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Summer Song Smackdown reaches a classic finale

What's the ideal song for summer? The Calgary Eyeopener made it its mission to find out in the 2018 Summer Song Smackdown!

What's the ideal song for summer? The Calgary Eyeopener found out

Which of this week's Summer Song Smackdown contenders make you feel like jamming in the sun? (Matt Weigand/The Ann Arbor News/The Associated Press)

If the Calgary Eyeopener's Summer Song Smackdown had been a hockey game, it would have ended up a one-goal game.

That's a puck-centric way of saying the margin between the two finalists, Sunny Days by Lighthouse and Summertime by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, was razor thin, thanks to a last-minute surge by fans of Ella and Louis.

After more than 3,000 listener votes were tallied, Summertime came from behind to edge Sunny Days, collecting 50.75 per cent of the total votes cast to Sunny Days' 49.25.

That meant a margin of 52 votes.

Summertime was written in 1934 by George Gershwin, recorded in 1957 by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, declared the best summer song in 2018 by CBC Calgary listeners.

Calgary Eyeopener summer host Rob Brown was sanguine about the result.

"Maybe not a turn down the windows and crank up the volume kind of tune, but, hey, the people have spoken," he said.

Summer smackdown timeline

Our quest began in July with eight songs. Using a World-Cup-style playoff bracket, we asked you to vote for the songs you thought were perfect accompaniment for your favourite summer activities: road trips, beach visits, backyard barbecues and so forth.

Judging by our finalists, the Summer of 2018 was pretty laid back, as both songs had a chill vibe.

But was it a summer of hot, sultry, southern-style evenings à la Summertime or was it about lazy afternoons, lounging in the backyard with your friends with Sunny Days?

Those tunes defeated such up-tempo tunes as Happy, Despacito, Call Me Maybe, In the Summertime, Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff's Summertime and Steal My Sunshine.

Below are the final results.

Final: Sunny Days vs Summertime

Sunny Days, by Lighthouse 

Summertime, by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong 


Semifinal Two. Winner: Summertime.

Summertime, by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong

Happy, by Pharrell Williams

Semifinal One. Winner: Sunny Days

Sunny Days, by Lighthouse

Steal My Sunshine, by Len

Quarter-final Four. Winner: Pharrell Williams.

Happy, by Pharrell Williams

Despacito, by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, featuring Justin Bieber

Quarter-final Three. Winner: Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong.

Summertime, by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong

Summertime, by DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince


Quarter-final Two. Winner: Steal My Sunshine 

Steal My Sunshine, by Len

Call Me Maybe, by Carly Rae Jepsen


Quarter-final One. Winner: Sunny Days

In the Summertime, by Mungo Jerry


Sunny Days, by Lighthouse


With files from the Calgary Eyeopener.

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