Every summer needs a song. Listen to our picks below and vote. Don’t like our choices? Choose “other” and fill in your own.
You might wonder what supercomputer metric we used to narrow every conceivable song of 2013-14 down to these six? It was simple. We used a spin wheel.
To be clear, summer songs are their own genre. Just because you think Morrissey’s B sides are the greatest gift man’s ever received (they are) does not mean they’re good summer jams. Summer jams are almost always loud, obnoxious, increasingly auto-tuned and basically unbearable unless you’re drinking or going 75 with the windows rolled down (never together please).
Without further ado, start up your summer funk and decide on Naperville’s seasonal jam.
1. “Fancy,” Iggy Azalea
This 236-pound champion of the charts comes punching into summer as the favorite to knock out our eardrums. Take a seat in your respective corner for this pummeling fact: Iggy Azalea is the first artist since the Beatles to top the charts with her first two singles, “Fancy” and “Problem.”
2. “Turn Down for What,” DJ Snake featuring Lil Jon
This jam was so summer our website imploded from the original music video, so you’ll have to look that up on your own. But this much is clear from the most uncontrollably danceable jam on our list: your neighbor better have a good reason for telling you to turn this down at 3 a.m.
3. “Bound 2,” Kanye West featuring Russell Westbrook
Because sometimes summer is for wallowing in regret. It’s ok, you deserve some time, it was a tough year, so recuperate and focus on the good times. Because by November you better have forgotten about what could have been and be focused on what is. And because we play fast and loose with what a “jam” is. #LetWestbrookBeWestbrook
4. “Give Me Back My Hometown,” Eric Church
Eric Church’s sappy, nostalgia-fueled ballad plays out like “Walking Tall” if instead of splinter-slapping guys with a 2×4, the Rock simply moped around singing about how messed up his hometown had become. But it’s perfect if you’re home from college and shocked that you’re getting carded. “Give Me Back My Hometown” also wins the award for best product placement: My friends try to cheer me up/get together at the Pizza Hut, which doesn’t quite complement the images of a tearful funeral for a young woman.
BONUS: The preacher in the video is played by Steven Michael Quezada, better known as Steven Gomez on “Breaking Bad.” And considering the desert setting and cartel storyline, there’s no way this is a coincidence. Clearly “Give Me Back My Hometown” is an extended chapter in the “Breaking Bad” universe in which Agent Gomez escaped death and is living out the rest of his life undercover. Well played Gomie.
5. “Let It Go,” Idina Menzel
If you haven’t seen “Frozen” you either hate your kids or don’t have any. There’s no way a song that came out in November in a Disney movie should have the staying power to possibly freeze your summer. But people just can’t seem to…let it go.
6.) “Rains of Castamere,” Sigur Rós
Because you’re a nerd and you know it.Tags: Music, summer