It's fun to debate whether a "song of the summer" is actually any good, but there's usually total agreement on what that song is.
It's the one you can't escape from — where every bar or club, every radio station you turn to, every party is playing it.
This year, it is unquestionably "Blurred Lines," also known as the song from the Radio Shack Commercial. It's already spent five weeks on the top of the Billboard Hot 100, and is in the top 30 on six other Billboard genre charts.
We wanted to go back and look at what were the most dominant summer songs of all time, as measured by ubiquity.
To do so, we looked at the songs that spent the most consecutive weeks at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 (or its equivalent prior to that measure's advent). Some deranged Wikipedian laid out every single No. 1 song for every year going back to 1940. We started when summer songs became legit summer-y, in the mid-50s. For songs that spent equal amounts of consecutive weeks, we also looked at what other genre's charts they were shooting up.
We're defining summer as the span of a typical school summer break (the age at which you were most likely to be aware of the "summer song") — to qualify, it must have hit No. 1 (and stayed) at some point between May 15 and August 15, it made the cut.
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complete list @ source