Waking up to a cloudy sky and chilly air this morning reminded me, all too sadly, that summer is winding down--so did Rolling Stone's recent poll asking its readers to choose the Best Song of Summer 2011. You may not have been able to escape Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" on radio waves, Lady Gaga is even more ubiquitous, Katy Perry's "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" made chart history, and Foster the People's controversial "Pumped Up Kicks" was the dark-horse hit of the summer, but none of these worthy contenders managed to unseat pop music's biggest celebrity for the #1 spot. . .
. . . which went to Britney Spears' "I Wanna Go."
This contest wasn't even close. Britney won by a landslide, which shouldn't come as any surprise. The woman works with the most successful pop songwriters in the industry. This track was co-written by Swedish songwriting legend Max Martin - the man behind everything from "Since U Been Gone" to "I Want It That Way" to Britney's first hit "...Baby One More Time." He's a 40-year-old Swedish guy, but he knows exactly what American teenage girls want to blast in their cars. The video for "I Wanna Go" starts with Britney giving a press conference, which is hysterical because she's one of the least media-accessible singers in the world. It's easier to get a sit-down with Bob Dylan than it is with Britney.
"I Wanna Go" is also Britney's biggest radio hit in her career--it's her first song to ever reach over 100 million AI. (Her previous single, "Til The World Ends," reached 98.99 million).
I say all the success of this track is well-deserved--"I Wanna Go" is pop magic. Congrats Britney (and Max Martin)!