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20 Summer Jams From The Last 20 Years

Time to go to the beach, beach, light it up and take a puff and party in the USA!

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1994- Coolio "Fantastic Voyage"

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Grab your boom box and turn this up! Even if you don't have a car like Spoon and Coolio, you can still get to the beach once the man with a cane shows up and changes your bike into a sweet convertible.

Side note: Has anyone seen Coolio?

1995- Blues Traveler "Run-Around"

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It pains me to add this and not include Biggie's "One More Chance", but if we're being honest, "Run- Around" was on repeat in 1995. Let's just admit, we liked it and move on.

1996- 2Pac featuring K-Ci and JoJo "How Do U Want It/ California Love"

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Completely ignoring that this was the year of the "Macarena", we regained some street cred blaring this from our cars. No matter what you drove or the fact your mom was in the car, you felt like a bad ass when this came on and still do.

1997- Meredith Brooks "Bitch"

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Now this is tough, "Mo Money Mo Problems", "Do You Know (What It Takes)", and even "MMMBop" were on my playlist, but "Bitch" was the first time I ever heard that word on the radio, making it hellacool. And that song is meant to be screamed from inside your car.

1998- Usher "My Way"

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Still one of my favorite Usher songs and the first time I remember hearing about him. I still have this CD single (probably in my car).

1999- Destiny's Child "Bills, Bills Bills"

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Remember when there were FOUR members of Destiny's Child? And the scandal when they became three? This was my first DC single that is now covered in scratches. Even my 14 year old self knew to never let my man use my cell phone.

2000- 'N Sync "It's Gonna Be Me"

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So I may have watched TRL everyday and waited for this video to come on so I could learn this dance…maybe! Who doesn't like 5 guys dancing like marionette dolls?

2001- Blu Cantrell "Hit 'Em Up Style (Oops!)"

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Honorable mention to "Let Me Blow Ya Mind" and "Peaches and Cream", but I have vivid memories of blasting "Hit 'Em Up Style" with my gurlz in the car in the Summer. I was really into the man hating music...

2002- Nelly "Hot In Herre"

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This brings me back to working the concessions stand at the local movie theater. Even though it's probably not work appropriate, it's equally not appropriate to wear a bandaid as a fashion accessory.

2003- 50 Cent "P.I.M.P"

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Fifty! Fiddy? 50! No matter how you spell it, it equals 4 white girls in a Jetta trying to memorize each line.

2004- Terror Squad featuring Fat Joe "Lean Back"

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Any song that inspires such a lazy dance movement deserves to be on this list. Plus this video's amazing! Fat Joe, Kevin Hart and Lil Jon! YEEAAAHH!

2005- Gwen Stefani "Hollaback Girl"

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Honorable mention to "Lose Control" but EVERYONE could say they "weren't no Hollaback Girl!" Nine years later, still not sure what that means...

2006- Gnarls Barkley "Crazy"

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You could not enter a club in the Summer of 2006 and not hear this song, plus it was the first time I met Ceelo.

2007- Rihanna "Umbrella"

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Before Riri was Riri, she was the "Umbrella Girl." Super hot, great song, great video and anything Jay-Z makes an appearance in gets my stamp of approval.

2008- Katy Perry "I Kissed A Girl"

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This was the Summer of girls kissing girls because this song made it ok. Katy Perry forced herself onto our radios with this sexy, sexy song.

2009- The Black Eyed Peas "I Gotta Feeling"

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Another one of those "let's forget we liked this", and yet I STILL hear this at EVERY wedding I've ever been to.

2010- Eminem featuring Rihanna "Love the Way You Lie"

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Not the best lyrics for a Summer jam, but you could not avoid this song. Still holding the test of time 4 years later.

2011- LMFAO feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock "Party Rock Anthem"

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Even though this Summer gave us "Rolling in the Deep" and "Super Bass", "Party Rock Anthem" made leopard spandex cool.

2012- Carly Rae Jepsen "Call Me Maybe"

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You can't have this list without a One Hit Wonder and "Call Me Maybe" was as instantly cool as it was uncool. And yet, I will still belt this song when I hear it.

2013- Robin Thicke "Blurred Lines"

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This song was on repeat for about 5 weeks of my Summer. Most of us are over the song, but definitely not over Robin Thicke.

2014- Iggy Azalea "Fancy" ????

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It's too soon to know what will be the 2014 Summer jam, but Iggy is right now the front runner. "Turn Down for What?" and "Talk Dirty" could end up taking it, or a song we have yet to hear.

Disclaimer: I'm sure I am missing songs, but this list is based on what I can still listen to or associate with the Summer. Keep in mind I'm a 28 year old white girl from the suburbs…

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