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If This Is It HUEY LEWIS & THE NEWS

#6 POP // JULY 1984 // CHRYSALIS sweltering on the backs of sultry doo-wop harmonies and dazzling lead guitar solos, huey Lewis’s “if this is it” sticks out as one of the grandest midtempo rock and roll ballads of the Eighties. images from the popular concept video, portraying beach vixens and the band members being buried in the sands of santa Cruz, has been enshrined deeply in the minds of the MtV generation.

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Paradise SADE

#16 POP // JUNE 1988 // EPIC

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Whoomp! There It Is TAG TEAM #2 POP // MAY 1993 // LIFE underground Miami bass group tag team found their key to success in a sample of Kano’s italio-disco 1983 hit “i’m ready.” With some sharp MC hammer rap action and hype crowdparticipation on the chorus, the song blasted it way to the pop charts at the beginning of May 1993, even beating their competition 95 south with a similar-sounding “Whoot, there it is.” the song managed to sell a whopping 4 million copies and became the group’s only hit record. the song is now considered an urban club staple and a crowd favorite at sporting events.

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Carribean Queen (No More Love on the Run)

BILLY OCEAN #1 POP // SEPTEMBER 1984 // JIVE

Exotic summer breezes, conga beats and tranquil smooth r&b alongside sade adu’s enchanting vocal deliveries heard on “Paradise” helped serenade the ears of many romantic nights in the summer of 1988.

billy ocean’s breakout pop/dance hit, detailing a story about a dazzling island girl, lit up the discos in ’84 and quickly turned up the ante on his music career. thanks to the song’s producer and co-writer robert “Mutt” Lunge, who had previous successes with aC/dC and def Leppard, “Caribbean Queen” became synonymous with ‘80’s music and gave r&b an extra jolt of energy for MtV’s video airplay.

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La Bamba LOS LOBOS

#1 POP // JULY 1987 // SLASH ritchie Valens successfully recorded the tex-Mex/Chicano rock top 40 pop hit “La bamba” in 1958 and became an early rock and roll classic. For the Valens’ 1987 biopic (La bamba), Los Lobos re-recorded the song, turning it into a number one pop hit. it proved to be the perfect memento to an unsung rock legend and one of the summer’s big hits.

Sledgehammer PETER GABRIEL

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Crazy In Love BEYONCE FEAT. JAY Z.

#1 POP // MAY 2003 // COLUMBIA booty-poppin’ bass-rap jams had been experimented before on much of the ‘90’s club bass summer anthems of 95 south “Whoot! there it is,” 69 boyz’ “tootstie roll” and ghost town dJ’s “My boo”, but beyonce’s 2003 percussion-driven party jam, which samples the Chi-Lites and showcasing a killer rap spot from Jay-Z, simply perfected it and proved to be the queen mother of the urban discos.

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Good Times CHIC

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Boys of Summer DON HENLEY

#3 POP // DECEMBER 1984 // GEFFEN the longtime Eagles’ vocalist and drummer echoes a repetitive nu Wave riff over a lamenting grateful dead lyric chronicling mid life crisis and a sympathetic love letter for the ages (“My love for you will still be strong, after the boys of sumer have gone”). it’s a pretty sad tune through and through, but henley has a hint of optimism in his voice and the soothing ‘80’s rock is some of the era’s best.

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Under the Boardwalk THE DRIFTERS

#1 POP // JULY 1979 // ATLANTIC

#4 POP // JULY 1964 // ATLANTIC

Just when disco was wrapping up its time in the public eye and the us economy still in peril, Chic pulled out a monster of a dance hit with “good times.” the song’s melody and juicy bass lines, highly sampled in iconic rap classics and borrowed on Queen’s “another one bites the dust,” proved to be more valuable than gold in the eyes of advanced musicians, but the ears of music lovers were finding too much relief in the getaway adages of the lyrics. on the album risque’, “good times” was followed by the therapeutic smooth ballad “a Warm summer night.”

the sweet doo-wop romantics and boardwalk imagery of this summery tune seems to age gracefully with each passing decade. Even though it’s been covered by countless american idol finalists and pop superstars, the ‘60’s original – with its gorgeous violins, strings and spanish güiro – continues to trump the others.

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Hot In Herre NELLY

#1 POP // MAY 1986 // GEFFEN

#1 POP // MAY 2002 // F0’ REEL

along with some funky stax-inspired horns, Peter gabriel takes on some vobvious “sock it to me” innuendos, referencing roller coaster rides, steam trains, bees and pollination. it’s apparent that the English musician was working up his mojo on this record. in May 1986, he wasn’t alone. thanks to millions of music lovers and the folks at MtV, the song successfully soared to number one pop on the shoulders of a popular Claymationstop motion music video.

nelly’s beastly summer jam “hot in herre” brought spring break fun, sizzling flirtation and loads of sexy to 2002. When the chorus kicks in after nelly borrows a few pointers from Chuck brown’s “bustin’ Loose,” the female singer creates eargasms with her sexy coos. by the end of the summer, everybody was taking their clothes off to nelly’s tune.

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Freeway of Love ARETHA FRANKLIN

#3 POP // JULY 1985 // ARISTA aretha zooms down the interstate with her best upbeat track since “rock steady.” on top of that, legendary sax man Clarence Clemons make a surprise visit and turns up the heat on the uptempo narada Michael Walden production.

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