11 July 2011

Summer Jam 2011: July 11 Winners

Hello lovely people out there in Internetland, you have stumbled once again upon Norwegian Morning Wood's Summer-Long tracking of the most Jam-Worthy songs of Summer. This is a big deal - whoever gains the crown may forever be known as THE song of Summer 2011. It's always engaging - especially in the wake of a stunning US Victory in the Women's World Cup against Brazil (Hell yeah Abby!!) let's list some Summer Jams!

#8: "Rolling in the Deep" by Adele

Mighty fall this week, Adele is still charting well but after a ridiculous radio week last week she was seldom heard this time around. I'm hesitant to count her out but for now she's barely limping in after giving it her all for quite a few weeks on the top of the Winner's List. She's not controlling her own destiny anymore so we'll see how things turn out!

#7: "E.T." by Katy Perry ft. Kanye West

Like Adele Katy is still hanging around, tho her stock is about as it was the week prior and continually falling. There's getting to be far too much Summer Competition for these tracks to stay afloat much longer, it's a matter of time until we bid them a final fair adieu.

#6: "Lazy Song" by Bruno Mars

With a nice little resurgence this week Bruno Mars climbs back up to the spot it's had for the majority of Summer. I was actually pretty ready to count this guy out but a spike late in the week really saved this track from irrelevance. This comes back and may actually get some good numbers just on it stability at this spot as well as its great Summer Message of doing nothing. All praise to Bruno.

#5: "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" by Katy Perry

I love giving myself a little punctuation test every time I write this song title. This track's stock is rising but isn't as immediately dominate as one might have thought. It appears that Katy has some work cut out for her if she actually wants this to rise as high as some of her other singles in the past year. It is probably the most typical and uninteresting song musically she's released since "California Gurls," and at this point that could work against her as much as for her. For now she's smack in the middle of the Winner's List with plenty of potential yet.

#4: "The Edge of Glory" by Lady GaGa

GaGa is climbing here, I'm not sure if she can get top billing one of these weeks if she hasn't so far. This is a good Summer Track compared to some of her other work but there's a lot of other songs that are just way more attuned to the zeitgeist and far more immediately catchy. The shame is that "The Edge of Glory" is a great song by all means, but that certainly doesn't hold sway for a Summer Jam. She's hanging in there though so we'll see.

#3: "Super Bass" by Nicki Minaj

I'm not sure Nicki gets much higher than this but this is great for her. "Super Bass" is a hot track right now that should stay put for most of Summer at this point. Has Nicki established herself as a mainstream pop artist yet? This song really doesn't have a very invigorating beat, which gives more props to the impeccable flow that Nicki effortlessly exudes. I have full confidence that this track stays right where it is, especially as she supplants the other artists around her.

#2: "Give Me Everything" by Pitbull ft. AfroJack, Ne-Yo & Nayer

Is that everyone in this song? I hope so. I don't care. It turns out that Pitbull's Summer Reign at the Top of the Charts was shortlasted; I had a feeling it would. This song isn't even a song, really. It's a medley of other pop hits. It has nothing unifying the track as unique or special. Sometimes I'll get halfway into Pitbull's track with Usher or Enrique and mistake it for this track. How many songs about Tonight can he have? It's gotten to a pop carbon copy point that's pretty ridiculous. For all these reasons I actually don't think that this track holds on for that much longer, it was always a temporary track with little long term significance, this is the start of a slippery fall.

#1: "Party Rock Anthem" by LMFAO ft. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock

I gotta give these cats some props for crafting a spectacular Summer Jam as well as a Dance Video that is continuously entertaining and watchable. Earnesty and Genuinity are still appreciated and these guys have this - they just want to Party Rock. Wait, what the hell is Party Rocking, anyway? Whatever, this track has been dominant this week and as long is the beat is thumping we'll keep Party Rocking, baby. To the people!

So I still think that Britney's "I Wanna Go" can make some Thunder as one of her funner songs in years. I'm also keeping an eye on Lil Wayne's "How to Love" which could make some Lightning in the coming weeks. Finally, the two-shot of Jason Derulo and David Guetta need to make some kind of splash, I can't believe these tracks aren't charting well. Does anyone have a Jason Derulo album, does he really shout his name out before every song he does? I hope so. What an artistic genius. Stay tuned, folks, believe it or not, this is the Halfway Week for Summer, we got eight left to go! It's anyone's game baby!

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