What Will Be the Song of Summer 2014?


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

  • Kaleidoscope Love by AlunaGeorge. Or anything by AlunaGeorge, really.

    • Amelia Diamond

      Oooo I’ve never heard of AlunaGeorge! Into it!

  • Emily

    Waves – Mr Probz! The jam for sure.

    • bumblejeaniepie

      This song sucks.

      • Amanda


    • Amelia Diamond

      Oh i like this a lot. the guy looks like Jamie Lannister.

  • Alex.
    • Amelia Diamond

      i was like, WATCH OUT SOMEONE IS COMING UP BEHIND YOU! WATCH OUT! and then I was like oh, nvm he’s your classically trained dance partner it’s cool.

  • boyfriendsandblazers
    • Amelia Diamond

      into this song but the music video is giving me scaries!!

  • Definitely CHROMEO. Either this one, or ‘Jealous’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehpYg0NsGqA

    • Charlotte Fassler

      I feel like i already exhausted those two as my Spring jams BUTTT the whole album is great!

    • Kim

      Agree! Chromette4lyfe.

    • So Chromeo was in Atlanta last week and the WHOLE time THIS song was on this 87 year old man just sat in the corner, staring at the stage. No head bob, nothing. Just… blank stares. I desperately wanted to tell someone all of this but no one at my office would ever understand. ChromettesUnitez

    • bumblejeaniepie

      ooh, old-school style, with a Steely Dan kinda groove and a bit of Nile Rodgers influence. . . I’m ok with this one, but I don’t think it has the hook for a summer hit.

  • Shelby Louise

    Fancy is the song of the summer and potentially “my song” until the end of time. At least until mid-September.

    • Amelia Diamond

      I can’t get over it either

  • Joshua Michael

    Fancy is definitely the one i think…BUT can’t rule out this MIA remix of Beyonce’s Flawless


    track is HOT FYREEE

    • Joshua Michael

      also, what if it doesn’t have to be a new song because Atmosphere – Sunshine will be my Summer Anthem FOREVER


      • Amelia Diamond

        100% same. song is timeless

        • Joshua Michael

          glad i have the blessings on this from you Amelia ^_^

  • Heather Funk

    “Blurred Lines” was so the summer song last year, even though it was controversial, I WOULD ARGUE.

    Avicii is Satan. Three minutes and thirty seconds of silverware grating over a club beat would be preferable to “Oh Brother,” which is officially the worst song OF. ALL. TIME.

  • Lindsey

    Anything by Ellie Goulding!


  • Laura Mitchell

    I’m hoping The Carter V comes out this summer as planned

    • Amelia Diamond


  • wild wild love – pitbull
    it’s his sole mission in life to produce summer jamz.

    • Amelia Diamond

      I am the only human who can’t get into a pitbull jam!!

      • Joshua Michael

        you are not….pitbull is absolutely terrible

  • Cory

    Nicki Minaj’s new single Pills N Potions is definitely a contender. Not dance-y, but fits the “nostalgic summer love” bill and soared to #5 on the US iTunes chart in its first 24 hours. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_krlUcsyUV8

    • Amelia Diamond

      I know, I like this in a cheesy way.

  • Angela

    Definitely Nico & Vinz – Am I Wrong. So 90’s, so fun.

    • Amelia Diamond

      I kept hearing this this weekend, didn’t know who sang it! Thanks!

  • misgna

    good movie very nic i like

  • Alejandra

    OMG please look at the video for turn down for what!!!!


  • Denva
  • Denva
  • Amanda

    LOL by Prostyle ft. Barachi

    • Amelia Diamond

      fistttt pumppp

  • Alaska

    Wasted by Tiesto!!

  • Kandeel

    SING- by Ed Sheeran http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tlYcUqEPN58&feature=youtu.be

    ok and Girls- by The 1975 has been my jam

  • Guest

    New Robyn. That’s all

  • Stephanie

    My guess would be “Fancy” as an all around crowd pleaser.

    Lately, I can’t stop listening to “Habits” by Tove Lo even though it’s not a sunny song.

  • Whatever this baby gets remixed into:


  • Anna

    Fancy is the best. Iggy is the best. Also, I’m not really sure about it yet, but Ariana Grande’s Problem is pretty fabulous.

  • Allison Crawford

    FANCY. Fo sho.

  • Marlijn

    Home by Dotan, an amazing dutch song!

  • María

    Love Runs Out by OneRepublic – AMAZING


  • Marie B
    • Amelia Diamond

      This one for sure

  • Alyssa

    Completely disagree-robin thicke’s “blurred lines” was the song of last summer…that got played SO much!

    • Amelia Diamond

      i erased it from my memory!

  • Love these songs! For me it’s the “Happy” song. I know, I know…so predictable.

  • I love posts like this because I’m 30, and quickly finding it harder to locate good, new music. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m getting older, or because I don’t have time to “try out” new stuff…but either way, thank you for giving me a place to try it all out!

  • Maureen

    Any song by Sticky Fingers, but specifically Australia Street https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TETVNH3k8Ag&feature=kp

  • Yasmin

    For me its definitely this great song by Natas Loves You. (and the guys are real hot too)

  • I wouldn’t mind hearing Lana del Rey’s Summer Sadness over and over again this summer! http://madelienerose.com

  • Dee

    Jealous by Chromeo

  • Andrea

    Either Fancy or Problem!

  • Nycolle
    • Amelia Diamond

      me toooo w this song

  • Guest
  • I don’t know the song of this summer has revealed itself yet… maybe Pharrell will do some of his magic with or wothout a featured artist.:)

  • laya johnston

    rude by Magic!

  • Lea

    West Coast by Lana Del Rey, or anything by Lana.