Meat Loaf, ‘You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth’ vs. Bryan Adams, ‘Summer of ’69′: Greatest Summer Song Finals
And so, after starting with 32 of classic rock’s best summertime songs, we’re finally down to the last two. The field was repeatedly cut in half, based on your votes, until we arrived here – with a pair of finalists facing off to see which will be named the greatest summer song ever made.
Meat Loaf easily topped "School's Out" by Alice Cooper, while Adams' "Summer of '69" had no trouble with Kinks' "Sunny Afternoon" to emerge from the final four. It wasn't always this way: Meat Loaf only narrowly beat Judas Priest's "Wild Nights, Hot and Crazy Days" in the opening round.
More recently, Meat Loaf has been winning by landslides – rushing past the Cars' "Magic" and then simply crushing "Summer Nights" by Van Halen. Meanwhile, Adams bested Don Henley's "The Boys of Summer" with a commanding 66 percent, after earlier earning a whopping 83 percent of the vote against Billy Idol.
Listen to both of our finalists below and make your call. You can vote once per hour until Greatest Summer Song polling closes on August 24 at 11:59PM ET. Your choice for the Greatest Summer Song of all time will be revealed on Aug. 25, 2015.
Watch Bryan Adams Perform "Summer of '69"
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