If you haven’t heard already, the Northern Hemisphere has already had Summer and by the sounds of it they did it quite well. One thing they got wrong, however, was the track they chose as the song of Summer, with Billboard crowning Iggy Azalea’s Fancy with the title after it ruled the charts for seven weeks.
The benefit of hindsight is that we can correct the wrongs made by America. Don’t get us wrong, Fancy is a #banger but it is not appropriate for the song of Summer. The song of Summer (or the SOS, if you like) should be a euphoric number – a song as sexy as Drunk In Love with the anthemic nature of DJ Otzi’s Hey Baby.
In the interest of finding a song vaguely similar to that odd combination, we’ve set out to find the SOS, and you know what? We just may have found it.
The Mainstream Players
Alesso- Heroes (We Could Be)
This one is making its run up the charts just in time for Summer. Big-voiced Swede, Tove Lo, leads proceedings and delivers a mighty chorus that will likely have Steresonic goers in all kinds of ecstasy. It may be the least original song you’ll hear this year, but Summer people don’t want to think.
[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/alesso/heroes[/soundcloud]
Avicii- The Days
The thought of hearing this more times than one is making us feel a bit sick but it’s a very real possibility that Avicii and Robbie will be the kings of Summer. Summery guitars. Tick. Youthful lyrics sung by a 40 year-old. Tick. Plenty of “woooohs”. Tick. Crack open a Corona and switch the wireless to this one, these are the days you won’t forget.
[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/wilver-perez-gomez/avicii-the-days-feat-robbie-williams-original-mix-1[/soundcloud]
Nick Jonas- Jealous
Lil’ Jonas went and listened to a JT record and now he’s grabbing things in untasteful ways and sending his voice into giddy heights. He told Today Show in America that he was “starting a conversation” about male jealousy with this song so, we may as well call this the charity single of 2014. Thanks for starting the convo, Nick.
[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/aziliz-cxndi/nick-jonas-jealous-audio[/soundcloud]
Gwen Stefani- Baby Don’t Lie
It’s too early to tell whether this is a flop or a hit but it’s certainly got plenty of Summery vibes to it. She’s no stranger to a Summer hit if you can remember The Sweet Escape and wouldn’t it be good to see the ol’ Harajuku gal on top once more.
Taylor Swift- Shake It Off
Look, to be honest, this is probably going to be the song of Summer so if you have that attitude, maybe just stop reading now. For the optimists here, shake off that last comment and continue to explore the possibilities of a song of Summer that doesn’t mention haters.
The Dark Horses
The Magician- Sunlight
This one is named after one of Summer’s attributes so it’s a no brainer really. There are tribal drums, a big, euphoric chorus and a video clip filmed on a beach. If anything is going to rise up the charts in the next few weeks it’s this one.
Peking Duk- Take Me Over
So, High is probably going to top triple j’s Hottest 100 but it’s a bit old to steal this Summer’s crown so leave it to their second single. It’s a little bit darker thanks to the vocals of SAFIA’s Ben, but it’s no less climactic than High.
[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/pekingduk/take-me-over-ft-safia[/soundcloud]
Jack U- Take U There
The song of Summer has got to be rousing. It’s got to move you and make you feel things in places you’ve never felt before. Thanks goodness for the voice of Kiesza alongside the production of Skrillex and Diplo. The verses of Take U There are a climatic, rushing force of glory.
[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/diplo/jack-u-take-u-there-feat-kiesza[/soundcloud]
Vic Mensa- Down On My Luck
This has done the rounds on triple j but it could easily crossover to a place where Kyle & Jackie O would mention his name. We don’t want it to happen but if it does, we’d happily join along with the rest of the country in commanding, “fuck that, get down”.
[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/fuck-vic-mensa/down-on-my-luck[/soundcloud]
For the Indie Kidz
The Preatures- Somebody’s Talking
Is This How You Feel? was one of Summer’s best creations and this one could very well recreate its glory. It’s got pleasant, plucking guitars and a gritty chorus that will be chanted by many a flower-headdress wearing punter this summer.
[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/thepreatures/somebodys-talking[/soundcloud]
Royksopp & Robyn- Do It Again
This captures the very essence of what Summer is about. Get burnt, do it again. Get drunk, do it again. Reconnect with an old flame, do it again. If you want euphoria, if you want that “holy fuck” chorus that you’d give your whole piggy bank to hear- this is the song. THIS IS THE FREEKEN SONG.
[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/royksopp/royksopp-robyn-do-it-again-on-annie-mac-bbc-radio1[/soundcloud]
Kendrick Lamar- i
It’s true, we’re an egotistical bunch, so what better way to celebrate the season than with a song that literally expliques “I love myself”. i sounds like it was made for a beach hut in LA, so when you hear it, just work it whether you’re bikini or speedo-clad.
If you want an album to keep rolling all summer, look no further than the self-titled set by British band, Jungle. If you only have the patience for 3 minutes of a sound, then best you pluck this one to listen to as you lay by the pool, tipping those shades to check out all the qties.
What we think should take the title…
Para One- You Too
This one tips too far into the after midnight category to ever qualify for the people’s choice for the song of Summer, but wouldn’t it be a beautiful thing if it was? If Summer is about throwing your arms in the air like you just don’t care, then the climatic-nature of this one is just the trick.
[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/spinninrecords/para-one-you-too[/soundcloud]
Popcaan- Number One Freak
The people of Australia collectively cannot dutty dance, so this is automatically ruled out. But for those of us who can booty-shake like Riri in Barbados, this should, and will, soundtrack the hotter months. It radiates heat, rhythm and melody.
[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/mixpak/03-number-one-freak[/soundcloud]
QT- Hey QT
If we were writing this immediately after Aqua hit number one with Barbie Girl, we would be placing this in the mainstream category. Unfortunately, this is 2014 and people are uncomfortable with Siri singing their favourite song. For the bourgeois, Siri is there to work, not cavort around in the pop world.