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!
"Club Tropicana" - Wham!
George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley (don't forget about Andrew Ridgeley!) released a ton of feelgood hits during their brief '80s run — but this vacation party jam may be their feelgoodiest. A top 10 U.K. single off their aptly titled debut LP Fantastic, "Club Tropicana" is the sound of pure Big '80s hedonism. It's basically impossible to listen to this song and not want to slip on a Body Glove swimsuit and a pair of Ray-Bans or crack open a frosty wine cooler.
"Rock Lobster" - The B-52'sSummertime 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 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.
- Andrew Ridgeley
- George Michael