And so we trot into August. Here we are again folks, the Summer-Long tracking of the hottest Jams out there. There are a lot of up and coming tracks, none that made the List for the Week, but could shake things up in the very near future. Let's cut our teeth on some juicy pop now:
#8: "Best Thing I Never Had" by Beyoncé
This is the sassiest video ever. Beyoncé simultaneously exudes an effortless confidence and independence that makes this song captivating. It's a relatively simple track but she's still real sexy. I do wonder why Beyoncé has so many heartbreak and whiny relationship songs though. She and Jay-Z are one of the (seemingly) more stable Hollywood Relationships. At any rate it's nice to see both her and Kelly with some contemporary hits.
#7: "Rolling in the Deep" by Adele
This shit really won't die. It creeps up again this week although I'm really at the point that I can't stand it any more. It's a shame that this good song has been overplayed to death. Maybe I'll be able to listen to it next year.
#6: "The Edge of Glory" by Lady GaGa
GaGa was actually all over the place this week but five other songs managed to outperform her. I never knew Bondage Raccoons could sing this well. I'm trying to think of how we'll see "The Edge of Glory" in five or ten years, I can't imagine it being highly ranked in her oeuvre. Still, it's a good 80s callback for 2011.
#5: "How to Love" by Lil Wayne
Maintaining the middle ground this week is Lil Wayne, still a great little Summer Slow Jam. It's one of the fresher songs on the Winner's List right now, there's no reason why it can't stick around and do a little better. It's a good song but actually not really invigorating enough to really catch fire. It should still be pretty decent for a while.
#4: "Give Me Everything" by Pitbull ft. Nayer, AfroJack & Ne-Yo
I finally figured out that AfroJack is just a DJ, which I have no idea why he's getting credit in the song title here. Especially when his beat kind of sucks. He's just like David Guetta who is extremely overhyped. Actually he's Guetta's protégé. That's got to be rough, man. This track tumbled a bit this week, there's just a lot hotter shit out right now. It may thankfully fade into obscurity pretty soon.
#3: "Super Bass" by Nicki Minaj
This song was everywhere again this week and it's actually a tough track to get sick of, despite Nicki's best intentions. Her charm and flow make it infinitely re-listenable even if Beyoncé may be holding a female singing clinic across town showing what something like this could really be. What the hell is a Super Bass anyway? I'm picturing some sort of Giant Flying Fish.
#2: "Party Rock Anthem" by LMFAO ft. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock
For the first time since its debut "Party Rock Anthem" has slowed a bit this week instead of accelerating. It's definitely still a close call to fall to #2 but the Top Track this week was just everywhere and deserved it. I'm thinking this will also turn into a very zeitgeist-y song that ends up burning out quickly without a lot of post though. Remind me to Party Rock with my Super Bass while I can.
#1: "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" by Katy Perry
Getting the punctuation of this song accurate after these hungover weekends is far more difficult than it should be. Katy kind of came out of no where though, suddenly by Friday I realised I had heard this song 14 times during the week and it needed to be #1, supplanting LMFAO. I still picture them battling and for sure nothing is guaranteed but it's looking like another Katy Summer, at least collectively. She's also starring as Smurfette in the Smurfs (2011) this weekend. Poor thing is starved for attention, isn't she?
"The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie" by RHCP was pretty close to cracking the top this week, it's definitely a hot Summer Track. Other than that, I've been listening to "Till I'm Gone" by Tinie Tempah ft. Wiz Khalifa, "Far Far Away" by Tyga ft. Chris Richardson and both of Eminem's New Tracks, "Space Bound" (featuring "actress" Sasha Grey) and "Lighters" ft. Royce da 5'9 (most retarded rap name ever) and Bruno. Any of these five tracks could break in as early as next week.