Had I voted, in JJJ’s Hottest 100, I would have answered their question exactly: What is your hottest song of all time? I would have interpreted the silly “of all time” part as meaning “thus far”, and therefore my vote would have been for:
- A song. Not a recording, but a song. That is to say, Good Vibrations, by the Beach Boys, which is quite simply one of the greatest singles ever recorded, a triumph of production and aural arranging, is out, because it isn’t much of a song. That’s why nobody’s game to cover it: what would you do except palely imitate the original recording?
- A song that was hot when it first came out, and is still hot now. A hot, hot, hot song, not some faddish flash in flannel.
- A song that everyone knows, not something obscure that parades my hipster status.
My vote would have been for a composition by two women, incidentally, although that shouldn’t matter as much as it does.
My vote would have been for Happy Birthday To You.