Can you guys believe summer is just about over? This is it! The end. That means it's also our last chance to reflect on the hot and heavy season that was.
All summer long we've been watching the charts to see which songs took off and which ones missed the boat, and now it's time to assess the damage.
We know Katy Perry made history when "Last Friday Night" moved into the No. 1 spot, giving her a fifth chart topper from her Teenage Dream record and tying Michael Jackson's record for most number ones from a single album. We also sat back and watched as Britney Spears' Femme Fatale gave the VMA-winning pop princess more top tens than any other record in her career.
This summer also marked hip-hop's return to the top of the charts, as its two biggest stars, Jay-Z and Kanye West, collaborated on a hit album, Watch The Throne, while Nicki Minaj scored her biggest smash yet ("Super Bass") and Eminem and Royce Da 5'9" joined forces for Bad Meets Evil and scored a hit with "Lighters" featuring Bruno Mars.
Then there were those undeniable tracks, songs that were ubiquitous at radio. Chief among these, of course, was Adele's "Rolling In The Deep," a song that spent pretty much the entire summer in the top ten, peaking at No. 1 for several weeks in late-May and early-June. LMFAO's "Party Rock Anthem" has been an inescapable summer surprise, just like Lady Gaga's "The Edge of Glory" – a song that was not originally intended as a single, but caught on so quickly after Mother Monster released it ahead of Born This Way that she corrected course, shot a video and watched it perform better at radio than her album's two lead singles, "Born This Way" and "Judas."
If there's one thing that's certain, it's that it's been a great summer for music. There's been so much good stuff that we in the MTV Newsroom can't decide what song to crown the Song of the Summer … so we're leaving it up to you. Vote in our Songs of Summer 2011 poll after the jump and let us know your fave. Polls are open now and close at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 7. Vote now. Vote often. Tell your friends and take it to Twitter with the hashtag #MTVSOS.
Are you furious that we left your favorite tune off? Rant and rave on our Facebook page and we'll take the top suggestions and post them next week.
Be sure to Tweet your vote and let your followers know what your pick for the Song of the Summer was!
Have Spotify and want to hear the contenders for yourself? Head over to our #MTVSOS Playlist and take all of the tunes for a spin. Top submissions on our Facebook page will also be added to the Spotify playlist after the holiday weekend.