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Songs of summer: Locals sing their picks in Rye
If each summer is defined by its hit songs, the summer of 2012 was full of waiting by the phone and breaking up.
According to Billboard's “Songs of the Summer” chart, the top hit of the season belongs to Canadian newcomer Carly Rae Jepsen and her infectious pop track, "Call Me Maybe." Released in Canada last year, the song didn't take off until fellow Canuck Justin Bieber heard it and then tweeted his approval. Since then, it's been one of the most covered songs on YouTube, with renditions by everyone from soldiers stationed in Afghanistan to the Olympic Swim Team.
The song also proved addictive to Hudson Valley residents, who recently sang their favorite summer tracks for Newsday Westchester in Rye, as seen in the video below.
Number two on Billboard's summer chart was another telephone-themed hit, Maroon 5 and Wiz Khalifa's tribute to a 20th century relic, the "Payphone." The pop ballad about a failed romance debuted on NBC's "The Voice," on which Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine serves as a mentor.
“Somebody That I Used to Know” by Gotye featuring Kimbra, which made its U.S. debut back in the winter months, was the third-most popular song of the summer. This post-breakup battlecry, covered on "Glee," is the anthem for the end of summer love.
Rounding out the rest of the summer's top ten tunes are Katy Perry's "Wide Awake," Ellie Goulding's "Lights," Rihanna's “Where Have You Been,” Fun's "We Are Young” featuring Janelle Monae, “Starships” from Queens rapper Nicki Minaj, “Titanium” from David Guetta and Sia, and “What Makes You Beautiful” by British boy banders One Direction.
What was your favorite song of the summer? Cast your vote in our poll or share your pick in the comments.