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!
"Vacation" – The Go-Go's
Long before Katy Perry came along, Belinda, Jane, Charlotte, Kathy, and Gina were the ultimate California gurls. L.A.'s feisty ladies of the '80s made history as the first all-female band that both wrote their own songs and played their own instruments to hit number one on the Billboard album chart, with 1981's Beauty and the Beat — and they continued to break new ground when 1982's "Vacation," which was a top 10 hit, became the first cassette single (or "cassingle"). The effervescent song has been included on countless summer mixtapes ever since, and with good reason: It truly captures the sound of carefree Cali summers in the bopping, mall-hopping '80s.
"Cruel Summer" – Bananarama
Over on the other, grayer side of the pond, former Fun Boy Three sidekicks Bananarama gave the Go-Go's some serious competition in the cool-'80s-girl-group department. (They actually still hold the Guinness World Record for the female group with the most chart entries in the world, believe it or not.) Despite being from rainy Britain, Bananarama perfectly captured the feel of oppressively hot city summers with this Karate Kid soundtrack hit; sorry, but Ace of Base's 1998 remake just couldn't compare.
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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