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" - MadonnaIn a match-up that had some call us "a monster", Madonna's "Holiday" won over Bryan Adams' "Summer of '69" with 54% of votes. Sorry 'bout it.
Madonna 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!
"Rock Lobster" - The B-52'sThe B-52's nonsensical "Rock Lobster" won out over Wham!'s "Club Tropicana" with 60% of votes.
Summertime does not get any weirder or wackier than when these kitschy Athens partystarters are singing about it. The 1978 debut single from the bouffant-topped new-wavers still sounds like nothing before or since — basically, it's the soundtrack for a clambake held in outer space. Thirty-five years after "Rock Lobster's" release, people of all ages still dance this mess around, and tins roofs still get rusted, whenever a DJ cranks it at a summer soiree.
Which summer song deserves to move onto the next round? Vote in the poll below, vote on other pairings (Round 2 voting ends July 28 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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