Itâ€™s late, the weatherâ€™s nice (for the moment), and weâ€™ve got big news so weâ€™re just gonna lay it on you: Mariah Carey has snatched the No. 1 Song of the Summer spot from the Black Eyed Peas, whose â€œBoom Boom Powâ€ is officially overplayed out â€” and faces an enemy from within: â€œI Gotta Feeling,â€ by the Black Eyed Peas. Elsewhere, Cobra Starship and the Gossip burst the bounds of their respective genres to offer straight-up summer hotness, and Sean Kingston has us so ready to dance in front of the AC in our unmentionables.
Whether or not itâ€™s about Eminem, as some maintain (and the lyrics don't say Marshall Mathers to us â€” more like Stan), Mariah Careyâ€™s â€œObsessedâ€ contains one of the all-time great put-downs: â€œYouâ€™re a mom-and-pop, Iâ€™m a corporation.â€ (And you know Wal-Mart haters are turned on.) If nothing else, Mariahâ€™s an institution: Second only to the Beatles in No. 1 singles, sheâ€™s the closest thing this summer has to a dominant (pun intended) diva â€” Keri Hilsonâ€™s gonna touch her? Fergie? And, like the best summer tracks, this songâ€™s a shape-shifter: itâ€™s a slow jam, but with Gucci Mane on the remix; itâ€™s sexy, but a dis track; itâ€™s dark, but youâ€™ll sing along. Spin us right round, Mariah, and feel free to do so all summer.
1. Mariah Carey, â€œObsessed."
Congratulations to Mariah on the Power Rankingsâ€™ first-ever No. 1 debut. On a side note, another notch in Mariahâ€™s impressive SOTS CV are her gritty choices in remix partners: following in the footsteps of O.D.B. and Jadakiss come Gucci Mane and the official â€œObsessedâ€ remix.New York Magazine