Song Of The Summer 2011

Yesterday was New York’s first very hot and sticky day of the year, and while it’s not officially summertime, soon enough we’ll all be eating ices and going to the beach CONSTANTLY. Not sitting in our apartments blogging I’m sure. Since our favorite summertime memories will remain soundtracked by the music of the day, it’s probably not too early to decide now what the Song Of The Summer 2011 should be. You don’t want to link next month’s Independence Day barbecue forever with “Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall.” Today Vulture presents a slightly tweaked version of Buzzfeed’s last 30 years of summer songs, and it seems like a pretty accurate list. So take a look below and fill in the blank: 2011. My guess for the hit that will be most inescapable in the coming weeks: Katy Perry’s “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.),” Beyoncé’s “Party” (Feat. André 3000), Adele’s “Turning Tables,” or a Pitbull song. As much as we love Iceage, there’s a strong chance our national Song Of The Summer won’t be by a Danish punk band. But hey — nominate whatever you want. We’ll tally the results and present them next week.

Songs Of The Summer
1981: “Endless Love,” Diana Ross and Lionel Richie
1982: “Eye of the Tiger,” Survivor
1983: “Every Breath You Take,” The Police
1984: “When Doves Cry,” Prince
1985: “Power Of Love,” Huey Lewis & The News
1986: “Papa Don’t Preach,” Madonna
1987: “I Wanna Dance With Somebody,” Whitney Houston
1988: “Roll With It,” Steve Winwood
1989: “Right Here Waiting,” Richard Marx
1990: “Vision Of Love,” Mariah Carey
1991: “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You,” Bryan Adams
1992: “Baby Got Back,” Sir Mix-A-Lott
1993: “That’s The Way Love Goes,” Janet Jackson
1994: “I Swear,” All-4-One
1995: “Waterfalls,” TLC
1996: “Macarena,” Los Del Rio
1997: “I’ll Be Missing You,” Puff Daddy
1998: “The Boy Is Mine,” Brandy and Monica
1999: “Livin’ La Vida Loca,” Ricky Martin
2000: “It’s Gonna Be Me,” ’N Sync
2001: “Lady Marmalade,” Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mya, and Pink
2002: “Hot In Herre,” Nelly
2003: “Crazy In Love,” Beyoncé feat. Jay-Z
2004: “Yeah,” Usher
2005: “We Belong Together,” Mariah Carey
2006: “Promiscuous,” Nelly Furtado feat. Timbaland
2007: “Umbrella,” Rihanna feat. Jay-Z
2008: “I Kissed A Girl,” Katy Perry
2009: “I Gotta Feeling,” Black Eyed Peas
2010: “California Gurls,” Katy Perry feat. Snoop Dogg
2011: ???

Comments (125)
  1. Breakbot – Fantasy

  2. Apologies to The Hologram Man et al, but Summer 2009 belonged to “Lisztomania”.

  3. Wu Lyf – Dirt. Fo really.

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  7. summer mood-best coast.

  8. ya’ll trippin.

    “can’t you hear that boom, badoom, boom, badoom, bass?”

    yeah that’s that super bass.

  9. Bon Iver – Calgary

  10. The song of the summer will be written by me because I’m gonna become a huge buzzband like super soon. Gonna change music, and save it rock n’ roll for all you guys! :)

  11. I’m really tempted to say “Super Bass” by Nicki Minaj…
    But I’m hoping “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)” is suddenly released as a single and becomes a huge hit, because it deserves it.

    p.s, summer of 1999 totally belonged to “Steal My Sunshine” by LEN

  12. Up Up Up by Givers

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  15. Beat of My Drum by Nicola Roberts. Shit is so catchy.

  16. wake, bake, skate – FIDLAR
    do you like fun?
    it is all about having the good times in the sumer times

  17. Battles – Ice Cream

  18. I agree on the Battles choice. For me, anything off of the King of the Beach album was the song of summer 2010.

  19. the correct answer to this question is “Super Bass”

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  21. i’d go with givers – up, up, up or friendly fires – hawaiian air

  22. i think it will be party rock anthem from LMFAO

  23. “Mornin’ by Star Slinger !

  24. 3. Killin’ the Vibe by Ducktails
    2. Far Nearer by Jamie xx
    1. Real is a Feeling by Pictureplane

  25. By the way guys…all great songs, but you seem to have forgotten who controls what is a hit and what isn’t. M effing TV!! We represent the select few who seeks out good music and has great taste. One day guys the tables will turn, but until that day the only props our favorite bands are gonna get are in car commercials, movies or Apple advertisements. But what do i know?

  26. Rolling the Deep – Adele!!!!

  27. woozefa  |   Posted on Jun 10th, 2011 0

    young galaxy- ‘we have everything’

  28. Definitely “Second Chance” by Peter Bjorn and John!

  29. Bosco Delrey – Cool Out

    Bibio – Take off Your Shirt

  30. “Super Bass”!!! I can’t seem to get enough of that song. It’s got the best hook Nicki’s come up with so far and excellent rapped verses. It’s both genuine and sweet, and silly and fun. It’s the perfect summer song, because rap and pop are both great for the summer, and this combines both very well.

    • Nikki Minaj is beyond awful. I can’t fathom how a more irritating, contrived and woefully unoriginal artist could ever exist. All of her ‘characters’ are just different artists styles she’s stolen because she’s incapable of synthesizing her influences and adding anything specifically ‘Nicki’. Super Bass is no exception the song is junk. A recycled Katy Perryesque chorus with her random always-cringe-worthy inflections as she tries to be Lil Kim or Busta. After all her gimmicks I can’t understand why anyone with any experience with hip-hop wouldn’t be thoroughly annoyed if not downright offended. But I’m glad you somehow find it enjoyable good for you.

      • Stop hatin’! Though I did like your little qualification there are the end.

        I enjoy her characters thoroughly. With the prior knowledge that she studied theater in college, to me she seems like a very enthusiastic drama kid having the time of her life by acting out in very flamboyant ways–and making tons of money and (IMO OF COURSE!) some great music along the way. I also think she has some great rhymes and very clever lines; if not quite female Lil Wayne-level absurdity yet, she seems to be approaching it.

        I will grant you that about half of “Pink Friday” is cringe-worthy drivel, but she also has some great songs and guest spots on other peoples’ songs. (“Roman’s Revenge,” “Super Bass,” “Did It On ‘Em,” “Moment 4 Life,” “Massive Attack,” and “Catch Me,” specifically. Also of course her mixtapes. And for guest spots, “Lil Freak” by Usher; ” “Till The World Ends Remix” by Brtney Spears; “Teqkilla Remix” by M.I.A. and of course no one can forget “Monster” by that jackass hip hop dude.)

  31. It’s been what, like a year and a half since their internet buzz started, and over a year since their album came out, so shouldn’t Sleigh Bell’s “Rill Rill” be blowing up right now?
    I seriously would not understand if that song didn’t catch on like Florence & The Machine, La Roux, etc.

    • Definitely! Or Infinity Guitars. Or anything by them.

      • Ha, yeah, I would be so pleased if “Infinity Guitars” caught on! I would just expect it to be “Rill Rill” though, just seems like the sort of uber-accessible, uber-catchy song that has crossover appeal written all over it.

  32. Right now I’m going to say Pumped Up Kicks by Foster The People. That song is so good & just has that great summer vibe to it.

  33. I’m On One is pretty dope but there is still time for a song to take over the summer. Gucci Gucci by Kreayshawn is another big contender.

  34. As far as the indie jam for the summer, Senator by Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks

  35. Killing the Vibe – Ducktails + Panda Bear
    Sore Spores – Bobby
    Howolding Girls – Birthdays

    I live in Florida so its been summer here for over a month. these 3 songs have been my constant soundtrack so far.

    If we’re talking pop music I don’t really care as long as its not that god awful “where them girls at song”

  36. its winter here…

  37. “HooDoo” – Maniac
    “Lorelai” – Fleet Foxes

    anything off Shwayze’s “The W’s”


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  40. OK, it needs to be acknowledged that Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy” was the summer song in 2006, definitely NOT Nelly Furtado.

    You could easily go with Black Keys “Tighten Up” or LCD’s “Drunk Girls” for summer 2010, too.

    2011? I nominate Black Lips “Go Out And Get It.”

  41. When I think of past summer songs, “Hey Ya!”, “Crazy”, “Umbrella”, and “The Way I Are” definitely come to mind, and yet only one of those is on this list. Seriously, how is “Hey Ya!” not on this list? I don’t know what this year’s summer jam will be, but hopefully it will be something awesome.

  42. Memories of the future – Handsome furs. hands down.

  43. was MGMT’s ‘kids’ not the summer song of 08?

  44. I feel like it should be “Firework” by Katy Perry…even though it was released last year. It’s been everywhere this summer.

  45. “Ego” – Burial & Four Tet & Thom Yorke.

    now, if only someone would make a better rip from the vinyl..

  46. I gotta go with Ice Cream by Battles as well.

  47. “Go Outside” – Cults

  48. As for my Summer Jamz so far I gotta go with:
    Players Ballad – Big K.R.I.T. or Rave On – Cults
    But I don’t think I have discovered my real summer jam yet.

  49. Oh land- Son of a Gun..
    Coldplay- Every Tear Drop is a Waterfall
    Adele- Roling in the Deep
    Fittz and the Tantrums- Moneygrabber
    Santigold fet Karen 0- Go

    are my top choices

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