Every summer needs a theme tune, and each year pop music lovers passionately debate which single will earn the distinction of being named the Song of the Summer! In our eyes, this honor is wayyyy better than a Grammy. Record sales and official charts factor into it, but that’s definitely not all it takes to earn the exclusive title. These feel-awesome anthems have to permeate every avenue of our existence, playing seemingly at every moment, everywhere we go, during everything we do. Ordinarily that sounds like torture, but we’re too busy dancing to care. A true summer song is just THAT good! The polls are still open on this year’s song (*cough* “What rhymes with ‘Hug me’?” *cough*), but we’ve decided to take a look back the best summer jams from the past 15 years. Head down below and relive them all, and then vote on your ultimate favorite! These hot hits will keep you warm all winter long…
1998: “The Boy Is Mine” by Brandy & Monica
The female response to MJ and McCartney‘s (fairly lame) Thriller face-off “The Girl Is Mine,” this track became one of the biggest hits of the decade, arriving at number one at the beginning of June and staying there until September!
1999: “Genie In A Bottle” by Christina Aguilera
Those bright days of ’99 yeilded WAY too many songs competing for the song of the summer title. Smash Mouth‘s “All Star” and Ricky Martin‘s “Livin’ La Vida Loca” were both riding high, and folks were still talking about that winter’s “…Baby One More Time” by a new artist called Britney Spears. But it was Brit’s former costar on Disney’s Mickey Mouse Club that owned our stereos during the hot months with “Genie In A Bottle,” destined to be her signature song.