What’s The Song Of The Summer 2011?

Scott Lapatine | June 10, 2011 - 1:17 pm

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: ???