Get psyched: Memorial Day weekend, and the official start of summer, is only hours away. With that in mind, we’ve whittled down our lists of Song of the Summer contenders, from the Hipster Cookout, Steamroll Pop, Car-Stereo Hip-Hop, Crossover Country, Fist-Pump Rock, and Rhythm and Blues divisions — plus added on a few new possibilities from the ever-dynamic competition — to fashion a sterling top six. The race truly begins now; may the best radio-friendly, roughly three-and-a-half-minute song win!
6. Young Jeezy featuring Plies, “Lose My Mind”
Chart Position: No. 48
Why: It’s the menacing banger you’ll hear blasting from every SUV in Brooklyn during muggy city nights.
Why Not: Handling the chorus himself instead of bringing in an R&B ringer was the right creative choice, but it might hamper Jeezy when it comes to radio play.