Song Of The Summer 2006

Today NY Post places odds on which tune will be crowned this year’s Song Of The Summer.

“A summer hit has to have a unique upfront hook, a great beat, and it has to sound great in a car,” says Jim Kaminski, who works in marketing at Tower Records. “You’ll find yourself singing along even if you hate it.”

They asked for Stereogum’s 2 cents, so I threw some “Smiley Faces” at them, assuming the regular suspects were already covered. And I’m so over that Paris Hilton song. Here’s the Post’s breakdown:

Nelly Furtado and Timbaland – “Promiscuous”
ODDS: 2-1

Gnarls Barkley – “Crazy”
ODDS: 3-1

Justin Timberlake – “Sexy-Back”
ODDS: 3-1

Beyonce with Jay-Z – “Déjà Vu”
ODDS: 3-1

Jessica Simpson – “A Public Affair”
ODDS: 4-1

Shakira and Wyclef Jean – “Hips Don’t Lie”
ODDS: 5-1

Luther Vandross – “Shine”
ODDS: 6-1

Tony Matterhorn – “Dutty Wine”
ODDS: 7-1

Gnarls Barkley – “Smiley Faces”
ODDS: 7-1

Christina Aguilera – “Ain’t No Other Man”
ODDS: 8-1

The Strokes – “You Only Live Once”
ODDS: 10-1

My money’s on Timberlake. He’s bringing sexy back (“you motherfuckers watch how I attack”). This site is streaming a whole 17 seconds.

For FutureSex/LoveSounds, Timbaland hooked Timberlake up with some phat hooks. “What Goes Around Comes Around” contains “an A hook and a B hook,” the singer tells Rolling Stone. “Somebody once said to me that when John Lennon found a hook for a song, he’d make it the verse. That’s what I was going for.” He should relay that pointer to Stephen Malkmus.

Last year around this time NY Daily News gave us an incomplete scorecard of summer songs since George Michael ruled FM. This year the Post gives us a monster list.

50 Years Of Summer Songs
1955: “Rock Around the Clock,” Bill Haley & His Comets
1956: “Hound Dog,” Elvis Presley
1957: “Love Letters in the Sand,” Pat Boone
1958: “Summertime Blues,” Eddie Cochran
1959: “See You in September,” the Tempos
1960: “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka-Dot Bikini,” Brian Hyland
1961: “Runaway,” Del Shannon
1962: “The Loco-Motion,” Little Eva
1963: “Surf City,” Jan & Dean
1964: “I Get Around,” the Beach Boys
1965: “California Girls,” the Beach Boys
1966: “Summer in the City,” the Lovin’ Spoonful
1967: “Groovin,’ ” the Rascals
1968: “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” the Rolling Stones
1969: “Hot Fun in the Summertime,” Sly and the Family Stone
1970: “In the Summertime,” Mungo Jerry
1971: “Brown Sugar,” the Rolling Stones
1972: “School’s Out,” Alice Cooper
1973: “My Love,” Wings
1974: “Rock the Boat,” the Hues Corporation
1975: “One of These Nights,” Eagles
1976: “(Shake Shake Shake) Shake Your Booty,” KC and the Sunshine Band
1977: “Margaritaville,” Jimmy Buffett
1978: “Hot Blooded,” Foreigner
1979: “My Sharona,” the Knack
1980: “Funkytown,” Lipps, Inc.
1981: “Jessie’s Girl,” Rick Springfield
1982: “Jack and Diane,” John Cougar Mellencamp
1983: “The Safety Dance,” Men Without Hats
1984: “The Reflex,” Duran Duran
1985: “The Power of Love,” Huey Lewis and the News
1986: “Venus,” Banarama
1987: “Here I Go Again,” Whitesnake
1988: “Pour Some Sugar on Me,” Def Leppard
1989: “Good Thing,” Fine Young Cannibals
1990: “Vogue,” Madonna
1991: “Unbelievable,” EMF
1992: “Jump,” Kris Kross
1993: “Whoomp! There It Is,” Tag Team
1994: “All I Wanna Do,” Sheryl Crow
1995: “Fantastic Voyage,” Coolio
1996: “The Macarena,” Los Del Rio
1997: “Walking on the Sun,” Smash Mouth
1998: “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit’ It,” Will Smith
1999: “Livin’ La Vida Loca,” Ricky Martin
2000: “Who Let the Dogs Out?” Baha Men
2001: “Bootylicious,” Destiny’s Child
2002: “Hot in Herre,” Nelly
2003: “Crazy in Love,” Beyoncé
2004: “Yeah,” Usher
2005: “Hollaback Girl,” Gwen Stefani

So 2006: who’s it gonna be? And don’t rule out new Outkast!