Lots happened this summer. But one (mostly) peaceful thing that seemed endless this summer is those popping beats that you hummed while at the beach (or wherever you were this summer).
1. Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. + Pharrel – Blurred Lines
Hands down, this song won the most popular song among the 21 and under crowd. Somewhere on the radio this song was being played constantly, from the release date and still right now, at the end of the summer topping the billboard charts. The catchy melody and repetitive lyrics appealed to society and really caught the attention of music critics
2. Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams – Get Lucky
Pharrell’s really been popular this summer, being featured in a second essential summer hit. This jam, released just at the beginning of summer is a dub step pop hip hop hybrid with a heart pumping bass that you can’t resist dancing to.
3. Miley Cyrus – We Can’t Stop
Miley’s back with her newest release since her bad-girl style update. This summer hit consists of a really poppy modern melody with a fun upbeat bass. Despite the quirky music video and mildly hated new style, this song was played on lots of hit radio stations this summer.
4. Imagine Dragons – Radioactive
This song featuring post apocalyptic lyrics and a lower more pounding bass was another popular dance song among America this summer. The lyrics might be called harsh, but nonetheless, it has a really catchy melody.
5. Bruno Mars – Treasure
While the temperatures climbed, so did the downloads this song received. Staying in the Billboard Hot 100 for most of the summer, this song features a very upbeat, retro melody and catchy lyrics. This is one of the summer’s songs that everyone seemed to recognize.
6. Capital Cities – Safe and Sound
Capital Cities haven’t really been heard much before this debut single, but it still received quite a lot of radio play time this summer. Featuring many orchestral brass instruments, and catchy lyrics, this song managed to stay atop the Billboard Hot 100 for most of the warmer months.
7. One Direction – Best Song Ever
The British boys have made yet another catchy song, paired perfectly with a humorous music video. Featuring all five boys singing at different parts, and together with beautifully paired harmonies and melodies.
8. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Featuring Ray Dalton – Can’t Hold Us
This song would have been number one on my list, if it had been released in June, but towards the end of the summer it still is featured on the Billboard Hot 100, just not number one anymore. With catchy beats and cool rap sections, this song seemed to be played just as frequently as Blurred Lines.
9. Justin Timberlake – Mirrors
Justin Timberlake received quite a bit of attention with the release of his debut album “The 20/20 Experience”. But “Suit and Tie” and Mirrors definitely received the most attention. With inspiring lyrics and catchy beats this song was very popular on radio stations.
10. Florida Georgia Line featuring Nelly – Cruise
Released at the beginning of summer, this R&B Country mix was popular from the last week of school to the last week of summer. With twangy country and upbeat hip hop this song was definitely stuck in America’s head for quite some time.
All in all, this summer had quite a few top hits. It seemed as if the boy pop artists did a little bit better then the girls, but I’m sure that the girls will take lead this fall. Time to update my playlists!