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Updated on Jun 29, 2019. Posted on Jun 21, 2019

Here's What The "Gay Song Of Summer" Was Since 1994

I'm curious what you think about our choice(s) for 2019. I'm sure I'll hear about it in the comments.

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Every year there is a song of summer and every year there is a GAY song of summer.

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This is an updated version of an old list. Each song was chosen by going to the last week of Pride month, so June, of the given year. Then, experts (two gays), decided which songs were *THE* gay song of summer.

1994: "100% Pure Love" by Crystal Waters


Honorable mentions: "Always" by Erasure, "The Sign" by Ace of Base, and "Whatta Man" by Salt-N-Peppa feat. En Vogue.

1995: "Total Eclipse of the Heart" by Nicki French

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Honorable mentions: "Freak Like Me" Adina Howard, "Run Away" by Real McCoy, and "Red Light Special" by TLC.

1996: "Always Be My Baby" by Mariah Carey

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Honorable mentions: "Sweet Dreams" by La Bouche, "Fastlove" by George Michael, and "Be My Lover" by La Bouche.

1997: "Say You'll Be There" Spice Girls


Honorable mentions: "Do You Know (What It takes)" by Robyn, "Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)" by Backstreet Boys, and "I Want You" by Savage Garden.

1998: "The Boy Is Mine" by Brandy & Monica


Honorable mentions: "Together Again" by Janet Jackson, "Stop" by the Spice Girls, and "No, No, No" by Destiny's Child.

1999: "It's Not Right But It's Okay (Thunderpuss Mix)" by Whitney Houston

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Honorable mentions: "No Scrubs" by TLC, "That Don't Impress Me Much" by Shania Twain, and "Believe" by Cher.

2000: "He Wasn't Man Enough" by Toni Braxton


Honorable mentions: "Oops! I Did It Again" by Britney Spears, "Better Off Alone" by Alice DJ, and "Feels So Good" by Sonique.

2001: "Lady Marmalade" by Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mya, and Pink

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Honorable mentions: "Bootylicious" by Destiny's Child, "All For You" by Janet Jackson, and "I Wanna Be Bad" by Willa Ford.

2002: "My Neck, My Back" by Khia

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Honorable mentions: "Foolish" by Ashanti, "Full Moon" by Brandy, and "Love At First Sight" by Kylie Minogue.

2003: "Crazy In Love" by Beyoncé


Honorable mentions: "Miss Independent" by Kelly Clarkson, "Never Leave You - Uh Ooh, Uh Oooh!" by Lumidee, and "Stuck" by Stacie Orrico.

2004: "Leave (Get Out)" by JoJo

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Honorable mentions: "Naughty Girl" by Beyoncé, "Move Ya Body" by Nina Sky, and "Dip It Low" by Christina Milian.

2005: "Don't Cha" by The Pussycat Dolls

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Honorable mentions: "Hollaback Girl" by Gwen Stefani, "We Belong Together" by Mariah Carey, and "Since U Been Gone" by Kelly Clarkson.

2006: "Buttons" by The Pussycat Dolls


Honorable mentions: "Bossy" by Kelis, "Me & U" by Cassie, and "Hips Don't Lie" by Shakira.

2007: "Umbrella" by Rihanna


Honorable mentions: "Big Girls Don't Cry" by Fergie, "Glamorous" by Fergie, and "The Sweet Escape" by Gwen Stefani.

2008: "Damaged" by Danity Kane


Honorable mentions: "When I Grow Up" by The Pussycat Dolls, "Touch My Body" by Mariah Carey, and "Break The Ice" by Britney Spears.

2009: "LoveGame" by Lady Gaga

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Honorable mentions: "Pokerface" by Lady Gaga and "Just Dance" by Lady Gaga, and "Obsessed" by Mariah Carey.

2010: "Rude Boy" by Rihanna


Honorable mentions: "Your Love Is My Drug" by Kesha, "Alejandro" by Lady Gaga, and "Can't Be Tamed" by Miley Cyrus.

2011: "Super Bass" by Nicki Minaj

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Honorable mentions: "Till The World Ends" by Britney Spears, "On The Floor" by Jennifer Lopez, and "The Edge of Glory" by Lady Gaga.

2012: "Call Me Maybe" by Carly Rae Jepsen


Honorable mentions: "Starships" by Nicki Minaj, "Titanium" by David Guetta and Sia, and "We Found Love" by Rihanna.

2013: "We Can't Stop" by Miley Cyrus

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Honorable mentions: "Come & Get It" by Selena Gomez, "The Way" by Ariana Grande, and "Body Party" by Ciara.

2014: "Problem" by Ariana Grande

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Honorable mentions: "Chandelier" by Sia, "2 On" by Tinashe, and "Shower" by Becky G.

2015: "Cool For The Summer" by Demi Lovato

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Honorable mentions: "Worth It" by Fifth Harmony, "One Last Time" by Ariana Grande, and "Run Away With Me" by Carly Rae Jepsen.

2016: "Work From Home" by Fifth Harmony

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Honorable mentions: "This Is What You Came For" by Calvin Harris and Rihanna, "Dangerous Woman" by Ariana Grande, and "Into You" by Ariana Grande.

2017: "The Cure" by Lady Gaga

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Honorable mentions: "Cut To The Feeling" by Carly Rae Jepsen and that's like it. It was a very gross #MascOnly summer.

2018: "No Tears Left To Cry" by Ariana Grande

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Honorable mentions: "One Kiss" by Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa, "Solo" by Clean Bandit and Demi Lovato, "Sin Pijama" by Becky G and Natti Natasha, and either "My My My" or bottom anthem "Bloom" by Troye Sivan.

2019: "On A Roll" by Ashley O.


Honorable mentions: Literally anything by Lizzo, basically all of Carly Rae Jepsen's new album (support her, she needs to eat!), "Ever Again" by Robyn, and the fast speaking part in Katy's "Never Really Over."

Here's the playlist:

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