Hello Potter-Maniacs across the world, here is another edition of the Winners List, the Top Eight Most Jam-Worthy tracks from the Summer of 2011. It was a bit of a crazy week, but then again, most of the weeks this summer have been all over the place. There are some shifts, some New Classics and a lot of action. Let's Dive in!
#8: "Rolling in the Deep" by Adele
This song just won't die. I can't stand it anymore. This is really a victim of overplaying at this point, back in March I actually liked this song. Nowadays I've just heard it far too often to get any enjoyment out of it. Of course this points to its credibility as an all-encompassing ubiquitous Summer Jam, which I just can't believe. It limps in again this week.
#7: "Super Bass" by Nicki Minaj
I don't know what happened to Nicki this week, but she was absent from the Radio. I think after championing this song all Summer it's finally starting to crest and may fall off pretty shortly. I guess that's all Nicki could muster. This is actually a very invigorating track that kind of falls apart into mediocrity during her last pop sell-out stanza. I think she could have used another rap instead of breaking down and singing like Beyoncé.
#6: "I Wanna Go" by Britney Spears
This song grew up fast. Not unlike Britney herself. I'm sure it'll start charting a bit better shortly but it did have a big surge this week. I think this track works for her because she's having fun again and not whining about stardom or her own crazy personality and expectations. It's still a very typical pop song though and I don't think it'll do all that much better than this. Big Jams these days need to be exceptional and Britney is just painting by numbers here.
#5: "The Edge of Glory" by Lady GaGa
GaGa's been hovering around this position for some time now and despite this song aptly running with the Women's Soccer World Cup all week it hasn't really held up against other pop giants in the zeitgeist. It is an epic song through. Can't you imagine this running through Harry's head as he faces down Voldemort for the last time? It was there, baby. Watching this video again I'm really thinking that GaGa has this innate humour to her, though I'm not sure if she means it.
#4: "How to Love" by Lil Wayne
I actually really like this song. Lil Wayne has quite an auspicious debut with this track this week. It's got a great slow build-up and a soft coo that is lacking from his other work. It could certainly do some damage on the charts by appealing to the chick crowd. It's a nice soothing track to shoot on the stereo on a balmy summer evening and could have a significant late season run. It really doesn't sound Wayne-like, but then again this didn't either. Wait, isn't Wheezy in Prison? How is he still making all these songs?
#3: "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.) by Katy Perry
I'm pretty much done with this song already. It's such a bland track. There's nothing really special about it, just the mild shock value that has run through Katy's entire career. I wouldn't be surprised if it rises a bit higher, especially as Pitbull and LMFAO burn through their moments of sunshine quickly. Katy's proven her sustainability over the entire past year and has successfully avoided overexposure by releasing tons of songs that don't sound at all alike. This song is really nothing but a grab for attention. Which of course, means people will eat it up.
#2: "Give Me Everything" by Pitbull ft. AfroJack, Nayer and Ne-Yo
This is really just a medley of other pop songs. It's so disjointed. I hate Pitbull's snear and...well I don't really know who anyone else is in this crapfest. It's a mild dance hit but really difficult to get into. There's so many shifting parts, it can't make up its mind for what it wants to be. It's terrible. Anyway, it's still charting pretty well and shouldn't go anywhere in the next couple weeks.
#1: "Party Rock Anthem" by LMFAO ft. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock
The Anthem for Party Rocking is still #1. That's pretty cool. What the hell are these idiots going to do with all that money? They better find a bank that's not Goldman Sachs and deposit it because they're in no shape for long-term careers. At all. This is a great Summer Jam song though, and in a few years we might remember "that party song" by those "weird dudes in the fro's and glasses" who made it. That will be "Party Rock Anthem" by LMFAO. Perfect.
Next week expect Lil Wayne, Britney and Katy to keep dominating and I've also got my ears on Beyoncé's "Best Thing I Never Had" as well as "Moves Like Jagger" by Maroon 5 and Xtina, naturally. Yeah that's a nice connection through The Voice. What a terrible show. I'm also wondering if "Pumped Up Kicks" by Foster the People can catch on. I love that track. School shootings have never been so catchy.