Summer is here, and the time is right for dancing in the streets. But what's the best summer song to soundtrack such activities? We here at Y! Music decided to hold a mega-poll to answer that (sun)burning summer question: a no-holds-barred tournament to determine the best summer anthem of all time.
After lots of heated (pun intended) debate, we've selected 32 of the most memorable summer songs ever, pitting them against each other in a winner-takes-all bracket. Scroll down to vote for this match-up!
"Holiday" - MadonnaMadonna has released dozen of sunny songs suitable for top-down convertible cruising and weekend getaways (we'd also suggest "Into the Groove," "Ray of Light," "Burning Up," "Music," and "La Isla Bonita," for starters). But this early hit off Madge's 1983 debut album is still her ultimate summer jam. If your summer holiday-wear includes see-through lace tops, Boy-Toy belt buckles, enormous toothache-cure-style head bows, and stacked-to-the-elbow rubber bracelets, then obviously "Holiday" should be your go-to summer song. It would be so nice!
"Summer of '69" - Bryan AdamsWho cares if Bryan was only 9 years old during the actual summer of 1969, and was probably not a) shopping at the five-and-dime, b) playing six-strings till his fingers bled, or c) standing on any mama's porch other than the one attached to his own childhood home? The faux nostalgia of his singalong about rock 'n' roll youth, with its almost Rockwellian imagery of drive-in romance and garage-band revelry, still hits home. Maybe the best days of Bryan's life were the days in 1984 when he sang about 1969. How meta.
Which summer song deserves to move onto the next round? Vote in the poll below, vote on other pairings (Round 1 voting ends July 23 at 6 PM PT), tweet out your choices using the hashtag #YSummerSong, and hit the comments to tell us about all the great summer songs we forgot to include.
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