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!
"Summertime" – DJ Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince
It’s because of DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince’s songs like this that blockbuster superstar Will Smith will forever be regarded as one of the best to ever touch a microphone. Everything about this 1991 song screams June, July and August from the lyrics about school being out, barbecues, deejays, 88 degrees, pretty girls and the mesmerizing sample of Kool & The Gang’s “Summer Madness.” Song title aside, this song is synonymous with summer.
"It Was a Good Day" – Ice Cube
Ice Cube pitched his fans a curve ball with this classic from this third solo album The Predator. Still primarily known for his hard-edged gangsta lyrics in 1993, the former NWA member fantasized about a day of peace – no harassment from the police, no pork and no friends got killed in South Central L.A. The icing on the cake was getting a call from the girl he’d been pursuing since the 12th grade. This easy, electric and bass guitar driven track, compliments of a sample of the Isley Brother’s “Footsteps in the Dark,” puts listeners in the best mood.
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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