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Taking sides: Ke$ha or Katy Perry? Which Dr. Luke-produced summer smash will prevail?

You don't have a choice. Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald's fingerprints are going to be all over the airwaves this summer, like it or not.

The candy-pop producer has penned some of the most tenacious earworms of our time (Kelly Clarkson's "Since U Been Gone," Katy Perry's "I Kissed a Girl"), and with summer approaching, he's adding a couple more to his resume: Perry's new single "California Gurls" and Ke$ha's "Your Love is My Drug."

Which will be the bigger summer hit? Click Track's contributors pick their faves (or, the lesser of two incredibly catchy evils) in our weekly Taking sides column. Listen to the songs above and below, vote in our poll, and read our thoughts after the jump.

Chris Richards: I anticipate many sleepless summer nights wondering if I made the wrong call here, but I'm going with Ke$ha. Stick your fingers in your ears during those insufferable verses and check out that chorus. So syrupy! So summery! It's the pop equivalent of Mrs. Butterworth's delivery truck jackknifing on the Pacific Coast highway.

Sarah Godfrey: Katy Perry's "California Gurls" takes this one, hands down. It's an infectious piece of summertime pop, while "Your Love is My Drug," like most of what Ke$ha does, creeps me out a little bit. (She lost me when she mentioned her "steeze.") Also, extra points go to Perry for adorably referring to Snoop by his full name, "Snoop Doggy Dogg."

David Malitz: While I think Katy Perry manages to squeeze a few more lyrical cliches in and provides the ultimate cliche with a Snoop Dogg guest verse, I'll go with Ke$ha. It's slightly less desperate for attention, and that's really saying something.

Allison Stewart: Katy Perry's song is like a more hiccupy, '80s version of the sort of thing she usually does. Which is another way of saying it's pretty terrible. Ke$ha's song has an uneven beat, and its "lovesick crackhead" vibe is kinda yucky -- the whole song is like the musical equivalent of a cold sore. So I'm gonna give Katy Perry the edge on this one.

By Chris Richards  |  May 20, 2010; 3:50 PM ET
Categories:  Taking sides  | Tags: Dr. Luke, Katy Perry, Ke$ha  
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I am pretty sure that, with a little luck, Ke$ha will come first, this summer. Katy will be sores at her, because she thought they were friends. Dr. Luke thought “Kissin U” would bring the girls together in harmony. But, Miranda Cosgrove has other plans, and will try to take Katy out with a “BAM,” and, when she is done recording the video at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, she will hit Ke$ha with a “BAM BAM.” Miranda has rose. But Ke$ha comes out on top, because she is Rose.

Of course, while Dr. Luke is walking on water, there are people working hard to sign a different girl. Dr. Luke conceived this menagerie. But he did not foresee the “Animal Baby.” Alex Winston, or Alexandra Leigh, as she is known to her friend, is going to work very hard to knock Ke$ha off her pedestal. The only thing that will save Rose is bringing order to the chaos. She has some explaining to do.

Joy to you, Rose.

Posted by: RonLovesRose | May 20, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse

These are the same song. How do we even allow this to happen?

Posted by: KeithHopkin | May 21, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

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