SONG OF THE SUMMER 2014

When we did this poll last year, we knew even before voting began what the Song Of The Summer would be: “Get Lucky,” obviously. And “Get Lucky” it was. Daft Punk absolutely crushed the competition, garnering nearly 50 percent of the total vote. The next highest vote-getter was Vampire Weekend’s “Diane Young,” which came in a distant second, with a relatively measly 17.5 percent. This summer, though, there’s no such apparent favorite. The song that you will almost certainly hear most over the next few months, “Let It Go,” from the Frozen soundtrack, belongs to no season — it’s been ubiquitous since winter, and will probably continue to be so through next winter. So what does that leave us?

If there’s any one artist who seems most poised to walk home with the trophy, it’s Iggy Azalea, who’s own “Fancy” (featuring Charli XCX) is sure to garner some votes, and who guests on Ariana Grande’s “Problem,” which seems like another potential winner. But Iggy’s appearance on two potential nominees could end up splitting the vote, leaving lots of other contenders with no such conflict. From its title to its hook, Calvin Harris’ “Summer” has an obvious appeal in a race of this nature. To a lesser extent, the same might be said of Parquet Courts’ “Sunbathing Animal.” In a summer during which OutKast are headlining what feels like two festivals a week, it’s not unreasonable to imagine Future’s Andre-featuring “Benz Friends (Watchuola)” coming to represent the season. But Lana Del Rey’s “West Coast” has a humid, sun-baked languor that feels like summer in ways her competition doesn’t even attempt to achieve. And those are only a handful of possibilities. There are so many more to choose from.

So that’s where we stand right now. Here’s how this will work: Just like last year, this process begins with you nominating (in the comments section of this post) the tracks that are, in your opinion, the songs of the summer 2014. At the end of this week, we’ll compile all those nominations (the top ten, most likely) and create a ballot, which we’ll all vote on next week. And then, early next month, we’ll reveal the winner.

And with that, we turn this one over to you. Start shouting out names below and make sure to upvote the picks you agree with so we know the most popular suggestions for the ballot.

 
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  1. Sun Glass – Fucked Up

  2. Lust for Youth “illume”

  3. Definitely Do It Again – Robyn & Röyksopp

  4. LDR – West Coast

  5. Not sure how popular this pick will be but…

    I Wanna Get Better – Bleachers

  6. Gotta go with “Problem.”

  7. Can’t Do Without You – Caribou

  8. Talking Backwards – Real Estate

  9. I’m gonna swing from the chan-da-la-heeeeeer

  10. Seasons (Waiting on You) – Future Islands

  11. Alexandra – Hamilton Leithauser

  12. Let Her Go – Mac DeMarco. I would say Passing Out Pieces, but it’s been out for awhile.

  13. “Hot Tonight” by Tokyo Police Club

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    • “There aren’t any hotly anticipated records in the public eye for the rest of 2014.”

      Cam’ron/A-Trak – Federal Reserve
      Caribou – Our Love
      FKA twigs – LP1
      How to Dress Well – “What Is This Heart?”
      The New Pornographers – Brill Bruisers
      Panda Bear – Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper
      Shabazz Palaces – Lese Majesty
      Spoon – They Want My Soul
      A Sunny Day in Glasgow – Sea When Absent
      Ty Segall – Manipulator
      White Lung – Deep Fantasy

      Based on artist interviews and previous output, we can also expect new material from:

      Andy Stott
      Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti
      Atlas Sound
      Beach House
      Big Boi
      Burial
      Chance the Rapper
      Destroyer
      Erykah Badu
      Flying Lotus
      Frank Ocean
      Grimes
      Jessie Ware
      Joanna Newsom
      Kanye West
      Kendrick Lamar
      M83
      Tame Impala
      Titus Andronicus

      Looks pretty good to me.

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    • I would have to agree, at least with the part about nothing making waves yet. Sure there are lots of songs getting tons of air time like “Problem,” “Summer,” “Fancy,” etc but none of them have that song of the summer feel like “Get lucky” or “Blurred lines” did last year. And I know it’s subjective but I’m also not too excited about any upcoming albums from el goodo’s list except for Beach House maybe.

    • I do agree that it’s been a weak year for albums so far, but there have been PLENTY of great songs. See: this entire thread for examples.

      Re your bigger argument, were you not paying attention last year? Kanye West, Beyonce, Daft Punk, Arcade Fire, Justin Timberlake, The National, Vampire Weekend .. they’re all superstars in their pop/alt/indie circles and they all put out acclaimed and great albums in the span of 12 months. Not to mention the new guys (Haim, Lorde, Chvrches, Disclosure .. it goes on and on).

      This stuff goes in waves. The buzz monsoon will be back.

    • I agree. There is no song right now that I’m hearing everywhere.

      Last year I heard Get Lucky EVERYWHERE.

  15. I’d nominate Royskopp & Robyn “Do It Again”, Chromeo “Over Your Shoulder” or anything else from this spotify playlist: http://spoti.fi/1nxZxB3

  16. Everything is coming up Mustard this summer, and Jeremih & YG’s “Don’t Tell ‘Em” is the best of them. TeeFLii’s “24 Hours” is a close second on the strength of 2 Chainz’s verse.

  17. La roux – Let me down gently
    Royskopp & Robyn “Do It Again”/”Say it”

  18. Oh oh! I like this game… uh… in no particular order…

    Future Islands – Seasons
    Fucked Up – Echo Boomer
    Cloud Nothings – I’m Not Part of Me
    Pup – Resevoir
    Black Keys – Gotta Get Away
    Sylvan Esso – Coffee
    War On Drugs – Burning

    Is that too many?

    • As much as I love Reservoir, I’m still kind of confused by when that album was released, because that song (and the respective album) was on my year end list last year.

      Also, “Coffee” is probably one of the best songs of the year. It’s so infectious and smooth.

    • I’m there with Burning. Never fails to add a bit of cinematic, summertime glory to late night rides in my minivan. Fuck yeah.

  19. Super Love – Dami Im

  20. Call me crazy but “Lazaretto”. Also, “Doves” by Future Islands, assuming it’s not too old.

  21. can’t we just make it “get lucky” again?

  22. Lana Del Rey’s “West Coast,” without a doubt

  23. btr  |   Posted on Jun 16th +18

    Pains of Being Pure at Heart – “Kelly”

    what a perfect song

  24. Has there been a weird lack of Hip-Hop this year? Normally Hip-Hop is a genre that I listen to a lot during Summer months, but the only albums it seems we can work with are Future’s “Honest” and that Clipping album (which I didn’t even care for that much)…or maybe Death Grips if we still count that. Hmmm.

    Either way, Future’s “T-Shirt” or “My Momma” are my personal choices.

    Maybe Clipping’s “Work Work” as general choice.

  25. Sylvan Esso – Hey Mami

  26. btr  |   Posted on Jun 16th +6

    YG – “Left, Right”

  27. It may have just come out, but I think “Brill Bruisers” by The New Pornographers would make the perfect summer song!

  28. The War on Drugs – Red Eyes

    • HELL YES.

    • I would nominate “The Ocean Between the Waves” or “In Reverse”, but “Red Eyes” is a good choice too.

      I think that album is definitely fit to be considered the best summer album, for people that like their summer full of guitars and not so much pop tunes.

      “Song of the Summer” lists are always dominated by short catchy pop tracks, which is cool and all for driving with friends with the windows down, etc. But I have always found that my personal summer playlists are more often inhabited by lazy ethereal creatures. Creatures that know how to rock and dance, but aren’t in such a hurry to get there. They are long slithering beasts whose beauty is more than surface level that you have to lay around with in the tall grass waiting for the clouds to align and form the perfect shape. So, you just wait for it to hit. Pop songs are about deadlines and charging out of the gate with catchy hooks, and summer should be devoid of that mess. Just let me lay here and listen to this slow moving magic.

      • Strange that for me I’ve been listening to that record much less since the weather got warm. I’ll always think about the first few weeks after it leaked, walking around listening to it in the snow, for as long as I live.

    • As much as I love Red Eyes, it kinda came out last year already.

  29. I love you collective – “I feel Dead” http://iloveyoucollective.bandcamp.com/

  30. Warpaint – Disco/Very

  31. Natural Child – Firewater Liquor

  32. Very few contenders in my eyes:

    Future Islands – Seasons … (I’d actually go with “Doves” personally, but that doesn’t seem as popular)

    Real Estate – Talking Backwards

    I’ve liked a fair amount of music the past few months, but not much of it fits the “summer song” aesthetic. Then again maybe I’m just out of the loop on pop music lately. I somehow managed to go this far without hearing a word out of Iggy Azalea’s mouth, and I see that I was not missing out.

  33. Future Islands – Seasons

  34. skow  |   Posted on Jun 16th +4

    Kevin Drew – Body Butter

  35. Robyn & Röyksopp “Do It Again”

  36. Cloud Nothings – I’m not a Part of Me
    Future Islands – Seasons
    Speedy Ortiz – American Horror
    Nothing – Dig

  37. I like Life of Sin by Sturgill Simpson

  38. My 7 year old daughter is walking around the house saying “Turn Down For What!” which has already morphed into “Turn down your butt!”

  39. Spoon- Rent I Pay

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  41. also any track from animal ambition

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  44. Love Never Felt So Good – Michael Jackson

  45. some good suggestions.

    best friend by foster the people is unashamedly summery n poppy.

  46. drunk in love, natch

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  48. Len- Steal My Sunshine

  49. Beverly – Honey do
    Charlie XCX – Boom clap
    Caribou – Can’t do without you

  50. 1. Hamilton Leithauser – Alexandra
    2. Real Estate – Talking Backwards
    2. Real Estate – Crime

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