The Cars, ‘Magic’ vs. the Rolling Stones, ‘Summer Romance': Greatest Summer Song Battle
The first round of Ultimate Classic Rock's Greatest Summer Song tournament continues with a couple of songs from the early-to-mid '80s. You can vote for either the Cars' "Magic" or the Rolling Stones' "Summer Romance" below.
We’ve selected 32 of classic rock’s best summertime songs, and paired them off in 16 first-round duels. Over the next five weeks the field will be repeatedly cut in half by your votes, until we arrive at the greatest summer song ever made.
"Magic" appeared on the Cars' 1984 smash Heartbeat City and reached No. 12 on the Billboard charts. While summer is only mentioned in the opening verse, the song's popular video, a weird pool party at which singer Ric Ocasek walks on water in a swimming pool, has inextricably linked it with the season.
Released on 1980's Emotional Rescue, "Summer Romance" continues the uptempo punk-inspired territory of a handful of the tracks on Some Girls. Its lyrics describe a summer fling between a schoolgirl and an older man as it comes to an end with the arrival of September, and the singer realizes he has "to do away with this greasy kid stuff."
Which song will survive and make it to the next round? That’s where you come in. You can listen to both below and make your call. You can vote once per hour in each of the 16 first-round Greatest Summer Song battles until voting closes on July 27 at 11:59PM ET. Your choice for the Greatest Summer Song of all time will be revealed on Aug. 25, 2015.
Watch the Cars Perform 'Magic'
Listen to the Rolling Stones Perform 'Summer Romance'
See the Cars and Other Rockers in the Top 100 Albums of the '80s