Every summer has that one song that you can’t seem to escape. You hear it blasting out of car windows and on all of your friends’ party playlists. Last year was a face-off between Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” and Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky.” The year before, it was undeniably Carly Rae Jepson’s “Call Me Maybe.” What will this year’s dog days anthem be? Here, we nominate our top five—you pick the winner.
Calvin Harris, “Summer”
The on-the-nose title suggests the Scottish DJ (and Rita Ora ex) is gunning for anthem of the season. The raspy vocals, wishful lyrics—about a summer love turned sour—and EDM-light beat are definitely pool-party friendly, but the track actually dropped in April. Does it still qualify?
Iggy Azalea featuring Rita Ora, “Black Widow”
Following her Clueless-referencing hit “Fancy,” the Australian rapper’s next single is “Black Widow” with Brit powerhouse Rita Ora. The kiss-off track bounces along a simple beat, putting the focus on Azalea’s lighting-fast, venom-laced verses about a man who’s done her wrong.
Charli XCX, “Boom Clap”
Featured on the soundtrack of the teen weepy The Fault in Our Stars (itself a candidate for the movie of the summer), the Brit pop phenom’s “Boom Clap” is an upbeat look at young love. The verses are sweet, but it’s the punchy earworm of a chorus that will keep people singing along all summer long.
Jennifer Lopez, “First Love”
Jennifer Lopez’s “First Love” is a poptastic plea for the man of her dreams (perhaps inspiring her recent break up with former backup dancer Casper Smart?) For the video, she cast (single) male model David Gandy to play her new beau. Will life imitate art again?
Lana Del Rey, “Brooklyn Baby”
“Brooklyn Baby” trades the hook-heavy, R&B-meets-pop sound of Born To Die and Paradise for a more ethereal, rock-influenced one. The song flows along a soothing beat that brings to mind the best lazy summer days.
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