Now that summer is officially upon us, we've been taking a look at the definitive summer songs of all time, based on their seasonal popularity on Billboard's Hot 100 charts. In this final installment, we count down the summer jams from 2000 to 2014.
But first, check out the previous installments:
The top summer songs of 1959-1969
The top summer songs of 1969-1979
The top summer songs of 1980-1989
The top summer songs of 1990-1999
2000: "Try Again," Aaliyah
Week at No. 1: June 17; No. 1 radio song: June 17-Aug. 12
Written by: Stephen Garrett (aka: Static Major) and Timothy Mosley (aka: Timbaland)
Interesting fact: "Try Again" was the first song to reach the top of Billboard's Hot 100 chart based on radio play, hence its inclusion here despite only being No. 1 for one week. It completely owned radio throughout the entire summer.
Happening in the summer of 2000: A preliminary draft of genomes is published; the television show "Dora the Explorer" debuts; George W. Bush is officially named the Republican nominee for president of the United States and Al Gore is nominated for president at the Democratic National Convention; the Nintendo GameCube is unveiled; the first "X-Men" film is released.
2001: "U Remind Me," Usher
Weeks at No. 1: July 7-28
Written by: Anita McCloud and Edmund Clement
Interesting fact: Usher won his first Grammy for this song, one of many of his using "U" in its title: "Can U Get Wit It"; "U Got It Bad"; "U Don't Have to Call"; "U Turn."
Happening in the summer of 2001: Microsoft launches Windows XP; "The Fast and the Furious," the first film in the series, is released; the first self-contained artificial heart is implanted; "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" ends its run on PBS.
2002: "Hot In Herre," Nelly
Weeks at No. 1: June 29-Aug. 10; No. 1 radio song: June 29-Aug. 10
Written by: Cornell Haynes Jr. (aka: Nelly), Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo and Charles L. Brown
Interesting fact: Charles L. Brown, aka Chuck Brown, the Godfather of Go-go, gets a writing credit here because "Hot in Herre" samples Brown's 1979 song, "Bustin' Loose."
Happening in the summer of 2002: Brazil wins its fifth World Cup; the film "Spider-Man" is released; Fox News overtakes CNN as the top news channel; baseball Hall of Famer Ted Williams dies; Sirius Satellite Radio is launched.
2003: "Crazy in Love," Beyonce featuring Jay Z
Weeks at No. 1: July 12-Aug. 30; No. 1 radio song: July 12-Aug. 30
Written by: Beyonce, Rich Harrison, Jay Z, Eugene Record
Interesting fact: Although the song heavily samples the Chi-Lites song "Are You My Woman? (Tell Me So)" it was reportedly Beyonce who came up with the famous hook after looking at herself in the mirror once and saying "I'm looking crazy right now."
Happening in the summer of 2003: NATO takes over the peacekeeping force in Afghanistan; the sons of Saddam Hussein are killed by the U.S. military in Iraq; the U.S. Supreme Court declares sodomy laws unconstitutional; the series "The O.C." debuts on Fox.
2004: "Burn," Usher
Weeks at No. 1: May 22-July 3 and July 17; No. 1 radio song: May 22-July 10
Written by: Usher Raymond, Jermaine Dupri, Bryan-Michael Cox
Interesting fact: The inspiration for the song? The end of Usher's two-year relationship with TLC's Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas.
Happening in the summer of 2004: Preliminary hearings begin in the war crimes/crimes against humanity trial of former Iraq President Saddam Hussein; groundbreaking for the Freedom Tower begins in New York City; armed robbers steal Edvard Munch's painting, "The Scream" from a museum in Norway; the television series "Entourage" debuts on HBO; swimmer Michael Phelps wins six gold medals and two bronzes at the Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece.
2005: "We Belong Together," Mariah Carey
Weeks at No. 1: June 4-25 and July 9-Sept. 10; No 1 radio song: May 28-Sept. 10
Written by: Mariah Carey, Jermaine Dupri, Manuel Seal, Johntá Austin, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, Darnell Bristol, Bobby Womack, Patrick Moten and Sandra Sully
Interesting fact: Billboard ranks "We Belong Together" as the "song of the decade" and as the No. 9 most popular song. Of all time.
Happening in the summer of 2005: Four terror attacks kill 52 in London; Hurricane Katrina makes landfall and causes severe damage along the Gulf Coast, especially in the city of New Orleans; comedies "Wedding Crashers" and "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" are released; former ABC New anchor Peter Jennings dies.
2006: "Promiscuous," Nelly Furtado featuring Timbaland
Weeks at No. 1: July 8-Aug. 12
Written by: Timothy "Attitude" Clayton, Timbaland, Nelly Furtado, Nate "Danja" Hills.
Interesting fact: Timbaland co-wrote and produced two more No. 1 hits in 2006: Justin Timberlake's "SexyBack" and "My Love."
Happening in the summer of 2006: Former Beatle Paul McCartney turns 64; Twiiter is launched; the International Astronomical Society demotes Pluto to "dwarf planet" status; film sequel "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" opens and later becomes the top-grossing movie of the year.
2007: "Umbrella," Rihanna featuring Jay Z
Weeks at No. 1: June 9-July 21; No. 1 radio song: July 14-Aug. 4
Written by: Christopher "Tricky" Stewart, The-Dream, Thaddis Harrell, Jay Z
Interesting fact: The beat for "Umbrella" was created using the free music software GarageBand.
Happening in the summer of 2007: "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," the final book in the series, is released; the 35W Bridge in Minneapolis kills 13; Drew Carey is picked as the new host of "The Price Is Right"; Lady Bird Johnson, former first lady of the United States, dies.
2008: "I Kissed a Girl," Katy Perry
Weeks at No. 1: July 5-Aug. 16
Written by: Katy Perry, Lukasz Gottwald (aka: Dr. Luke), Max Martin, Cathy Dennis
Interesting fact: Perry, who started her career as a contemporary Christian singer, first admitted to the press that she had never actually kissed a girl, then later said she had kissed girls before.
Happening in the summer of 2008: Bill Gates steps down as the chairman of Microsoft; the Summer Olympics is held in Beijing, swimmer Michael Phelps earns eight gold medals, breaking Mark Spitz's record of gold medals earned at a single Olympics; comedian George Carlin dies.
2009: "I Gotta Feeling," Black Eyed Peas
Weeks at No. 1: July 11-Oct. 10; No. 1 radio song: Aug. 22-Sept. 26
Written by: the Black Eyed Peas, David Guetta, Frederic Riesterer
Interesting fact: "I Gotta Feeling" was the first song to sell over 7 million digital copies.
Happening in the summer of 2009: Michael Jackson dies; the Statue of Liberty's crown reopens to the public following an eight-year closure because of security concerns; tennis player Roger Federer wins a record 15th Grand Slam title at Wimbledon; the American League wins the 80th All-Star baseball game.
2010: "California Gurls," Katy Perry featuring Snoop Dogg
Weeks at top of Billboard's Songs of the Summer chart: July 17-Sept. 18
Written by: Katy Perry, Dr. Luke, Max Martin, Benjamin Levin, Bonnie McKee, Snoop Dogg
Interesting fact: Co-writer Benjamin Levin, known professionally as rapper Benny Blanco, also co-wrote and produced Maroon 5's "Moves Like Jagger" and Britney Spears' "Circus."
Happening in the summer of 2010: The first 24-hour flight by a solar-powered plane is completed; WikiLeaks reveals to the public more than 90,000 internal reports about the war in Afghanistan; the film "Inception" premieres; California's Proposition 8, which prohibited same-sex marriage in the state, is overturned; "Mad Men" wins its third Emmy in a row for Best Drama Series.
2011: "Rolling in the Deep," Adele
Weeks at top of Billboard's Songs of the Summer chart: July 2-Aug. 13
Written by: Adele and Paul Epworth
Interesting fact: "Rolling in the Deep" became the fourth song to top Billboard's Year End Hot 100 Singles chart and win Record and Song of the Year at the Grammys.
Happening in the summer of 2011: Juno, the first solar-powered spacecraft on a mission to Jupiter, is launched; Boston gangster Whitey Bulger is arrested in California after 16 years in hiding; Chris Evans debuts as hero Captain America in the film "Captain America: The First Avenger"; a 5.8 earthquake centered in Virginia is felt in Baltimore and Washington.
2012: "Call Me Maybe," Carly Rae Jepsen
Weeks at top of Billboard's Songs of the Summer chart: June 30-Sept. 15
Written by: Carly Rae Jepsen, Josh Ramsay, Tavish Crowe
Interesting fact: Village Voice's influential Pazz and Jop poll, voted on by top music critics from across the country, named "Call Me Maybe" the No. 1 song of 2012.
Happening in the summer of 2012: Mid-Atlantic storms leave 13 dead in Ohio, Virginia, Maryland and D.C.; the last film in the Christian Bale-as-Batman film series, "The Dark Knight Rises," premieres; the Summer Olympics are held in London.
2013: "Blurred Lines," Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell
Weeks at top of Billboard's Songs of the Summer chart: June 29-Sept. 14
Written by: Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams, T.I., Marvin Gaye
Interesting fact: Thicke and Williams say they are in the process of appealing the copyright infringement decision that awarded $7.4 million to the family of Marvin Gaye, who noted the similarities between "Blurred Lines" and Gaye's 1977 song, "Got to Give It Up."
Happening in the summer of 2013: Lebron James is named NBA finals MVP for the second year in a row; the city of Detroit files for bankruptcy; Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi is deposed in a military coup d'etat; the Food Network does not renew the contract of chef/host Paula Deen; "Orange Is the New Black" premieres on Netflix.
2014: "Fancy," Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX
Weeks at top of Billboard's Songs of Summer chart: June 14-Sept. 13
Written by: Iggy Azalea, Charli XCX, George Astasio, Jason Pebworth, Jon Shave, Kurtis McKenzie
Interesting fact: Iggy Azalea's real name is Amethyst Kelly.
Happening in the summer of 2014: The U.S. military fights the ISIS regime in northern Iraq; the series "True Blood" ends its run on HBO and TLC cancels "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo"; the U.S. Supreme Court rules that family-owned businesses can reject provisions of "Obamacare" on religious grounds; series "Breaking Bad" wins Best Drama Series at the Emmys for its final season.Copyright © 2019, The Baltimore Sun