We’re only a handful of hours away from Labor Day, the long weekend that represents the unofficial end of the summer. Vacations are wrapping up, school is back in session and the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards are just around the corner. With the summer slipping away, it’s time to re-assess the most important argument of any beach season: What was the true song of the summer? A few months back, we pitched five different tunes that had the potential to be true summer songs: Katy Perry’s “California Gurls,” Lady Gaga’s “Alejandro,” 3OH!3’s “My First Kiss,” B.o.B’s “Airplanes” and Usher’s “OMG.” In a poll taken here, Gaga won a narrow victory over Perry, but now that the dust has settled, which song truly reigned supreme?
Perry certainly makes a better case, as “California Gurls” ruled the top of the Billboard Hot 100 for the bulk of the summer months, and with its lyrics about wearing bikinis and Daisy Dukes, it made for pitch-perfect driving and lounging music. While “Alejandro” did peak at number five on the chart, it never ended up feeling like a true summer anthem (a sentiment expressed when we first took a look at the big songs of the season). Gaga was perhaps a victim of her own success, as it seemed like people never tired of “Bad Romance” and got really into “You and I,” the new song she premiered during her ongoing Monster Ball tour. The rest of the tunes were all pretty big, though only “OMG” made a serious case for true song of summer status.
One track that dominated the pop charts that we did not anticipated is Eminem’s “Love the Way You Lie.” The chart-topper — a tag-team with Rihanna — stormed its way up the charts and was accompanied by one of the more high-profile videos of the past few months. Though it had an icier tone than most summer songs, it was too big a hit to ignore.
A handful of other tunes came out of nowhere to make a case for themselves. Enrique Iglesias’ “I Like It” had a great dance beat, a summer vibe and an association with “Jersey Shore” (arguably the biggest television event of the season). Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite” came close to topping the charts and could be heard coming out of every third car that drove by, while Travie McCoy’s “Billionaire” seemed to always be hanging around. And it’s hard to ignore Drake’s “Find Your Love” and Rick Ross’ “B.M.F. (Blowin’ Money Fast),” two monstrous hip-hop tunes that kept popping up again and again.
But we’ll leave it to you, the reader. Which of the songs below should be considered the official song of the summer of 2010? Cast your vote and make your arguments in the comments!