Throwback Playlist: Top 10 Summer Songs From 2005


We’re almost at the end of July, so you probably can’t get Cheerleader or Shut Up and Dance out of your head. A few months ago they were fun and catchy summer songs, but now you’re probably sick of hearing them EVERYWHERE. I had to stop listening to the radio when I’m driving and make a strictly throwback playlist.

This got me thinking back to 10 years ago–the summer of 2005. Those few months for me consisted of playing with the kids on my block, Gilmore Girls and Laguna Beach marathons, trips to Blockbuster (RIP), Myspace, and blasting one of the best comeback albums of all time, The Emancipation of Mimi.

I knew I needed a playlist of music from 2005, so I checked Billboard to see what the top 10 songs from that summer were. Let me just say, the top song of that summer did not surprise me at all, and I do believe that was an underrated summer for music. Hopefully these songs make you feel nostalgic like it did for me and result in some downloads for a new car playlist.



  1. We Belong Together” – Mariah Carey

Bless Mariah Carey for that album and for this amazing song. Still to this day I will find myself blasting this in the car and probably always will. It is also a bonus that she had Wentworth Miller in the music video for this song and others. For that we will always love you Mariah.

  1. “Hollaback Girl” – Gwen Stefani

Gwen Stefani is a never-aging goddess, who taught us all how to spell B-A-N-A-N-A-S. For that we will always be grateful and I’m pretty sure I still have her Love. Angel. Music. Baby album somewhere in my room.

  1. “Don’t Cha” – The Pussycat Dolls feat. Busta Rhymes

This was the beginning of The Pussycat Dolls, and before we all realized that group should have been named Nicole Scherzinger and the Pussycat Dolls. This song had every guy answering, “Yes, I do wish I had a girlfriend who is hot like you.” To be honest, even the girls were thinking it too.

  1. “Behind These Hazel Eyes” – Kelly Clarkson

Breakaway did for Kelly Clarkson, what 1989 did for Taylor Swift. It brought the country star to a bonafide pop star. Even though Since You’ve Been Gone was the song we were all obsessed with; this one was equally as catchy and featured on every female-centered show in 2005.

  1. “Don’t Phunk With My Heart” – The Black Eyed Peas

I don’t think it would have been possible to include an early 2000s hits list without a Black Eyed Peas song. This one was super catchy and literally had everyone singing to it.

  1. “Pon De Replay” – Rihanna

2005 was the debut of our Queen RiRi. Personally, I don’t want to know what life would be like if we hadn’t been graced with Rihanna. We all sang along with Rihanna, we were all asking, “Mr. DJ, song Pon De Replay.”

  1. “Lose Control” – Missy Elliott feat. Ciara & Fat Man Scoop

This song was all about losing control to the music. Let’s be honest, we all did whenever this came on the radio, so it was obvious that it would be a summer hit

  1. “Just A Lil Bit” – 50 Cent

The music video was set in the Caribbean and 50 Cent went by El Jefe. Was there anything else we needed in a music video for a summer song? Well 50 Cent would’ve said just a lil bit (sorry I had to).

  1. “Let Me Hold You” – Bow Wow feat. Omarion

Remember when Ciara and Bow Wow were a thing? This song really only worked because of Omarion, who had the catchy chorus. Sorry Bow Wow, but hey, at least it’s stuck in my head again.

  1. “You And Me” – Lifehouse

This song was in literally every romantic scene ever in 2005 and years following. It was on feature on the first season of Grey’s Anatomy and from there Hollywood and the world couldn’t get enough of it.

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Faith is a senior at Ramapo College studying global communication and media. When she’s not writing a paper (which is rare), she is watching a lot of Netflix and caring way too much about celebrities. She loves fashion, wishes the WB still existed, and has an extensive DVD collection full of rom coms and teen movies that everyone was jealous of in 2008.
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