The sun is shining and the beaches are full, that can only mean one thing, it’s summertime! It’s also the time people start paying more attention to pop songs, it’s the time of year a simple single from an unknown artist can become the song of summer.
Summer songs often make their debut sometime in April or May and has great beat with catchy lyrics fans can sing loudly to with the windows down. In recent years summer songs have included Travie McCoy’s “Billionaire”, “Summertime” from DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince, Enrique Iglesias’ “I Like It”, “Summerlove” from Justin Timberlake, “California Gurls” from Katy Perry, and of course last year, “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen.
What will become the summer song of 2013? There’s no stand out winner yet because a few great candidates such as Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Can’t Hold Us,” Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors,” and Pitbull & Xtina’s “Feel This Moment” may have already peaked too early to be considered a summer song. This means the crown for summer song of 2013 is as open as ever, but there’s certainly no shortage of possible songs. Let’s take a look at a few of the possibilities and predictions from readers. All of these songs are currently gaining traction on the charts and very could end up taking the crown.
“Blurred Lines” – Robin Thicke (feat. Pharrell Williams & T.I.)
This song is a early favorite to be the summer song of 2013 by many people in the industry, including the one and only Ellen DeGeneres. And after performances on ‘The Voice’ and ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ over the past few weeks, the song is gaining even more traction. The song went to #1 on iTunes already and is still in the top 10 at the time of this post. The song is also making its way up on top 40 radio and these three are on their way to domination with this song.
“Get Lucky” – Daft Punk (feat. Pharrell Williams)
Nicole from Castle Rock believes that the never aging Pharrell Williams has two possible songs in the running for summer song of 2013. In “Get Lucky” he teams up with Daft Punk for the first single from their new album. The song is already Daft Punk’s biggest selling song of their career and the groovy and feel-good sound of this track may be just the right thing to put Daft Punk in the mainstream and help them dominate US radio for the first time.
“Come and Get It” – Selena Gomez
After a performance of this track at the Billboard Music Awards on May 19, Selena Gomez is enjoying a lot of success with “Come and Get It.” Alicia from Thorton thinks this song is just getting started on the chart and could be pretty big this summer. The song is doing well so far on top 40 radio and is even in the top 10 on iTunes at the time of this post.
“Cruise (Remix)” – Florida-Georgia Line (feat. Nelly)
Maya from Lakewood thinks this song has some real potential to become a summer smash. The song and video just scream summer. The song has already peaked on country charts but it’s been slowing raising on the top 40 radio charts with lots of support from some big radio stations in some major markets. Even here in Colorado in Fort Collins, however not so much in Denver because of station formats. Florida-Georgia Line and Nelly might be a odd combination but it’s a combination that works and works really well. Nelly might be the only rapper that could work with a country duo and make it sound really good.
“The Way” – Ariana Grande (feat. Mac Miller)
Few new artists got the attention Nickelodeon star Ariana Grande did when she released “The Way” with Mac Miller, her first single from her debut album. Within hours the song when to #1 on iTunes and she was a guest on the New York based nationally syndicated “Elvis Duran and the Morning Show,” something many new artists don’t get to do right away. Radio stations are loving the song and it continues to steadily raise each week. Plus the song draws many comparisons to Mariah Carey and the mass audiences are loving that.
“The Other Side” – Jason Derulo
Jason Derulo is back! After recovering from a neck injury, Jason is back with the lead single from his upcoming new album. The song is doing pretty well on radio as it consistently raises in spins every week, even here in Denver, after becoming the most-added song on top 40 radio so far this year and the second-biggest radio launch in history just last month. Much like a lot of artists, Jason is making the rounds at radio promoting the single and getting the word out. With the big launch this song had expect it to do very well.
“Chloe (You’re The One I Want)” – Emblem3
Jennifer from Highlands Ranch might be going out on a limb with this one, but since E3 is three surfer dudes from California with a feel-good song with guitars, it’s a good pick. This may not be THE jam of the summer because of the song’s target demographic, but it has potential to be a hit during the summer nonetheless. The song is starting to gain traction on mainstream top 40 radio, increasing in spins every week, and the boys are establishing themselves with radio stations currently by paying a visit to a few of the major one’s and even being part of the line-up for their big spring concerts. Watch out for Emblem3.
“Crickets” – Drop City Yacht Club (feat. Jeremih)
Allison from Denver is also taking a bit of a risk on this one, this up and coming duo from San Francisco teams with Jeremih for a pretty sweet song that is starting to get a little bit of attention on top 40 radio. It’s tough to tell if it will be big hit or not because the duo is mostly unheard of by the mainstream audience, but having someone like Jeremih who has had summer success in the past with “Birthday Sex” and “Down On Me” certainly helps. The song is pretty catchy and you have to love those actual cricket sounds in the background.
“I Love It” – Icona Pop
This song has all the ingredients of a summer song. It’s very simple in terms of lyrics and it’s very catchy. The song has taken off on top 40 radio and is even getting promotion in a few television commercials currently. “I Love It” is also doing well on iTunes where it’s currently sitting in the top 10, at the time of this post.
“I Want Crazy” – Hunter Hayes
Hunter Hayes has already accomplished the hard part, making a country song become a success on top 40 radio and this song could do it again. After the success “Wanted” had on both country and top 40 radio it wouldn’t be a shocker if he decided to try to repeat success with “I Want Crazy.” As the lead single from his “Encore” album due out in June, the song is already making noise on country radio and the song has that fun sound that could also be a hit on top 40 radio. Only time will tell.
Of course there’s a lot of songs that I didn’t mention, such as Avril Lavigne’s “Here’s To Never Growing Up,” among many others, but as mentioned above the possibilities are wide open and the summer song is really anybody’s guess at this point.
And let’s not forget it’s very possible that we haven’t even heard the song that will be the biggest smash yet. Justin Timberlake has another album coming out in September and it wouldn’t be far-fetched to expect the first single from that to be released in mid-summer.
From the looks of things, the possibilities for the summer song of 2013 are endless and only time will tell which song will come out on top.