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Summer Music Heats Up

Your iPod's summer playlist hits -- The warm weather songs by Rihanna and Fergie that you'll be sick of by fall

What we know about summer: You'll sweat, you'll get a sunburn, and you'll hear one song over and over. Which one? Here, our best guesses.

COLDPLAY ''Violet Hill''
Chris Martin & Co. get dark and sexy on this Pink Floyd-like first single from their upcoming album, Vida La Vida (out June 17).

MARIAH CAREY ''Migrate''
What's summer without Mimi in the mix? This club-thumping midtempo jam from the just-married diva could rise to the top before Labor Day.

MAROON 5 FEAT. RIHANNA ''If I Never See Your Face Again''
The L.A. rockers recruited last summer's singles champ to perk up this track from their 2007 album. And given that ''Umbrella'' is permanently stuck in our heads, we'd be fools to bet against it.

FERGIE ''Labels or Love''
Love Fergie? Can't wait for the Sex and the City movie? Too bad this aggressively callow song (featured in the film) is both tacky and clichéd. Hey, Ferg: Stop talking about your designer goodies and just sing.

Originally posted May 16, 2008 Published in issue #992-993 May 23, 2008 Order article reprints