With summer shifting into overdrive, weve all had a chance to hop into our imaginary convertibles, crank up the stereo and savor life in Idaho.
In other words, weve had plenty of time to figure out and crown our ultimate song of summer in 2013.
Every summer has one. Its the tune that, years later, snaps you back in time the instant you hear it: a song like Jay-Z and Beyonces Crazy in Love in 2003, or Katy Perrys I Kissed a Girl in 2008.
Sometimes, though, its tough to pick a single track out of the pack. This is one of those years.
Lets take a look at possibilities. Well start with two obvious picks, then follow with four more suggestions from Keke Luv, program director at Top 40 station 103.3 Kiss FM. You can listen to the songs and discuss them on my blog.
Æ Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams, Get Lucky
When theyre playing a song by a French electronica duo during the Fourth of July fireworks at Ann Morrison Park, you know the thing has gone mega-mainstream. Plus, its just an addictive, cool groove.
The thing with Get Lucky is it appeals to such a wide group of people, says Tim Johnstone, program director at adult-alternative station 94.9 The River. Even people, God forbid, in their 40s and 50s are digging on it because of the Chic influence.
Robin Thicke featuring T.I., Pharrell Williams, Blurred Lines
One critic recently described Thicke as the low-rent Justin Timberlake. But hes pulled out the big, sexy guns on his album of the same name. (Review, page 14.) Is it this songs topless-model video? Is it Thickes sweet falsetto? Whatever it is, the risque title track is ubiquitous.
Florida Georgia Line featuring Nelly, Cruise
There is no sub-genre of music worse than country-rap. Unfortunately, fans of this melodic abomination do not agree with me.
Were country up in Idaho, Luv explains, and when hip-hop meets country ... booyah!
Play this song ANYWHERE around women and watch them. Its the same with guys.
Forget the yah. Im stopping at boo.
Miley Cyrus, We Cant Stop
Basically, this song is a clubbin version of that episode of South Park where Cartman keeps saying, Whatevah! I do what I want! Yet Cyrus repetitive lyrical theme Its our party, we can do what we want oozes the unbridled freedom that we all crave during summer, especially as teenagers.
Miley is kinda like Bieber was, Luv says. Its just harder for a guy to break out of that boyish stereotype than it is for a girl. Miley just plain got freaky! She got engaged to the Hunger Games dude and all the women love this. Its all about her rebelling, but not in a dumb way. She hasnt given anyone a reason to hate her. I think girls relate to Miley.
Icona Pop featuring Charli XCX, I Love It
Swedish electro-pop duo Icona Pop has crafted a perfect soundtrack for summer squabblers. Its an upbeat dance-floor burner describing a girl so peeved at her guy that she not only tosses his belongings down the stairs, she also wrecks a car, watches it burn, then proclaims, I! DONT! CARE! I LOVE IT!
(Weve all dated this person at some point, right?)
Girls love to sing in groups about some dude that broke a heart, Luv explains. Its an anthem.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Ray Dalton, Cant Hold Us
Im not buying rapper Macklemores latest single as a true contender for song of the summer, but Luv says he expects a big story around this guy when he performs Oct. 25 at Taco Bell Arena.
Ive interviewed several high-school teens and they are calling him a MOVEMENT, Luv says. Hes just friggin huge and all (demographics) love this song.
So ... drum roll ... who wins?
The clear pick is Daft Punks Get Lucky. (Assuming that I cant vote for Peyton and Eli Mannings Football on Your Phone music video ad for DirecTV.)
Johnstone says hed roll with Get Lucky, too.
Luv? Not so much.
I dont get it at all, he says of Daft Punks latest song and album.
Luv votes for Icona Pops I Love It. And why not? Its a fun, cathartic singalong. The two ladies even have a hot new single, Girlfriend, which sounds a lot like I Love It.
Its just, like, the same song two girls singing at the same time,Luv says. With my (girlfriend)! And theyre driving around in their car. And Im, like, how long before that drives people crazy?
Crazy aint all bad. In fact, it was the song of the summer in 2006. Remember Gnarls Barkley?
Michael Deeds column runs Fridays and Sundays. He co-hosts The Other Studio at 9 p.m. Sundays on 94.9 FM The River.