15 Summer Jams You May Have Forgotten

These hits from 1997 through 2011 might not have been the song of their respective summers, but maybe they should have been?

1. 1997: Robyn, “Do You Know (What It Takes)”

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The Bigger Summer Jams of 1997:
The Notorious B.I.G., “Mo Money Mo Problems”
Third Eye Blind, “Semi-Charmed Life”
Hanson, “MMMBop”
Backstreet Boys, “Quit Playing Games (with My Heart)”

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2. 1998: All Saints, “Never Ever”

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The Bigger Summer Jams of 1998:
Brandy & Monica, “The Boy Is Mine”
Backstreet Boys, “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)”
K-Ci & JoJo, “All My Life”
Madonna, “Ray of Light”

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3. 1999: LEN, “Steal My Sunshine”

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The Bigger Summer Jams of 1999:
Ricky Martin, “Livin’ La Vida Loca”
Backstreet Boys, “I Want It That Way”
Christina Aguilera, “Genie in a Bottle”
Destiny’s Child, “Bills, Bills, Bills”
Smash Mouth, “All Star”

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4. 2000: Mystikal, “Shake Ya Ass”

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The Bigger Summer Jams of 2000:
Britney Spears, “Ooops…I Did It Again”
Eminem, “The Real Slim Shady”
Aaliyah, “Try Again”
Destiny’s Child, “Jumpin’ Jumpin’”
NSYNC, “It’s Gonna Be Me”

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5. 2001: 112, “Peaches and Cream”

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The Bigger Summer Jams of 2001:
Missy Elliott, “Get Ur Freak On”
Destiny’s Child, “Bootylicious”
Eve featuring Gwen Stefani, “Let Me Blow Ya Mind”
Usher, “U Remind Me”

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6. 2002: Cam’ron, “Oh Boy”

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The Bigger Summer Jams of 2002:
Nelly, “Hot in Herre”
Ashanti, “Foolish”
Eminem, “Without Me”
Nelly featuring Kelly Rowland, “Dilemma”

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7. 2003: Lumidee, “Never Leave You (Uh Oh)”

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The Bigger Summer Jams of 2003:
Beyoncé featuring Jay-Z, “Crazy in Love”
R. Kelly, “Ignition (Remix)”
Justin Timberlake, “Rock Your Body”
Lil Jon and the East Side Boyz, “Get Low”
Nelly, P. Diddy and Murphy Lee, “Shake Ya Tailfeather”

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8. 2004: Nina Sky, “Move Ya Body”

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The Bigger Summer Jams of 2004:
Usher featuring Lil Jon and Ludacris, “Yeah”
Terror Squad, “Lean Back”
Petey Pablo, “Freek-A-Leek”
Christina Milian, “Dip It Low”

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9. 2005: Amerie, “1 Thing”

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The Bigger Summer Jams of 2005:
Mariah Carey, “We Belong Together”
Missy Elliott, “Lose Control”
Pussycat Dolls, “Don’t Cha”
The Killers, “Mr. Brightside”
Gorillaz, “Feel Good Inc.”

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10. 2006: Cassie, “Me & U”

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The Bigger Summer Jams of 2006:
Nelly Furtado featuring Timbaland, “Promiscuous”
Gnarls Barkley, “Crazy”
Chamillionaire, “Ridin’”
Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean, “Hips Don’t Lie”

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11. 2007: Lil’ Mama, “Lip Gloss”

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The Bigger Summer Jams of 2007:
Rihanna featuring Jay-Z, “Umbrella”
Amy Winehouse, “Rehab”
Kanye West, “Stronger”
Shop Boyz, “Party Like a Rockstar”

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12. 2008: M.I.A., “Paper Planes”

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The Bigger Summer Jams of 2008:
Lil Wayne, “A Milli”
Katy Perry, “I Kissed a Girl”
Coldplay, “Viva La Vida”
Rihanna, “Disturbia”

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13. 2009: Cobra Starship featuring Leighton Meester, “Good Girls Go Bad”

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The Bigger Summer Jams of 2009:
Lady Gaga, “LoveGame”
Black Eyed Peas, “I Gotta Feeling”
Taylor Swift, “You Belong with Me”
Kings of Leon, “Use Somebody”

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14. 2010: La Roux, “Bulletproof”

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The Bigger Summer Jams of 2010:
Katy Perry featuring Snoop Dogg, “California Gurls”
Usher featuring Pitbull, “DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love”
Taio Cruz, “Dynamite”
B.o.B. featuring Hayley Williams, “Airplanes”
Katy Perry, “Teenage Dream”

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15. 2011: Kelly Rowland featuring Lil Wayne, “Motivation”

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The Bigger Summer Jams of 2011:
Adele, “Rolling in the Deep”
Lady Gaga, “The Edge of Glory”
LMFAO, “Party Rock Anthem”
Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera, “Moves Like Jagger”
Nicki Minaj, “Super Bass”

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Here’s a playlist featuring all 15 songs on Rdio…

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…and here’s a version on Spotify.

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