Summer 2009 was clearly the summer of the Black Eyed Peas. Producer RedOne did quite well, too. However some other genuine hits did manage to slip in. These are the 10 most successful pop songs based on chart performance for the summer of 2009.
Black Eyed Peas returned with their first new single in over three years. "Boom Boom Pow" spent 12 consecutive weeks at #1. It first hit the top in April and didn't drop from the peak until mid July. The song has sold over six million digital copies and won a Grammy Award for Best Short Form Video.
Keri Hilson did well with her single "Turnin' Me On," but this is her true breakthrough. She co-wrote the song and Danja put together an outstanding production job on this slick, melodic, instantly catchy R&B tune. "Knock You Down" peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped the R&B chart.
After "Boom Boom Pow" relinquished control, the Black Eyed Peas spent the rest of the summer at #1 with this instant party classic. Ultimately "I Gotta Feeling" ruled the Billboard Hot 100 for an astonishing 14 weeks. It has sold more digital copies than any other song with over seven million sold. "I Gotta Feeling" is one of the biggest pop hit singles of all time.
Veteran Latin rapper Pitbull had reached the pop top 40 before, but nothing like this massive smash hit. A huge part of the hook is borrowed from the band Chicago's venture into the disco arena, "Street Player." "I Know you Want Me (Calle Ocho)" was a #2 pop hit in the US and reached the top 10 around the world.
Actor Aubrey Drake Graham decided to try his hand at being an R&B vocalist. A little assistance from the Cash Money label provided Drake a breakout smooth hip hop hit. It topped both the Rap and R&B charts while reaching #2 on the Billboard Hot 100.