What’s Your Favorite Summer Jam of All Time?

DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince: “Summertime.” This was the hit of the summer the year I left for college. –John Tobin, billboard sales director

One song that stands out is Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s “Shimmy Shimmy Ya.” It came out in 1995, before everyone cranked their personal playlist through private headphones and, all over sweaty New York City, you’d hear whatever tune Hot 97 was transmitting bumping from every car stereo. That weird piano hook, the off-kilter beat, the inimitable Ol’ Dirty vocals—you could walk down the street and “Shimmy Shimmy” would follow you from Honda to Cadillac to deli doorway to teenager’s boom box. –Lissa Townsend Rodgers, editor at large

“Party” by Beyoncé. I’m not a member of the Beyhive, but “Party” is the stuff of high-waisted shorts, barbecue in the backyard and too many Coronas. The chorus is one hell of an earworm, compelling you to dance and pretend you know what you’re doing. –Amber Sampson, web editor

Dr. Dre feat. Snoop Doggy Dogg—“Nuthin’ But a ‘G’ Thang.” The song reminds me of the video, though we don’t condone any of the antics in it, such as removing a woman’s top during a barbecue/volleyball match or showering another with malt liquor—unless it’s consensual. In which case, shake up that OE. –Zoneil Maharaj, director of digital content

“Feel Good Hit of the Summer” by Queens of the Stone Age, because it’s a laundry list of everything you need for a rocking good time. –Ben Ward, creative director

“Springsteen” by Eric Church. The laid-back pace and Church’s Southern drawl just sends my mind straight to Independence Day celebrations after the sun has gone down—the smell of the smoke from sparklers and fireworks, lightning bugs, cheap beer, cool grass … And the lyrics just take me there: “Funny how a melody sounds like a memory / Like the soundtrack to a July Saturday night, Springsteen.” –Xania V. Woodman, senior contributing editor

My favorite summertime jam is “Want to Want Me” by Jason Derulo. The song has become a tradition with my cousin and me. At the end of our trips, we make a video collage of all our pictures and it plays that song. –Ruth E. Martinez, graphic design intern

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