Earlier this summer, inspired by Sean Ross' annual column on the song of the summer, I asked you to pick what you think this year's top contender was -- and you chose "When Love Takes Over," by David Guetta and Kelly Rowlands.
Now that the summer is over, Sean has revealed his own pick for song of the summer... and it's probably not a shocker: “Boom Boom Pow” by the Black Eyed Peas.
“Boom Boom Pow” was not just a massive hit but a sonic landmark. It had millions of supporters of all ages and from all quarters, but like “SexyBack” a few summers back, it was also a seemingly unsparing record that redefined what a hit song sounded like. I know a surprising number of people my age who pride themselves on staying current but couldn’t warm up to this one; (and it didn’t fall on the “love Hip-Hop/hate Hip-Hop” axis either, some of them had “Knock You Down” as their favorite summer song). And those are the records that become touchstones in years to come.
Sean notes that "Boom Boom Pow" actually came out in the spring -- and the BEP's "I Gotta Feelin" might have been a more timely choice. But in the end, the sheer weight of "Boom Boom Pow's" popularity and ubiquity pushed it over the top.