Summer officially starts this week, so we thought it was high time to launch another installment of NewNowNext’s Song of Summer countdown. What will be the next “Call Me Maybe”? Have we heard it yet, or is it yet to be revealed?
All summer long we’ll be calling out tracks we think have the potential to blow up big time, and asking you which you’re living for. We’ve tabulated the big winners from last time (as voted on by you) and added some new contenders to the mix. Check them all out, then vote on which you think will make it to the finish line as the Song of Summer.
Did we miss a Song of Summer candidate? Name that tune in the comments section!
“Woman’s World,” Cher
The odds of this veteran pop royal dominating another summer are a little slim, but with Cher popping up at New York City Pride and elsewhere, this dark horse from the Dark Lady could surprise us all.
“Here’s To Never Growing Up, ” Avril Lavigne
Though we thought we didn’t need another pop single with a shout out to Radiohead, Lavigne’s paean to emotional immaturity is kind of undeniable.
“Ooh La La,” Britney Spears
Not as strong an offering as anything on Femme Fatale, but with some traction from The Smurfs 2, and a new album on the way, Britney could become the queen of summer 2013.
“Just Give Me a Reason,” Pink w/Nate Ruess
Pink has been going from strength to strength with The Truth About Love. The album’s latest single sees her teaming up with fun.’s Nate Ruess from fun., who already had a summer anthem with “We Are Young.”
“The Walker,” Fitz and the Tantrums
Michael Fitzsimmons’ Motown inspired act has already won us over with tracks like “Moneygrabber” and “Don’t Gotta Work It Out.” We’d love to see them hit the big time with their latest single.
“Can’t Hold Us,” Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (ft. Ray Dalton)
This one has been around for a while, but when that dance-y part comes on, we just can’t stop bouncing our knee. Either that or it’s restless leg syndrome.
“Safe And Sound,” Capital Cities
Sometimes the Song of Summer comes from left field (Who knew Carly Rae Jepsen before “Call Me Maybe” blew up?). We can’t deny the infectious feel-good vibe of dual front men Ryan Merchant and Sebu Simonian.
“Get Lucky,” Daft Punk
This feel-good disco jam didn’t just herald the return of our favorite Euro-electronica duo, it signalled the return of Pharell, who pops up later in this roundup. With its slick beat and suggestive lyrics, this is the song you play when the party’s winding down and you’re trying to “get lucky” with that cute boy.
“We Can’t Stop,” Miley Cyrus
Miley’s surprisingly low-tempo party anthem has gotten another boost with the wacky, just-released video. Is it enough to give her another “Party in the USA”-level Song of Summer? We’ll have to see.
“The Way,” Ariana Grande w/Mac Miller
Grande’s breakout single was a breakout on our countdown, too—garnering more than 30% of the votes. With more hits like “The Way,” Grande might top Selena Gomez as the reigning kids-TV star turned successful pop singer.
“Bubble Butt” Major Lazer w/Bruno Mars and 2 Chains
Pretty much speaks for itself.