Summer Soundtrack 2013

Whatever the song of the summer is going to be, there’s a very high likelihood that it is already out. Usually by the end of May, songs that are set up to be summer hits are out, giving them enough time to gain interest and momentum to be known by everyone by the time July arrives and to sustain itself through to the rest of the summer. As the temperature is finally forecast to be summer-like by the weekend, I figure now is a great time to prepare that summer playlist in anticipation for sun, heat and beats!

Recent summer playlists have included jams like Party Rock Anthem, California Gurls, I Gotta Feeling, Promiscuous and Yeah. All songs that we’re probably still sick of but for a hot afternoon when they were new and fresh, they are momentarily awesome. Barring a surprise release from Katy Perry within the next week, here’s a shortlist of songs that I think will make up this year’s summer soundtrack:

It’s going to be a retro summer. Not 80s retro that has been infiltrating pop music as of late but older – 70s retro.

Daft Punk - Get Lucky

Daft Punk, Pharrell and Nile Rodgers Get Lucky (photo from mtv)

Daft Punk featuring Pharrell & Nile RodgersGet Lucky
Straight out of the disco scene, even going so far as including a member of R&B/disco band Chic, known for the 1978 hit Le Freak, among others. This song is smooth but carries itself with a catchy chorus and funky guitar riff.

Robin Thicke featuring T.I. & PharrellBlurred Lines
Robin Thicke provides the song Justin Timberlake didn’t for his comeback with a sexy beat accompanied by oozing falsetto and fun melody. Robin is bringing sexy back in 2013 with his first major crossover hit.

Bruno MarsTreasure
Carrying with the funk theme, Bruno Mars delivers his next single in the form of contemporary disco as he expands his sound beyond the familiar styles of pop and R&B and his recent Sting-stylistic Locked Out Of Heaven.

Justin TimberlakeMirrors
Speaking of Justin Timberlake, he’s almost sure to have some presence on summer airwaves this year. Even though Mirrors will likely be on the way out by the time summer officially hits, it has the potential to fill the void of that sensitive, mid-tempo pop song that sometimes everyone needs. And if not this song, perhaps Pusher Love Girl or Tunnel Vision.

Mariah Carey and Miguel#Beautiful
Including this might be due to my own hype but Mariah hasn’t sounded this hot since 2005, though my own thoughts suggest going back as far as Honey. Having Miguel on here adds to the chemistry that makes this song the likely duet of the summer. Nothing new as far as the message goes but the delivery is sizzling.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Ray DaltonCan’t Hold Us
Even if radio moves on to their equality anthem Same Love, this song has the memorable, sing-along-worthy chorus that works for clubs and house parties. “So we put our hands up/like the ceiling can’t hold us.”

Icona Pop

Icona Pop (photo from mtv)

Icona Pop f/Charli XCXI Love It
A bit of an old song at this point but I Love It is one of those dance tracks that can pretty much suit any time period – think Bulletproof or Murder On The Dancefloor. I Love It has the energy to bring summer anytime.

Selena GomezCome And Get It
Sultry but still on the side of bubblegum pop, Selena Gomez provides the ear candy portion of summer. Come And Get It mixes Bollywood with Hollywood for a treat in the form of sound that will be what pushes her name out there.

Imagine DragonsRadioactive
It’s not only about the beats this summer. Imagine Dragons provides the thumping rocker in the form of this crossover hit that is sure to satisfy the needs of those who need a break from the rhythmic dancing. Not quite mosh worthy, Radioactive is enough to at least warrant a head bob.


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