"California Gurls" deemed Top Summer Song of All Time
The sun is shining, the beaches are crowded and the bodies are tanned, which can only mean one thing -- Summer 2012 is in full swing. To celebrate the return of our favorite season, we've scoured the Billboard chart archives and updated this definitive list of the most popular songs about summer ever recorded.
These 30 hot tunes with summer-specific themes are ranked based on each track's performance on the Billboard Hot 100 chart from August 4, 1958 -- the inception of the chart -- through the chart dated May 26, 2012. Songs are ranked based on an inverse point system, with weeks at No. 1 earning the greatest value and weeks at No. 100 earning the least. (For more details on how this chart was compiled, scroll to the bottom of this page.)
1. California Gurls - Katy Perry feat. Snoop Dogg (2010)
With an unabashedly synthy beat and breathy vocals about a "warm, wet and wild" place and the women you find there, how could Katy Perry's perfectly timed hit -- with a smooth assist from Snoop Dogg, not have been the top song of summer 2010? In fact the song was so huge, it leapt from No. 18 when we first published this chart in May 2010 to No. 1 just one year later, beating out over 50 years of other hot summer songs.
i said it when it first came out that its the best summer song EVER.
Lady Gaga Xtina Katy Perry Marilyn Manson Grimes
J.Lo Azealia Banks Florence + The Machine Carrie Underwood Miley Cyrus MS MR
Goldfrapp Brooke Candy Ladytron The Pretty Reckless Katy B The Dixie Chicks Slayer Lana Del Rey
YoutubeTwitterFacebookLast.fm David Bowie : The Rolling Stones : Lady Gaga : Motown : Queen : Donna Summer : Nina Simone : Drake Beethoven : Mozart : Aretha Franklin : Bruce Springsteen : Tina Turner : Madonna : Etta James : Blondie
That's not the "Best" though. Just the "Top" Summer Song of All Time. The thread title is misleading. It implies that Billboard actually used quality analysis to determine the winner when it is not the case.