The “song of the summer” phenomenon is an annual treat for us at AMP. There’s an amazing cycle that happens. First, you long for the song to come on the radio. Maybe you buy the single. You put it on a summer mix tape and give it to your seasonal sweetheart. Then it starts getting a little overplayed. Then you can’t stand it. Then, months later, you hear it out of the blue in the dead of winter and it’s like a summer breeze rustling through your hair. It reminds you of cold drinks, hot pool decks, and sunburns. Here’s a blast from summers past: the top songs of summer from the last 10 years. Do these bring back memories of summer romance?

2011: “Party Rock Anthem” – LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock

2010: “California Gurls” – Katy Perry featuring Snoop Dogg

2009: “Boom Boom Pow” –  The Black Eyed Peas

2008:  “I Kissed a Girl” – Katy Perry

2007:  “Umbrella” – Rihanna featuring Jay-Z

2006: “Promiscuous” – Nelly Furtado featuring Timbaland

2005: “We Belong Together” – Mariah Carey

2004: “Burn” –  Usher

2003: “Crazy in Love” – Beyoncé featuring Jay-Z

2002: “Hot in Herre” – Nelly


-Robyn Luttrell, CBS Local


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