Billboard: Summer Songs Of The 2000s

A few weeks ago, I wrote about Billboard’s summer hits compilation of the 1990s. Today, I thought reminiscing about the songs that had us grooving during the summer months after the turn of the century would be fun. I love summer and I love Top 10 lists. Consider me happy.

The thing that surprised me the most about the Top 10 lists is how drastically the music landscape has changed in the past few years. Now it’s all about electro-pop dance tracks dominating radio and the charts, while R&B barely has a presence anymore. Urban music took pole position in the majority of the years from 2000-2010. Find out below which tracks had you bumpin‘ and grindin‘ at the clubs and accompanied you on those road trips during the summers of the 2000s.

2000 Summer Hits

I completely forgot about Matchbox Twenty. I used to love Rob Thomas. Talk about a random sampling of music that summer. You have Creed and Vertical Horizon battling it out with Toni Braxton and Janet Jackson for radio airplay. Speaking of Janet, I never really liked “Doesn’t Really Matter”. Never realized it was so popular that summer. My favorites in the Top 10 are ‘N Sync, Destiny’s’ Child, Creed, Toni Braxton and Aaliyah… RIP. Loved “Try Again”.

  • 1. “Bent” – Matchbox Twenty
  • 2. “It’s Gonna Be Me” – ‘N Sync
  • 3. “Try Again” – Aaliyah
  • 4. “Everything You Want” – Vertical Horizon
  • 5. “I Wanna Know” – Joe
  • 6. “Doesn’t Really Matter” – Janet
  • 7. “Jumpin’, Jumpin'” – Destiny’s Child
  • 8. “Higher” – Creed
  • 9. “Absolutely (Story Of A Girl)” – Nine Days
  • 10. “He Wasn’t Man Enough” – Toni Braxton

2001 Summer Hits

Whenever Eve and Gwen Stefani collaborated, they always produced great music. Love, love, love “Blow Ya Mind”. With exception to Lifehouse and O-Town, the Top 10 was dominated by R&B this year. Oh the good old days. Whatever happened to 112 and Jagged Edge? For that matter, Blu Cantrell as well. “Hit “Em Up Style” was so catchy and sassy. I need to go on a shopping spree to Neiman-Marcus and grab Soley and Mia 😉

  • 1. “Let Me Blow Ya Mind” – Eve feat. Gwen Stefani
  • 2. “U Remind Me” – Usher
  • 3. “Hanging By A Moment” – Lifehouse
  • 4. “Drops Of Jupiter (Tell Me)” – Train
  • 5. “Hit ‘Em Up Style (Oops!)” – Blu Cantrell
  • 6. “Peaches & Cream” – 112
  • 7. “Bootylicious” – Destiny’s Child
  • 8. “Where The Party At” – Jagged Edge with Nelly
  • 9. “All Or Nothing” – O-Town
  • 10. “Fallin'” – Alicia Keys

2002 Summer Hits

2002 was definitely the year of Nelly. The rapper scored two songs in the Top 10, with “Hot in Herre” claiming the top spot. The love for hip hop didn’t stop with just him. Eminem, P. Diddy, Cam’ron and Chad Kroeger all earned a spot in the coveted chart. Obviously, I’m kidding about Kroeger. He is the furthest thing from rap. Also, on the complete opposite of urban music is Vanessa Carlon’s “A Thousand Miles“. Every time I hear that song, I always thing of “White Chicks“. LOL.

  • 1. “Hot In Herre” – Nelly
  • 2. “Complicated” – Avril Lavigne
  • 3. “Without Me” – Eminem
  • 4. “Dilemma” – Nelly feat. Kelly Rowland
  • 5. “I Need A Girl (Part Two)” – P. Diddy & Ginuwine feat. Loon, Mario Winans & Tammy Ruggeri
  • 6. “Foolish” – Ashanti
  • 7. “Hero” – Chad Kroeger feat. Josey Scott
  • 8. “The Middle” – Jimmy Eat World
  • 9. “A Thousand Miles” – Vanessa Carlton
  • 10. “Oh Boy” – Cam’Ron feat. Juelz Santana

2003 Summer Hits

Hands down, my favorite Beyonce track of all-time. “Crazy In Love” is a masterpiece and still sounds as good today as it did in 2003. Again another year dominated with R&B music minus tracks from Evanescence, Matchbox Twenty and Clay Aiken. Say what… Aiken had a top summer song!?!?! I couldn’t even hum “This Is The Night” even if my life depended on it. How about you?

  • 1. “Crazy In Love” – Beyonce feat. Jay-Z
  • 2. “Magic Stick” – Lil Kim feat. 50 Cent
  • 3. “Right Thurr” – Chingy
  • 4. “Unwell” – Matchbox Twenty
  • 5. “Rock With U (Awww Baby)” – Ashanti
  • 6. “Get Busy” – Sean Paul
  • 7. “Bring Me To Life” – Evanescence feat. Paul McCoy
  • 8. “This Is The Night” – Clay Aiken
  • 9. “Never Leave You – Uh Ooh, Uh Ooh!” – Lumidee
  • 10. “P.I.M.P.” – 50 Cent

2004 Summer Hits

If 2002 was the year of Nelly, 2004 was all about Usher. The R&B singer took first and second place with his one-two punch of “Confessions Part II” and “Burn”. That entire album was sick. Loved all the songs during this summer. That being said, too bad most of them never produced anything as big with exception to Alicia Keys. Nina Sky, Kevin Lyttle, Hoobastank or Lil Flip, where are you?

  • 1. “Confessions Part II” – Usher
  • 2. “Burn” – Usher
  • 3. “Slow Motion” – Juvenile feat. Soulja Slim
  • 4. “The Reason” – Hoobastank
  • 5. “If I Ain’t Got You” – Alicia Keys
  • 6. “Lean Back” – Terror Squad
  • 7. “Move Ya Body” – Nina Sky feat. Jabba
  • 8. “Turn Me On” – Kevin Lyttle feat. Spragga Benz
  • 9. “Dip It Low” – Christina Milian
  • 10. “Sunshine” – Lil’ Flip feat. Lea

2005 Summer Hits

After “Glitter” bombed, Mariah came back, stronger than ever with “We Belong Together“. Loved the original ballad mix, dance version and hip-hop remix. Overall, one of her finest. Rihanna’s debut single, “Pon de Replay” marked her arrival to the pop scene. She was so innocent back then. Now, she’s all into “S&M” 😉 Hopefully Missy Elliott’s upcoming new material is as good as her old jams. “Lose Control” dominated my ears that summer.

  • 1. “We Belong Together” – Mariah Carey
  • 2. “Hollaback Girl” – Gwen Stefani
  • 3. “Don’t Cha” – The Pussycat Dolls feat. Busta Rhymes
  • 4. “Behind These Hazel Eyes” – Kelly Clarkson
  • 5. “Don’t Phunk With My Heart” – The Black Eyed Peas
  • 6. “Pon De Replay” – Rihanna
  • 7. “Lose Control” – Missy Elliott feat. Ciara & Fat Man Scoop
  • 8. “Just A Lil Bit” – 50 Cent
  • 9. “Let Me Hold You” – Bow Wow feat. Omarion
  • 10. “You And Me” – Lifehouse

2006 Summer Hits

Without a doubt, “Promiscuous” was the hit of the summer. You couldn’t go anywhere without hearing it. I think I might’ve even heard it at church. LOL. Another song I overplayed that year was Cassie’s “Me & U” and Rihanna’s “Unfaithful”, especially the dance remix of the latter. I do love my female singers.

  • 1. “Promiscuous” – Nelly Furtado feat. Timbaland
  • 2. “Hips Don’t Lie” – Shakira
  • 3. “Crazy” – Gnarls Barkley
  • 4. “Me & U” – Cassie
  • 5. “It’s Goin’ Down” – Yung Joc
  • 6. “Ridin'” – Chamillionaire feat. Krayzie Bone
  • 7. “Buttons” – The Pussycat Dolls feat. Snoop Dogg
  • 8. “Unfaithful” – Rihanna
  • 9. “Over My Head (Cable Car)” – The Fray
  • 10. “Snap Yo Fingers” – Lil Jon feat. E-40 & Sean Paul Of the YoungBloodZ

2007 Summer Hits

Just hearing the title “Umbrella” reminds me of that summer. Such a good year. Overall, a pretty solid Top 10 in 2007. To this day, I still enjoy listening to “Hey There Delilah“, “Beautiful Girls“, and “The Way I Are”.

  • 1. “Umbrella” – Rihanna feat. Jay-Z
  • 2. “Big Girls Don’t Cry” – Fergie
  • 3. “Party Like A Rockstar” – Shop Boyz
  • 4. “Hey There Delilah” – Plain White T’s
  • 5. “Buy U A Drank (Shawty Snappin’)” – T-Pain feat. Yung Joc
  • 6. “Makes Me Wonder” – Maroon 5
  • 7. “The Way I Are” – Timbaland feat. Keri Hilson
  • 8. “Beautiful Girls” – Sean Kingston
  • 9. “Bartender” – T-Pain feat. Akon
  • 10. “Make Me Better” – Fabolous feat. Ne-Yo

2008 Summer Hits

When I looked at the list below, the one track that stood out the most was “Leavin’” by Jesse McCartney. How did that make the list? Every other title I heard at the clubs or on television. Who did Jesse have to blow at Billboard magazine to make the list 😉 “I Kissed A Girl” would mark a long string of summer hits for Katy Perry. Her name has become synonymous with bubbly summer froth. Good on RiRi for taking two spots. The remixes of “Take A Bow” and “Disturbia” had me dancing at the clubs til the ugly lights came on. In other words, I shut it down a lot that summer.

  • 1. ” I Kissed A Girl” – Katy Perry
  • 2. “Lollipop” – Lil Wayne feat. Static Major
  • 3. “Take A Bow” – Rihanna
  • 4. “Bleeding Love” – Leona Lewis
  • 5. “Viva La Vida” – Coldplay
  • 6. “Forever” – Chris Brown
  • 7. “Pocketful of Sunshine” – Natasha Bedingdfield
  • 8. “Leavin'” – Jesse McCartney
  • 9. “Disturbia” – Rihanna
  • 10. “Dangerous” – Kardinal Offishall feat. Akon

2009 Summer Hits

Just like Usher in 2004, the Black Eyed Peas snatched the top two spots with their smashes- “I Gotta Feeling” and “Boom Boom Pow”. Fun anecdote. I was in Toronto for the Much Music Video Awards and at the club when one of BEP’s people allegedly punched Perez. Such a random night. My other favorites from this year have to be “Knock You Down” and “Use Somebody”. The former reminds me of LA and the latter reminds me of the Sasquatch Music Festival.

  • 1. “I Gotta Feeling” – The Black Eyed Peas
  • 2. “Boom Boom Pow” – The Black Eyed Peas
  • 3. “Knock You Down” – Keri Hilson feat. Kanye West & Ne-Yo
  • 4. “Best I Ever Had” – Drake
  • 5. “You Belong With Me” – Taylor Swift
  • 6. “Fire Burning” – Sean Kingston
  • 7. “I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)” – Pitbull
  • 8. “Lovegame” – Lady Gaga
  • 9. “Use Somebody” – Kings Of Leon
  • 10. “Waking Up In Vegas” – Katy Perry

2010 Summer Hits

When I first heard “California Gurls”, I instantly loved it. But about the fifth listen, I couldn’t stand it. Even typing out the title makes my body convulse. This summer was the year of the featured artist. Six of the Top 10 had help from another singer.

  • 1. “California Gurls” – Katy Perry feat. Snoop Dogg
  • 2. “Love the Way You Lie” – Eminem feat. Rihanna
  • 3. “Airplanes” – B.o.B feat. Hayley Williams
  • 4. “OMG” – Usher feat.
  • 5. “Dynamite” – Taio Cruz
  • 6. “Billionaire” – Travie McCoy feat. Bruno Mars
  • 7. “Cooler Than Me” – Mike Posner
  • 8. “I Like It” – Enrique Iglesias feat. Pitbull
  • 9. “Find Your Love” – Drake
  • 10. “Not Afraid” – Eminem

Which Year From 2000-2010 Had The Best Summer Songs?

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Well, that was a fun trip down memory lane. It’s amazing how hearing a song can just trigger so many great memories. For me, the summers of 2004, 2006 and 2007 have the best hits. How about you? Which year in the 2000s was your favorite? Sound off below.

  • jarrin

    Your lists are SPOT ON! 🙂

  • Ricardo

    This posting confirms your music tastes are poopie.