The Top Six Contenders For 2012's Song Of The Summer

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Now that the calendar has flipped to May, and the schedules for the area's big sheds have been announced, and the Hot 97 Summer Jam lineup is on the verge of being made public, it's time to think of other musical concerns related to the year's hottest months. Today, let's wonder about what song will be the year's official Song Of The Summer—that jam rendered inescapable by blaring bodega radios, cruising cars with the sound turned up, and people gleefully singing along to it when it comes on the sound systems at parties. Previous winners of the title: Foster The People's "Pumped Up Kicks" (2011); Katy Perry's "California Gurls" (2009—hey, I didn't say everyone had to like the song for it to count); Rihanna's "Umbrella" (2007-09). Six contenders for the imminent summer's top musical dog below.

6. Lissy Trullie, "It's Only You, Isn't It?"

Sure, it'll probably only be a "summer jam" in those markets where modern rock stations allow women into their playlists' ranks, but it's too good to ignore. Nervy and spiky, this song (which had a hand from TV On The Radio's Dave Sitek) sounds great in a car late at night that's zooming down a road toward a vague destinations.

5. Calvin Harris feat. Ne-Yo, "Let's Go"

The cramming of one of the best R&B songwriters of the past 10 years into Calvin Harris's "We Found Love" template is a development that distresses me to no end, but the way that the loop-de-loop build of this track mimicks that of Rihanna's monster hit ensures that this will be massive on radio. At least his voice—his honey-like voice—hasn't been messed with by Harris's knob-twiddling.

4. Kay, "My Name Is Kay"

Take some Ke$ha-style bluster, add incessant reminders of the artist's name, and sprinkle in a recipe for a charming summer cooler (am I the only person who'd never thought to pair rum and lemonade?) and you have a recipe for a sweaty dance party. (Please, please, please, let this triumph over the scourge that is Karmin.)

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Tin Canman
Tin Canman

How much is Kay's My Name is Kay different than the Ting Ting's That's Not My Name?

About 10%?

tsk tsk

David
David

"Party Rock Anthem" was the song of the summer last year, not "Pumped Up Kicks."  Katy Perry's "California Gurls" wasn't even recorded by summer 2009, it was the song of summer in 2010.  Rihanna's "Umbrella" was song of the summer from 2007-09?  What does that even mean?  And, finally, "Lemme See" is not the "Lollipop" of 2012.  It was released a few days ago.

So much wrong with this article.  I think it should be deleted.

Terrycart
Terrycart

It seems that I need listen to the 'call me maybe' song for another several times to look for its highlight spots.

VillageVoiceSux
VillageVoiceSux

This music is dog shit, that's why the cowards at the Village Voice censor my comments. GO 2 HELL YOU FUCKING PIECE OF KIKE TRASH

VillageVoiceSux
VillageVoiceSux

I'm glad Trayvon got shot. I hope more violent animals like him get shot in the near future. 

VillageVoiceSux
VillageVoiceSux

This music is dog shit that will be forgotten in 6 months or less. 

Theaotvshow
Theaotvshow

The writer of this piece is not familiar with what makes "The Song of Summer"... the song of summer.

Epac
Epac

Q: Why does every crappy song "feat" someone?? A: "This thing doesn't suck bad enough on its own, I'll rope in some washed-up talent so everyone will assume something cool is happening here." 

Dan Stewart
Dan Stewart

Child, in 50 years: "Why do you have 'sky is the limit' written across your tits, Grandpa?"

Guest
Guest

Noooope. Sorry. Not getting on the Call Me Maybe train. It's ear wormy, sure, but it's also irritating.

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