The #1 Summer Hits of the 2000s
Throughout the past 12 summers (2000-2011), there have been quite a few songs that dominated the charts like they owned them. This list contains the songs that held the #1 spot on the Billboard Pop Charts for the most amount of weeks during the summer. That said, some songs began their chokehold on the #1 position during the spring, while others held on until the fall. I consider summer to be from the last week in May until the first week of September. This may not be technically correct, but I've never met anyone who considered September 19th to be a summer day.
Songs that held the #1 spot for one or two weeks are not listed here. Three weeks was the bare minimum. Lots of ties for position. Seeing songs tie up the top position for most of the summer makes me wonder if people really don't get bored of a song anymore or whether Clear Channel really has dwindled our choices down to a few.
In any event, here's the list of fabulous songs that should bring back those summer memories for anyone who still owns a radio or pays attention to popular song.
There are 28 in all.
28) London Bridge -- Fergie (2006) (3 weeks): Rolling Stone magazine called this song a total ripoff of "Hollaback Girl," by Gwen Stefani, while others said it sounded like "Galang" by M.I.A. Considering how few pop music fans enjoy the Twelve-Tone method, I'd say they like stuff that sounds alike. That's what good about it. Though I've noticed all music I don't like sounds exactly the same to me.
27) Lean Back -- Terror Squad (2004) (3 weeks): As you'll soon see, having a #1 song for 3 weeks isn't all that big of a deal. I mean, it's a big deal, but it's nowhere near the record. Fat Joe and Remy Ma worked together with Scott Storch on this and won an Award from The Source, a well-respected Hip-Hop periodical, and were nominated for a Grammy. It took the summer to reach #1.
26) Fallin' -- Alicia Keys (2001) (3 weeks): The song won three Grammy Awards. Not bad for an artist's first single from her debut album. Sometimes I think some artists have a little more money put into their promotional budgets than others. But this is just a hunch.
25) Be With You -- Enrique Inglesias (2000) (3 weeks): Well, it's no "Tonight (I'm F****** You)," but "Be With You" was written by Inglesias and the team that gave Cher "Believe," so it's got a pedigree of sorts. It was his second #1 hit single in the U.S, proving that if he sang in English, he could win over the hearts and minds of people who failed high school Spanish forever.
24) Doesn't Really Matter -- Janet Jackson (2000) (3 weeks): Ah, yes, a song from the soundtrack to the 2000 film, Nutty Professor II: The Klumps, in which Jackson co-starred with Eddie "Party All The Time" Murphy. This feels like years ago. Because it was!