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Top songs of summer: 1999 to today

However old you are, nothing brings back fond memories quite like the songs of summer.
That feeling of freedom that hit you as you rode out to the beach on a sunny day, crammed in a car with friends, windows open, radio blasting, is somehow encased inside these tunes, even if you're listening to them from your desk all these years later.
Although this summer's anthem can't officially be determined yet, we took a look back at Billboard's top ranked songs of summer over the past 15 years, along with the three chart-topping contenders so far this season.
Feel free to sing along at your own risk, but be warned-- your boss may not appreciate your rendition of "Genie in a Bottle" quite the way your pals did in high school.


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1. "Genie In A Bottle" - Christina Aguilera
Chorus: If you wanna be with me
Baby there's a price to pay
I'm a genie in a bottle
You gotta rub me the right way
2. "If You Had My Love" - Jennifer Lopez
3. "Bills, Bills, Bills" - Destiny's Child


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1. "Bent" - Matchbox Twenty
Chorus: Can you help me I'm bent
I'm so scared that I'll never
Get put back together
Keep breaking me in
And this is how we will end
With you and me bent
2. "It's Gonna Be Me" - 'N Sync
3. "Try Again" - Aaliyah


Photo Credit: Universal Import

1. "Let Me Blow Ya Mind" - Eve feat. Gwen Stefani
Chorus: And if I had to give you more
It's only been a year
Now I've got my foot through the door
And I ain't goin nowhere
It took a while to get me in
And I'm gonna take my time
Don't fight that good [expletive] in your ear
Now let me blow ya mind
2. "U Remind Me" - Usher
3. "Hanging By A Moment" - Lifehouse


Photo Credit: Universal International

1. "Hot In Herre" - Nelly
Chorus: (I said)
It's gettin hot in here
(So hot)
So take off all your clothes
I am gettin so hot, I wanna take my clothes off
2. "Complicated" - Avril Lavigne
3. "Without Me" - Eminem


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1. "Crazy In Love" - Beyonce feat. Jay-Z
Chorus: Got me lookin so crazy right now
Your love's got me lookin so crazy right now
Got me lookin so crazy right now
Your touch got me lookin so crazy right now
Got me hoping you page me right now
Your kiss got me hoping you save me right now
Lookin so crazy your love's got me lookin
Got me lookin so crazy in love
2. "Magic Stick" - Lil Kim feat. 50 Cent
3. "Right Thurr" - Chingy


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1. "Confessions Part II" - Usher
Chorus: These are my confessions
Just when I thought I said all I could say
My chick on the side said she got one on the way
These are my confessions
Man I'm thrown and I don't know what to do
I guess I gotta give part 2 of my confessions
2. "Burn" - Usher
3. "Slow Motion" - Juvenile feat. Soulja Slim


Photo Credit: Universal Import

1. "We Belong Together" - Mariah Carey
Chorus: When you left
I lost a part of me
It's still so hard to believe
Come back baby please, 'cause
We belong together
2. "Hollaback Girl" - Gwen Stefani
3. "Don't Cha" - The Pussycat Dolls feat. Busta Rhymes


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1. "Promiscuous" - Nelly Furtado feat. Timbaland
Chorus: Promiscuous girl
Wherever you are
I’m all alone
And it's you that I want
2. "Hips Don't Lie" - Shakira
3. "Crazy" - Gnarls Barkley


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1. "Umbrella" - Rihanna feat. Jay-Z
Chorus: When the sun shines, we'll shine together
Told you I'd be here forever
Said I'll always be a friend
Took an oath I'ma stick it out 'til the end
Now that it's raining more than ever
Know that we'll still have each other
You can stand under my umbrella
You can stand under my umbrella
(Ella ella eh eh eh)
2. "Big Girls Don't Cry" - Fergie
3. "Party Like A Rockstar" - Shop Boyz


Photo Credit: Capitol Records

1. "I Kissed A Girl" - Katy Perry
Chorus: I kissed a girl and I liked it
The taste of her cherry Chapstick
I kissed a girl just to try it
I hope my boyfriend don't mind it
It felt so wrong
It felt so right
Don't mean I'm in love tonight
2. "Lollipop" - Lil Wayne feat. Static Major
3. "Take A Bow" - Rihanna


Photo Credit: Interscope

1. "I Gotta Feeling" - The Black Eyed Peas
Chorus: I gotta feeling
(Ooooo hoooo)
That tonight's gonna be a good night
That tonight's gonna be a good night
That tonight's gonna be a good good night
2. "Boom Boom Pow" - The Black Eyed Peas
3. "Knock You Down" - Keri Hilson feat. Kanye West & Ne-Yo


Photo Credit: Capitol Records

1. "California Gurls" - Katy Perry feat. Snoop Dogg
Chorus: California girls, we're unforgettable
Daisy Dukes, bikinis on top
Sun-kissed skin
So hot, we'll melt your popsicle
Ooooh ooooh
2. "Love the Way You Lie" - Eminem feat. Rihanna
3. "Airplanes" - B.o.B feat. Hayley Williams


Photo Credit: Cherry Tree

1. "Party Rock Anthem" - LMFAO feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock
Chorus: Party rock is in the house tonight
Everybody just have a good time
And we gonna make you lose your mind
We just wanna see you
Shake that!
2. "Give Me Everything" - Pitbull feat. Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer
3. "Rolling In The Deep" - Adele


Photo Credit: Interscope Records

1. "Call Me Maybe" - Carly Rae Jepsen
Chorus: Hey, I just met you
And this is crazy
But here's my number
So call me, maybe!
2. "Payphone" - Maroon 5 feat. Wiz Khalifa
3. "Somebody That I Used To Know" - Gotye feat. Kimbra


Photo Credit: Interscope Records

1. "Blurred Lines" - Robin Thicke
Chorus: And that's why I'm gon' take a good girl
I know you want it
I know you want it
I know you want it
You're a good girl
Can't let it get past me
You're far from plastic
Talk about getting blasted
I hate these blurred lines
2. "Radioactive" - Imagine Dragons
3. "Get Lucky" - Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams

Summer 2014 (So far)

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1. "Fancy" - Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX
Chorus: I'm so fancy
You already know
I'm in the fast lane
From L.A. to Tokyo
I'm so fancy
Can't you taste this gold?
Remember my name
'Bout to blow
2. "Problem" - Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea
3. "Rude" - MAGIC!


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