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Is "Hot in Herre" the greatest Song of Summer ever?

July 15, 2013|By Dana Moran | RedEye

Now that we're firmly ensconced in the fiery hell that is July in Chicago, you're going to have to make a couple of tough decisions: Drink of Summer and Song of Summer. Because you're probably still wringing out your liver from last weekend, we'll address that second one first. Right now, Billboard's Song of Summer chart is a fierce battle between Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" and Daft Punk's "Get Lucky." But right now, we'd like to take a trip back to summers past and check on how some other songs of summer have held up.

1995

"Waterfalls," TLC

Staying power: 4

I was 10 when this came out, and it'll stay forever young. Unlike me.


1997

"I'll Be Missing You," Puff Daddy and Faith Evans

Staying power: 3

This is a great song at its core, but too sad to be a true Song of Summer bumper.

2000

"Bent," Matchbox Twenty

Staying power: 1

Know what else happened this summer? "It's Gonne Be Me" by N'Sync, "Try Again" by Aaliyah and Destiny's Child's "Jumpin' Jumpin'."

2002

"Hot in Herre," Nelly

Staying power: 12

GOOD GRACIOUS, ASS BODACIOUS. If you disagree with this, go home to your mother.

2005

"We Belong Together," Mariah Carey

Staying power: 3

Also too damn weepy for summer. Gwen Stefani's "Hollaback Girl" was ROBBED.

2007

"Umbrella," Rihanna

Staying power: 5

Ella. Ella. Ey. Ey. This was before we knew what almost every square inch of nude Rihanna looked like.

2010

"California Gurls," Katy Perry

Staying power: 4

Kind of a cheat, since it's inherently written to win the title, but we'll let it slide if somebody brings us an enormous amount of chilled melon.


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