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.
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.
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.Katy Perry's teasing pop smash "I Kissed A Girl" held the top spot for seven weeks. It was her first chart hit.
2007: "Umbrella" by Rihanna featuring Jay-Z and Sean Kingston's "Beautiful Girls" each had four weeks on top during the summer. ("Umbrella" had three additional weeks on top in the spring.) "Beautiful Girls" was Kingston's first chart hit.
2006: "Promiscuous" by Nelly Furtado featuring Timbaland was #1 for six weeks. Furtado was the third Canadian artist to have the biggest American hit of the summer, following Bryan Adams and Paul Anka.
Usher's "Burn" and Terror Squad's "Lean Back" each had three weeks at #1 in the summer. "Burn" had five additional weeks on top in the spring. "Lean Back" was the rap group's first and biggest hit. Enrique Iglesias' "Be With You" and Janet's "Doesn't Really Matter" each had three weeks at #1. "Doesn't Really Matter" was featured in The Nutty Professor 2: The Klumps. The Boy Is Mine" by Brandy and Monica spent 10 weeks at #1 in the summer (and three additional weeks on top in the spring). The soulful collaboration was the biggest hit for both artists.
1997: "I'll Be Missing You" by Puff Daddy with Faith Evans and 112 was #1 for nine weeks in the summer (and two additional weeks in late spring). The tribute to the Notorious B.I.G. remains Diddy's biggest hit.Los Del Rio's novelty smash "Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)" was #1 for eight weeks in the summer (and six additional weeks in the autumn). This was the Spanish duo's first chart hit. Bryan Adams' "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You" from the movie Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves, was #1 for seven weeks. The rock ballad was his biggest hit. Peter Cetera's "Glory Of Love" from The Karate Kid Part II and Madonna's "Papa Don't Preach" each had two weeks on top. "Glory Of Love" was Cetera's first and biggest solo hit after more than 15 years with Chicago. Prince's "When Doves Cry" from Purple Rain was #1 for five weeks. The classic remains Prince's biggest hit. Endless Love" by Diana Ross & Lionel Richie spent six weeks at #1 during the summer (and three additional weeks on top in the autumn). The elegant ballad, from the movie of the same name, was Richie's first hit apart from the Commodores. It was the biggest hit for both artists. Donna Summer's "Bad Girls" and the Knack's "My Sharona" each logged five weeks on top in the summer. "My Sharona" had one additional week on top in early autumn. It was the rock group's first and biggest hit. The saucy "Bad Girls" was Summer's biggest hit. Andy Gibb's "Shadow Dancing" spent six weeks on top in the summer (and one additional week on top in late spring.) It was Gibb's biggest hit. Gibb was the first performer to have the #1 song of the summer two years running since Elvis Presley. Sadly, both artists died young. Presley was 42 when he died. Gibb was just 30.
1977: Andy Gibb's "I Just Want To Be Your Everything" and the Emotions' "Best Of My Love" each had four weeks on top in the summer. "Best Of My Love" had one additional week on top in early autumn. The sassy smash was the female R&B trio's biggest hit. Gibb matched the achievement of his older brothers, the Bee Gees, who tied for the biggest summer song of 1971.Elton John & Kiki Dee, topped the chart for four weeks with "Don't Go Breaking My Heart." The irresistible confection was Elton's biggest hit to that point.
1975: Captain & Tennille's "Love Will Keep Us Together" was #1 for three weeks in the summer (and one additional week in late spring). The exuberant smash, the husband-and-wife duo's first and biggest hit, won a Grammy as Record of the Year.Billy Preston's "Will It Go Round In Circles," Jim Croce's "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown," Maureen McGovern's "The Morning After," The Stories' "Brother Louie" and Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get It On." "The Morning After," from The Poseidon Adventure, was McGovern's first and biggest hit. "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" was, likewise, Croce's biggest hit. He died in a plane crash just three months after the sing-a-long song hit #1. Carole King's "It's Too Late" and the Bee Gees' "How Can You Mend A Broken Heart" each had four weeks at #1 during the summer. "It's Too Late" had one additional week at #1 in late spring. The classy break-up song, King's biggest hit, won a Grammy as Record of the Year. Carpenters were on top for four weeks with their sunny remake of "(They Long To Be) Close To You." It was the brother-and-sister duo's biggest hit.
1969: It was the summer of Woodstock and the moon landing, but Zager & Evans weren't feeling optimistic. Their "In The Year 2525," which offered a bleak view of the future, topped the chart for six weeks. It was the duo's first and only chart hit.the Association's sprightly "Windy" and Bobbie Gentry's enigmatic "Ode To Billie Joe" each had four weeks at #1. Both were the artists' biggest hits. Gentry's story song, her first chart hit, inspired a 1976 movie starring Robby Benson. Little Stevie Wonder's "Fingertips-Pt 2" and the Angels' "My Boyfriend's Back" each had three weeks at #1. "Fingertips" was the Motown legend's first chart hit. "My Boyfriend's Back" was the girl group's biggest hit. Paul Anka's "Lonely Boy" and The Browns' "The Three Bells" each had four weeks on top. It was the first chart hit for the Browns; the biggest for both artists. Anka's song was featured in the movie Girls Town.
1958: Domenico Modugno's "Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu (Volare)" was #1 for five weeks. The lounge-style smash, Modugno's first chart hit, went on to win Grammys for Record and Song of the Year. The Italian crooner never returned to the top 40.Bill Haley And His Comets' watershed hit "Rock Around The Clock" was #1 for eight weeks. The song, from the movie Blackboard Jungle, was the rock pioneer's biggest hit.
The Fine Print: Some chart weeks straddled two seasons. In those cases, I counted days. If a song was #1 for the week ending June 23, most of the days in that week were in the spring. If it was #1 for the week ending June 24, most of those days were in the summer.