In celebration of Black Music Month, we’ve picked the 25 Hottest Summer Jams of All Time (in no particular order). Did your favorite cut make the list? Keep clicking to find out.
Before he was making moves in Hollywood, Will Smith was making us move on the dance floor. “Summertime” by Fresh Prince and Jazzy Jeff has got to be the quintessential summer anthem. Nearly 20 years after its release, the 1991 song still has us nodding our heads and singing along: “Summer, summer, summertime; let’s just sit back and unwind.”
Who could argue that letting your hair down by enjoying a block party or two doesn’t qualify as a good time? Even Whoopi Goldberg made this song her own in “Sister Act 2” as she bridged the gap between the church and local communities to raise funds to sponsor a road trip for her music students.
Brothers had been checking for The Notorious B.I.G. since before his 1994 debut, “Ready to Die.” But one could argue sisters didn’t join the “I Love Biggie” bandwagon until we heard the slow dance-ready remix to “One More Chance.” It was like nothing we’d ever heard. Big’s slick rhymes floated over the mellow piano-laced track: “First things first I poppa…” And remember the star-studded video? Mid-nineties hip-hop at its best.
One-half of super rap group OutKast, Andre 3000 wowed the masses with his 2003 party anthem “Hey Ya!” Audiences of all colors couldn’t get enough of the high-energy, 60’s-tinged ditty. The song helped OutKast make music-industry history as “Speakerboxxx/The Love Below” went on to become the first hip-hop album to ever win the coveted Grammy Award for Album of the Year.
Ladies have always loved cool James, so to know that he’s been lounging and spreading his love of music and great beats is all the more endearing.
Now that you’ve seen our picks, tell us who you think should have made the list. Plus, come back next week as we select the Best Slow Jams of All Time (send us your suggestions now!).