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The summer doesn’t technically end until Sept. 23. It’s still 90 degrees outside. But with most kids are back in school and Labor Day weekend is fast approaching so the end is near.

On the radio this summer, we had several ubiquitous tunes. Over the years, the top summer song is upbeat and undeniably catchy though the occasional ballad has snuck in, too. Adele’s song in Atlanta probably got more overall spins than the top 2 songs below, pretty much dominating the city for more than two months. Billboard ranked the current top 10 summer songs based on sales, airplay and other factors:

1- Party Rock Anthem – LMFAO. This song is a perfectly mindless tune for the dance floor.

2- Give Me Everything – Pitbull featuring Ne-Yo. Yet another catchy song with a pretty melodic chorus mixed with rap interludes.

3- Rolling in the Deep – Adele – The oddball song in the top 10 by an artist who broke through both rock, pop and urban radio with a song that truly rolls in the deep.

4- Super Bass – Nicki Minaj – She has become the token female rapper of 2011. Shame there aren’t more breaking through.

5- Last Friday Night – Katy Perry – She is only the second artist with five No. 1’s off the same album. The other one? Michael Jackson from his “Bad” album.

6- The Edge of Glory – Lady Gaga – Rest in peace, Clarence Clemons!

7- How to Love – Lil Wayne – This has more of that laid-back, slinky summer vibe. Bring on the Auto Tune!

8- E.T. – Katy Perry – This song actually peaked in the late spring but stuck around over the summer.

9- Good Life – OneRepublic – The only the highest-ranked rock-like song in the top 10 and this is more rock lite. Just noticed that the original, non-radio edited version uses a curse word.

10 Tonight, Tonight – Hot Chelle Rae – This kind of falls in the pop-rock category. The chorus wedges in your brain, whether you want it to or not. Bonus points for getting Zach Galifianakis’s last name into the song.

Top summer songs from past years:

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-in-One

1995 – Waterfalls – TLC

1996 – Macarena – Los Del Rio

1997 – I’ll Be Missing You – Puff Daddy and Faith Evans

1998 – The Boy is Mine – Monica and Brandy

1999 – Genie in the Bottle – Christina Aguilera

2000 – Bent – Matchbox 20

2001- Let Me Blow Ya Mind – Eve with Gwen Stefani

2002 – Hot in Herre – Nelly

2003 – Crazy in Love – Beyonce featuring Jay-Z

2004 – Confessions Part II – Usher

2005 – We Belong Together – Mariah Carey

2006 – Promiscuous – Nelly Furtado

2007 – Umbrella – Rihanna featuring Jay-Z

2008 – I Kissed a Girl – Katy Perry

2009 – I Gotta Feeling – Black-Eyed Peas

2010 – California Gurls – Katy Perry featuring Snoop Dogg

Billlboard’s top 30 songs with summer as the theme is here.

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By Rodney Ho,, AJCRadioTV blog

33 comments Add your comment

Wayne stuck in AL

August 25th, 2011
11:05 am

Rock ‘n’ roll is dead. Ringtone music (a/k/a “hip-hop” and squeaky girl music) is in.

Rodney is a fool

August 25th, 2011
11:14 am

God forbid you include a country song Mr. HO

I vote for Knee Deep by Zac Brown Band


August 25th, 2011
11:55 am

Yes there’s no country on this list and none on the previous years’ lists. I vote also for Knee Deep by Zac Brown Band featuring the king of summer music, Jimmy Buffet.

Rodney is in the closet

August 25th, 2011
12:27 pm

AJC = biased coverage


August 25th, 2011
2:09 pm

adele,rolling in the deep,no questions

Rodney Ho

August 25th, 2011
2:14 pm

@Heather Country isn’t as big as Pop and Hip Hop in the broad scheme of things. But yes, I would vote for Knee Deep, too. Great song!

Rodney Ho

August 25th, 2011
2:14 pm

@Rodney is a fool. I didn’t create the list. Billboard did.


August 25th, 2011
2:16 pm

1992 – Baby Got Back – Sir Mix-A-Lot

How I long for the good ole days of the past where man can freely say I like big butts and I cannot lie.

Nabby Blabby

August 25th, 2011
2:34 pm

They all suck.

just Me

August 25th, 2011
3:14 pm

what about Foster the People’s “Pumped Up Kicks”? GREAT song!


August 25th, 2011
3:24 pm

yeah…”Pumped Up Kicks” is the best…great summer song.

Devil's Advocate

August 25th, 2011
3:45 pm

Wow, Katy Perry is pretty dominant.


August 25th, 2011
3:46 pm

ahh..yes…knee the best..never heard of these other losers…

st8 h8trs

August 25th, 2011
3:53 pm

I can’t believe Chris Brown was left off this list. Especially “look at me now”, that song was everywhere and everyone was trying to figure out that Busta verse. Not saying dude has it all figured out (throwing chairs anyone?) but just b/c he was a lady beater doesn’t me he can’t make good music.


August 25th, 2011
4:21 pm

Seriously? I thought Billboard and the industry had already singled out Pumped Up Kicks too.


August 25th, 2011
4:22 pm

check out they have interesting stories add them to your favorites.

and yes we just uploaded a special feautre on all these artists


August 25th, 2011
4:47 pm

Looks like after the mid 90’s music went to hell…


August 25th, 2011
4:49 pm

Don’t forget Drake’s “I’m on One”. I swear they played that song so much on the radio this summer that even when my radio wasn’t on it still played through my speakers lol. It’s cool though, I like that song.


August 25th, 2011
5:59 pm

Hmmmmmm, I think I will go with D. none of the above. Rock is dead these days.

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

August 25th, 2011
6:17 pm

poor Rodney!!! if you utilize the tool called Billboard to post on your R&T blog, you get called unoriginal…. if you write something that’s not “documented” you get blasted for not being “factual”… who’d'a thunk it!!! people just wanna be nasty, no matter what!!! but i DO have to say, i don’t remember but one or two of that list from 1985 to the present!!! personally, i find your blogs entertaining and 90% informative… but then, you already knew i was a fan!!


August 25th, 2011
6:17 pm

I think 1993 is titled “Can’t Help Falling in Love with You” originally an Elvis song covered by UB-40. I dunno, “Can’t Help Loving in You” is somewhat explicit for a title.

I can’t remember any of th lyrics or music to the ‘04 or ‘05 songs. I thought ‘04 was “Yeah”? No?


August 25th, 2011
6:24 pm

i swear Pumped Up Kicks hos gotten played every time i’ve turned on the radio this summer … it has to at least make the friggin’ list … in what city does the person who compiled this list listen?


August 25th, 2011
6:39 pm

I’m going with “Hot in Herre” by Nelly.

Rodney Ho

August 25th, 2011
6:51 pm

@roy This was a national list. “Pumped Up Kicks” has gotten a lot of airplay on 99X and Dave FM and recently, Star 94 and Q100.

Still Defiant

August 25th, 2011
8:14 pm

How To Love is quite possibly one of the worst songs of all time.

Still Defiant

August 25th, 2011
8:22 pm

Enter your comments here


August 26th, 2011
7:19 am

@Rodney Is A Fool – Pretty funny that you assist with making the stereotype true. You complain about no country music on the list, but simple reading comprehension would explain why. Instead of reading, you hurl insults. You sound like a stereotypical country music fan. LOL.


August 27th, 2011
3:36 am

It’s DEFINITELY “Rolling in the Deep.” My family has this chat every summer during or after of vacation with the kids. We went to Orlando for a week this summer and EVERY FIVE MINUTES while riding in the car, it seemed like that song was playing. I didn’t even know who Adele was becasue I work in Iraq and don’t get to listen to the radio much, but I knew who she was after a day in Orlando. Now they played How to Love and Super Bass a lot as well, but hands down Orlando radio LOVES Adele.

Chief Wiggum

August 27th, 2011
12:10 pm

Ugh. Pop (or hip hop) music sucks. Certain parts of the country have a certain “sound” associated with them, and the sad thing is that when people think of Atlanta, they think of that over-processed, Auto-tuned, “music” that has Lil Whatever yelling “Yeah” a lot.


August 27th, 2011
6:39 pm

Knee Deep by ZBB and Jimmy Buffett


August 28th, 2011
6:00 pm

Who are these folks and what are these songs? They aren’t played on my station. I think I’m glad.

long time expert

August 29th, 2011
8:52 am

yeah. Zac Brown’s Knee Deep, Where the Boat Leaves From, and Toes. all great summer songs that should have been included.


August 29th, 2011
2:36 pm

Titanium written by Sia. Performed by Sia and David Guetta