With Memorial Day weekend officially coming to a conclusion, it is time to create a new Spotify playlist for my compiled annual list of 2013’s songs of summer. These are the songs that should be on repeat during the next three months of air conditioning, fro yo and watching the last season of Dexter.
As a bonus, check out my Summer Anthems list from last year!
“Safe and Sound” by Capital Cities
“I could show you love | In a tidal wave of mystery | You’ll still be standing next to me”… The Los Angeles duo known as Capital Cities deliver a feel-good optimistic message in this undeniably catchy indie-pop song that has summer anthem stamped all over it. Bonus points to any song that includes an addictive trumpet riff.
“Falling” by Haim
“Into the fire feeling higher than the truth | I’m falling | I can feel the heat but I’m not burning”… Blending sounds of folk, pop and R&B, this Los Angeles group concoct a song that begs to be danced to in the middle of a California desert. Fun Fact: Haim is the last name of the three sisters in this group: Este, Danielle and Alana Haim. This generation’s Wilson Phillips?
“Alive” by Empire of the Sun
“Say hello to the future | Freedom is within you | Giving makes us feel good”… Luke Steele and Nick Littlemore are back!… and no those aren’t the names of the latest Sean Cody sensations, but the Australian duo of Empire of the Sun who brought us one of the all-time summer anthems “Walking on a Dream.” Their latest single boasts anthemic singing and a declaration of feeling alive.
“Young and Beautiful” by Lana Del Rey
“Hot summer nights mid July | When you and I were forever wild | The crazy days, the city lights | The way you’d play with me like a child”… the theme song of director Baz Luhrman’s splashy The Great Gatsby reboot is as hauntingly gorgeous as songstress Lana Del Rey’s debut single “Video Games.” Love or hate Gatsby or any other Baz-helmed film, you cannot deny the power of the scenes he crafts of two lovers who lay eyes on one another while the film’s theme song plays in the background. He hit the cinematic jackpot when Leonardo Dicaprio first sees Claire Danes in Romeo + Juliet set to the sounds of Desree’s “Kissing You”, and does it again when Leonardo’s Gatsby and Carey Mulligan’s Daisy reunite to “Young and Beautiful.”
“Waiting All Night” by Rudimental featuring Ella Eyre
“I’ve been waiting all night for you to tell me what you want | tell me, tell me that you need me”… “Waiting All Night” stormed to the top of the UK charts fueled by the perfectly paired drum and bass surge and the rich vocals of Ella Eyre. So whip out the glow sticks, blast this thumper on full-volume and listen to what the UK kids fell in love with.
Miguel featuring Mariah Carey Mariah Carey featuring Miguel
“You’re beautiful, good lord, you’re f-cking beautiful | And I cant pretend that that doesnt mean a thing to me”… okay, so truthfully Miguel owns this song and he overshadows Mimi very effortlessly. And yeah, the hashtag in the song title is a bit irksome and not one live performance of this song has slayed since its release. (Last week’s Good Morning America anyone?) But on the upside, a Mariah Carey single has not sounded this laid-back and groovy since “Always Be My Baby” which was released nearly 17 years ago. So hats off to MC!
“Love Is All I Got” by Feed Me with Crystal Fighters
“Wake your soul with love in the morning | Feed your soul with love in the evening | Expand your soul with love on the weekend | Cause love is all I got”… One wouldn’t think this was a typical Feed Me song until DJ Jon Gooch’s signature dubstep climax unleashes a minute and 15 seconds in. Bonus: Check out the equally catchy but different summer-worthy track “You & I” from Crystal Fighters.
“Imagine It Was Us” by Jessie Ware
“I don’t know if this is wrong, but it’s crept into my mind | I don’t know if this is love, but I think it’s worth a try”… Critics hailed her debut album as one of the best of last year, so when British singer-songwriter finally brought her Devotion album to the States, she thankfully included this 90s dancefloor groove. It’s a throwback to the pre-Y2K era when the dance songs were R&B-flavored and being belted out by Lisa Stansfield, Cathy Dennis and Tara Kemp. Jessie is just as much of a 90s bitch.
“Get Lucky” by Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams
“Like the legend of the phoenix | All ends with beginnings | What keeps the planet spinning | The force from the beginning”… Ever since reports surfaced that the electronic duo was back in the studio collaborating with disco pioneers Nile Rodgers and Giorgio Moroder, anticipation for new Daft Punk material reached fever pitch heights . The French musicians deliver a worthy comeback single featuring the silky smooth vocals of Pharrell Williams, living up to every fanclub member of the Daft Club’s expectations.
“Come and Get It” by Selena Gomez
“You got the kind of love that I want, let me get that | And baby once I get it, I’m yours no take-backs”… Selena Gomez? Selena Gomez?! Really?! Yes, really! Leave it to Taylor Swift’s B.F.F. to release that ineludible pop song that you can’t help but sing along to each and every billionth time that it is played. It’s that annoyingly catchy song that gets stuck inside your head all day. It’s that pop perfection classic you cannot escape. It’s that song you
hate to absolutely love.
Now stock those coolers full of ice and don’t forget to bring your koozie and headphones for it’s going to be one long, hot summer with a one helluva summer season soundtrack.