The theme for the summers of the 2010s seemed like it was all about getting together to generate some fun — or in the case of musicians, partnering to create some hit music. Of the 10 tunes named Song of the Summer that decade, seven were collaborations.
Perhaps the most popular was 2019’s “Old Town Road,” which Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus rode at the top of the Billboard Songs of the Summer and Hot 100 charts until they couldn’t ride no more. The megahit spent a record-breaking 19 weeks at the top of the Hot 100, and earned Song of the Summer title by topping that chart upon the chart’s return for the year, and staying at No. 1 the entire season.
In 2012, people showed that they were willing to pick up the phone, especially if a Canadian singer by the name of Carly Rae Jepsen was on the other end. The pop singer’s “Call Me Maybe” — which Justin Bieber was a fan of — also nabbed the title of Song of the Summer, thanks to nine weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100.
Robin Thicke, T.I. and Pharrell Williams’ “Blurred Lines” had an impressive run as well. It snagged the top spot on the Hot 100 for 12 weeks in 2013 to ultimately become that year’s Song of the Summer.
The decade had some other major summer hits (we’re lookin’ at ya, “Fancy” and “Despacito”), so we know it’ll be hard to choose, but we’re gonna make you do it anyway. So go ahead and cast a vote below for your favorite Song of the Summer from the 2010s. (If you need a refresher first, check out our playlist of the songs that earned the title.)
These hot tunes are ranked based on each track’s performance on the Billboard Hot 100 chart during the summer. For the period of 1991 and before, prior to the advent of Nielsen Music radio monitoring and point-of-sales data, the rankings are based on an inverse point system, with weeks at No. 1 earning the greatest value and weeks at No. 100 earning the least. For the years corresponding with Nielsen Music data, 1992 onward, the rankings are based on accumulated radio and sales points, and points from other data sets that were included in the Hot 100 during those respective years.