LMFAO's 'Party Rock Anthem' Named Billboard's 2011 Song of the Summer
With its lyrics imploring revelers to "get up, get down, put your hands up to the sound!," LMFAO's "Party Rock Anthem," featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock, is, fittingly, Billboard's 2011 song of the summer.
The hi-energy dance track tops this year's Billboard's Songs of the Summer chart, which ranks the most popular songs based on cumulative performance on the weekly Billboard Hot 100 from Memorial Day through Labor Day (specifically, the charts dated June 11 through Sept. 17, 2011).
"We created a tool for people to use to get hyped up at their party, on their boat, at the club, at the gym, etc. People love it... it feels amazing!" the group's Redfoo told Billboard exclusively upon hearing the news. "Because of how hard we worked on mixing the record and the dedication that went into the video, it was clear from the beginning that our goal was to take the party rock sound to number one."
Watch: LMFAO Party Rockin' at Billboard.com's Summer Blowout
"Anthem" took the lead for good on the Songs of the Summer running tally the previous four weeks after Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" had topped the survey the first seven weeks of the season.
"Anthem" spent six weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100 beginning July 16. Following its Hot 100 reign, it held the No. 2 position for three weeks, helping to secure its spot atop the final Songs of the Summer countdown.
The song was also the only title to rank inside the Hot 100's top 10 in each of the 15 weeks measured for the Songs of the Summer chart.
LMFAO is the first duo to wear the seasonal crown since another ubiquitous dance anthem, Los Del Rio's "Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)," became Billboard's song of the summer for 1996 (after topping the Hot 100 for 14 weeks that year).
"Anthem" earns coveted song of the summer status over 2011 runner-up "Give Me Everything" by Pitbull, featuring Ne-Yo, Afrojack and Nayer. The latter song capped the July 9 Hot 100 and spent 14 weeks in the top 10 during the Songs of the Summer tracking period.
Adele's "Deep" claims the No. 3 position on the Songs of the Summer chart, having spent the last four of its seven weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100 during the seasonal ranking's chart span. The multi-format smash ranked in the Hot 100's top 10 for 11 weeks of the Songs of the Summer recap span.
Nicki Minaj's "Super Bass" places at No. 4 on the Songs of the Summer survey. The pop/rap jam began the season at No. 11 on the Hot 100 and spent the rest of the summer (14 weeks) lodged in the top 10, peaking for two weeks at No. 3.
Katy Perry's "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" rounds out the 2011 Songs of the Summer top five at No. 5. Perry won last year's summer songs contest courtesy of "California Gurls," featuring Snoop Dogg, which took the 2010 title on the strength of a six-week Hot 100 rule.
While she doesn't prevail this year, this summer brought Perry a string of achievements and publicity, most notably her becoming the first female artist in the Hot 100's 53-year history to bank five No. 1s from one album. ("Friday" was the fifth Hot 100 leader (two weeks at No. 1; 12 in the top 10) from "Teenage Dream," following "California," the title cut, "Firework" and "E.T.," featuring Kanye West).
As "E.T." ranks at No. 9 on the Songs of the Summer chart, Perry is the only artist to boast two titles on the tally. While Eminem locked down two spots on last year's chart ("Love the Way You Lie," featuring Rihanna, No. 2; "Not Afraid," No. 10), Perry is the first woman to double up since Rihanna in summer 2008 ("Take a Bow," No. 3; "Disturbia," No. 9).