And the Song of Summer 2011 is....
As we head into the Labor Day weekend, it’s time to officially crown the Song of Summer.
Summer songs are important. They become the aural memory of a time gone by. They have their greatest impact when we’re still in school because they often instantly recall the glorious summer break between school grades and can transport us back to what seems like a more carefree time. Think about them and you can practically smell the suntan lotion.
Some years the winner has been obvious, such as last year with Katy Perry’s “California Gurls,” other years there is no clear contender, but candidates are usually uniformly update and sunny as a summer’s day and are omnipresent on the car radio or iPod.
This year’s top pop contenders are LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem” featuring Lauren Bennett & GoonRock, Pitbull’s “Give Me Everything” featuring Ne-Yo, Afrojack and Nayer, Foster the People’s “Pumped Up Kicks,” Katy Perry’s “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F),” Nicki Minaj’s “Super Bass,” and Adele’s “Rolling In the Deep.” (I came up with this list with the help of Billboard’s charts and my own time spent listening).
Billboard has been keeping track of the potential winner all summer long and will reveal its final selection on Sept. 8, but it looks as if “Party Rock Anthem” has enough of a commanding lead for us to go ahead and declare the goofy tune the winner.
That idea is seconded by radio guru Sean Ross, whose Radio-Info.com survey of radio programmers handily awarded the title to LMFAO as well.
"It gets right to the point of what a summer song should be. It appeals to a wide audience. It’s got the wedding/bar mitzvah stamp of approval that “I Gotta Feeling” had," says Radio-Info contributor Rich Appel told Ross.
If you feel like relieving summers past or prepping the perfect Labor Day BBQ mixtape, click on Billboard’s Songs of the Summer (1985-2010) for a fun trip down memory lane.
What is your Song of Summer 2011?
2008 | Science Fiction | PGSummary: Animated series continues the story of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker as they battle the Emperor Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous, but also takes time to explore other smaller characters in the Star Wars universe.Director: George Lucas (creator)
Cast: Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter
2013 | Comedy | NRSummary: Insanely funny comedy show created by Amy Schumer, who stars in brilliantly funny sketches about sex, city living, dating, and friendship.Director: Daniel Powell, Amy Schumer (creators)
Cast: Amy Schumer, Kevin Kane, Mike Houston
1993 | Sports | PGSummary: Emotionally powerful sports classic featuring Sean Astin as a skinny high school kid with big football dreams and the determination to make his way towards his dream team at Notre Dame.Director: David Anspaugh
Cast: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty
2013 | Drama | RSummary: Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have boundless energy in the story of a real-life commodities crook who earned millions through scummy small-time stock trades.Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
1997 | Crime | RSummary: Quentin Tarantino adaptats an Elmore Leonard novel into this story of a few increasingly desperate people scraping to get by.Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster
1995 | Mystery | NRSummary: Denzel Washington plays an out of work WWII vet who takes the wrong job and is soon neck-deep in a mess of politics, murder, and jazz in '40s Los Angeles.Director: Carl Franklin
Cast: Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals
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