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20 Biggest Songs of the Summer: The 2000s

The new millennium kicked off with record-breaking summer temperatures and lots of club bangers

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Just as disco ruled the charts for much of the Seventies, the Hot 100 has lived in the club for most of the millennium’s first decade – especially in the summer. Timbaland and the Neptunes made rap funkier (and more danceable) than ever, while hitmakers like Dr. Luke made sure that even pop had plenty of bumping beats. Gwen Stefani and Nelly Furtado went hip-hop, Shakira went reggaeton and Fergie went pretty much everywhere. From Jay to Bey, here are the biggest Oughts hits that dominated the charts between June and September, dictated by peak chart positions and total length of run on the Hot 100. We also filtered out some of the less seasonal ballads, such as lighter-wavers by Mariah Carey and Matchbox Twenty.

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6. Rihanna feat. Jay-Z, “Umbrella”

For nearly every year since "Pon De Replay" introduced her to the world, Rihanna has had one of the biggest jams of the summer. But none of them reigned over the season as decisively as "Umbrella" did over 2007.

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5. Katy Perry, “I Kissed A Girl”

"I Kissed A Girl" created something of a summer dynasty. Since Katy Perry's first single produced by pop mastermind Dr. Luke topped the charts in 2008, they've soundtracked several more together with hits like 2010's "California Gurls," 2011's "Last Friday Nite (T.G.I.F.)" and, to a lesser extent, this year's "Birthday."

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4. Nelly Furtado feat. Timbaland, “Promiscuous”

Early in her career, Nelly Furtado was the earthy singer-songwriter of "I'm Like A Bird" fame who Missy Elliott and Timbaland took out of her element for the "Get Ur Freak On" remix. A few years later, Furtado's career got a reboot when she reunited with Timbaland for a series of thumping hits from 2006's Loose.

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3. Nelly, “Hot In Herre”

Perhaps no song has ever been a more perfectly premeditated summer jam: Nelly and the Neptunes, fresh off of running the two previous summers, join forces to convince the world it's too hot for clothes. A year later, another St. Louis rapper, Chingy, slurred his R's to create the summer hit "Right Thurr."

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2. Beyonce feat. Jay-Z, “Crazy In Love”

Beyonce and Jay Z are currently on their first co-headlining concert series, the On The Run tour. But hip-hop and R&B's royal couple first announced their personal and professional alliance more than a decade ago with a pair of hit collaborations, Hov's "'03 Bonnie & Clyde" and this summer smash that launched B's solo debut, Dangerously In Love.

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1. The Black Eyed Peas, “I Gotta Feeling”

The second single of BEP's summer 2009 takeover, "I Gotta Feeling" sold 8 million copies to become the highest selling digital single of all time. The first US chart-topper produced by French dance star David Guetta, the song would also pave the way for the American pop breakthroughs of other European EDM producers like Afrojack and Calvin Harris.

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