It’s already July, but that leaves plenty of time to decide the greatest song of the summer. The charts say one thing, but what song captures the spirit of summer 2014? What song do your friends all want to listen to when you get together? What do you hope you’ll hear when you turn on the radio? What song gets you pumped for a perfect summer night? 2013 had the trifecta of “Blurred Lines”, “Get Lucky” and “We Can’t Stop”. Here are some contenders for 2014.
Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX, “Fancy”
Most Summery lyric: “Trash the hotel/ Let’s get drunk on the mini bar/ ”
Hot 100 #: 1
Summerworthy because: The understated beat makes this track chill, laid- back and the perfect anthem for lounging by the pool. “Fancy” demands very little of the listener and makes one feel oh- so- fancy.
Most Summery Lyric: “Head in the clouds got no weight on my shoulders/ I’ve got one less problem without you”
Hot 100 #: 3
Summerworthy because: Who needs problems this summer? Big Sean, Iggy Azalea and Ariana Grande sound like they’re having a party and you’re invited.
Most Summery Lyric: “I told her my name and said, “It’s nice to meet ya”/And then she handed me a bottle of water with tequila.”
Hot 100 #: 23
Summerworthy because: “SING” has many lyrics, all of them summerworthy. The song begins with the words “It’s late in the evening” which creates off a great mood right off the bat. and the chorus has pretty much two words, “Sing” and “Louder”. The lyrics make an argument for less- is- more AND more- is-more. “SING” is accessible, fun and not too poppy
Most Summery Lyrics: “I got lipstick stains on my passport/ I think I need a new one”
Hot 100 #: 24
Celebrates one of summer’s favorite pastimes: travel. Jason Derulo’s funky dance tune details the joys and traveling and beautiful women. Plus, it’s been immortalized by Jimmy Fallon and his Ragtime Gals:
Most Summery Lyrics: Take your pick: “Turn up the loud, another round of shots” or “Turn Down for What”
Hot 100 #:10
Summerworthy because: Everything about this song is stupid. The lyrics are stupid. The music video is stupid. The memes and videos associated with the song are stupid. The beat makes you want to get stupid. And sometimes that’s what summer is all about: being really stupid.