June 20, 2012 at 2:41 pm

Listen to Spotify Handle 95 Percent of NPR’s Summer Jams, 1962-2012

National Public Radio follows in the footsteps of Shazam’s Top 10 Summer Jams for 2012 with a comprehensive list of every summer jam from 1962 to the present based on its interpretation of Billboard’s historical sales data for the past 50 summers.

To find out how good Spotify is at dealing with a list of oldies-but-goodies to more recent popular summer jams — and in celebration of today’s summer solstice — and because we just love summer jams — we conducted a little experiment to see how many of the summer jams on NPR’s list (streamable) can be played within Spotify, in part to take a survey of what’s still being withheld from the service.

Our chief finding: Spotify handled about 95 percent of the list — that’s 120 of the 127 hottest summer jams of the past 50 years, which seems like a pretty decent percentage.

Bask with us in the sunshine-drenched sound of 50 seasons’ worth of America’s summer jams. This playlist is suitable for barbecues, although you have to subscribe to the app to get it on your portable. We included remastered versions where available for your revisionist listening pleasure. It’s a great list — after all, some of this is quality music people want to keep listening to for years:

Here’s the full text list from NPR, with the songs that are missing from Spotify crossed out and The Macarena listed in bold:

  • 2012: Carly Rae Jepsen, “Call Me Maybe”
  • 2012: Icona Pop, “I Love It”
  • 2011: Adele, “Rolling In The Deep”
  • 2011: LMFAO, “Party Rock Anthem”
  • 2011: Nicki Minaj, “Super Bass”
  • 2010: Eminem feat. Rihanna, “Love the Way You Lie”
  • 2010: Katy Perry, “California Gurls”
  • 2010: Taio Cruz, “Dynamite”
  • 2009: Black Eyed Peas, “I Gotta Feeling”
  • 2009: Taylor Swift, “You Belong With Me”
  • 2008: Coldplay, “Viva La Vida”
  • 2008: Katy Perry, “I Kissed A Girl”
  • 2008: Lil Wayne feat. Static Major, “Lollipop”
  • 2007: Rihanna feat. Jay-Z, “Umbrella”
  • 2007: T-Pain feat. Yung Joc, “Buy U A Drank”
  • 2006: Gnarls Barkley, “Crazy”
  • 2006: Nelly Furtado feat. Timbaland, “Promiscuous”
  • 2006: Shakira, “Hips Don’t Lie”
  • 2005: Gwen Stefani, “Hollaback Girl”
  • 2005: The Pussycat Dolls feat. Busta Rhymes, “Don’t Cha”
  • 2004: Juvenile feat. Soulja Slim, “Slow Motion”
  • 2004: Usher, “Confessions Part II”
  • 2003: Beyoncé feat. Jay-Z, “Crazy In Love”
  • 2003: Chingy, “Right Thurr”
  • 2003: Sean Paul, “Get Busy”
  • 2002: Avril Lavigne, “Complicated”
  • 2002: Jimmy Eat World, “The Middle”
  • 2002: Eminem, “Without Me”
  • 2002: Nelly, “Hot In Herre”
  • 2001: Destiny’s Child, “Bootylicious”
  • 2001: Eve feat. Gwen Stefani, “Let Me Blow Ya Mind”
  • 2000: Aaliyah, “Try Again”
  • 2000: ‘NSYNC, “It’s Gonna Be Me”
  • 1999: Christina Aguilera, “Genie In A Bottle”
  • 1999: Jennifer Lopez, “If You Had My Love”
  • 1999: Len, “Steal My Sunshine”
  • 1999: Smash Mouth, “All Star”
  • 1998: Brandy & Monica, “The Boy Is Mine”
  • 1998: Next, “Too Close”
  • 1998: Vengaboys, “We Like To Party”
  • 1998: The Backstreet Boys, “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)”
  • 1997: Hanson, “MMMBop”
  • 1997: Notorious B.I.G. feat. Puff Daddy & Ma$e, “Mo Money Mo Problems”
  • 1997: Puff Daddy feat. Faith Evans & 112, “I’ll Be Missing You”
  • 1996: Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, “Tha Crossroads”
  • 1996: Los Del Rio, “Macarena”
  • 1996: Mariah Carey, “Always Be My Baby”
  • 1995: Seal, “Kiss From A Rose”
  • 1995: TLC, “Waterfalls”
  • 1994: Ace of Base, “Don’t Turn Around”
  • 1994: All-4-One, “I Swear”
  • 1994: Lisa Loeb, “Stay”
  • 1994: Warren G & Nate Dogg, “Regulate”
  • 1993: Tag Team, “Whoomp! (There It Is)”
  • 1993: UB40, “Can’t Help Falling In Love”
  • 1992: Boys II Men, “End of the Road”
  • 1992: Red Hot Chili Peppers, “Under the Bridge”
  • 1992: Sir Mix-A-Lot, “Baby Got Back”
  • 1991: Bryan Adams, “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You”
  • 1991: DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, “Summertime”
  • 1991: EMF, “Unbelievable”
  • 1990: Mariah Carey, “Vision Of Love”
  • 1990: New Kids on the Block, “Step By Step”
  • 1989: Martika, “Toy Soldiers”
  • 1989: Richard Marx, “Right Here Waiting”
  • 1988: Cheap Trick, “The Flame”
  • 1988: Steve Winwood, “Roll With It”
  • 1987: Heart, “Alone”
  • 1987: U2, “With Or Without You”
  • 1987: Whitney Houston, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody”
  • 1986: Madonna, “Papa Don’t Preach”
  • 1986: Peter Cetera, “Glory Of Love”
  • 1985: Huey Lewis & The News, “The Power of Love”
  • 1985: Tears For Fears, “Shout”
  • 1984: Cyndi Lauper, “Time After Time”
  • 1984: Prince & The Revolution, “When Doves Cry”
  • 1983: The Police, “Every Breath You Take”
  • 1983: Irene Cara, “Flashdance…What a Feeling”
  • 1982: Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder, “Ebony & Ivory”
  • 1982: Human League, “Don’t You Want Me”
  • 1982: Survivor, “Eye of the Tiger”
  • 1981: Rick Springfield, “Jessie’s Girl”
  • 1981: Kim Carnes, “Bette Davis Eyes”
  • 1980: Lipps, Inc., “Funkytown”
  • 1980: Billy Joel, “It’s Still Rock & Roll to Me”
  • 1979: Donna Summer, “Bad Girls”
  • 1979: Anita Ward, “Ring My Bell”
  • 1978: Andy Gibb, “Shadow Dancing”
  • 1978: Frankie Valli, “Grease”
  • 1977: Shaun Cassidy, “Da Doo Ron Ron”
  • 1977: Fleetwood Mac, “Dreams”
  • 1976: Starland Vocal Band, “Afternoon Delight”
  • 1976: Elton John & Kiki Dee, “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”
  • 1976: Wings, “Silly Love Songs”
  • 1975: The Captain & Tennille, “Love Will Keep Us Together”
  • 1974: Bo Donaldson & The Heywoods, “Billy, Don’t Be A Hero”
  • 1974: George McCrae, “Rock Your Baby”
  • 1973: Diana Ross, “Touch Me In The Morning”
  • 1973: Jim Croce, “Bad Bad Leroy Brown”
  • 1972: Bill Withers, “Lean On Me”
  • 1972: Sammy Davis, Jr., “The Candy Man”
  • 1971: Bee Gees, “How Can You Mend A Broken Heart?”
  • 1971: Carole King, “It’s Too Late”
  • 1970: The Carpenters, “(They Long To Be) Close To You”
  • 1970: The Jackson 5, “The Love You Save”
  • 1970: Edwin Starr, “War”
  • 1969: The Beatles, “Get Back”
  • 1969: The Rolling Stones, “Honky Tonk Woman”
  • 1968: Simon & Garfunkel, “Mrs. Robinson”
  • 1968: The Rascals, “People Got To Be Free”
  • 1967: Aretha Franklin, “Respect”
  • 1967: The Doors, “Light My Fire”
  • 1966: Tommy James & The Shondells, “Hanky Panky”
  • 1966: The Troggs, “Wild Thing”
  • 1966: The Lovin’ Spoonful, “Summer In The City”
  • 1965: The Byrds, “Mr. Tambourine Man”
  • 1965: The Beatles, “Help!”
  • 1965: The Rolling Stones, “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”
  • 1965: Sonny & Cher, “I Got You Babe”
  • 1964: Dean Martin, “Everybody Loves Somebody”
  • 1964: The Animals, “House of the Rising Sun”
  • 1964: The Beach Boys, “I Get Around”
  • 1963: Lesley Gore, “It’s My Party”
  • 1963: Jan & Dean, “Surf City”
  • 1962: Ray Charles, “I Can’t Stop Loving You”
  • 1962: Neil Sedaka, “Breaking Up Is Hard To Do”
  • 1962: Little Eva, “The Loco-Motion”
Photo courtesy of Flickr/Javier Volcan
  • Tom Dixon

    What happened to the playlist on Spotify? I opened the link and the playlist is empty now. :(