Chart Watch Extra: The Biggest Songs Of Summer
If music is the soundtrack of our lives, that's especially true in the summer. The radio is a constant companion at backyard barbeques, pool parties and road trips. You'll probably always associate "Umbrella" by Rihanna featuring Jay-Z with the summer of 2007, just as, if you're old enough, you'll link the Emotions' "Best Of My Love" with the summer of 1977.
Now that summer is upon us, it's a good time to scroll back through the biggest songs of summers past. These are the songs that logged the most weeks at #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 during the summer months of every year since 1955. These are the songs that you heard over and over at the beach or on vacation or on that endless ride to Grandma's house.
Elvis Presley had the biggest song of the summer three times, more than any other artist. He scored with "Hound Dog"/"Don't Be Cruel" in 1956, "(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear" in 1957 and "It's Now Or Never" in 1960. Six artists had (or shared) the #1 song of the summer twice. These hit-makers are Rihanna, Jay-Z, Mariah Carey, Usher, Andy Gibb and Paul Anka.
What's the biggest summer song of all time? You can make a good case for The Police's "Every Breath You Take," which was the #1 summer song of 1983 and was sampled in Puff Daddy's "I'll Be Missing You," the #1 summer song of 1997.
Fourteen of the biggest songs of summer since 1955 have come from the movies. The link was strongest from 1980 to 2000, when 10 of the #1 songs of the summer sprang from the big screen.
Only once has the #1 song of the summer had the word "summer" in the title. That was the Lovin' Spoonful's 1966 classic "Summer In The City." One other time, the #1 song of the summer by an artist whose last name was Summer. Pause and remember the great Donna Summer when you reach 1979.
Here are the songs that logged the most weeks at #1 in each summer (June 21 through Sept. 20) dating back to 1955. Grab the sun-screen. It's time to relive the summers of your life.