The first of the season's barbecues are already in the rearview mirror, which means it's about time to crown an official summer jam of 2010. After seven days and over 200,000 votes, the winner finally emerged, and according to your electoral prowess, Lady Gaga's "Alejandro" is the song of the summer.
Last week, MTV News proposed five nominees for that coveted title. In addition to "Alejandro," the possible winners included Katy Perry's "California Gurls", B.o.B's team-up with Paramore singer Hayley Williams on "Airplanes," Usher's "OMG" (currently enjoying another week at the top of the Billboard Hot 100) and 3OH!3 and Ke$ha's "First Kiss."
Voting began strong, with "Airplanes" taking an early lead on the strength of its crossover appeal to both hip-hop and rock fans. But in the end, it ended up a two-horse race between "Alejandro" and "California Gurls." In fact, Perry nearly secured the victory by trying to rally her more than two million followers on Twitter. "From East to West!" she wrote last week. "Vote #californiagurls the official summer jammy jam of 2010!"
In the end, it was Lady Gaga's contest to lose. Her supporters furiously rallied to best Perry by more than 10,000 votes. Whether it can eclipse Nelly's "Hot in Herre" remains to be seen, but "Alejandro" is off to an excellent start: It has been floating around the upper echelons of the Billboard Hot 100 for a few weeks, and the official video is expected to premiere next week. A preview will air on Tuesday's (June 1) edition of "Larry King Live," on which Gaga will be the guest.
What makes "Alejandro" a great summer jam? Let us know in the comments!