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!
"California Love" - Tupac
Tupac's "California Love" won out over fellow Death Row artist Snoop Dogg's "Gin & Juice" with 64% of votes.
West Coast party jams don’t come too much harder than this All-Star collaboration with Tupac Shakur, Dr. Dre and Roger Troutman over a throbbing, racing, hip-hop beat. This 1995 California anthem, also Pac’s debut on Death Row Records, is accompanied by a Mad Max-meets-The Warriors-themed video that is undoubtedly one of the best of all time.
"Hot in Herre" - Nelly
Nelly's omnipresent dance floor starter "Hot in Herre" won out over LMFAO's "Party Rock Anthem" with 56% of votes.
Even prudes have a hard time ignoring Nelly’s order to “take off all yours clothes” on the chorus for this monster summer hip-hop party jam. The go-go rhythm feels too good to be wrong, plus Nelly’s stacked the record with back-to-back memorable, hot lines like, “I think my butt’s getting big.” This 2002 favorite brings back nothing but good memories.
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.
- Tupac Shakur