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!
"California Gurls" - Katy Perry
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.
"Call Me Maybe" - Carly Rae Jepsen
Far from the hyper-saccharine world of Katy Perry came underdog Carly Rae Jepsen with a song that banked on its sweet hooks and coy, clever chorus. Plucked out of Canadian radio by pop powerhouse and fellow Canadian Justin Bieber, his heavy endorsement helped launch the song and it's girl-next-door singer in America, garnering two Grammy nominations, the #1 slot in twenty countries, and widely praised as being the song of summer 2012.
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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- Katy Perry
- Carly Rae Jepsen