Unbelievably we have made it already to the final week of Summer. Labour Day is upon us and so it's time to acknowledge the Musical Hits of Sunshine one last time. Tomorrow we'll tally everything up and figure out finally who wins the Crown and gets the honour of being True Summer Royalty - the Absolute Summer Jam. But for now we've got the Top Tracks of this past week right here:
#8: "Give Me Everything" by Pitbull ft. AfroJack, Nayer & Ne-Yo
Apparently this track wasn't quite dead yet. It roars back this week to barely cracking the List but is otherwise certainly in its death throes. I don't think this song has any future at all really, it's so unspectacular in every way.I did get to thinking of Pitbull's voiceover he does at the beginnings of a lot of songs. Can you imagine him saying "yeah right, picture that with a Kodak" in a booth alone in a studio? Wouldn't you just feel like an idiot saying that? I suppose that's why I'm not a millionaire right now.
#7: "Cheers (Drink To That)" by Rihanna
There's a few things I dig about this track. Somehow Rihanna's Ode to Getting Sloppy comes across as much classier than Katy's (to be seen later). She came out with the video this week that plays like a home movie more than anything, which actually makes her pretty likeable and relatable. I also like her slipping into her Barbados accent from time to time here. And of course we've got to mention Avril Lavigne's vital lyrical contribution saying "yeah yeah" ninety times. Nice work, Av. This actually could be a big Youth Drinking hit as school starts back up in the Fall, I don't know where it was all Summer though.
#6: "Yoü and I" by Lady GaGa
Here is another debut this week that will probably make it pretty big but just had poor timing to be considered a Summer Jam. After an incredible (okay, maybe just unconventional) performance at the MTV VMAs last week "Yoü and I" sprang up everywhere. It's part-rock, part-country ballad and part-Pop, all of which means it should have enormous crossover appeal. She also sings the hell out of it, and the rhythm builds and descends with brilliance. GaGa didn't have a whole lot of hits this Summer but she did put out probably two of its best songs with this and "The Edge of Glory."
#5: "Super Bass" by Nicki Minaj
Nicki is tougher to kill than a vampire. This was definitely a consistent Jam this Summer and I think the running for a Crown will reflect that, although absolute ubiquity still eluded her. More on that tomorrow though, for now needless to say Nicki offered up another very strong week with a track that is tough to get sick of.
#4: "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" by Katy Perry
Here is that classless party song. A bit of a surprise tumble this week, the second-worst song about Fridays this year lost its grip on the #1 Spot and probably any chance of really being a serious Contender for another Queen of Summer title for Katy. Unlike "Super Bass" I am very sick of this track by now already, it's really a soulless handful of minutes with no artistic merit or integrity of any kind. Self-congratulatory, indulgent and fruitless. I can't believe anyone can talk about Katy Perry, Adele and GaGa as the same caliber of artists. She's bullshit.
#3: "Party Rock Anthem" by LMFAO ft. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock
This song clawed back a bit this week thanks in part to some of the most bizarre blatant selling out of the year. Suddenly my TV is full of these Party Rocking Hamsters driving Kia Souls. What the hell? I guess LMFAO is trying to make good on the fact that they will never be as recognized in the National Consciousness like this again, so they're taking the opportunity to do some really painful selling out. What the hell is wrong with these guys? Anyway, they're the Jam to beat for the Summer so you can't hate on them totally. Yes we can.
#2: "Moves Like Jagger" by Maroon 5 ft. Christina Aguilera
What happened to Dirrty Christina? How is a chick who peaked ten years ago still grabbing hits of far lesser quality? Maroon 5 selling out is fun to watch though, I've never really liked that band, although some of Adam's Other Work is enjoyable. This song is awful though, I'm not sure how it got to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 this week.
#1: "Lighters" by Bad Meets Evil ft. Bruno Mars
Unstoppable this week, the Sixth Song to take the #1 Spot is "Lighters." Thankfully I think I've just gotten sick of listening to it fifty times a week. At this point it's not going to be making a huge dent in the Final Tally for Summer Jam Winners but it's got a decent sized mid-level splash.
So that's it for the Season folks, it's been fun. Make sure to click in tomorrow for the Final Crown! Yippee! Some other tracks that were pretty big this week include The Foo Fighters' "Walk," but Britney and Foster the People had a bit of a dip. No coming back now, the votes are in baby. Put some mittens on!