Based on the Billboard charts and our totally biased opinions.
1990. "Step by Step" by New Kids on the Block
We played this track over and over while dreaming of getting married to Jordan Knight.
1999. "Steal My Sunshine" by Len
This made-in-Canada jam spent 25 weeks on the charts and 19 years stuck in our heads.
2001. "Let Me Blow Ya Mind" by Eve feat. Gwen Stefani
This hit blew up the same year ELLE Canada launched. The world was never the same.
2004. "Confessions Pt. II" by Usher
Usher was playing with our emotions that summer—he also had the number two spot with “Burn.”
2007. "Umbrella" by Rihanna feat. Jay-Z
Baby Riri and Jay-Z. What more could you want? Answer: Another collab, please.
2011. "Call Me Maybe" by Carly Rae Jepsen
High-five to our August 2015 cover star for making this earworm of a track.
2016. "One Dance" by Drake
In our humble opinion, it took far too long for Drizzy to become king of the summer. (One Dance starts at 2:09)
This article originally appeared in the Summer 2018 issue of ELLE Canada.