recount!) This was the first all-male collaboration to wind up as the #1 Song of the Summer. The song was inspired by Marvin Gaye's "Got To Give It Up (Pt. I)," which was one of the Songs of the Summer for 1977. It hit #1 on June 25.