In one corner, we have Denver post-electro duo 3OH!3, whose chant-along choruses have made them favorites of hard-partyers everywhere. In the opposite corner stands Ke$ha, a star whose debut album Animal continues to wreck the Billboard charts on the back of killer singles like "Tik Tok" and the recently released "Your Love Is My Drug."
With so much melody and dance-friendly music packed into one song, their collaboration would have to be the winner of the 2010 Summer Songs Sweepstakes, right?
It's quite possible. The three already collaborated on a hit ("Blah Blah Blah," which appeared on Ke$ha's album), and their latest hookup is another chant-along jam called "First Kiss," which celebrates the thrill of the titular rite of passage on the strength of a pulse-pounding beat and a chorus you can shout along to (not unlike Avril Lavigne's "Girlfriend," a summer-jam contender in 2007).
Of course, the summer-friendly lyrical content doesn't hurt. "That's a really summery topic," said Leah Greenblatt of Entertainment Weekly. "Everybody has a memory of having a first kiss under a boardwalk or something."
For Ke$ha, it's all about having a good time — another very summer-centric sentiment. "It's just fun," she told MTV News. "The song is fun, and those guys [in 3OH!3] are fun."
With all that positive energy already folded into the song, "First Kiss" should be an automatic winner for the title of Official Summer Jam of 2010, right? It's a strong entry, but it also faces stiff competition from similarly excellent tunes by Lady Gaga, B.o.B, Usher and Katy Perry. Still, even if "First Kiss" doesn't emerge as the song that sticks with us through the season's beach parties and barbecues, 3OH!3 and Ke$ha can be confident they crafted yet another pitch-perfect party starter.
Vote for the summer jam of 2010 in the MTV Newsroom now, and stay tuned for more on the hottest songs of the season.