Idolator’s 2008 Summer Jam Tournament: Pick The Song That Will Be Inescapable By This Time Next Month

May 27th, 2008 // 20 Comments

summmmer.jpgNow that it’s warm out and I can run around my backyard barefoot, it’s time to figure out just what, exactly, will be the jam of the coming summer, the song that will become inescapable through sheer will. And what better way to do it via bracketed tournament, what with the current run of major sports playoffs nearing their end? (Those of you who think it’s too soon to start calling these sorts of things might want to recall that by this time last year, “Umbrella” had already a) hit big in the US and b) started its monsoon-inducing UK chart run.) Each Idolator writer is nominating a song or two and will pen a few words in their picks’ defense, and to round out our bracket we’ll have a handful of reader nominees. To narrow those down, the songs nominated by you (and you!) over the weekend will go head to sunburned head in a pre-tournament play-in round. Which starts… now! (Well, OK, it’s after the jump.)

There’s also a ton of YouTubage within:

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Come back tomorrow for round one!

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  1. Our Man In Chicago

    Shouldn’t that Fergie track be disqualified? It’s been out for at least a year.

  2. Rob Murphy

    I didn’t get around to seeing the entire American Idol finale until this weekend, but I’d like to “write in” Carly Smithson and Michael Johns’ cover of Joe Cocker’s cover of “The Letter”. I have to disagree with your insta-reaction from the live-blog — I think this version was better than Cocker’s version. And it was also the only moment from Wendesday nite that I “rewound” (on my DVR) again…and again…and again…

    If Smithson and Johns had brought that energy and passion to their weekly performances, they very well might not have been early “shock” eliminations.

    P.S. Major props to the producers for giving these two their own spotlight performance — since when does Idol spotlight the 5th and 8th place finishers?

  3. bcapirigi

    i think damn i’m cold should be disqualified on the grounds that the title is totally inappropriate for a summer jam.

  4. Maura Johnston

    @bcapirigi: air conditioning?

  5. walkmasterflex

    @Maura Johnston: Damn I’ve Got Central Air

  6. the rich girls are weeping

    If I have to hear that Colby O’Donis crud (not even Akon can make it better) all summer, I’m resigning. From … whatever post it is I hold.

    I didn’t get to nominate anything over the weekend — unfortunately, for me the top contenders right now are Nelly & Fergie’s “Party People” and The Ting Tings’ “That’s Not My Name” — both have the earworminess of “Hey Ya!” But I’m not sure how realistic either choice really is in terms of becoming blow-up giant hits.

  7. phaballa

    I can’t turn on the radio without hearing that Ray-J (Ray-Jay? Hmm.) song. The “sexy can I” one. And he’s about to get arrested for drug possession, so the music industry is probably just searching for a reason to reward him.

  8. Anonymous

    While I am hoping it is the radio’s equivalent of “Speed Racer”…I think Kid Rock’s “All Summer Long” may be a strong contender.

  9. futurehorse

    How is the song I recommended currently in the lead? And a Kardinal Offishall track at that?

    Maybe this will make up for “Ol Time Killing” never getting the love it deserved.

  10. Anonymous

    Weezy/Bun in ’08. God, what a remarkable fucking stump speech that would be.

  11. highlifer

    i dj’ed Saturday night and had no less than three separate people request Estelle + Kanye West’s American Boy.

  12. Dick Laurent is dead.

    I’ve not heard a single one of these songs.

  13. walkmasterflex

    it’s good to know at least one other person besides me believes in the hallucinatory power of southern half man/half amAZN jackie chain.

  14. the rich girls are weeping

    @the rich girls are weeping: Plus, I hate that Ting Tings song anyway.

    @highlifer: Seriously? I liked that when I first heard it, but it doesn’t stick with ya.

  15. rogerniner

    Some of my karaoke regulars are freaking out about Colby, and they are the types to listen to a song repeatedly in order to learn it, so for them it has great re-play value.

    Jackie Chain, “Rollin’” samples Robert Miles “Children” fer chrissakes, too damn sluggish for summer.

    (the Danity Kane link is pointing to Jackie Chain, by the way…) Danity might make it, since all music taste is dictated by idiot teenagers, and this song reeks of idiot teenager.

    My money is on Snoop Dogg, “My Medicine”, it appeals to stoners, country music fans, and hip-hop fans, (which over-lap in the center of a Venn Diagram for sure), but in the summer of “The Love Guru”, and “Zohan” in the theaters, Snoop should get ready to go for the gold.. er… green.

  16. ObtuseIntolerant

    IDK about these songs…

    Write in: Jonas Brothers – Burning Up (though I have no idea when it gets released)

  17. blobby

    @Dick Laurent is dead.: Neither have I. And I don’t think that’s a bad thing.

  18. Dick Laurent is dead.

    @blobby: I couldn’t agree more.

  19. Anonymous

    Sam Sparro — “Black & Gold”

  20. the earl grey

    nelly/fergie ‘party people’

    sean kingston ‘theres nuthin’

    and mariah i guess

    and waynes next 45

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