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!
"All Summer Long" - Kid Rock
Since summertime is known as the season in which people tend to not want to, well, think very hard about things--Kid Rock was really onto something with his construction of "All Summer Long." The tune features a mashup of two of classic rock's most recognized riffs: The piano line from Warren Zevon's "Werewolves of London" and the guitar licks from Skynryd's "Sweet Home Alabama," resulting in a concoction that just about everyone will instantly recognize and relate to. Add to this the Kid's pleasantly mindless lyrics about "smoking funny things" and a video jam-packed with bikini-clad babes on a Michigan lakefront, and here's the recipe for the perfect redneck escape.
"Soak Up The Sun" - Sheryl Crow
She may not have had digital or diddly squat (which, of course, is a bit of an exaggeration), but Sheryl Crow certainly had a hit on her hands in 2002 with "Soak Up The Sun." Kid Rock's erstwhile duet partner/rumored love interest's own totally brainless--but infuriatingly catchy--summer anthem is still blasting on air-conditioned mall soundsystems more than a decade later. Crow is joined by another hot blonde, Liz Phair, who provided backing vocals on the track; and their lilting voices meld seamlessly as they urge listeners to lighten up. Admit it, you too have sang the song's last line, "Got my 45 on, so I can rock on," a tad too enthusiastically at least once in your life.
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.
- Kid Rock
- Sheryl Crow