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Jack Antonoff and Charli XCX Size Up Song of Summer Contenders

The pop renegade and Bleachers frontman weigh in on Britney and Iggy, Ariana Grande, David Guetta and others.

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Will Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea dominate your playlist this summer with “Pretty Girls”? Or will Ariana Grande come out on top with “One Last Time”?

The race for 2015’s Song of Summer is officially underway—and we have some expert help sizing up the contenders from two people who know how to write hit tunes.

For our special Summer Music Preview issue (on-sale Friday), EW created a playlist of tracks that have the potential to be this season’s most memorable anthems—then asked Jack Antonoff and Charli XCX to weigh in with their opinions, right before they head out on the road for their Charli and Jack Do America tour, kicking off July 21. Check out a few of their takes below. And to get their unfiltered thoughts on more Song of Summer contenders, pick up a copy of our latest issue this week.

David Guetta Feat. Nicki Minaj and Afrojack, “Hey Mama”

Antonoff: This sounded like No Doubt. Charli, what’s the album that had the black-and-white cover and had “Hey Baby” on it?

Charli XCXRock Steady?

AntonoffRock Steady! It sounds like something that could have come off of that, which I was a fan of at the time.

Charli XCX: I think David Guetta is really good at producing summer hits, so I think it’ll be a pretty big song—and Nicki’s voice sounds really cool on it. She sounds very rich.

Antonoff: I love her voice. Did you hear “Pills N Potions”?

Charli XCX: Yeah, that’s amazing! I like that side of her. I like it when she sings.

Antonoff: She’s got a really beautiful voice. It also doesn’t sound like typical Guetta production at all. It sounds extremely left-field for him.

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