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Summer anthem favorites

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Summer 2014 is coming to an unofficial close, and the summer hits of this year have latched, wiggled, and fancied their way into our summer BBQs.

There have been many songs throughout the years which have defined the summer, and the parties going on. Here are a few songs from the past several years which have defined the season.

"We Can't Stop"
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"We Can't Stop"

Miley Cyrus' "We Can't Stop" couldn't be stopped in the summer of 2013, as it was one of the top summer songs of 2013, according to Billboard.

The pop ballad had good reason to be on the charts, as it had an infectious beat and strayed from the "Party in the USA" sugar pop formula of Cyrus. This song was important in many ways because it showed the mass audience Cyrus was no longer Hannah Montana.

The infamous pixie cut which has become second nature in the lookbooks now was once a huge shocker. Not only did Cyrus literally change her tune, but her demeanor as well. The "Bangerz" songstress became one of the most talked about people of 2013, with a new album, the most talked about performance of the MTV VMA's.

"We Can't Stop" was also a successful music video, with a wild side of Cyrus, which introduced audiences to the "Bangerz" era everyone knows now.

The future looks bright for Cyrus after a successful Bangerz tour, and other songs on the charts such as "Adore You" and "23."

"Call Me Maybe"
"Call Me Maybe" D Dipasupil

"Call Me Maybe"

Audiences met Carly Rae Jepsen in 2012, as the summer of 2012 was devoted to Jepsen and the infectious and impressionable "Call Me Maybe."

The Canadian singer dominated the charts as the number one summer song of 2012, according to Billboard. The track dominated the radio air waves and became the staple song of viral YouTube videos and lip syncs.

Jepsen was a product of the one hit wonder machine, not making another chart topper as big as "Call Me Maybe." The music video for "Call Me Maybe" was a great hint of irony, which spawned many spoofs on YouTube.

Some other summer songs of 2012 included "Starships" by Nicki Minaj, "Payphone" by Maroon 5, and "We are Young" by fun.

One summer song for the year of 2012 has given Jepsen a spot in the pop song books for a lifetime.

"Super Bass"
"Super Bass" Jason Merritt

"Super Bass"

The "Anaconda" songstress went nautical in the summer of 2011.

Nicki Minaj created "Super Bass" the booming pop summer party anthem. The song came after the huge success of Minaj's "Pink Friday" debut album.

While Minaj had been featured on everyone in Cash Money's tracks, Super Bass cemented her solo career, which has since skyrocketed.

The video was a neon pop of color, and gave way to the "Pink Friday" era of Minaj. Since then Minaj has released "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded," and soon to release "Pink Friday: The Pink Print."

Other songs which made it to radio airwaves in the summer of 2011 were "T.G.I.F." by Katy Perry, and "Rolling in the Deep" with Adele.

"California Gurls"
"California Gurls" Jason Merritt

"California Gurls"

Cupcakes, whipped cream, peppermints and "Teenage Dreams" were the staple of Katy Perry's summer of 2010.

"California Gurls" featuring Snoop Dogg was the west coast anthem of 2010, and had everyone wishing they were the whipped cream on Perry's body. The video for the track gave the audience a sweet tooth and precursor to her tour. The whipped cream guns, and Candyland themed video made big impressions in 2010.

Later that year Perry would go on to do "Firework" and give the world a message that she was here to stay.

Other songs that made it big the summer of 2010 included "Love the Way You Lie" by Eminem and Rihanna, and "Dynamite" by Taio Cruz.

Recently, Perry brought up old history at the MTV VMAs with a Britney look a like dress, which she matched with date, rapper Riff Raff.

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