In the entertainment industry, a summer hit is a song that is released and peaks in its popularity during summer and often later quickly fades away. In some years, a single pop song will gain widespread international popularity during the summer holiday season, becoming that summer's definitive summer hit in many countries. Many of the best-known summer hits emerge from outside the British and American pop music industries.
Songs that are marketed to be summer hits are very common, and often feature an upbeat tempo and descriptions of things such as relaxation outdoors and beach parties. These are songs considered ideal listening during summer activities. These intentional summer hits are most common in country (particularly country pop) and mainstream popular music but are much less common in rock.
The opposite of a summer hit in the music industry would be a Christmas song, a category that usually incorporates general winter songs as well.
1989: "Lambada" by Kaoma
1996: "Macarena" by Los Del Rio
1999: "Mambo No. 5" by Lou Bega; Livin’ La Vida Loca by Ricky Martin
2002: "The Ketchup Song (Asereje)" by Las Ketchup}
2005: "We Belong Together" by Mariah Carey; "Axel F" by Crazy Frog
2007: "Umbrella" by Rihanna
2008: "I Kissed a Girl" by Katy Perry
2010: "California Gurls" by Katy Perry; "Stereo Love" by Edward Maya
2011: "Party Rock Anthem" by LMFAO
2012: "Gangnam Style" by Psy; "Call Me Maybe" by Carly Rae Jepsen
2013: "Blurred Lines" by Robin Thicke; "Get Lucky" by Daft Punk
2014: "Fancy" by Iggy Azalea; "Touch My Body" by Sistar; "Problem" by Ariana Grande;
2015: "Cheerleader" by OMI; "See You Again" by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth
2016: "One Dance" by Drake; "Can't Stop the Feeling!" by Justin Timberlake
Summer hit Wikipedia