Summer is here, and the time is right for dancing in the streets. But what's the best summer song to soundtrack such activities? We here at Y! Music decided to hold a mega-poll to answer that (sun)burning summer question: a no-holds-barred tournament to determine the best summer anthem of all time.
After lots of heated (pun intended) debate, we've selected 32 of the most memorable summer songs ever, pitting them against each other in a winner-takes-all bracket. Scroll down to vote for this match-up!
"California Gurls" - Katy Perry
Katy Perry's "California Gurls" won out over what could be the summer song of 2013, Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines", with 60% of votes.
From cheeky singer/songwriter to full-blown mega star, Katy Perry gave listeners a glittery, diabetes-inducing look into her sexy, Candyland fantasy world. The first single off her second album Teenage Dream, the 2010 song dominated charts and heralded in a record-breaking run that earned Perry the most #1 songs from a single album since Michael Jackson, with a tie of five each. Not to mention the song is catchy, fun, and unforgettable—just like how a summer fling should be.
"California Love" - Tupac
Tupac's "California Love" barely won over Nelly's "Hot In Herre" by just five measly votes!
West Coast party jams don’t come too much harder than this All-Star collaboration with Tupac Shakur, Dr. Dre and Roger Troutman over a throbbing, racing, hip-hop beat. This 1995 California anthem, also Pac’s debut on Death Row Records, is accompanied by a Mad Max-meets-The Warriors-themed video that is undoubtedly one of the best of all time.
Which summer song deserves to move onto the next round? Vote in the poll below, vote on other pairings (Round 3 voting ends August 2 at 6 PM PT), tweet out your choices using the hashtag #YSummerSong, and hit the comments to tell us about all the great summer songs we forgot to include.