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!
"Soak Up The Sun" - Sheryl Crow
Sheryl Crow's "Soak Up The Sun" beat out Weezer's indie lounger "Island In The Sun" with 69% of votes.
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.
"Margaritaville" - Jimmy Buffett
Jimmy Buffett's franchise-birthing "Margaritaville" crushed Florida Georgia Line's "Cruise" with 77% of votes—the second largest winning margin in Round 2!
For those of you who are purists, and prefer your Buffett straight up and undiluted, there's always the classic, "Margaritaville." Buffett's written an impressive array of tunes incorporating alcoholic themes (including the efficient "Why Don't We Get Drunk"), but this 1977 song about wasting away while wasted in a beach town remains his defining moment and most popular single ever, with Jackson himself covering the song in 1999. Lest anyone forget, Margaritaville has also developed into its own brand, with everything from a restaurant chain to a clothing line bearing its name.
Which summer song deserves to move onto the next round? Vote in the poll below, vote on other pairings (Round 3 voting ends August 2 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.
- Sheryl Crow
- Jimmy Buffett