Roll down the windows and crank up the stereo. Using a “Summerability” scale that measures things like airplay, iTunes sales, and potential similarity to Rhianna’s 2007 hit "Umbrella," New York magazine picks the Top Five Songs of the Summer.
- "American Boy" by Estelle featuring Kanye West: Hummable, uncritical of US foreign policy, everything a summer anthem needs.
- "Bleeding Love" by Leona Lewis: A spring hit and "world-conquering pop ballad."
- "A Milli" by Lil Wayne: A track heard booming from more SUVs than any other.
- "Girls Around the World" by Lloyd featuring Lil Wayne: Sounds like it could have topped the charts in 1993 (or could do so in 2088).
- "Love in This Club" by Usher featuring Young Jeezy: Don't waste time searching for the profound message; this one's about having sex at a club.