Song Of The Summer Flashback: Katy Perry’s “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” (2011)

by (@unclegrambo)

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Just yesterday, we released this year’s very first Song Of The Summer chart, which showed Carly Rae Jepsen‘s “Call Me Maybe”, Katy Perry‘s “Wide Awake” and Maroon 5‘s “Payphone” dueling for summer supremacy. (Want a say in the matter? Vote for the Song Of The Summer, as presented by VH1 and Dove Clinical Fresh Deodorant, today!)

It’s not surprising to see Katy Perry’s name near the top of the Song Of The Summer list, as this is the third consecutive summer that she’s been a fixture on radio. Way back in 2010, “California Gurls” dominated the airwaves, and last year, the fifth single off her multi-platinum Teenage Dream LP, “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)”, won VH1′s first ever Song Of The Summer countdown.


Katy’s (mostly) joyous ode to the carnal pleasures that go hand and hand with bacchanalian bashes —dancing on table tops, skinny dipping in the dark, finding pink flamingos in your pool, maxing out your credit cards— withstood a strong run by Adele (“Someone Like You”) and LMFAO (“Party Rock Anthem”), mainly due to its shimmery, summer-y production values. Sitting on top of a weirder-than-you’d-think bed of whirring bleeps and bloops, a relatively simple but super catchy guitar riff propels the song until the song reaches its climax at the 2:54 mark of the song when the most 80s-tastic sax solo we’ve heard since, well, the 1980s bursts through your headphones.

Thanks to these creative flourishes, “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” became Katy’s fifth consecutive #1 single off Teenage Dream, a feat that has only been matched by the release of Michael Jackson‘s Bad in 1987.

Over the course of this summer, we’ll see if “Wide Awake” has what it takes to topple Carly Rae Jepsen’s monster smash “Call Me Maybe”, but no matter how this year’s contest turns out, Katy Perry’s “Last Friday Night” will always and forever be the Song Of The Summer for the year 2011.

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