Think lazy, heat-rippled days at the beach; bright sticky popsicles melting in sugar-stained fists; the unmistakable smell of charcoal burning on the grill… ’tis the season, Music Mixers, and that can only mean one thing: Summer singles. Whether they’ll be bumping from passing car windows, strobe-lit clubs, or the house party down the block, the following tracks seem destined to to own the sunniest months of 2009.
Black Eyed Peas: "I Got a Feeling"
This Euro-style electro banger promises even bolder body-moving than lead single ”Boom Boom Pow,” already a No. 1 smash. (Note: you’ll have to wait until their new album, The E.N.D., hits stores June 9.)
Katy Perry: "Waking Up in Vegas"
What happens in Vegas… apparently stays on the pop charts. The ”I Kissed a Girl” singer’s glitter-bombs-and-guitars ode to Sin City hedonism is her fourth single from 2008′s multiplatinum One of the Boys, and already climbing the top-40 charts.
Lil Wayne Feat. Kevin Rudolf: "In Your Face"
Wayne forsakes his misguided sidetrack into singing on his latest track, spitting clever rhymes alongside a preening hair-metal hook from Rudolf. (His new album, Rebirth, hit stores June 23.)
Kid Cudi: "Day ‘N’ Nite"
It’s been floating around the blogosphere for nearly a year and a half, but the Ohio-born MC’s hypnotic insomniac’s tale is finally, deservedly, finding mainstream success.
3OH!3: ”Don’t Trust Me”
Another grassroots grower, this Colorado joke-hop duo’s gleefully misogynistic anthem tempers cringe-y couplets (”Don’t trust a ho/Never trust a ho”) with a soaring ”woo woo” chorus.
Kristinia DeBarge: "Goodbye"
Dad James danced to the beat of the rhythm of the night as a member of ’80s R&B family DeBarge, but 19-year-old Kristinia reaches further back — to sports-stadium staple ”Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye” — in her stomping pop smooch-off.
The Gossip: "Heavy Cross"
Überproducer Rick Rubin helms the triumphant return of Portland’s cultishly adored blues-punk trio; a thumping ”Edge of Seventeen” bass line explodes into a fierce dancefloor banger.
Shinedown: "Second Chance"
Every summer needs its shamelessly histrionic, big-blast-chorus crossover from the modern-rock charts; Shinedown win this year’s (booby?) prize.
Ultrasmooth Parisian pop-disco — le synth, c’est chic! — that in a perfect alternate universe would share the airwaves with the likes of Flo Rida, Wayne, et al.
Lady GaGa: "LoveGame"
She commanded us to ”Just Dance,” then showed her ”Poker Face.” Now the outré club diva aims for a third No. 1 with her selfless offer to ”take a ride on your disco stick.” Will you let her?
Listen to each song after the jump and hit up the comments: What will be the breakout tune of summer ’09?
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The Black Eyed Peas talk about their hit single ‘Boom Boom Pow’: An EW exclusive
This week in videos: Taylor Swift, Asher Roth, Katy Perry and more
Lil Wayne on ‘The View’: Drugs, braces, terrible rap-rock
Clip du jour: Kid Cudi’s ‘Day ‘N’ Nite’ video
3OH!3′s ‘Don’t Trust Me’: Misogyny… or just stupid?
The Gossip’s new disco-pop single — song of the summer?
Phoenix rises on ‘Saturday Night Live’
On the Scene: Lady GaGa’s ‘LoveGame’ video