The Soundtracks of Summer 1985 – 2013

By Amy Klinger


Summer seems to tap the nostalgic side in all of us. And few things can bring back memories of past picnics in the park, breezy beach days, and firefly nights quite so vividly as the songs that were in constant rotation on the radio at the time.

So we thought it would be fun to do a roundup of Billboard’s #1 summer songs from 1985 – 2013. How many do you remember? Which are your favorites? Is there a particular place you associate with any of the songs? We double-dog dare you not to get one of these stuck in your head the rest of the day.

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” – UB40

1994: “I Swear” – All-4-One

1995: “Waterfalls” – TLC

1996: “Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)” – Los Del Rio

1997: “I’ll Be Missing You” – Puff Daddy & Faith Evans, feat. 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, feat. Gwen Stefani

2002: “Hot in Here” – Nelly

2003: “Crazy in Love” – Beyonce, feat. Jay-Z

2004: “Confessions, Part II” – Usher

2005: “We Belong Together” – Mariah Carey

2006: “Promiscuous” – Nelly Furtado, feat. Timbaland

2007: “Umbrella” – Rihanna, feat. Jay-Z

2008: “I Kissed a Girl” – Katy Perry

2009: “I Gotta Feeling” – The Black Eyed Peas

2010: “California Gurls” – Katy Perry, feat. Snoop Dogg

2011: “Party Rock Anthem” – LMFAO, feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock

2012: “Call Me Maybe” – Carly Rae Jepsen

2013: “Blurred Lines” – Robin Thicke

This summer’s #1 song is still to be determined, but as of this writing, it’s “Rude” by MAGIC!

So, grab a Keurig® Brew Over Ice beverage and let’s get rockin’! 

Want a full walk down memory lane? Check out Billboard’s list of the Top 10 songs for each of these summers at:


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