Final Match-Up: Jimmy Buffett vs. The Beach Boys, Vote for the Greatest Summer Song Ever

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Final Match-Up: Jimmy Buffett vs. The Beach Boys, Vote for the Greatest Summer Song Ever


Summer is here, and the time is right for dancing in the streets. But what's the best summer song to soundtrack such activities? We here at Y! Music decided to hold a mega-poll to answer that (sun)burning summer question: a no-holds-barred tournament to determine the best summer anthem of all time.

After lots of heated (pun intended) debate, your votes brought our 32 top choices down to the final two for the fiercest battle in summer music history. Scroll down to vote for who will win supreme!



"Margaritaville" - Jimmy Buffett

Jimmy Buffett faced a tough battle in the semi-finals up against the significantly sexier "California Gurls" by Katy Perry—but even her Katy Cats couldn't scratch out the competition's decades-long summer jam track record. "Margaritaville" destroyed the teen dream queen with 75% of votes!

For those of you who are purists, and prefer your Buffett straight up and undiluted, there's always the classic, "Margaritaville." Buffett's written an impressive array of tunes incorporating alcoholic themes (including the efficient "Why Don't We Get Drunk"), but this 1977 song about wasting away while wasted in a beach town remains his defining moment and most popular single ever, with Jackson himself covering the song in 1999. Lest anyone forget, Margaritaville has also developed into its own brand, with everything from a restaurant chain to a clothing line bearing its name.



“Surfin’ U.S.A.” – The Beach Boys

After a surprise knockout out of pop queen Madonna in Round 3, The Go-Go's crumbled at the sandy feet of The Beach Boys in the semi-finals. Gaining momentum once again, the classic quintet's "Surfin' U.S.A." drowned out The Go-Go's' "Vacation" with 72% of votes.

Few can argue the legendary status of the Beach Boys, and it’s likely those who’ll be doing the talking remain in awe of early track “Surfin’ U.S.A.,” the 1963 hit which helped launch the band’s career and helped the band ascend to the very top of pop’s pantheon. Borrowing liberally from Chuck Berry’s earlier classic “Sweet Little Sixteen,” the song name-dropped some of the very best Stateside surfing beaches, oozed nothing but good cheer and good times, and helped establish the calling card for a younger generation looking to bust out of the straight-laced conformity they felt—rightly or wrongly—had been laid out for them by their well-meaning but, frankly, fuddy-duddy parents. An inescapable treasure of the ‘60s, “Surfin’ U.S.A.” signals that summer means fun like virtually no other track in pop history.

Which summer song deserves to go down in history as the Greatest Summer Song Ever? Vote in the poll below (Finals voting ends August 14 at 6 PM PT, with the winner announced on Wednesday, August 15), tweet out your choices using the hashtag #YSummerSong, and hit the comments to tell us about all the great summer songs we forgot to include.