Meat Loaf, ‘You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth’ vs. The Cars, ‘Magic': Greatest Summer Song Battle
After starting with 32 of classic rock’s best summertime songs last week, we're now down to 16 for the second round. Over the next four weeks the field will be repeatedly cut in half by your votes until we arrive at the greatest summer song ever made.
Meat Loaf's hit from Bat out of Hell advanced to the second round by defeating Judas Priest's "Wild Nights, Hot and Crazy Days" by a 55-45 percent margin, making it one of the closer battles of the first round. It originally wasn't successful as a single, but it got airplay as the b-side to "Paradise by the Dashboard Light." Epic eventually re-released it, at which point it peaked at No. 39.
The Cars' "Magic," which peaked at No. 12, stomped on the Rolling Stones' comparatively obscure "Summer Romance" with 71 percent of the vote. It was released in mid-1984 with a video that took place at a weird pool party, which secured its status as a classic summer song.
So which song will advance to the semifinals? That's entirely up to you. We've embedded both songs below so that you can make an informed decision. You can vote once per hour in each of the eight second-round Greatest Summer Song battles until voting closes on Aug. 3 at 11:59PM ET. Your choice for the Greatest Summer Song of all time will be revealed on Aug. 25, 2015.
Watch Meat Loaf Perform ‘You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth’
Watch the Cars Perform ‘Magic’
See Meat Loaf and Other Rockers in the Top 100 Albums of the '70s