July 10, 2013 at 12:57 pm

Listen to Spotify Handle 98 Percent of Summer Jams, 1962-2013

summer jams 2013

Summer is upon us, which means it’s time to pump up the summer jams for teenage kicks regardless of age.

Last year, we presented a Spotify playlist consisting of summer jams from NPR’s collation of Billboard’s charts, from 1962 to 2012, to create a musical time machine that only lands on summer. Spotify was capable of handling 95 percent of that list — a pretty good showing. Now, we have updated our playlist of top summer jams so that it extends from 1962 to 2013, embedded below.

So, how is Spotify doing this year, in terms of including all of these summer jams? To find out, we first extrapolated data from Billboard to determine that the top summer jam for 2013, so far anyway, is Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines (featuring T.I. and Pharrell)”, because it has claimed the top Billboard spot for the last three weeks running. We added that to this year’s playlist, which you can listen to below.

Then we figured out what has changed with the list since last year. We found that Spotify’s catalog has added four of the missing songs since last year’s list, and did not lose a single summer jam since last year. That means Spotify is now only missing three out of the 128 summer jams since 1962 — it has 98 percent of the summer jams list, up from 95 percent last year — which bodes well for fans who want access to everything on Spotify and other on-demand music services.

Happy summers! You can listen to 98 percent of Billboard’s top summer jams from 1962-2013 here, or scroll down to see which songs are still missing from Spotify, or were added since last year. And if you subscribe to Spotify (or have a laptop with an internet connection), you can take these jams to the beach on your phone to relive 51 years of (American) summer jams:

  • 2013 (so far): Robin Thicke (featuring T.I. and Pharrell), “Blurred Lines”
  • 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”  (still missing from Spotify)
  • 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” (added to Spotify since last summer)
  • 1993: Tag Team, “Whoomp! (There It Is)”
  • 1993: UB40, “Can’t Help Falling In Love”
  • 1992: Boys II Men, “End of the Road” (added to Spotify since last summer)
  • 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” (added to Spotify since last summer)
  • 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” (added to Spotify since last summer)
  • 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” (still missing from Spotify)
  • 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!” (still missing from Spotify)
  • 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”
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  • guy88

    It’s Gonna Be Me is certainly not missing from Spotify