With its lyrics imploring revelers to "get up, get down, put your hands up to the sound!," LMFAO's "Party Rock Anthem," featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock, is, fittingly, Billboard's 2011 song of the summer.
The hi-energy dance track tops this year's Billboard's Songs of the Summer chart, which ranks the most popular songs based on cumulative performance on the weekly Billboard Hot 100 from Memorial Day through Labor Day (specifically, the charts dated June 11 through Sept. 17, 2011).
"We created a tool for people to use to get hyped up at their party, on their boat, at the club, at the gym, etc. People love it... it feels amazing!" the group's Redfoo told Billboard exclusively upon hearing the news. "Because of how hard we worked on mixing the record and the dedication that went into the video, it was clear from the beginning that our goal was to take the party rock sound to number one."
"Anthem" took the lead for good on the Songs of the Summer running tally the previous four weeks after Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" had topped the survey the first seven weeks of the season.
"Anthem" spent six weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100 beginning July 16. Following its Hot 100 reign, it held the No. 2 position for three weeks, helping to secure its spot atop the final Songs of the Summer countdown.
The song was also the only title to rank inside the Hot 100's top 10 in each of the 15 weeks measured for the Songs of the Summer chart.
LMFAO is the first duo to wear the seasonal crown since another ubiquitous dance anthem, Los Del Rio's "Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)," became Billboard's song of the summer for 1996 (after topping the Hot 100 for 14 weeks that year).
"Anthem" earns coveted song of the summer status over 2011 runner-up "Give Me Everything" by Pitbull, featuring Ne-Yo, Afrojack and Nayer. The latter song capped the July 9 Hot 100 and spent 14 weeks in the top 10 during the Songs of the Summer tracking period.