What are your picks for the song of the summer? We've got a few ideas...

Katyperrykidcupi_lThink 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.

Phoenix: "1901"
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?

More from EW’s Music Mix:
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

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  • Rob K

    How is “Say Hey (I Love You)” not on this list?!?! It’s this year’s “Hey Ya”.

  • Dan

    where is No Doubts Stand and Deliver? I wasn’t so fond of it at first but it has grown on me to the point i love it!!!

  • Angel

    Mark my words…the song of the summer will be “Beggin'” by MadCon.

  • Alison

    Did I just read the words gleefully misogynistic together? So basically this is the date rape anthem of the summer? Ick.

  • Taylor

    Yuck to most of those(although I admit I kinda like Second Chance). But, if Don’t Trust Me is the song of the Summer then Fall cannot get here soon enough!

  • Myra

    “1901” by Phoenix! Damn catchy!

  • Danny

    Holding out for Kelly Clarkson’s “I Do Not Hook Up.” Has all the ingredients for a great summer anthem.

  • Anonymous

    wow really original EW. half of these songs have been on the radio for months!

  • moviefan61794

    Good Girls Go Bad by Cobra Starship and feat. Leighton Meester SHOULD be the summer anthem, it’s hot! But my guesses are it will either be: I Do Not Hook Up- Kelly Clarkson, LoveGame- Lady GaGa or Waking Up In Vegas- Katy Perry. Please no rap songs and please no Day ‘N Nite, its boring.

  • davidsask

    LEAH, WTF? crap list and many not even a single yet or worthy of attention. Gaga will likely get her record. The Gossip deserves attention but Americans will likely shun them.

  • Christina

    Good Girls Go Bad by Cobra Starship will be the hit of the summer hopefully!!

  • Phil

    Here are some of the tracks I’m currently enjoying that I don’t predict could be THE summer single, but certainly have burned up my iPod the last few weeks (all available on iTunes):
    1. Paradiso Girls Feat. Lil Jon & Eve “Patron Tequila” (explicit)
    2. Sean Kingston “Fire Burning”
    3. LMFAO “La La La”
    4. Vistoso Bosses “Delirious”
    5. Days Difference “Radio Song”
    6. David Guetta Feat. Kelly Rowland “When Love Takes Over”
    7. David Rush Feat. Pitbull, LMFAO & Kevin Rudolf “Shooting Star” Party Rock Remix
    8. The Pussycat Dolls “Hush Hush: Hush Hush”
    9. U2 “Magnificient” Adam K & Soha Club Mix
    10. The Takeover UK “Ah La La”
    And not yet available”
    Livvi Franc “Now I’m That B#!ch”
    Bob Sinclar Feat. The Sugarhill Gang “Lala Song”
    Calvin Harris “I’m Not Alone”
    Maybe none of them will wind up as hits, but I know they’re all on my playlist for this holiday weekend! Oh & for the No Doubt fan, as of today, no plans for Interscope to properly work “Stand And Deliver” as a single

  • ds

    In your face by lil wayne is deff. electrifying

  • RockOut

    For sure “I Do Not Hook Up” by Kelly Clarkson. Also hoping she releases “If I Can’t Have You” as a single. That would be a hot one!

  • rhonda

    there are a couple of songs off of kelly clarkson’s new album that i think would be great songs for summer. “i do not hook up” and “if i can’t have you”. they are addictive.

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