Tuesday, July 06, 2010

FRANKLIN AVENUE POLL: What's 2010's "Song of the Summer"?

This year's hunt to find the 2010 "Song of the Summer" feels like it was over before it ever began.

Unlike past years, when the debate over which song deserved "Song of Summer" honors ran into Labor Day, Katy Perry's "California Gurls" earned front-runner status from the beginning.

"Gurls," after all, hits all the proper hallmarks of a summer song: It's catchy, light and frothy, and everywhere. (I dare you to make it through the day without hearing Katy singing about her Daisy Duke/bikini combo somewhere.)

Most of the folks who pay close attention to the Song of the Summer competish seem to agree.

Radio consultant Sean Ross, who has extensively covered the Song of the Summer showdown for years, writes about the 2010 face-off here. And New York magazine's Vulture has been covering the competish as well.

Both Ross and Vulture have "Summer Gurls" on the brain: Ross has named it his "song of the week" for three out of the four weeks. Vulture called it "a saccharine confection we feared would be a problem from the moment it bubbled up," and believes it's the first unifying "Song of the Summer" since 2007's "Umbrella."

Buzzfeed, meanwhile, recently went one step further and compiled a list of the "Songs of Summer" for the past 70 years.

Last year, you picked the international smash "When Love Takes Over," by David Guetta and Kelly Rowlands, while I was partial to Madcon's "Beggin'."

Ross, meanwhile, chose "Boom Boom Pow" by the Black Eyed Peas; others picked "I Got a Feelin'" by, yes, those ever-present BEPs.

But that was last year. In 2010, is it a cakewalk for Ms. Perry? Or will another song suddenly surge ahead as we head into mid-summer? Take the poll below.

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