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 who will go to the final round!
"Margaritaville" - Jimmy Buffett
After beating country favorites Florida Georgia Line's "Cruise," and Alan Jackson's "It's 5 O'Clock Somewhere," Buffett's day-drinking anthem still won out over Sheryl Crow's less-country-more-pop island jam "Soak Up the Sun" by the largest margin in Round 3 with 64% of votes. But now he's way out of his category against the hyper-pop of Katy Perry. Will "Margaritaville" survive an invasion of "California Gurls"?
For those of you who are purists, and prefer your Buffett straight up and undiluted, there's always the classic, "Margaritaville." Buffett's written an impressive array of tunes incorporating alcoholic themes (including the efficient "Why Don't We Get Drunk"), but this 1977 song about wasting away while wasted in a beach town remains his defining moment and most popular single ever, with Jackson himself covering the song in 1999. Lest anyone forget, Margaritaville has also developed into its own brand, with everything from a restaurant chain to a clothing line bearing its name.
"California Gurls" - Katy Perry
In a tough match-up of West coast homages, Katy Perry's "California Gurls" managed to pull out ahead of Tupac's "California Love" with just 53% of votes. But can Daisy Dukes and bikinis compete against the boozy powerhouse that is Jimmy Buffett's "Margaritaville"??
From cheeky singer/songwriter to full-blown mega star, Katy Perry gave listeners a glittery, diabetes-inducing look into her sexy, Candyland fantasy world. The first single off her second album Teenage Dream, the 2010 song dominated charts and heralded in a record-breaking run that earned Perry the most #1 songs from a single album since Michael Jackson, with a tie of five each. Not to mention the song is catchy, fun, and unforgettable—just like how a summer fling should be.
Which summer song deserves to move onto the next round? Vote in the poll below, vote on other pairings (Round 3 voting ends August 7 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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- Jimmy Buffett
- Katy Perry
- Alan Jackson