Across the world musicians are on tender hooks, waiting to learn the fate of their mildly uplifting, insanely catchy tunes over the course of the summer. Meanwhile, music fans desperately hold onto the last sunray by pumping their track of choice across their lawn to the distain of the neighbourhood cats.
What these musicians anticipate is a coming together of music taste, and the public crowning of one track as the supreme song of the summer for 2013. The winning bid might not compare to a Christmas number one in sales, but it will offer a coveted title in the industry. Its charming qualities: the lyric that festival goers mutter on their slow trudge back home; the beat that heads bob to on the bus; and inevitably the ringtone melody pillaged by school kids this September. The song and its artist will epitomise the past few months forever more.
In previous years the likes of MGMT, The Vaccines, Kanye West and Black Kids have emerged triumphant at the finish line. In 2013, the results are less clear, but there are some obvious contenders.
Daft Punk – Get Lucky (featuring Pharrell Williams)
The masked avengers returned in April with another song to slay their competition. “Get Lucky”, featuring the reliable touch of guest vocalist Pharrell Williams and writer Nile Rodgers, is surely the biggest contender of the year.
The first single from Random Access Memories is wholly different from the French house duo’s last output, the soundtrack for Disney’s Tron reboot. Fortunately it’s been just as well received. In fact even a premature leak of the song online didn’t stunt its growth - “Get Lucky” stormed the charts, reaching the top ten in over thirty two countries by July.
Icona Pop – I Love It (featuring Charli XCX)
Signed to Atlantic and based in Los Angeles, this duo has the pop grace of their Nordic routes combined with a healthy slice of commercial input – literally. “I Love It” bounced onto the scene via an enthusiastic advert for the Samsung Galaxy S4 in May. Now it’s featured on a whole host of TV and film soundtracks, as well as being performed at festivals across America.
Things haven’t always come easy for the song. It was originally released as a single two years ago to mediocre success in the girls’ native Sweden. However with a little help from rising London singer songwriter Charlie XCX, “I Love It” has cemented in the hearts and ears of cutting edge individuals up and down the country.
Robin Thicke – Blurred Lines (featuring T.I. and Pharrell Williams)
“Blurred Lines” is the product of Robin Thicke, an established American singer songwriter already renowned for his collaborations with artists such as Christina Aguilera and Lil Wayne.
The song is the most recent in a long line of successes for Thicke, peaking at number one in the US and the UK on its release in March. Yet it’s not come without its problems. Thicke is currently being sued by the estate of Marvin Gaye, who claim the song copies the “feel and sound” of Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up”. Perhaps that’s why it’s so damn catchy?
AlunaGeorge – You Know You Like It
Arguably a blip on the map compared to the others on this list, AlunaGeorge’s “You Know You Like It” deserves a mention as a surprise contender for song of the summer for 2013.
Heavily tipped at the end of last year by the BBC and British music bloggers, the London duo confirmed their pull when they won the Critics’ Choice Award at the BRITS in February. The hype surrounding them has been more than justified by “You Know You Like It”, earning the band legions of fans and justifying their recent inclusion on a Tesco infomercial. Could they be about to mirror Icona Pop’s success?
Bastille – Pompeii
Bastille surprised everyone in February when their lead song “Pompeii” went head to head with Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors” on the UK chart and came out relatively unscathed. It lost the battle, but many claim it won the war thanks to a slew of performances at festivals such as Glastonbury, Bestival and Isle of Wight. Now every man and his dog know the infectious chant of the song’s chorus.
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