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    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)"

    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)"

    2. 1998: All Saints, "Never Ever"

    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"

    3. 1999: LEN, "Steal My Sunshine"

    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"

    4. 2000: Mystikal, "Shake Ya Ass"

    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"

    5. 2001: 112, "Peaches and Cream"

    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"

    6. 2002: Cam'ron, "Oh Boy"

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

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

    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"

    8. 2004: Nina Sky, "Move Ya Body"

    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"

    9. 2005: Amerie, "1 Thing"

    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."

    10. 2006: Cassie, "Me & U"

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

    11. 2007: Lil' Mama, "Lip Gloss"

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

    12. 2008: M.I.A., "Paper Planes"

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

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

    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"

    14. 2010: La Roux, "Bulletproof"

    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"

    15. 2011: Kelly Rowland featuring Lil Wayne, "Motivation"

    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"

    Here's a playlist featuring all 15 songs on Rdio...

    ...and here's a version on Spotify.