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Summer songs, 2002-2011

Read about this year’s contender’s for the song of summer. Here are some summer jams from seasons past:

2002:

Cam’Ron feat. Juelz Santana, “Oh Boy”

Jimmy Eat World, “The Middle”

Nelly, “Hot in Herre”


2003:

Beyonce feat. Jay-Z, “Crazy in Love,”

Lumidee, “Never Leave You — Uh Ooh, Uh Ooh!”

Sean Paul, “Get Busy”


2004:

Nina Sky feat. Jabba, “Move Ya Body”

Terror Squad, “Lean Back”

Usher feat. Lil Jon and Ludacris, “Yeah!”


2005:

Mariah Carey, “We Belong Together”

Missy Elliott feat. Ciara and Fat Man Scoop, “Lose Control”

Damian Marley, “Welcome to Jamrock”


2006:

Cassie, “Me & U”

Nelly Furtado feat. Timbaland, “Promiscuous”

Gnarls Barkley, “Crazy”


2007:

Sean Kingston, “Beautiful Girls”

Rihanna feat. Jay- Z, “Umbrella”

T-Pain, “Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin)”


2008:

Estelle feat. Kanye West, “American Boy”

Katy Perry, “I Kissed a Girl”

Lil Wayne feat. Static Major, “Lollipop”


2009:

The Black Eyed Peas, “Boom Boom Pow”

Jamie Foxx feat. T-Pain, “Blame It”

Phoenix, “1901”


2010:

Taio Cruz, “Dynamite”

Cee Lo Green, “[Forget] You”

Katy Perry feat. Snoop Dogg, “California Gurls”


2011:

Adele, “Rolling in the Deep”

Foster the People, “Pumped Up Kicks”

Nicki Minaj, “Super Bass”

Listen to a Spotify playlist of some of these songs, above. Spotify is free to download, and you can sign up through a Facebook account. Some songs may contain inappropriate language.

Chris Richards is The Washington Post's pop music critic. He has recently written about David Bowie's legacy of reinvention, Beyoncé's Super Bowl victory, viral go-go covers and rock star death waves.
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