Turn back the clock to the summer of 2005, turn on the radio, and it is Mariah Carey's phenomenal comeback with "We Belong Together," the cheerleader rock of Gwen Stefani's "Hollaback Girl," and the Black Eyed Peas' juiced-up hip hop pop of "Don't Phunk With My Heart" that are most likely to come to mind.
This list of the top 10 pop songs of the summer 2005 is based on data from record industry charts from the months of June, July, and August 2005.
Mariah Carey's phenomenal comeback was THE pop music story of the summer of 2005. Her smooth pop/r&b song "We Belong Together" dominated the charts throughout the summer.
Gwen Stefani's cheerleader stomp sounded just as good when school let out for the summer as it did cheering on basketball teams as the season wound down in the spring.
Courtesy A&M Records
Black Eyed Peas kicked off their album Monkey Business with this inescapably catchy tune incorporating the classic "I Wonder If I Take You Home" by Lisa Lisa with Cult Jam.
Despite critics who claimed they were only a novelty act, Pussycat Dolls have followed up this initial smash hit with a string of hit singles.
Courtesy Aftermath / Interscope
50 Cent's The Massacre wound up at the end of 2005 as the second best-selling album of the year. Here he is in erotic loverman mode.
Courtesy Def Jam
Caribbean pop, straightforward dance beats, and a fresh, friendly personality all combined to make Rihanna one of the top new artists of the year. This is her first hit.
Courtesy LaFace Records
Ciara's 2004 smash hit debut album Goodies continued to spin off hits well into 2005. This is one of the shortest titles ever of a major hit single.
Pretty Ricky, 4 brothers from Florida, found their way into the hearts of pop music fans with this not-too-subtle invitation.
Missy Elliott wove together a classic techno hook from the 80's, hot guest performances, and her own authoritative vocals for one of the biggest pop hits of her career thus far.