The Top Five ‘Song For Summer’ Power Rankings
Labor Day has come and gone, and with it, the unofficial end of summer. What a time it was: drones were fired, Miley twerked, and unsurpisingly the music charts failed to reflect a nation under siege on many fronts. However, the summer hit-list was pretty encouraging — in the list below, we’ll see a series of new talents mixing things up with the likes of established names in music. And getting their tracks in just before the Arcade Fire/David Bowie/LCD Soundsystem Voltron went operational couldn’t have hurt either.
Here now, your best 5 songs of the summer.
When everybody ripped Avicii off after he came out with “Levels,” his response was to dilute the E in electronic dance music and focus on the M; paired with Aloe Blacc on “Wake Me Up,” the collaboration is catchy without hitting Sonic the Hedgehog speeds and separates the original further from the photocopies made in his wake.
Is Lorde name-calling a culture of excess and bad behavior? Is she sarcastically using some young music performers in the backbone to her catchy bridge? There can’t be a better question to ask pop culture in 2013: Should you change the culture around you or take the crown and sceptor to rule over them all. With her debut single “Royals,” the seventeen-year-old Lorde may have found the most profitable way to play both sides of the fence.
First you make a hit, and the hit goes everywhere. For two Frenchmen, a cancer survivor, and a somewhat forgotten producer, that was their script earlier this year with “Get Lucky.” Of course, once the hit became ubiquitous, a sequel wasn’t be far behind, especially on an album more prone to six- and seven-minute long opuses rather than a radio-friendly four-minute burst of pop-funk-electro perfection. All you can say about “Lose Yourself To Dance” is that it’s not as good as “Get Lucky”, but what this year has been?
Even before the Neighbourhood got to the first chorus of their hit “Sweater Weather,” you can hear the sound of reproductive organs in all genders fire up; this is their reveille. Gloomy pop about love and lust, sacrifice and commitment to remind everyone who’s lost out on love just how powerful it can be when it’s there, and a small shove of “Don’t mess this up” for the ones lucky enough to be so.
The Los Angeles sibling trifecta Haim immediately had the Internet going nuts tripping over the obvious comparisons to Fleetwood Mac or the Eagles when they dropped “The Wire,” a vintage single that was an “overnight success story a decade in the making.” They really took a page from the Carpenters: using a happy melody to shroud over the fact they’re singing about the implosion of a relationship.
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