The Song Of Summer 2011: The Race Is On!

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We are knee-deep into summer, and the annual race for Song Of The Summer is on. Around this time a year ago, we all wished we were “California Gurls,” or at least that we could rock a candy bra (LADIEZ!).

Although it’s still relatively early, the unofficial yearly task of deciding which song will reign supreme as the season’s anthem — providing the soundtrack to swimming, sunsets, and downing wieners (#LOL) — is in full swing. And what a challenge it’s been so far!

While we’re still awaiting albums from Colbie Caillat, Kelly Rowland, and Jeff Bridges (no kidding), it’s mostly THE LADIEZ who are the strongest contenders in the race, with the crown currently in a four-way tug of war between Britney Spears (“I Wanna Go”), Nicki Minaj (“Super Bass”), Adele (“Rolling In The Deep”), and Katy Perry (“Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” and “E.T.”).

Hiding in the corners are LMFAO (“Party Rock Anthem”), Lady Gaga (“The Edge Of Glory”), Hot Chelle Rae (“Tonight Tonight”), and Pitbull (“Give Me Everything”), all of whose songs are teetering on smashdom, although Pitbull has the edge here, considering it could easily be the dude’s summer since he’s in, like, a million songs. And don’t rule out Jennifer Lopez, whose comeback is nothing to scoff at, since “On The Floor” is still a major player.

Strangely enough, even with a No. 1 bow on the album charts, Beyonce is trying to stay afloat, since none of her singles have shattered expectations yet. “Run The World (Girls)” tanked, but that’s not to say that any of the other tracks off 4 won’t break through.

Our friends at the VH1 Blog haven’t ruled out Bruno Mars, Taylor Swift or Jason Derulo, either, but our bets are on Britney Spears’s “I Wanna Go,” unless Adele continues her stronghold on the charts that she’s had for, oh, about 100 years now? Although, it could, once again, be the summer of Katy Perry, considering the fact that “Last Friday Night” and “E.T.” are everywhere.

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