There's something about music — the way it can evoke a time, a place, a feeling, even years after you first hear it. It's often regarded as the closest thing we have to a time machine. That statement seems to be especially true for summer anthems, particularly those tracks we listened to with more youthful blood in our veins, the warm wind in our hair, and shades of sunshine on our noses and shoulders. For a very musically focused trip down memory lane, we consulted Billboard's top-ranked singles on the Hot 100 chart for each summer dating back to 1971.
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