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No Summer Song This Year?!?!

Yesterday, I came across an article lamenting the lack of a true summer anthem for 2015. Truth be told, I live in a radio-free bubble where I have the luxury to totally ignore top 40. Unless something unusually good climbs across my radar, I gleefully ignore whatever is exceedingly popular at the moment. Sometimes I have the misfortune of hearing the obnoxious opium of the masses while I'm on an Uber or when I'm out, but 9 out of 10 times I can live my life in my Internet radio-dominated bliss. 

I was sort of taken aback, because the writer's totally correct: We haven't had a "Blurred Lines" or "Fancy" this year. I mean, of course Lana has the goods, but you won't hear them on the radio (unless it's that sped-up "Summertime Sadness" remix....bleh). 

At first, I thought maybe the summer song was "Bad Blood?" I mean, all that hype about that video:



I didn't even know that video had a plot until I read reviews of it. It seemed a bit over saturated for my tastes, and "Bad Blood" is arguably the weakest track off "1989." 

So, I guess that's not. :/

I read a few articles even earlier this summer claiming that Demi Lovato's "Cool for the Summer" would be America's summertime sweetheart. I'm actually listening to it right now for the first time; I don't mind Demi Lovato, I've got much more respect for her than most pop musicians out there.



It's not bad, but I don't think I'm going to listen to it again. It's not bad, but it's not my bag. "Got your mind on my body and your body on my mind" - that's some Tinder talk, right there.

Then, there's Selena Gomez. I can't get into her, for the life of me. She will always be 12 to me and it just makes me feel very weird. I'm happy she found love with Zedd, he seems like a great guy, but mannnnn listening to her just makes me feel really weird. Like I'm trying to buy a t-shirt at Hot Topic and all the high schoolers are staring at me like "YOU GET LOST LOOKING FOR SEARS, GRANDMA?!" That all being said, I actually do like "Good for You." It's a catchy song, and it's pretty hot, too. But, it makes me feel weird. So that's not my summer jam.

 

The chorus is kind of grating, but it's a sweet sentiment. 

The author of the Daily Beast piece did mention that "Cheerleader" song by Omi, and mentioned it was terrible. Okay, it's pretty uninspired, but I kind of like it. It has an impish quality to it I like. It sometimes makes me have an existential crisis, and for that, I offer no reasons.



In all actuality, the song of the summer is - and I hate to say this - but that "Nae Nae" song. Seriously. I also feel kind of sad the grand tradition of associating songs with dances (i.e., "The Twist," "The Macarena") has been reduced to this.



My choices for summer jams, sans the radio and weaning myself off the Lana namedrops because I know I'm a broken record:


This is "Down on My Luck" by Vic Mensa. It actually came out last year, but I've been listening to it a lot lately. It's catchy. His other stuff is good, too, and he's worked a bit with Kanye West. Which is whatever. Point is, Vic Mensa is worth listening to.


This is (another 2014 track, but I'm late to this game) "Lost in the Girl" by Kwamie Liv, which is a hypnotic slice of heaven. She's an up-and-comer you've gotta start paying attention to, because she's craaaaaaaaaazy talented. 

UNTIL NEXT TIME. 

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