The "song of the summer" is an elusive thing — it is always a mystery which song will rise to the top of the charts in the sticky heat of the summertime. The perfect summer jam must be catchy enough to function as a drunken sing-along, but chill enough to blast outside at a pool party. A good summer jam has "the range," and can be played all summer long without getting old.
Here is a list of our favorite summer jams (and runner-ups) from the last ten years for your BBQ-ing pleasure. Some were actually the "songs of the summer" for that particular year; others honestly should have been!
2006: "Hips Don't Lie" by Shakira
If this song doesn't bring you right back to the high school house parties where you got wasted off two Mike's Hard Lemonades, I don't know what to tell you.
Runner-up: "Ridin'" by Chamillionaire
2007: "Don't Matter" by Akon
Did you roll off to senior prom blasting this out the windows of a stretch Escalade? Of course you did.
"Crank That (Soulja Boy)" by Soulja Boy
2008: "Lollipop" by Lil' Wayne
Summer of 2008 was all about Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter III."
Runner-up: "I Kissed a Girl" by Katy Perry
2009: "Party in the U.S.A." by Miley Cyrus
Remember when Cyrus sang, "So I put my hands up, they're playin' my song" and she was referring to a Jay-Z song, not a Beyoncé song? Oh, how times have changed.
Runner-up: "Best I Ever Had" by Drake
2010: "California Gurls" by Katy Perry
Let me guess: you loathed this song in June, then loved it come August.
Runner-up: "OMG" by Usher
2011: "Super Bass" by Nicki Minaj
"Super Bass" was destined to be a iconic summer jam.
Runner-up: "Give me Everything" by Pitbull ft. NeYo, Afrojack, and Nayer
2012: "Call Me Maybe" by Carly Rae Jepsen
The INESCAPABLE song of summer 2012.
Runner-up: "Mercy" by Kanye West ft. Big Sean, Pusha T, and 2Chainz
2015: "Trap Queen" by Fetty Wap
You're still not sick of this summer jam from last year, for reasons that exceed your understanding.
Runner-up: "Post To Be" by Omarion ft. Chris Brown and Jhene Aiko