Leona Lewis

In case you hadn’t noticed, we’ve been a little obsessed with summer music this week. We’ve waxed nostalgic about the best summer songs ever. We even asked you which tunes put you in a warm weather state of mind. But we have not been so bold as to declare a winner for the title of “Song of Summer 2008” (Memorial Day was only a few days ago for goodness’ sake!). But the prognosticators over at New York Magazine have done just that. Before we open the envelope, let’s take a look at the nominees:

1. Rihanna’s “Take a Bow”
2. Leona Lewis’ “Bleeding Love”
3. Lil Wayne’s “Lollipop”
4. Usher’s “Love in This Club”
5. Coldplay’s “Violet Hill”
6. New Kids on the Block’s “Summertime”
7. T.I.’s “No Matter What”
8. Estelle’s “American Boy”

Drum roll please…

On the prospect of her song being “added to playlists at Uniqlo, Old Navy, Chico’s, and Starbucks” and being used as a “N.Y. Times op-ed headline pun,” Lewis (pictured) makes it to the top of New York‘s wacky prediction chart. Poor NKOTB! (“Jordan’s and Donnie’s hip replacement surgeries impede single’s promotion.”)

I’m no musical prodigy, heck, I’ve hardly touched my flute since12th grade band, but I know what I like when I hear it. And if the 263play counts Lewis’ ditty has racked up in my iTunes library are anyindication, I’m on the cusp of declaring the tune my summer soundtrackas well (though Bryn Christopher’s soon-to-be released single”Quest” — featured in the Grey’s Anatomy finale — is gaining momentum. Seriously, check this soulful, Amy Winehouse-esque track out!).

What’s your verdict, PopWatchers? Do you agree that “Bleeding Love” is this summer’s “Umbrella” (-ella, -ella)? Do you think one of the other nominees should have won? Or do you have another nomination for the season’s top spot?