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20 Biggest Songs of the Summer: The 2010s (So Far)

European imports and Katy Perry dominate five years of summer

"Fancy" star Iggy Azalea: Is She the Biggest Summer Hitmaker of the Decade?

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The fifth summer of this decade isn’t over yet. But in the past few years, we’ve seen summer jams that will surely define the era for future generations, from indelible one hit wonders such as Gotye to the ongoing hit parade of super producers Dr. Luke and Pharrell Williams. We’ve even declared some early victors from the summer of 2014, including Magic! and Iggy Azalea. This list was assembled using Billboard data from Hot 100 charts between June 20th and this week, dictated by peak chart positions and total length of run on the Hot 100. To boil the list down to the most seasonally appropriate summer anthems, we omitted melancholy rap power ballads (Eminem, B.o.B., Lil Wayne) and bummery pop songs (Maroon 5, Adele, Sam Smith, John Legend).

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 29: Rapper Iggy Azalea performs onstage during the BET AWARDS '14 at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on June 29, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/BET/Getty Images for BET)

Pitbull feat. Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer, “Give Me Everything”

Everybody seemed to love Pitbull's first Number One hit in the summer of 2011, except for the subject of his lyric "locked up like Lindsay Lohan." Lohan attempted to sue over the line, but a judge ruled in favor of Pitbull's First Amendment rights.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 29: Rapper Iggy Azalea performs onstage during the BET AWARDS '14 at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on June 29, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/BET/Getty Images for BET)

Katy Perry feat. Snoop Dogg, “California Gurls”

Big Star frontman and cult hero Alex Chilton's death in the spring of 2010 prompted an outpouring of tributes from countless bands. But one of the biggest and subtlest came from an unlikely source: Katy Perry spelled the title of her blockbuster single "California Gurls" in homage to Big Star's "September Gurls."

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 29: Rapper Iggy Azalea performs onstage during the BET AWARDS '14 at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on June 29, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/BET/Getty Images for BET)

LMFAO feat. Lauren Bennett and GoonRock, “Party Rock Anthem”

As founder of Motown Records, Berry Gordy Jr. worked behind the scenes on countless hit records without ever becoming a star in his own right. Some of his offspring became stars, however — his son Kennedy "Rockwell" Gordy released the smash "Somebody's Watching Me" in 1984, and his son Stefan "Redfoo" Gordy and grandson Skylar "SkyBlu" Gordy scored a couple of chart-toppers as LMFAO.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 29: Rapper Iggy Azalea performs onstage during the BET AWARDS '14 at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on June 29, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/BET/Getty Images for BET)

Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX, “Fancy”

With "Fancy" and her guest spot on Ariana Grande's "Problem," Iggy Azalea became the sixth artist ever to occupy the top two positions in the Hot 100. The song also became the longest running Number One by a female rapper. And, for that matter, the first by a rapper from Australia.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 29: Rapper Iggy Azalea performs onstage during the BET AWARDS '14 at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on June 29, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/BET/Getty Images for BET)

Carly Rae Jepsen, “Call Me Maybe”

Carly Rae Jepsen was a Canadian Idol finalist, and her breakout hit may have never been heard outside of her homeland had another famous Canadian not given her a shoutout. Justin Bieber heard the song on the radio in Canada and tweeted about it. Soon his manager Scooter Braun signed Jepsen, and within weeks "Call Me Maybe" was an international sensation.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 29: Rapper Iggy Azalea performs onstage during the BET AWARDS '14 at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on June 29, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/BET/Getty Images for BET)

Robin Thicke feat. T.I. and Pharrell Williams, “Blurred Lines”

When "Blurred Lines" and Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" ascended into the Top 10 in June 2013, it was the first time Pharrell Williams had had two Top 10 hits in almost exactly a decade. The last time was in May 2003, when the Neptunes produced "Rock Your Body" for Justin Timberlake and "Beautiful" for Snoop Dogg.

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