With Memorial Day right around the corner to signify the official start of summer (featuring beach trips, barbecues, lounging by the pool and sleeping through the afternoon), that means it's also time to figure out exactly what the soundtrack to the summer of 2010 will be. Everybody has their own personal playlists that end up establishing exactly what the season in the sun will sound like, but every year there is always one song that stands above all others and provides the collective soundtrack to getting sunburned, watching baseball and taking road trips to Maine (just like they did on that one episode of "Dawson's Creek").
With that in mind, the experts at MTV News have put their collective heads together and come up with five nominees for the 2010 version of the official summer jam. They are the five tunes that we think have the best chance of joining the likes of Rihanna's "Umbrella," Black Eyed Peas' "I Gotta Feeling," Nelly's "Hot in Herre" and DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince's "Summertime" in the pantheon of great summer jams. All this week, MTV News will be introducing a new song each day and making the case for why it can be the jam that makes you throw your hands up all summer long.
The five nominees come from a veritable murderer's row of hitmakers, including Usher ("OMG"), Lady Gaga ("Alejandro"), Katy Perry ("California Gurls," which features a guest spot from the immortal Snoop Dogg), B.o.B ("Airplanes," featuring an assist from Paramore frontwoman Hayley Williams) and 3OH!3 ("First Kiss," their collaboration with Ke$ha).
So place your vote in the poll below. And since we believe in true democracy, feel free to vote for "Other" and let us know your real endorsement in the comments. By the end of the week, we'll have a winner. So get voting, and enjoy your summer.
What's your vote for the official summer jam of 2010? Let us know in the comments!