Slowly but surely we're balking towards the end of Summer. It's a tragic time nationwide as the days get a bit shorter, a bit chillier and the skirts get longer. As we plow ahead into some shit times though, the Definitive Jam of Summer 2010 emerges. It was a tough battle this week, many tracks just barely failing to make the cut. Let's take a look:
#8: "The Only Exception" - Paramore
This hasn't exactly charted that great in the past few weeks, but I'm still hearing it everywhere, which indicates that it's at least a good jam for my hometown of Rochester, NY. Hayley Williams really belts it out on this one, starting soft, slow and cool while eventually building to an incredible crescendo. It's kind of a weird depressing song at first but there's some hope that shines through by the end. It's not really Summer Jam Lyrical Material, but fuck, what is this Summer? Oh, her. That's right. For a shout-out at #8 this week and unlikely to return, it's Paramore. What the hell is a Paramore anyway? It sounds like something that should be something but isn't actually anything. Hot Dog.
#7: "Cooler Than Me" - Mike Posner
It's possible this song may have had its run, it's slipped a bit on the Hot 100 but still seems to show up everywhere despite overstaying its welcome. Posner is an absolute tool though. Yes he deserves to die and I hope he burns in hell.
#6: "DJ Got Us Falling in Love" - Usher ft. Pitbull
This is about the inverse of "The Only Exception," it's ranked pretty high but I didn't really hear much of it this week. Not to say its popularity should be considered dropping, but its buzz peak seems to be last week for sure. Then again, it's Hot 100 is its all-time highest position, so whatever. It feels more of a radar blip song than "OMG" (which I actually probably heard about as often as "DJ" this week), so its stock for Summer Jam is pretty crud right now. Still though, good enough to clock in at #6 this week.
#5: "Your Love" - Nicki Minaj
Despite finally falling to Em on the Rap Charts this week, I heard this song a ton played in cars driving by, which is just about the most reliable I can get towards hearing what other people are listening to these days. "Your Love" is killing the drive by tunes right now, a clear definitive, objective observation on successful Pop Culture. Nicki's a stunner here even if "Bottoms Up" is failing to impress. Cleavage, though.
#4: "California Gurls" - Katy Perry ft. Snoop Dogg
After sinking a bit last week Katy crawls back here, actually the song I heard most in Rochester, NY this week. Stunning stuff, she clearly hasn't lost a whole lot of Radio Momentum, at least in smaller markets. "Teenage Dreams" is surely the go-to song of hers right now and its stock is rising far faster than "California Gurls" is falling. The pulse of the zeitgeist has really moved on from here, but its just still kind of around. In fact, I heard it my car about 15 minutes ago. We're going to need some stakes and garlic for this girl pretty soon, I'm not sure what else can kill it!
#3: "Teenage Dreams" - Katy Perry
Double-shot this week for the owner of Kitty Purry. This is a big counter to the boundless energy of "California Gurls," and the video is much less hot, although the lyrics are arguably a bit hotter. The singing is probably better than her other track (at least when she gets over the high-pitched whine at the start), but there's not a whole lot of bit here. Nevertheless, the thing's decent enough to take a legit charge at our zeigeist if Em slips up next week. Unlikely.
#2: "Dynamite!" - Taio Cruz
Yeah this is still going really strong. I still get pretty pumped every time I hear the first few riffs, and look at this vid: I've never seen another dude get chicks to walk so sexy next to him. Damn, son. It's some hot shit and however this song ends up doing, Taio's had a hell of a Summer.
#1: "Love the Way You Lie" - Em ft. Rihanna
Is it possible this track is starting to stale? It's just on the cusp, I wouldn't be surprised it if finally falters a bit next week. Still, it finally beat Nicki for the Rap Charts as well as still ruling iLike, Radio and Ringtones. Pretty fearsome. "Dynamite" is actually beating it on the Pop Charts though, and "Teenage Dreams" has it on Digital Songs, with some more momentum I wouldn't be surprised if Katy nabs #1 with her new song next week. Em's almost losing grip on the zeitpulse, so we'll see.
So that's about it, we've got one more Week of Summer then it all finally comes crashing down while the King of Summer will place his or her Crown on his or her Anointed Head. I don't know what happened to "Magic" by B.o.B and Rivers Cuomo this week, and "Misery" by Maroon 5 is looking alright for the most part, we'll see if they're able to fight back and throw their hats in at the last minute. It's time to get excited! See you for one more!