The sun is shining, the beaches are crowded and the bodies are tanned, which can only mean one thing — Summer 2010 is in full swing. To celebrate the return of our favorite season, we’ve scoured the Billboard chart archives and compiled this definitive list of the most popular songs about summer ever recorded.
These 30 hot tunes with summer-specific themes are ranked based on each track’s performance on the Billboard Hot 100 chart from August 4, 1958 — the inception of the chart — through the chart dated July 3, 2010. Songs are ranked based on an inverse point system, with weeks at No. 1 earning the greatest value and weeks at No. 100 earning the least.