25 July 2011

Summer Jam 2011: July 25 Winners

Well Amy Winehouse is dead. Moving on, it's another Week of Summer Down, a weekend of jumping in lakes, trying to beat the heat, catching fireflies in your mouth and really resisting the temptation to read Harry Potter. What a time to be alive, my friends. Let's begin.

#8: "Tonight Tonight" by Hot Chelle Rae

This track has been around for some time now but it took this long to break into the Winners List for the week. It's the kind of song that I hate in general, just ironic shitty hipster bullshit. Sorry. It's a nice Summer Song though, even if it's fabulously irritating and extremely simplistic rhythmically. It's actually been hovering in the Top 10 of the Hot 100 for a few weeks now and if it keeps up Radio Play it could stick around for some time.

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

This song vanished this week tho it's still rated pretty highly on all the Countdown Lists so here we are. I actually don't think this is making the kind of splash that any of her other ridiculously successful prior four tracks have made. It's just oversaturation at this point. Despite my prognostication I'm sure "LFN(TGIF)" isn't going anywhere, the well of Katy fans is mainstream enough and pop-friendly enough to beef up anything she does right now.

#6: "The Lazy Song" by Bruno Mars

What else could claim the #6 spot? This was the inverse of "Last Friday Night" this week, it's been falling down the charts but I still heard it constantly on the Radio. It's definitely past its prime by this point but it's floating around enough to nab this old spot comfortably. Barring something ridiculous I'm sure this will be the last I mention Bruno this Summer.

#5: "How to Love" by Lil Wayne

Wheezy lays it down, son. It's slowly assaulting the charts but if you check out all the tracks currently ranked higher it's tough to imagine it gaining any significant ground. I do like this song though, it's ideal for some poolside babymaking with a couple frosty Coronas handy. In that light, it's a very smooth Summer Jam. We'll keep our ears on this one.

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

For the past six weeks GaGa has alternated between the #4 and #5 positions. After a bit of a surge this week, she makes the Top Four. At this point I don't think there's any way that she gets much higher but I would also be surprised if she has any big drops. GaGa seems stuck in Summertime Limbo. I really thought "The Edge of Glory" had a chance to finally earn a Crown for GaGa this Summer but once again it seems like she'll skip off to school bareheaded.

#3: "Super Bass" by Nicki Minaj

After trashing this track last week Nicki was everywhere this time around, easily nabbing #3 on the week. I really don't know what to think about her anymore, the song is still solid and I guess still has a shot to make a nice little run here. Nicki should definitely stick around and may have a shot yet at a Summer Jam Crown.

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

This is one of the worst songs of the year and the video is terrible. Pitbull is just such an unrelenting douche, I have a really difficult time even looking at him. That said, this track is still pretty popular. I still can't figure out where Nayer and AfroJack come into this song. It's all Pit and Ne-Yo. Whatever. This song is full of swagger and arrogance, it's awful.

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

Once again, our #1 is Party Rock, baby. I'm not sure what a Party Rock is (or a Super Bass or an Edge of Glory for that matter), but it's still fantastically catchy and very energetic. If it's #1 for another week it'll match "Rolling in the Deep" this Summer and definitely secure itself as a fearsome candidate. Will LMFAO have long lucrative careers after the Summer of 2011? That makes me laugh my fucking ass off.

So we finally got a week without "E.T." or "Rolling in the Deep" here, which is awesome but don't count either out just yet. I'm also still looking at a chance to talk about Beyonce's "Best Thing I Never Had" which may have to wait until next week. Maybe. Britney also vanished this week although it's possible she can come back as well. Unbelievably it'll be August in a few days - the Final Month of Summer. Oh Diggity!

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