Getting a song to hit in the summer can
change a career -- just ask Katy Perry or Robin
Before the reign of "I Kissed a Girl" in the summer
of 2008, Perry had been tirelessly striving to create
a name for herself in the music industry and was
starting to find some long-sought success with her
debut single, "Ur So Gay."
But right around Independence Day 2008 -- which
reminds us to make the most of what's left of the
season -- Perry's loud and bold "I Kissed a Girl"
pushed through to the No. 1 spot on Billboard's Hot
100 and refused to let go for seven weeks. That
single gave Perry an entree as pop's newest
As for Thicke? He'll tell you himself that his 2013
single with Pharrell Williams and T.I., the
controversial "Blurred Lines," ushered in a new era,
creating the kind of success of which most artists
can only dream
Thicke had been working as a singer and
songwriter for years when "Blurred Lines" arrived
in the spring of 2013. But after that song was played
at every pool party, barbecue, nightclub and
wedding reception -- topping the Billboard 100 in
late June and staying there until September --
Thicke became a global pop star.
Having the song of the summer doesn't always
translate into album sales later. Thicke's latest
release, the lovelorn "Paula," has performed
But it is a fast and easy way to gain
notoriety, even if it only lasts for the season.
So who's going to claim the title for 2014?
The obvious answer is Iggy Azalea, the Australian
rapper who's swiftly gaining fame as the rapper on
the Charli XCX-assisted "Fancy" and Ariana
But Iggy Igg, as she's known to her fans, has some
competition. Including "Fancy," here are the 10
tracks poised to be the staple song of summer:
"Fancy," Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX
The combination of Iggy Azalea's flow with Charli
XCX's cocky singing on the hook has made "Fancy"
as irresistible as running through sprinklers on a hot
You think you might be too old for it, but why
not? It's fun! Cute lyrics, easy to sing along to and
upbeat enough to spin at a party, it's little wonder
that this release from Azalea's "The New Classic"
album has been No. 1 on the Billboard 100 since
"Summer," Calvin Harris
The Scottish DJ/producer/singer/songwriter has
captured exactly what a summer song needs to be
with this seasonally appropriate single. With wistful
lyrics about a warm weather romance and a pulsing
beat, Harris' single is an easy favorite.
Canadian reggae fusion band Magic! has crooned its
way almost to No. 1 with its single "Rude." The song
arrived last fall, but it wasn't until beach season
that "Rude" really took off in the States.
catchy, it comes complete with a heartfelt
backstory that makes it applicable to this season of
makeups and breakups.
"Wiggle," Jason Derulo ft. Snoop Dogg
Is Jason Derulo's ode to the rear end a little silly?
Sure. But that's also what makes it perfect for
summer. With a hypnotic beat and an artist-
supplied dance move, "Wiggle" is made for carefree
nights. Not even Zac Efron could resist "Wiggle-ing"
while on vacation.
"Ain't It Fun," Paramore
This rock group's fourth album has been a
wellspring of hits, with 2013's popular "Still Into
You" being followed by the light-hearted "Ain't It
Fun," a bouncy track that lives up to its title.
Paramore's Hayley Williams says the making of the
single was as breezy as the song itself.
"Problem," Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea
Ariana Grande hasn't had any problems climbing
the charts with this horn-heavy dismissal of an
Funky and featuring the rapper
du jour, Iggy Azalea, "Problem" is nipping at the
heels of "Fancy" to be the top choice of summer
"Stay With Me," Sam Smith
In case you missed our very detailed memo , this is
Sam Smith's year. The British soul singer has
released his debut solo album and has gifted us all
with the kind of song that'll be sung at karaoke for
months to come. It isn't as danceable as Smith's
work with Disclosure, the still-hot "Latch," but it is
memorable and affecting.
"Turn Down for What," DJ Snake and Lil Jon
Since its release last year, DJ Snake and Lil Jon's
"Turn Down for What" has become the go-to party
anthem for anyone wanting to turn up their night.
worked just fine when it was cold and darkness fell
early, but "Turn Down for What" demands listening
when it's 8 p.m., the sun is still bright, and your
day's just getting started.
"Sing," Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran used to be known as the guy who sang
sad love songs. That's still true, but with his new
album, "x," Sheeran's branched out into more
upbeat territory. His spring release, "Sing," has a
groove produced by Pharrell Williams and a chorus
easy enough for the inebriated to howl along to --
usually, that's more than enough to crown a single
the song of the summer.
"Am I Wrong," Nico & Vinz
Like with "Rude," Norwegian duo Nico & Vinz invoke
a beach vibe with their hit "Am I Wrong." It has a
tempo quick enough for dancing but slow enough to
encourage pairing off, with just the right amount of
sultry for a summer night.