Every summer needs a song.
The summer needs it because we need it, and we need it because it puts us back in the moment. Each time it blares over the speakers at a bar, or escapes from someone’s iPod at a party, or flies out the rolled-down window of a car, we are reminded that this is summer. Right now.
Even if you hate the song, a proper hit will still work its magic. It gets under your skin and seeps into your brain — one day you’re talking about how no one makes real music anymore, and the next thing you know you’re belting out the lyrics to Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse.” You see, The Song of Summer doesn’t get its title by hiding in a musical elitist’s personal library. Oh no my friends. The Song of Summer gets its name by making its way on to every single playlist in town.
(The Song of Summer knows all the right people.)
But it still has to be catchy. And it has to be positive, upbeat. None of this mopey Sam Smith crap I’ve been listening to on repeat. Please don’t judge me for the following sentence, but Avicii’s “Wake Me Up” was more or less the soundtrack of summer 2013, and whether you’re into that shit or not, you can’t deny that it makes some part of you want to dance.
So what’s on the agenda this year? “Summer” by Calvin Harris seems like an obvious one. Per my roommate and his friend Rob: “Even though it’s not that good, it has a fast beat and says ‘summer’ a lot.”
You’ve also got to assume Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” is in the mix:
And last but not least is DJ Snake & Lil Jon’s “Turn Down For What,” which I feel comfortable with now that I understand the song’s meaning.
You know what I’m getting at by now, though, don’t you? This is the Minor Cogitation Station, after all. So tell us: what do YOU think the song of summer 2014 will be? Or what deserves to be the song of summer? OR, what are you just going to flat out decide is the song of YOUR summer?
Have at it in the comments section — let’s just make it one big playlist.
Oh yeah! And Happy Memorial Day Weekend!
— Ameezy Deezy Lemon Squeezy, image via Planet Blue