The best songs of the summer: 1994-1999

In London for most of the summer, I almost left 1997 blank. As I was leaving in early August, “D’You Know What I Mean?” was about to flatten the landscape for a few weeks. And if you’d asked me that year I would’ve kicked your shins had you suggested “Fly,” but posterity works strange voodoo.

I included a tie for the first time. In my universe few pop singles dominated a summer like the single a former Cure bass player co-wrote and Beastie Boys’ intergalactic planetary smash. Let me it put this way: early May through July 1998 was all “Torn,” the rest of the summer through Labor Day was all “Intergalactic.” How fitting that their chart positions, thanks to increasingly silly rules, were middling to non-existent.

1994. Warren G – “Regulate”
1995. TLC – “Waterfalls”
1996. Garbage – “Stupid Girl”
1997. Sugar Fly – “Fly”
1998. Natalie Imbruglia – “Torn” and Beastie Boys – “Intergalactic.”
1999. Backstreet Boys – “I Want It That Way”

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