Democracy is not necessarily perfect, but sometimes it works. Such was the case of Lady Gaga's victory in MTV News' summer jams poll, which saw the fashion-forward pop star's "Alejandro" snag nearly half of the almost 208,000 votes cast. And while Katy Perry's "California Gurls," B.o.B's "Airplanes," Usher's "OMG" and 3OH!3's "First Kiss" all put up a good fight, they could not topple the monster that is Gaga.
But there were also a handful of write-in votes that got our attention. When we proposed the poll, we asked if there were any other songs we'd left out that deserved recognition, and we received a handful of worthy nominees. Adam Lambert's "If I Had You" picked up at least one endorsement, as did Drake's "Find Your Love." More than one reader went to bat for Pitbull's new all-star jam "Watagatapitusberry," and Jason DeRülo's "Ridin' Solo" also got some votes.
But of all the wild cards, none got more attention than "Hip Song," the latest single from Korean pop sensation Rain (of "Ninja Assassin" fame). The track — which appears in the trailer to the upcoming film "The Karate Kid" (not to be confused with Justin Bieber and Jaden Smith's "Never Say Never") — got all manner of endorsements from die-hard fans who bombarded the comments section.
"OMG the beat is fantastic!" wrote Yosh of "Hip Song." "You can't keep still when you hear it. Definitely summer music! Summer movie with summer music."
And commenter 1_2_bucklemyshoe added this endorsement of the track: "It makes all these others sound like lullaby baby songs."
What other songs should be nominated for summer jam 2010? Let us know in the comments!