Let's get this out of the way: The whole notion of a "Song of the Summer" is a bullshit media construct. Major League Baseball is seasonal. Music shouldn't be. While we may mentally file a ubiquitous summer song or two as the soundtrack to a given year's set of barbecues and casual Fridays, a so-called Song of the Summer classic like Rihanna's "Umbrella" could've peaked any given January and been just as ubiquitous. Same for "Pumped Up Kicks. By extension, lists like this one, or any series of tweets hashtagged SOTS, are bullshit, too. Here's how to make your own: In early May, point your browser to billboard. Click "Charts. Radio programmers are doing the work for us, and extrapolating their next moves couldn't be easier: Songs from big stars, songs from rising stars with cameos from big stars, double entendres, and handclaps cut to the front of the line. None of this is to say a song can't somehow sound "summery.
It was a strong year for increased variety in hit pop music. A slice of mainstream pop perfection introduced Canadian singer-songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen to pop fans around the world. Watch Video. What happens when one of the biggest country crossover stars of all time meets Max Martin, one of the world's top pop music alchemists? It's an ultra-catchy song with all the cleverness of Taylor Swift's lyrical genius.
Our editorial content is not influenced by any commissions we receive. The conceit of The Summer Song has changed drastically in the past decade. It used to be fairly easy to determine which record was the season's most significant: whichever song got the most airplay. Now, with music being consumed in so many different ways, impressions are scattered, and our playlists are better off because of it.
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