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!
"Feel Good Hit of the Summer" - Queens of the Stone Age
Don't try this one at home, kids. Yes, we are aware that the lyrics for this circa-2000 QOTSA headbanger consist solely of "nicotine, Valium, Vicodin, marijuana, Ecstasy, and alcohol…c-c-c-c-cocaine!" We never said Josh Homme and company were a good influence. (This song did come off an album titled Rated R, after all.) But QOTSA have always been about pure rock 'n' roll id, and this bad-boy jam of theirs is about as rockin' as it gets. And who needs illicit substances, when a song like this provides such a high?
"Island in the Sun" - Weezer
Even pasty-white geeks need to stop playing Dungeons & Dragons, get out of the attic, and take in some sunshine once in a while — as this 2001 vacation singalong by everyone's favorite indie-rock nerd-boys readily proved. This second single off Weezer's comeback effort The Green Album was so celebratory, in fact, it got two music videos: one directed by Marcos Siega, which took place at a Mexican wedding, and a more widely seen, cute-overloaded one lensed by Spike Jonze, starring a zoo's worth of wild, adorable animals.
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.