Indie Song Of The Summer 2012

What makes for a solid summer song? It’s an ontological discussion scholars far more astute and nerdy than us have debated since time immemorial, or at least since 1981. And what even defines a song as indie? Yikes that’s a fun one. Honestly though, stop thinking so hard. It’s summer now, and so it is time to get loose, and decide which indie banger to canonize as the representative soundtrack for your summer of looseness and bad decisions. Because it’s important to have a trigger to recall them later in life, in awkward situations, when you least expect it. And maybe that’s what really defines a good summer song: A song capable of bottling up this year’s mood, and then make your kids feel weird when you play it for them in dewy eyed reminiscence years later. Choose it wisely — you’re stuck with it forever. No pressure! Fun forever! Now, let’s do it together. Like a family.

Here’s how it’s gonna work: Name your top candidate(s) in the comments, and once a few prospective contenders have emerged, we’ll make an official shortlist (next week) and vote on it like Obama. It’s democracy in action! A democracy in which Gotye is absolutely exiled.

There will be only one winner, but there are a lot of worthy contenders. To get you started, consider these:

Does M.I.A.’s “Bad Girls” qualify if it came out in Q1? Maybe, maybe not. Does Usher’s “Climax” qualify because it is so good but also how is that possibly indie? Good point. Although his recent cover of last year’s winner suggests he’s campaigning. Shrewd dude.

Anyway — democracy. Write in your vote. Do it for summer, do it for forever. Let’s go!

POLL: Vote For The Indie Song Of The Summer 2012

Comments (336)
  1. Royal Canoe – Bathtubs
    Or less conventionally, Jai Paul – Jasmine

  2. I Love It has summer written all over it. But can we consider John Talabot’s So Will Be Now because it’s the best?

  3. Doe Paoro – Body Games

  4. I think I speak for all of us when I say the summer song of 2012 is Alice Cooper’s “School’s Out,” it has been since 1972.

    • You don’t speak for me, you just make me feel old because it’s been a while now since I’ve been able to get excited about getting out of school for the summer.

  5. Beat Connection – The Palace Garden, 4am

  6. “House That Heaven Built” or “Pyramids”

  7. Origins by Tennis

  8. Lana Del Rey – Summertime Sadness / National Anthem
    Koko – Float
    Capital Cities – Kangaroo Court

    • I’d give a thumbs up to Capital Cities-Kangaroo Court, though l still listen to Safe and Sound more often. It was one of my favorite songs of the summer of 2011.

  9. Passion Pit – “I’ll Be Alright“. Of course.

  10. I wish this short list included Spiritulized’s, “Hey Jane,” but from this list I’m thinking Tanlines. Any thoughts on the fresh Poolside single?

  11. Either “Hey Jane” or “The House That Heaven Built”.

  12. From the list given, I would say Beach House – Lazuli is my favorite. I could also get on board with anything from the new Hot Chip album

    I mainly listen to house and disco in the hot months, here’s a few of my current faves for this summer:

    Scuba – July (for obvious reasons)
    Chromatics – Birds of Paradise (Amtrac Remix)
    John Talabot – Destiny
    Joy Orbison – Ellipsis
    Lemonade – Big Changes
    Little Boots – Headphones (Todd Edwards Remix)
    Todd Terje – Inspector Norse
    M83 – Reunion (Mylo Remix)

  13. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes-Man on Fire
    -might be the one that bottles up this year’s mood for a lot of people.

  14. Japandroids are deserved winners.

    But I suggest Lemonade – “Neptune” be added to this shortlist. That whole album screams swimming pools.

  15. Animal Collective-Honeycomb

  16. My vote is also for The House That Heaven Built, until someone pulls an M83 and releases the best song of the year after this poll ends.

  17. Destiny by John Talabot

  18. The Bee Gees – You Win Again

  19. japandroids. i can’t think of a better way to celebrate summer or losing my shit than with this song

  20. Cruiser :: Moving to Neptune

  21. TEED – Gargen
    van she – jamaica
    lemonade – softkiss
    beat connection – think/feel\
    major lazor – get free
    twin shadow – 5 seconds

  22. Danny Brown – Grown Up

  23. Something off the Royal Headache album! I’d go with “Psychotic Episode” but I could also see “Honey Joy”, easily, or any number of others.

  24. Hot Chip – Motion Sickness

  25. Japandroids – “The House That Heaven Built“

  26. Beach House – Lazuii or Wishes*
    Japandroids – The House That Heaven Built
    Lower Dens – Brains
    The Walkmen – Heaven**

    * Can’t make up my mind on which Beach Howse song to go with; would submit New Year too, but I guess that’s seasonally inappropriate.

    **Could go with almost any song off this album. Definitely my album of the summer—so catchy, mellow and just all around likeable and enjoyable. I feel like I’m drinking a good wine at a picnic when I’m listening to it.

  27. ‘Mind Control’ by Friends
    ‘Stretching Out’ by Lightships
    ‘How Do I Know’ by Here we go magic

  28. Kendrick Lamar ft. Dr. Dre – The Recipe
    Japandroids – Younger Us
    Icona Pop – I Love It

  29. Heaven by the Walkmen
    California by Delta Spirit (THIS ONE RIGHT HERE DESERVES TO WIN)
    Fuck the Beach by Team Spirit
    Tomorrow by Niki & the Dove

  30. Disparate Youth by Santigold?

  31. “the house that heaven built”

  32. JEFF The Brotherhood – Sixpack

  33. Bear In Heaven – anything from I Love You, It’s Cool

  34. I Love It AND The House That Heaven Built

  35. Every Single Night for sure. I don’t barbecue much.

  36. The Men – “Ex-Dreams”

  37. I don’t even care if it’s life.

  38. Has Summer happened yet? Can you chose the songs of Summer before the season has started? I mean, shit, there might end up being ten different songs that actually, ya know, REPRESENT this SUMMER.

  39. *uhum* That being said, I kind of really love that Henrietta song.

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  42. Japandroids from that list, although I’d rather see “The Nights of Wine and Roses.” Also would’ve said Passion Pit if it had been “Take A Walk.” And are we just leaving out Fiona Apple and Flaming Lips?

  43. Druze Bluze – “In the Summer”

  44. The Rapture – “House of Jealous Lovers” It’s 2002, right?

  45. Also:
    MIA – Bad Girls (no really, this should be on this list)
    Bear in Heaven – Idle Heart
    Friends – Friend Crush

    Ok, maybe that last one shouldn’t count since it came out last summer, *but* is also on their just-released full length, so…

  46. I’ve Seen Footage is the superior song, but if we’re talking the best song for Summer, then I’m going to have to go with The House That Heaven Built.

  47. Icona Pop – I Love It

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