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Audio-Technica to identify the UK’s first crowd-sourced top 20 summer tracks using social media


Audio-Technica, one of the world’s finest manufacturers of audio equipment, has announced the final shortlist in its “Sound of the Summer” campaign which set out to identify the nation’s favourite summer tunes.

The competition, which was launched back in June through the company’s social media channels, aimed to get people thinking about their ultimate summer anthems and explaining why they associated them with the sunny season. The nationwide competition captured the country’s imagination and received a huge amount of entries from a wide variety of musical genres.

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The competition proved so popular, and difficult to decide, that a final shortlist of the top 20 tracks has now been announced online with Audio-Technica kindly asking the public to vote for their favourite song.

Audio-Technica's senior marketing manager, Harvey Roberts commented: “We all love the summer and we were genuinely interested to find out which was the nation’s favourite summer anthem. I particularly wanted to engage music fans in a fun competition where they could tell us what they liked and why, and some of the music suggestions have been truly brilliant and varied. If I'm honest we never expected to receive so many diverse entries, we even received a few well humoured entries about the great British summer weather.”

The final shortlisted entries can be viewed on Audio-Technica’s YouTube channel and are as follows:

  1. Barcelona – D Kay & Epilson

  2. California Gurls - Katy Perry & Snoop Dogg

  3. Get What You Give – New Radicals

  4. Here Comes The Sun – Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel

  5. Holiday – Madonna

  6. I’m Yours – Jason Mraz

  7. In The Summertime – Mungo Jerry

  8. LDN – Lilly Allen

  9. Loco in Acapulco - Four Tops

  10. Loveshack – The B52’s

  11. Staying Out For The Summer – Dodgy

  12. Steal My Sunshine – Len

  13. Summer Breeze – Isley Brothers

  14. Summer In The City – The Lovin’ Spoonful

  15. Summertime - Will Smith & DJ Jazzy Jeff

  16. Sun Children – Nickodemus

  17. Sunny Afternoon – The Kinks

  18. The Boys Of Summer – Don Henley

  19. Wipe Out – The Surfaris

  20. World Hold On – Bob Sinclar

Roberts continues: “Despite knowing they couldn’t win, even our team in the office wanted to get involved and they all shared their own favourite songs on our Facebook page. It was really difficult to choose the top 20 tracks from all of the entries and it certainly led to a lot of debate in our office! We are glad this competition has caught the public’s imagination and it will be interesting to see which tracks end up at the very top.”

People can vote for their favourite track by visiting Audio-Technica’s Facebook page and taking part in the online poll.

The top tracks will be formally announced on Monday 25th July, on the company’s Facebook and Twitter pages, with each of the lucky winners receiving a pair of FC700 headphones worth £55 each.

Audio-Technica, which has its UK office in Leeds, sells microphones, headphones and high fidelity equipment across the world.


About Audio-Technica
Celebrating over 45 years of audio excellence worldwide, Audio-Technica is a leading innovator in transducer technology, renowned for the design and manufacture of microphones, wireless microphones, headphones, mixers, and electronics for the audio industry. Users of Audio-Technica microphones and headphones include Katherine Jenkins, Metallica, Gwen Stefani, Linkin Park, The Pigeon Detectives, Ben Mynott and Eddie Halliwell.

Company Contacts:
UK: Harvey Roberts
Germany: Anja Groth
France and rest of Europe: Evangéline Pirot

Audio-Technica Ltd
Technica House
Royal London Industrial Estate
Old Lane
Leeds LS11 8AG
Tel: +44 (0) 113 277 1441

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