Whee Do! Happy Independence Day Folks, later on there will be another Long Halloween Post concerning the activities you should find yourself doing today but for now it's Summer Jam time. These are 2011's Fourth of July Tracks, baby, the rockingest weekend of the year. Transformers are blowing shit up, the beaches are packed and the boomboxes are loud and jammin! Hoorah!
#8: "Where Them Girls At" by David Guetta ft. Nicki Minaj & Flo Rida
This song actually isn't charting that great, but I heard it a ton this week, especially this weekend and it's an awesome Summer Dance Jam with a lot of energy. It really gets you pumped to go out and be stupid, which is perfect for a Summer Track. David Guetta by this point I'm sure is useless, does he just do beats? Then why aren't his beats better? Nicki kills it though, her talent is insane and Flo Rida goes through his own Summer Motions but it really works here.
#7: "E.T." by Katy Perry ft. Kanye West
I was wrong about this track last week, it is still hanging around pretty effectively although it has clearly fell a ways from what it once was. Katy has had such an insane year though that the the next jam on the Winners List this week should make up for its tumble.
#6: "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" by Katy Perry
I already made a significant post about this track and I stand by my analysis there. I'm wondering about Katy's Legacy with all these songs actually, which ones may overshadow others at this point? I feel like a decade from now we'll remember "California Gurls" and that's about it. They've all come and gone a bit too fast to leave a very lasting impression, tho they've all been great successes. We'll see. I see this song right now as the boiled over remains of everything in the zeitgeist - she's got the Hangover element, the Friday element, the 80s element as well as a plethora of Glee stars. Ultimately it imitates rather than innovates.
#5: "The Edge of Glory" by Lady GaGa
In an age of ever increasing bullshit this is a relatively straightforward track which is great. GaGa owns this mostly on her own and proves that she can outsing and outdance every other pop starlet that is trying to challenge her. Really she's got the best voice since Christina Aguilera. Actually her competition vs. the less-talented but sluttier Katy Perry is reminiscent of Christina vs. Britney. I'm not sure if this can catch on to a much higher position, which would be a shame. GaGa has had tracks fighting for a crown for the past two years, I'm waiting for her to get the championship, but LeBron might have a ring first.
#4: "Super Bass" by Nicki Minaj
Nicki is everywhere. She pops up everywhere you look and I still think this song can do better than #4. She's really popped out a fully emerged Pop Star with this video. It's tough to think of another female rapper that has had this kind of pop crossover success. Missy Elliott comes to mind but that chick really only emulated male rap styling rather than encompass a femininity in her songs like Nicki does seamlessly. Besides, Nicki sells this track through her body as well as her voice. Who wants to see Missy Elliott in hot pants.
#3: "Party Rock Anthem" by LMFAO ft. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock
THIS is a summer jam! I think it's having a difficult time getting the traction to stay at the top. It is burning really fast right now and my guess is in six months no one will remember this song. It is very fun right now though and is the most danceable song on the Winners List. In that sense it's a more zeitgeist-y track than some others because while GaGa may eventually be timeless, these guys sure as hell aren't, which leaves them distinctly 2011. I do like the premise of the video that these idiots Party Rocked themselves into a coma.
#2: "Rolling in the Deep" by Adele
I'm officially sick of this song. I can't take it anymore. This track was everywhere this week! Still! I mean, it's been charting decently since March, this shit is ridiculous. Unless something really crazy comes along it's got a good chance to be Queen of Summer already which is bizarre because it isn't really a Summer Song at all. You can't put this track on at a party or a cook-out, it'd be terrible. It is sliding just a bit though and its audacity is finally questionable.
#1: "Give Me Everything" ft. Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer
I hate Pitbull. Actually I only hate him personally I don't really mind his rapping. He's actually pretty good but I hate his attitude, his snear and his cocky attitude. This is a good Summer Song, it's equal parts smooth rapping, chill Miami flow and epic of-the-moment singing. It just rose to the Top of the Hot 100, we'll see how long it can stay there, my guess is it won't spend the rest of Summer there and some other song in the Top 5 of this list could supplant this douchebag.
So this was kind of a crazy week, we lost Lupe, The Black Eyed Peas and Bruno Mars without a whole lot of consequence. They're all hovering around the #9 spot but also all past their primes. Someone like Jason Derulo or Britney Spear's new track has a much better chance to pop in there. There is also a mind-numbingly terrible new Black Eyed Peas song out there, run for your lives! Can you believe it's about partying?