Hot hits: The highest charting 'hot' songs

These songs have got us all hot under the collar...

As temperatures in the UK soar, there's only one word most of us will be feeling: hot

Over the years, pop has never shied away from getting us all hot under the collar - whether its a raunchy ballad or a sweaty, club-primed dance banger. But does a 'hot' song always translate to chart success? 

Just 34 songs with 'hot' in their title have landed in the Official Singles Chart Top 40, two of which have reached Number 1. The most recent is DJ Fresh's super-charged drum n' bass jumpathon Hot Right Now, a chart-topper in 2012 that also marked the chart debut of Rita Ora. The other is the considerably softer Hot Love by T. Rex, the band's first Number 1 in 1971. 

Elsewhere, two 'Long Hot Summer' songs have reached the UK Top 10, Girls Aloud's steamy 2005 single  reached Number 7 (producer Brian Higgins later described as their 'disaster record'), while The Style Council's hazy, synthesizer-heavy track topped out at Number 3 in 1983.

Other big 'hot' hits include Nelly's signature hit Hot In Herre, a Number 4 smash in 2002, while Romanian artist Inna scored a Number 6 hit in 2010 with her trance-meets-electro Europop banger Hot. True to her name, disco legend Donna Summer also claims a 'hot' hit among her most popular releases with Hot Stuff, which peaked at Number 11 in 1979. 

More recently, 2019 saw two 'hot' songs become hits off the back of the #hotgirlsummer trend on social media. First was by Megan Thee Stallion and Nicki Minaj (40), followed by Hot Girl Bummber by US rapper Blackbear (14). 

The highest charting 'hot' songs on the Official Singles Chart

Listen to this list of hot songs as a playlist on Spotify here.

TITLE ARTIST PEAK YEAR
HOT RIGHT NOW DJ FRESH FT RITA ORA 1 2012
HOT LOVE T. REX 1 1971
MAN'S NOT HOT BIG SHAQ 3 2017
LONG HOT SUMMER THE STYLE COUNCIL 3 1983
HERE COMES THE HOTSTEPPER INI KAMOZE 4 1995
HOT N COLD KATY PERRY 4 2008
HOT DIGGITY PERRY COMO 4 1956
HOT IN HERRE NELLY 4 2002
HOT LEGS ROD STEWART 5 1978
HOTTEST GIRL IN THE WORLD JLS 6 2012
HOT INNA 6 2010
HOT TODDY TED HEATH AND HIS MUSIC 6 1953
HOT STUFF (LET'S DANCE) CRAIG DAVID 7 2007
LONG HOT SUMMER GIRLS ALOUD 7 2005
TOO HOT COOLIO 9 1996
HOT STUFF ARSENAL F.C 9 1998
DROP IT LIKE IT'S HOT SNOOP DOGG FT PHARRELL 10 2004
HOT STUFF DONNA SUMMER 11 1979
SHE'S KINDA HOT 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER 14 2015
HOT GIRL SUMMER BLACKBEAR 14 2019
SOME LIKE IT HOT POWER STATION 14 1985
HOTTER THAN HELL DUA LIPA 15 2016
TOO HOT TO HANDLE HEATWAVE 15 1977
BUBBLING HOT PATO BANTON WITH RANKING RODGER 15 1995
THIS IS WHY I'M HOT MIMS 18 2007
HOT LOVE NOW! WONDER STUFF 19 1994
HOT LOVE KELLY MARIE 22 1981
I'M REALLY HOT MISSY ELLIOTT 22 2004
MAKE IT HOT NICOLE FT MISSY ELLIOTT/MOCHA 22 1998
TOO HOT KOOL AND THE GANG 23 1980
MAKE IT HOT VS 29 2004
HOT AVRIL LAVIGNE 30 2007
BURNIN' HOT JERMAINE JACKSON 32 1980
HOT GIRL SUMMER MEGAN THEE STALLION/MINAJ 40 2019

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